BS in Environmental Science

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Introduction

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 Hydrosciences.

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.

Fast Track

The Fast Track below is available for this program:

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 Chemistry3
ESCI 1101Environmental Sci. Lab1
ESCI 1301Intro to Environmental Sci3
ESCI 1310Field Methods in Env Science3
ESCI 2105Research Exp in Env Science 21
ESCI 2201Environmental Policy & Law2
ESCI 2204Research Exp in Envi Science 12
ESCI 3192Prof. Development in ESCI1
ESCI 4301Senior Project3
ESCI 4320Monitoring Regional Sust3
ESCI 4398Environmental Sci. Internship (Note: Not required for ESCI Secondary Education Minor)3
MATH 1411Calculus I4
STAT 2480Elementary Statistical Methods4
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Concentration
Select one of the following concentrations40
Upper Division Requirement
Select a total of thirty-seven hours of upper division course work 1
Total Hours120

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
MICR 2141Gen Microbiology Laboratory1
MICR 2340General Microbiology3
ZOOL 2406Vertebrate Zoology4
ZOOL 2466Invertebrate Zoology4
Select 14 hours of the following:14
BIOL 3320Genetics3
BIOL 3321Evolution3
BIOL 3342Plants and People3
BIOL 3360Quantitative Methods Ecology3
BIOL 3417Plant Ecology4
BIOL 4225Field Biology2
BIOL 4324Genetic, Env & Evol - Anim Beh3
BIOL 4327Animal Ecology3
BIOL 4398Special Problems3
BIOL 4466Ecosystem Ecology4
BOT 3437Plant Diversity & Systematics4
ZOOL 3468Entomology4
ZOOL 4476Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles4
ZOOL 4478Birds and Mammals4

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 3310Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 3330Biochem I:Struc & Function3
CHEM 3351Physical Chemistry3
CHEM 4211Instrumental Meths Analyt Chem2
CHEM 4212Lab for Chemistry 42112
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2313Calculus III3
PHYS 2420Introductory Mechanics4
PHYS 2421Introductory Electromagnetism4

Concentration in Environmental Geoscience

Environmental Geoscience Concentration
Required Courses:
GEOL 1313
GEOL 1103
Intro to Physical Geology
and Lab for GEOL 1313
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
and Lab for GEOL 1314
3-4
or GEOL 1212
GEOL 1112
Principles of Earth Science
and Laboratory for Geology 1212
PHYS 2230Thermal and Fluid Physics2
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 4375
GEOL 4376
Field Geology I
and Field Geology II
6
MATH 1312Calculus II3
Select one of the following:
GEOL 4385Introduction to GIS3
GEOP 4336Intro. to Remote Sensing3
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 Geology3
GEOL 1314Intro to Historical Geol3
MATH 1312Calculus II3
MATH 2326Differential Equations3
PHYS 2230Thermal and Fluid Physics2
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 4383
GEOL 4375
General Hydrogeology
and Field Geology I
6
Ethics or Policy:
Select nine hours from any courses in CHEM, ESCI, GEOG, GEOL, GEOP5
GEOL 4385 is strongly recommended

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

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 or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I 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
Writing About Literature
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl 1
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Total Hours6

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 18653
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 18653
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature
English Literature
Intro to American Fiction
Intro to American Drama
Intro to American Poetry
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500
World History Since 1500
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics
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
Math for Social Sciences I
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
CHEM 1407
CHEM 1408
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I
General Physics II
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
Elem Astronomy-Solar System
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies
Introductory Biology Lab
Human Biology Laboratory
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I
Human Anat/Physio Lab II
Human Anat/Physiology I
Human Anat/Physiology II
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry
CHEM 1407
CHEM 1408
Environmental Sci. Lab
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci
Lab for GEOL 1313
Lab for GEOL 1314
Laboratory for GEOG 1306
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Physical Geography
Intro to Physical Geology
Intro to Historical Geol
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I
General Physics II
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

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

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation
History of Art I
History of Art II
Dance Appreciation
Intro-Art of Motion Pict.
Music Appreciation
Jazz to Rock
Music, Culture, and Society
Introduction to Theatre
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

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