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Academic Program Guide

Environment and Society

College: Social Sciences and Public Policy
Degree: BS
Limited Access: No

Contact: Allison Young
Address: 301 Bellamy Building, FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306
Phone: (850) 644-8382

Description of Major
The objective of the Environment and Society 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

Prerequisite Coursework: (8 hours)
A grade of C minus or higher is required in each course. These may also apply toward the major and General Education.

BSC2010/BSC2010L Biological Science I and Lab
CHM1045/CHM1045L General Chemistry I and Lab

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 .

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 2.00 and most of the General Education 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.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (41 hours)
The major in Environmental Studies requires 41 hours with a grade of C minus 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 credit hours total; 3 credit hours must be from Core Courses list)
(Note: some courses listed below may have prerequisites)

Core Courses:
GEO 4210 (3) Landforms & Landscapes
GEO 4251 (3) Climate Change & Storms
GEO 4280 (3) Geography of Water Resources
GEO 4300 (3) Biogeography
GEO 4376 (3) Landscape Ecology
GEO 4392 (3) Geography of Marine Conservation
IDS 2471 (3) Glaciers, Geysers & Glades: Exploring US National Parks

Elective Courses:
BOT 3143C (4) Field Botany
BSC 3016 (3) Eukaryotic Diversity
BSC 3052 (3) Conservation Biology
BSC 3312 (3) Marine Biology
BSC 4514 (3) Aquatic Pollution Biology
BSC 4821C (4) Biogeography
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
GLY 1030 (3) Environmental Issues in Geology
GLY 2010C (3) Physical Geology
GLY 3039 (3) Energy, resources and the Environment
IDS 3232 (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 4008 (3) Principles of Oceanography
OCE 4017 (3) Current Issues in Environmental Science
OCE 4265 (3) Coral Reef Ecology
PCB 3043 (3) General Ecology
PCB 4402 (1) Ecology of Infectious Disease

III. Social Science Courses (9 credit hours total; 3 credit hours must be from Core Courses list)
(Note: some courses listed below may have prerequisites)

Core Courses:
GEO 3502 (3) Economic Geography
GEO 4355 (3) Geography of Food and Environment
GEO 4404 (3) Black Geographies
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
IDS 2227 (3) Sustainable Society
IDS 2180 (3) Dead Cities (Honors)
IDS 3336 (3) "Great" Britain? Geography, Imperialism, Industry & Culture
IDS 2492 (3) Sport: Place, Competition and Fairness

Elective Courses:
AMH 2097 (3) Nationality, Race & Ethnicity in the United States
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 & Environment
IDS 2431 (3) Thinking Beyond Ourselves: Global Perspectives
INR 2002 (3) Introduction to International Relations
INR 3502 (3) International Organizations
PAD 3003 (3) Public Administration in American Society
PAD 4382 (3) Disaster Recovery and Mitigation
PAD 4391 (3) Foundations in Emergency Management
PAD 4393 (3) Emergency Management Programs, Planning, and Policy
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 & Urban Development
URP 4318 (3) Growth Management and Environmental Planning
URP 4402 (3) Sustainable Development Planning in the Americas
URP 4423 (3) Environmental Planning and Resource Management
URP 4710 (3) Introduction to Transportation Issues & Transportation Planning
URP 4936 (3) Pedestrian Communities
URP 4936 (3) Tourism Planning

IV. Methods Courses: (6/7 credit hours total; 3/4 credit hours must be from Core Courses list)
(Note: some courses listed below may have prerequisites)

Core Courses:
GEO 4114 (3) Environmental Field Methods
GEO 4162 (3) Spatial Data Analysis (cannot be taken along with SYA 4400)
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
GIS 4330 (3) Florida GIS Applications
IDS 2473 (3) Putting Science in Action: Field Methods and Plant Ecology

Elective Courses:
ENV 4611 (3) Environmental Impact Analysis
STA 2122 (3) Introduction to Applied Statistics
STA 2171 (3) Statistics for Biology
STA 3024 (3) SAS for Data & Statistical Analysis
SYA 4300 (3) Methods of Social Research
SYA 4400 (3) Social Statistics

Computer Skills Competency: 0 hours beyond major.
BSC 2010L (1) Biological Science I Lab meets this requirement for this major.

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

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 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 Environment and Society courses may be applied to both General Education requirements and the major.

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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: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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.

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