Curriculum Requirements for the Environmental Science Program

To graduate, students must complete all requirements outlined in the General Education Program and within their major. Below are the requirements for both programs. 

General Education Program Requirements (includes Competency requirements, University-group requirements, and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences-group requirements)

  • Environmental Science is a part of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; 
  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences-group requirements are designed for students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and are different from the requirements of other WSU Schools and Colleges (e.g., the College of Engineering, the School of Social Work, etc.);
  • To complete any undergraduate degree at WSU, students must complete the General Education Program. 

Environmental Science Program Requirements (includes Core requirements and Cognate requirements)

Please note: current students may review their degree progress at any time by going to Degree Works.  If you are currently declared as another major, you can use the "What-if" function within Degree Works to see what your progess would be if you changed to Environmental Science. It is recommended that students planning to change their major or exploring the possibility of changing their major meet with the advisor for the program. Appointments to do so may be schedule be going to Advising Works and selecting Environmental Science as your major of interest. 

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science must complete a minimum of 120 credits of coursework, including satisfaction of the College Group Requirements and the University General Education Program, in addition to those requirements for the Environmental Science Program. Students must also maintain a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative GPA and major GPA (comprised of coursework required for the major only). 

Effective Fall 2015: All students declared for the major after the start of the Fall 2015 semester must earn a grade of "C-" or better in all required major coursework for satisfactory completion. Students earning less than a "C-" will need to repeat that course to have it count towards completion of the major. 


Degree Planning Resources

Graduate In 4-Years Plan

Explaining the Cognate Requirements

Schedule of Courses for Program Requirements (coming soon)


Departmental Honors Program Curriculum

Students interested in graduating with Departmental Honors should schedule a meeting with the program advisor to discuss requirements and eligibility. Please note that Departmental Honors differs from University Honors. More information about University Honors can be found here

Departmental Honors Requirements

For departmental honors, you need to complete a minimum of 12 credits in Honors courses, which includes at least one Honors College 4200-level Seminar and an Honors Thesis (minimum of 20 pages) with a full-time faculty member from the department (either Geology or Biology). Please make sure that you are in touch with your department advisor for all of the specific requirements for your major.

Environmental Science Honors Requirements

Honors Option Form (to add Honors credit to a course not already designated as an Honors section)

Honors Directed Study Proposal Form (for students who will receive Honors credit assigned under the guidance of a faculty member)

Departmental Honors Eligibility

To be recommended for an honors degree from the Environmental Science Program, a student must establish and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30. To be declared as Departmental Honors, you must meet with the advisor for the Environmental Science Program. Appointments may be scheduled on Advising Works


Choosing Your Electives

The Environmental Science Program offers a variety of elective coursework to fulfill the requirements for the program; students must complete a minimum of 9 credits in approved elective coursework (usually 3 courses) to complete the degree program. This section is designed to help students choose the most appropriate electives, based on their potential career goals. A full list of approved electives can be found on Degree Works

Please note that many of these courses have prerequisites. Students who have not fulfilled prerequisites for any course may be denied enrollment.

Career Interest: Environmental Remediation/Compliance

  • GEL 3400 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • GEL 5120 - Environmental Geochemistry 
  • GEL 5450 - Hydrogeology 
  • GPH 3600 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 
  • GPH 4600 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 
  • C E 5230 - Water and Waste Water Engineering 
  • C E 6190 - Groundwater 

Career Interest: Waste Management

  • GEL 4400 - HAZWOPER Training
  • C E 5230 - Water and Waste Water Engineering 

Career Interest: Soil Science

  • BIO 5440 - Terrestrial Ecology (if taken after BIO 5100 - Aquatic Ecology)
  • GEL 5120 - Environmental Geochemistry 
  • U P 5999 - Introduction to Urban Planning 

Career Interest: Air/Water Quality Management

  • BIO 5040 - Biometry 
  • BIO 5100 - Aquatic Ecology (if taken after BIO 5440 - Terrestrial Ecology) 
  • BIO 5440 - Terrestrial Ecology (if taken after BIO 5100 - Aquatic Ecology) 
  • GEL 5450 - Hydrogeology 
  • CHE 6610 - Risk Assessment 
  • C E 5230 - Water and Waste Water Engineering 
  • C E 6190 - Groundwater 

Career Interest: Ecology and Conservation

  • BIO 5100 - Aquatic Ecology (if taken after BIO 5440 - Terrestrial Ecology) 
  • BIO 5180 - Biology of Trees and Shrubs
  • BIO 5440 - Terrestrial Ecology (if taken after BIO 5100 - Aquatic Ecology) 
  • BIO 5540 - Landscape Ecology
  • GPH 3600 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 
  • GPH 4600 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 

Want more information on how to connect your major and intended career path? If so, click here.  

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