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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES


College:

Social Sciences

Degree:

B.S.

Limited Access:

No

Contact:

Alex Cohn

Address:

301 Bellamy Building, FSU

Tallahassee, FL 32306-2190

Phone:

(850) 644-8382

Email:

asc07h@fsu.edu



Description of Major

The objective of the Environmental Studies major is to provide the student with both a basic background in the natural sciences as well as an in-depth understanding of the social and institutional context of contemporary environmental concerns. Interest in the environment is growing, both in the state and nationwide, which is creating new job opportunities for college graduates in such fields as environmental law, planning, site analysis, natural resource conflict resolution, resource conservation, and hazards management. The basic curriculum required of all students includes an introduction to environmental and physical sciences and to data analysis and research design. Electives allow the students to choose their own area of focus.

Prerequisite Coursework:
This major is offered though the Department of Geography.
Two introductory Geography courses with GEO prefix (6 hrs) GEO1330 and GEO2200C.
Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of http://www.flvc.org .
Strongly recommended: Students interested in this major are encouraged to complete CHM X045 with lab and BSC X010 with lab during their freshman/sophomore years.

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major
To be admitted, students must complete at least 52 hours of coursework with a minimum FSU GPA of 2.0 and most of the Liberal Studies requirements met, including freshman English composition and mathematics, or an AA Degree. Students must also have completed at least two of the four basic core curriculum courses.

