Environmental Science

The Environmental Science Major

The Environmental Science degree provides a soundly integrated and interdisciplinary science background supported by course work in analytical methods and applications, abundant field experience, as well as aspects of the human dimensions of environmental science. This major is a good option for students seeking a career path in scientific field work, environmental assessment, resource conservation, or those intending to continue studies in environmental sciences.

Degree Requirements (66-68 credits):

FOUNDATION IN SCIENCE:  (20-24)

  • ES 121 Environmental Science (4)
  • EAS 101 Earth Science (4)
  • BI 101 Introduction to Life Science (4)  or BI 171-BI 172 (8)
  • CH 101 General Chemistry I (4)
  • CH 102 General Chemistry II (4)

HUMANS IN THE ENVIRONMENT: (6)

  • PHIL 206 Environmental Ethics (3) or PHIL 208 Bioethics (3)
  • SO 360 Environmental Sociology (3) or ES 205 Human Ecology (3)

TOOLS AND APPLICATIONS: (19-21)

  • GIS 110 Intro to GIS (2)
  • MA 121-122 Diff. & Integral Calc (3 & 3) or MA 131 Single Var. Functions Calc (4)
  • MA 315 Probability & Statistics (3)
  • ES 304 Environmental Field Methods (4)
  • ES 395 Environmental Research Methods (3)
  • ES 401 Environmental Impact Assessment (3)

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING and INTEGRATION: (6)

  • ES 200 Environmental Beta (2)
  • Field Experience: internship, research, or thesis (3) or one of the following ES 300 field courses (3):
    •   ES 300A Winter Ecology in Yellowstone
    •   ES 300B Alaska Landscape Dynamics*
    •   ES 300C Tropical Ecology*
    •   ES 300D Natural History of Montana*
    • ES 496 Environmental Internship
    • ES 498 Environmental Research
    • ES 499 Senior Thesis
  • ES 400 Environmental Omega

*pending courses

PLUS 15 SELECTED FROM THE FOLLOWING: (15)

General course recommendations:

  • EAS 320 Geomorphology
  • ENGR 326 Energy and the Environment

Recommended courses for Environmental Health

  • HS 329 Public Health and the Environment
  • BI 214 General Microbiology
  • HS 230 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • ENGR 323 Water Quality

Recommended courses for careers in fisheries or wildlife management:

  • ES 220 Topics in Conservation Biology
  • BI 255 Field Ornithology
  • BI 306 Plant Biology
  • BI 311 Ecology
  • BI 281 Genetics
  • BI 315 Physiological Ecology
  • ES 250 Field Entomology 

Recommended courses for careers in hydrology and ground water resources:

  • ENGR 202 Water Dist. Systems
  • ENGR 313 Hydrology
  • ENGR 323 Water Quality
  • ENGR 325 Hydrogeology
  • ENGR 327 Land and Stream Restoration
  • ENGR 402 Environmental Engineering

Recommended courses for certification and careers in GIS:

  • GIS 210 GIS Databases
  • GIS 430 GIS project
  • GIS 315 Spatial Analysis
  • GIS 316 Raster Analysis 

Recommended courses for careers in toxicology:

  • CH 301 Organic Chemistry
  • CH 205 Quantitative Analysis
  • CH 306 Instrumental Methods

Mission

To prepare leaders with an enlightened understanding of our biosphere, with an appreciation for the relationship between humans and the environment, and with the skills needed for vocational opportunities in the fields of environmental policy and science.