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The Environmental Science Program offers students an interdisciplinary degree plan in which the student selects a concentration area in Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Geosciences or Environmental Hydro Sciences.

All students will fulfill the University Foundation courses and the Environmental Science Core, a sequence of environmental science classes. In addition, students take courses in their selected concentration area. Each concentration area is different and contains unique course requirements.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Environmental Science can be used to obtain a concentration in Secondary Teacher Certification 7-12.

Courses required of all students in the program:

Degree Plan

BS in Environmental Science Core for all concentrations 

Required Credits: 120

Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses: 1
CHEM 1105Laboratory for CHEM 13051
CHEM 1106Laboratory for CHEM 13061
CHEM 1305General Chemistry3
CHEM 1306General Chemistry (C)3
ESCI 1101Environmental Sci. Lab (C)1
ESCI 1301Intro to Environmental Sci (C)3
ESCI 2105Research Exp in Env Science 21
ESCI 2201Environmental Policy & Law2
ESCI 2204Research Exp in Envi Science 12
ESCI 2301Field Methods in Envi. Science3
ESCI 3192Prof. Development in ESCI1
ESCI 4301Senior Project3
ESCI 4398Environmental Sci. Internship (Note: Not required for ESCI Secondary Education Minor)3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
Statistics:
Complete the following:
Elementary Statistical Methods (Note: Not required for ESCI Hydroscience Concentration)
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Concentration
Select one of the following concentrations(concentrations include most if not all of the required 37 hours of upper division coursework)52-64
Upper Division Requirement
Select a total of thirty-seven hours of upper division course work 1
Total Hours120
1

A total of thirty-seven hours of upper division coursework is required for all Bachelor of Science degrees.

Concentration in Environmental Biology

Environmental Biology Concentration
Required Courses:
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 1305General Biology3
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology3
BIOL 3117Ecology Laboratory1
BIOL 3316Ecology3
BIOL 4428Environmnt Stressor in Ecosyst4
Select eight hours of the folllowing:8
BOT 2410General Botany4
CHEM 2124Lab for Organic Chemistry 23241
CHEM 2125Lab for Organic Chemistry 23251
CHEM 2324Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 2325Organic Chemistry3
GEOG 1106Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)1
GEOG 1306Physical Geography (C)3
GEOL 1103Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)1
GEOL 1313Intro to Physical Geology (C)3
MICR 2141Gen Microbiology Laboratory1
MICR 2340General Microbiology3
ZOOL 2406Vertebrate Zoology4
ZOOL 2466Invertebrate Zoology4
Select twenty-one hours of the following:21
BIOL 3320Genetics3
BIOL 3321Evolution3
BIOL 3342Plants and People3
BIOL 4398Special Problems3
BIOL 3360Quantitative Methods Ecology3
BIOL 3417Plant Ecology4
BIOL 3427Desert Ecology4
BIOL 4225Field Biology2
BIOL 4324Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh3
BIOL 4327Animal Ecology3
BIOL 4466Ecosystem Ecology4
BOT 3330Comparative Plant Morphology3
BOT 3437Plant Diversity & Systematics4
CHEM 3330Biochem I:Struc & Function3
or CHEM 3332 Biochem II: Dynam & Bioenerg
ESCI 4315Topics in Environmental Sci.3
GEOG 4307Geography of Arid Lands3
GEOG 4310Advanced Spatial Analysis3
GEOL 4385Introduction to GIS3
GEOP 4336Intro. to Remote Sensing3
ZOOL 3468Entomology4
ZOOL 4476Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles4
ZOOL 4478Birds and Mammals4
Ethics or Policy
Select three hours from:3
GEOG 3306Weather and Climate3
GEOG 3308Climate Science3
HSCI 3306Environmental Health3
MICR 3328Microorganisms in Ecosystems3
POLS 4304Envir. Just. & Min. Comm U.S.3
Or any upper-division Environmental Ethics or Policy course.
Free Electives4
Select 4 hours with departmental approval

Concentration in Environmental Chemistry

Concentration in Environmental Chemistry
Required Courses:
CHEM 2221Organic Chemistry I Lab2
CHEM 2321Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 2322Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 3110Lab for Chemistry 33101
CHEM 3151Lab for Chemistry 33511
CHEM 3152Lab for Chemistry 33521
CHEM 3310Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 3351Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 3352Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 4211Instrumental Meths Analyt Chem2
CHEM 4212Lab for Chemistry 42112
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2313Calculus III3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4
CHEM 3330Biochem I:Struc & Function3
Select three hours of the following or any Environmental Ethics or Environmental Policy Course:3
HSCI 3306Environmental Health3
PHYS 2325Survey of Modern Physics3
GEOG 3306Weather and Climate3
POLS 4304Envir. Just. & Min. Comm U.S.3
Select three hours of the following or any upper division Chemistry course:3
GEOL 4385Introduction to GIS3
GEOG 4310Advanced Spatial Analysis3
GEOP 4334Explo Geophys Non-Seismic Meth3
GEOP 4336Intro. to Remote Sensing3
Upper-Division Electives (Select five hours of upper division electives):

