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B.S. in Environmental Science Requirements

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Group 1. General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative Requirements in effect Fall 2011

Students may choose to graduate under the General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative requirements and graduation requirements in force at the time they entered the UH System, when they entered UH Hilo, or when they graduate, provided there is no break in enrollment lasting longer than one semester.

Students should meet with their academic advisor to ensure that they enroll in courses that will enable them to meet these requirements as well as requirements for the major and for graduation. Some courses may meet both General Education requirements and major requirements.

The new GE basic, core, and integrative requirements and lists of certified courses are posted at hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/gened/.

Group 2. Major Requirements (and Assigned Credits)

  1. Core Courses
    • BIOL 175 Biology I (3) or BIOL 176 Biology II (3)
    • BIOL 281 General Ecology (3)
    • CHEM 124–124L General Chemistry I with Lab (4)
    • CHEM 125–125L General Chemistry II with Lab (4)
    • ENG 287 Rhetoric (3)
    • ENSC 100 Introduction to Environmental Science (3) or GEOG 101 Geography and the Natural Environment (3)
    • ENSC 385 Field Methods: Environmental Science (3)
    • ENSC 495 Senior Seminar: Environmental Science (3)
    • MATH 205–206 Calculus I and II (8)
  2. Quantitative Methods: Choose one course from the three-credit courses listed below: (3)
    • BIOL 280 Biostatistics
    • GEOG 201 Geographic Information
    • GEOG 280 Introduction to Geostatistics (course number changed from GEOG 380)
    • MARE 250 Statistical Applications in Marine Science
    • MATH 121 Introduction to Statistics and Probability
  3. Human and the Environment: Choose two courses from the three-credit courses listed below: (6)
    • ANTH 315 Ecological Anthropology
    • ECON 380 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
    • GEOG 312 Food and Societies
    • GEOG 326 Natural Resources
    • GEOG 340 Intro to Land Use Planning
    • GEOG 436 Environmental Policies in Pacific
    • GEOG 440 Community Planning
    • PHIL 412 Philosophy of Nature
    • POLS 335 Environmental Politics and Policy
  4. Environmental Science: Choose 3 courses from one concentration listed below: (9–11)
    • Biological Concentration
      • BIOL/GEOG 309 Biogeography
      • BIOL 375 Biology of Microorganisms
      • BIOL 381 Conservation Biology
      • BIOL 481–481L Theory and Methods of Ecology and Evolution with Research Methods Lab
      • ENSC 457 Vegetation of the Hawaiian Islands
      • GEOG 409 Landscape Ecology
      • SOIL 304 Tropical Soils
    • Physical Science Concentration
      • CHEM 141 Survey of Organic Chemistry
      • CHEM 241-241L Organic Chemistry I with Lab (4-credit courses)
      • CHEM 360 Environmental Chemistry
      • GEOG 300 Climatology
      • GEOG 301 Global Warming/ Climate Change
      • GEOG 319 Natural Hazards
      • GEOL 300 Advanced Environmental Earth Science
      • GEOL 342 Earth Surface Processes
      • GEOL 360 Surface Water
      • GEOL 460 Groundwater
      • MARE 282 Global Change
      • SOIL 304 Tropical Soils
  5. Advanced Environmental Techniques: Choose two courses: (6–7)
    • ANTH 481 Archaeometry
    • FOR 202 Forestry and Natural Resources
    • ENSC 441 Environmental Impact Assessment
    • GEOG 470 Remote Sensing and Air Photo Interpretation
    • GEOG 480 GIS and Visualization
    • GEOG 481 Advanced Geo-Spatial Techniques
    • GEOL 445 GIS for Geology
    • GEOL 450 Geological Remote Sensing
    • GEOG 382 Qualitative Research Methods in Geography
    • GEOG 488 Advanced Geostatistics

Total in Group 2: 60–64 Semester Credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours Required for the B.S. in Environmental Science

120 Semester Hours

Notes

  1. Students must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in courses required for the major.
  2. At least 29 semester hours must be earned in courses at the 300–400-level.
  3. To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, students must fulfill the requirements for the major and meet all of the University’s other baccalaureate degree requirements. (Please see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements in this Catalog.)
  4. Students should always check course prerequisites and the frequency with which courses are offered.

To ensure progress toward degree completion, students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering.

Revised 06/30/2014 ckw