University of Hawaii at Hilo Catalog 2013–2014

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 225 Writing for Science and Technology (3)
    • ENSC 100 Introduction to Environmental Science (3)
    • ENSC 385 Field Methods: Environmental Science (3)
    • ENSC 441 Environmental Impact Assessment (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-credits courses listed below: (3)
    • BIOL 280 Biostatistics
    • GEOG 380 Quantitative Methods in Geography
    • MARE 250 Statistical Applications in Marine Science
    • MATH 121 Introduction to Statistics and Probability
  3. Environmental Studies: Choose one course from the three-credit courses listed below: (3)
    • ECON 380 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
    • GEOG 326 Natural Resources
    • GEOG 340 Principles of Land Use Planning
    • POLS 335 Environmental Politics and Policy
  4. Environmental Science: Choose one concentration listed below, 3 courses from either: (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 (5 credits)
      • GEOG 409 Landscape Ecology
    • Physical Science Concentration
      • CHEM 141 Survey of Organic Chemistry
      • CHEM 360 Environmental Chemistry
      • GEOG 300 Climatology
      • GEOG 319 Natural Hazards
      • GEOL 300 Advanced Environmental Earth Science
      • GEOL 360 Surface Water
      • GEOL 460 Groundwater
  5. Related Courses: Choose two courses (one at 300 or higher) from the courses listed below, and do not repeat a course you have already taken: (6–8)
    • ANTH 315 Ecological Anthropology
    • ANTH 481 Archaeometry
    • BIOL/GEOG 309 Biogeography
    • BIOL 381 Conservation Biology
    • BIOL 481–481L Theory & Methods of Ecology & Evolution with Research Lab (5 credits)
    • CHEM 241–241L Organic Chemistry I with Lab
    • CHEM 360 Environmental Chemistry
    • ECON 380 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
    • FOR 202 Forestry and Natural Resources
    • GEOG 300 Climatology
    • GEOG 319 Natural Hazards
    • GEOG 340 Principles of Land Use Planning
    • GEOG 387 Literature of the Environment
    • GEOG 440 Advanced Environmental Planning
    • GEOG 470 Remote Sensing and Air Photo Interpretation
    • GEOG 480 GIS and Visualization
    • GEOG 481 Advanced Geo-Spatial Techniques
    • GEOL 300 Advanced Environmental Earth Science
    • GEOL 342 Earth Surface Processes
    • GEOL 360 Surface Water
    • GEOL 445 GIS for Geology
    • GEOL 450 Geological Remote Sensing
    • GEOL 460 Groundwater
    • MARE 282 Global Change
    • POLS 335 Environmental Politics and Policy
    • SOIL 304 Tropical Soils

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.