Concentration in Environmental Geoscience

Environmental Geoscience Concentration
Required Courses:
GEOL 1313
GEOL 1103
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
and Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
3-4
or GEOL 1211
GEOL 1111
Principles of Earth Sciences
and Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
GEOL 1314
GEOL 1104
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
and Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
3-4
or GEOL 1212
GEOL 1112
Principles of Earth Science
and Laboratory for Geology 1212
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4
GEOL 2309
GEOL 2109
Mineralogy & Petrology
and Mineralogy & Petrology Lab
4
GEOL 3312
GEOL 3112
Geoscience Processes
and Geoscience Processes Lab
4
GEOL 3323
GEOL 3123
Structural Geology
and Structural Geology Lab
4
GEOL 3326
GEOL 3126
Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
and Lab for Sedim & Stratigraphy
4
GEOL 3215
GEOL 3115
Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology
and Igneous/Metamorphic Petr. Lab
3
GEOP 4336Intro. to Remote Sensing3
GEOL 4375
GEOL 4376
Field Geology I
and Field Geology II
6
MATH 1312Calculus II3
Other Elective:
Select three hours from the following:4
BIOL 3427Desert Ecology4
BIOL 3316
BIOL 3117
Ecology
and Ecology Laboratory
4
GEOG 3306Weather and Climate3
GEOG 3308Climate Science3
GEOG 4307Geography of Arid Lands3
GEOG 4310Advanced Spatial Analysis3
GEOL 4385Introduction to GIS3
GEOP 4334Explo Geophys Non-Seismic Meth3
GEOP 4336Intro. to Remote Sensing3
HSCI 3306Environmental Health3
MICR 3328Microorganisms in Ecosystems3
PHYS 2325Survey of Modern Physics3
PHYS 3331Thermal Physics3
PHYS 4341Electromagnetics I3
POLS 4304Envir. Just. & Min. Comm U.S.3
Or any upper-division Environmental Ethics or Environmental Policy Course
Upper-Division Electives:
Select four hours of upper-division electives4

Concentration in Environmental Hydroscience

Environmental Hydroscience Concentration
Required Courses:
GEOL 1313Intro to Physical Geology (C)3
GEOL 1314Intro to Historical Geol (C)3
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2326Differential Equations3
PHYS 2230Thermal and Fluid Physics2
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
or PHYS 2320
PHYS 2120
Introductory Mechanics
and Laboratory for PHYS 2320
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4
or PHYS 2321
PHYS 2121
Introductory Electromagnetism
and Laboratory for PHYS 2321
GEOL 2309
GEOL 2109
Mineralogy & Petrology
and Mineralogy & Petrology Lab
4
GEOL 3312
GEOL 3112
Geoscience Processes
and Geoscience Processes Lab
4
GEOL 3323
GEOL 3123
Structural Geology
and Structural Geology Lab
4
GEOL 3326
GEOL 3126
Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
and Lab for Sedim & Stratigraphy
4
GEOL 4316Geochemistry3
GEOL 4383
GEOL 4376
General Hydrogeology
and Field Geology II
6
Ethics or Policy:
Select five hours of the following:5
BIOL 3316
BIOL 3117
Ecology
and Ecology Laboratory
4
BIOL 3427Desert Ecology4
GEOG 3306Weather and Climate3
GEOG 3308Climate Science3
GEOG 4307Geography of Arid Lands3
GEOG 4310Advanced Spatial Analysis3
GEOL 4385Introduction to GIS3
GEOP 4336Intro. to Remote Sensing3
HSCI 3306Environmental Health3
MICR 3328Microorganisms in Ecosystems3
PHYS 3331Thermal Physics3
PHYS 4341Electromagnetics I3
Any upper-division Environmental Ethics or Policy course

You cannot choose this concentration until you meet three criteria: your UTEP overall GPA must be at least 2.75, your UTEP majors GPA must be at least 2.75, and your must pass the UTEP Qualifying Exam in Science with a score of at least 80%.

BS in Environmental Science with a Concentration in 7-12 Science

Background Check Required
A complete background check is required of all students who wish to receive teacher certification in the State of Texas. Students will be required to pass a background check before certification will be conferred by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).
Designated Core (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses: 1
BIOL 1107Topics in Study of Life I1
BIOL 1108Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOL 1305General Biology3
BIOL 1306Organismal Biology3
BIOL 3314
BIOL 3115
Molecular Cell Biology
and Molecular Cell Biol Laboratory
4
BIOL 4225Field Biology2
GEOL 1211
GEOL 1111
Principles of Earth Sciences
and Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
3
GEOG 3306Weather and Climate3
MATH 1312Calculus II3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. 42
Environmental Science Major
Select three hours from the following3
Geoscience Processes Lab
Geoscience Processes
Environmental Health
Vertebrate Physiology Methods
Vertebrate Physiology
Secondary Education Minor
Required Courses:
EDPC 3300Developmental Variations3
RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
SCED 3317Multicultural Ed in Sec School3
SCED 4368Teaching Science in Sec School3
SCED 4691Student Teaching in Sec School6
Upper Division Requirement
Select a total of thirty-seven hours of upper division course work 237
Total Hours 120
1

Although the UTEP choice is larger, the choices satisfy the requirements of both the core and the major.

2

A total of thirty-seven hours of upper division coursework is required for all Bachelor of Science degrees.

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl (C) 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl (C) 1
Total Hours6
 
 

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 (C)3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 (C)3
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature (C)
English Literature (C)
Intro to American Fiction (C)
Intro to American Drama (C)
Intro to American Poetry (C)
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500 (C)
World History Since 1500 (C)
Introduction to Philosophy (C)
Ethics (C)
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World (C)
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus (C)
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Differential Equations
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology (C)
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci (C)
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Physical Geography (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6
1

Based on the major selected, options listed might not be applicable; please refer to the prerequisite area at top if one is present.

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog (C)
Intro-Cultural Anthropology(C)
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics (C)
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics (C)
Principles of Economics (C)
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics(C)
Cultural Geography (C)
An Intro. to Linguistics (C)
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology (C)
Introduction to Sociology (C)
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation (C)
History of Art I (C)
History of Art II (C)
Dance Appreciation (C)
Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
Intro to Music History (C)
Music Appreciation (C)
Jazz to Rock (C)
Introduction to Theatre (C)
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking (C)
Business/Profession Comm (C)
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry (C)
Total Hours6