Mapping
Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: 41 hours
The major in Environmental Studies requires 41 hours with a grade of C- or better in each course; at least 18 credit hours must be taken in upper level (3000 and 4000) courses.
I. Basic Core Curriculum (14 hours)
BSC 2010, 2010L (3, 1) Biological Science I , Lab
CHM 1045, 1045L (3,1) General Chemistry I, Lab
GEO 1330 (3) Environmental Science
GEO 2200C (3) Physical Geography
II. Natural Science Courses (12 hours) at least four courses from the following list
(Note: some courses listed below may have prerequisites)
BOT 3015 (3) Plant Biology
BOT 3143 (3) Field Botany
BSC 2011 (3) Biological Science II
BSC 3052 (3) Conservation Biology
BSC 3312 (3) Marine Biology
BSC 4033 (3) Eukaryonc Diversity
BSC 4514 (3) Aquatic Pollution Biology
BSC 4934 (3) Selected Topics in Applied Biology if approved by advisor
CHM 1046, 1046L (3,1) General Chemistry II, Lab
CHM 2210 (3) Organic Chemistry I
CHM 2211 (3) Organic Chemistry II
CHM 4080 (3) Environmental Chemistry I
CHM 4081 (3) Environmental Chemistry II
EES 2205C (3) Environmental Engineering Chemistry
EES 3040 (3) Introduction to Environmental Engineering Science
ENV 4001 (3) Environmental Engineering
ENV 4041 (3) Environmental Systems Analysis
ENV 4341 (3) Solid & Hazardous Waste
ENV 4405 (3) Water Reuse Engineering
GEA 4213 (3) US National Parks
GEO 4210 (3) Landforms and Landscapes
GEO 4280 (3) Geography of Water Resources
GEO 4300 (3) Biogeography
GEO 4376 (3) Landscape Ecology
GEO 4930r (3) Special topics course, if approved by the advisor
GLY 1030 (3) Environmental Issues in Geology
GLY 1070 (3) Living on the Water Planet
GLY 2010C (3) Physical Geology
GLY 3039 (3) Energy, resources and the Environment
IFS 3044 (3) Living Green: Theory & Action
ISC 2003 (3) Global Change, Its Scientific and Human Dimensions
MET 2101 (3) Physical Climatology
MET 2502 (3) Weather Analysis and Forecasting
MET 2700 (2) General Meteorology
MET 3300 (3) Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics
OCE 4011 (3) Principles of Oceanography
OCE 4017 (3) Current Issues in Environmental Science
OCE 4265 (3) Coral Reef Ecology
OCE 4930 (3) Studies in Oceanography (topics vary)
PCB 3043 (3) General Ecology
III. Social Science Elective Courses (9 hours) at least three of the following courses
(Note: some courses listed below may have prerequisites)
AMH 4630 (3) North American Environmental History
AMH 4634 (3) Florida Environmental History
ECP 3113 (3) Economics of Population
ECP 3302 (3) Economics of Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment
ECS 4013 (3) Economics of Development
EVR 4314 (3) Energy and Society
GEO 3423 (3) Sports Geography
GEO 3502 (3) Economic Geography
GEO 4340 (3) Living in a Hazardous Environment
GEO 4355 (3) Geography of Food and Environment
GEO 4357 (3) Environmental Conflict and Economic Development
GEO 4372 (3) Natural Resources Assessment and Analysis
GEO 4403 (3) Global Change, Local Places
GEO 4421 (3) Cultural Geography
GEO 4450 (3) Medical Geography
GEO 4471 (3) Political Geography
GEO 4503 (3) Globalization
GEO 4602 (3) Urban Geography
GEO 4700 (3) Transport Geography
GEO 4930r (3) Special topics course, if approved by advisor
IFS 2012 (3) Sustainable Society
IFS 2029 (3) Dead Cities
PAD 3003 (3) Public Administration in American Society
PAD 4603 (3) Administrative Law
PHI 2620 (3) Environmental Ethics
PUP 3002 (3) Introduction to Public Policy
PUP 4203 (3) Environmental Politics and Policy
SYD 3020 (3) Population and Society
SYD 4510 (3) Environmental Sociology
URP 3000 (3) Introduction to Planning and Urban Development
URP 4022 (3) Collective Decision Making
URP 4318 (3) Growth Management and Environmental Planning
URP 4402 (3) Sustainable Development Planning in the Americas
URP 4404 (3) River Basin Planning
URP 4423 (3) Environmental Planning and Resource Management
URP 4618 (3) Planning for Developing Countries
URP 4710 (3) Transportation Planning
URP 4936 (3) Special topic course in Planning, if approved by advisor
IV. Methods Electives (6 hours or more) two of the following:
(Note: some courses listed below may have prerequisites)
ENV 4611 (3) Environmental Impact Analysis
GEO 4114 (3) Environmental Field Methods
GEO 4162 (3) Spatial Data Analysis (or either SYA 4400 or STA 2122 or STA 2171)
GEO 4930r (3) Special topics course, if approved by advisor
GIS 3015 (3) Map Analysis
GIS 4006 (3) Computer Cartography
GIS 4035, GEO 4035L (3, 1) Remote Sensing and lab
GIS 4043, GEO 4043L (3,1) Geographic Information Systems and Lab
IFS 2040 (3) Putting Science in Action: Field Methods and Plant Ecology
STA 3024 (3) Intermediate Applied Statistics
SYA 4300 (3) Methods of Social Research

Computer Skills Competency: 0 hours beyond major. BSC 2010L (1).

Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 hours
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through appropriate high school speech training or with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
Liberal Studies 36*
Major Coursework 41*
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills 0 beyond major
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120
*NOTE: Some Environmental Studies courses may be applied to both Liberal Studies and the major.

Remarks:
1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
4. At least 18 hours must be completed at the 3000 level or above within the major.

Employment Information

Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major(with Baccalaureate): Environmental Policy Analyst, Environmental Specialist, Land Management Specialist, Market Researcher, Environmental Organization Officer, Conservationist, Forest Manager. With Additional Training: Land Use Analyst, Water Resource Planner, Conservationist, Location Analyst, and Environmental Organization Manager.

Representative Employers: Federal, State, and Local Governments, Real Estate Developers, School Boards, Resource Management Agencies, Planning Agencies, Mapping Agencies, Business Consultants, Utilities, Port and Airport Authorities.

Updated: Summer 2015