Environmental Science and Policy
College: Arts and Sciences
Limited Access: No
Address: 111 CAR Dept of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Studies
Phone: (850) 644-8580
Address: 305 OSB Dept of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Studies
Phone: (850) 644-7493
Description of Major
Environmental Science is the interdisciplinary study of environmental systems from a scientific perspective. Drawing principally from the areas of oceanography, geology, and meteorology, the Environmental Science program will prepare students in the broader area of geosciences and is an attractive option for students seeking a broader interdisciplinary major with the rigor of mathematics and the physical sciences at its core.
FSU offers both the BS and BA degrees in Environmental Science. The BA degree differs from the BS degree in lower-level mathematics requirements and a greater emphasis on policy. The goals of these programs are to prepare exceptionally well-qualified graduates prepared to work in the interdisciplinary earth sciences, whether in government agencies, NGOs, or the private sector. They also provide a strong basis for graduate study in environmental and interdisciplinary earth sciences.
Prospective transfer students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.
Prerequisite Coursework: (22 hours)
MAC X105 (3) College Algebra
MAC X140 (3) Pre-calculus Algebra or STA X122 (3) Introduction to Applied Statistics
BSC X010,X010L (3,1) Biological Science I, Lab
CHM X045,X045L (3,1) General Chemistry I, Lab
GLY X010C (4) Physical Geology with Lab
BSC2011, 2011L (3, 1) Biological Science II, Lab or CHM1046, 1046L (3, 1) General Chemistry II, 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 “College Students” section of http://FACTS.org
Requirements for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.
Requirements for Progression to and Continuation in the Upper-Division Major:
Students should complete the prerequisite coursework for entrance to the major program of study. Students must also have completed a minimum of 52 hours of credit and at least half the required hours in General Education, including required English composition and Math, or an A.A degree.
Departmental policy on grades and progress in the major:
No required course in which a student has earned a grade below a C minus may be applied toward the degree in Environmental Science. A student who has received more than five unsatisfactory grades (U, F, D-, D, D+) in science, statistics, or mathematics courses (and their prerequisites) taken at Florida State University ore elsewhere, including repeated unsatisfactory grades in the same course, will not be permitted to graduate with a degree in this major.
Major Program of Studies at FSU: (34 hours)
Basic Environmental Science Courses (13 hours)
MET 1010 (3) Introduction to the Atmosphere or MET 2700 (3) General Meteorology
OCE 4008 (3) Principles of Oceanography
OCE 4017 (3) Current Issues in Environmental Science or GLY 3039 (3) Energy, Resources, and Environment
EVR 4922 (4) Senior Capstone (meets Upper-Division Writing Requirement)
Required Policy Courses (choose 6 hours selected from the following)
GEO 4602 (3) Urban Geography
PAD 4391 (3) Foundations in Emergency Management
PHI 2100 (3) Reasoning and Critical Thinking
PHI 2620 (3) Environmental Ethics
PUP 3002 (3) Introduction to Public Policy
URP 3000 (3) Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
URP 4423 (3) Introduction to Environmental Planning and Resource Management
Required Environmental Science courses (choose a total of 15 hours from the lists below)
At least 9 hours must be from List 1. You must satisfy all course pre-requisites prior to enrolling.
EOC 4631 (3) Marine Pollution
GLY 2100 (3) Historical Geology
GLY 3200C (3) Mineralogy and Crystallography
GLY3310C (3) Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
GLY3400C (4) Structural Geology
GLY 3610 (4) Paleontology
GLY4240 (3) Principles of Geochemistry
GLY 4544C (4) Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
GLY 4751C (3) Introduction to Remote Sensing, Air Photo Interpretation and GIS for the Earth Sciences
GLY 4820 (3) Principles of Hydrology
GLY 4884 (3) Environmental Geology I
GLY4905 (3) Directed Individual Study (Geohazards)
MET 2101 (3) Physical Climatology or MET 3103C (3) Climate Change Science or ISC 2003 (3) Global Change: Its Scientific and Human Dimensions
MET 3220C (3) Meteorological Computations
MET 3300 (3) Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics
MET 4159r (1-3) Special Topics in Meteorology
MET 4400C (3) Meteorological Instrumentation and Observation
OCB 4631 (3) Estuarine and Coastal Ecology
OCB 4637 (3) Marine Benthic Ecology
OCC 4002 (3) Introduction to Chemical Oceanography
OCC 4060 (3) Environmental Science Modeling
OCE 4930r (3) Oceanographic Studies (topics vary)—consent of instructor required
OCE 3555 (3) Environmental Science II: Habitable Planet
OCE 4064 (3) Marine Conservation Biology
OCE 4265 (3) Coral Reef Ecology
OCP 4005 (3) Introduction to Physical Oceanography
OCE 4930r (1-4) Studies in Oceanography (topics vary each semester)
BSC 2011, 2011L (3, 1) Biological Science II, Lab (If not used for the Basic Environmental Science requirement)
CHM 1046, 1046L (3, 1) General Chemistry II, Lab (if not used for the Basic Environmental Science requirement)
CHM 4080 (3) Environmental Chemistry I
HFT 3700 (3) Tourism Management and the Environment
URP 3000 (3) Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning (if not used as a “Required Policy Course.”)
URP 4022 (3) Collective Decision Making
URP 4314 (3) Introduction to Growth Management and Comprehensive Planning
URP 4318 (3) Growth Management and Environmental Planning
URP 4402 (3) Sustainable Development and Planning in the Americas
URP 4404 (3) River Basin Management and Planning
URP 4423 (3) Introduction to Environmental Planning and Resource Management
URP4618 (3) Planning for Developing Regions
URP4710 (3) Introduction to Transportation Issues and Planning
URP 4741 (3) Introduction to Issues in Housing and Community Development
Additional Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree. (9 hours)
The Bachelor of Arts degree requires nine (9) semester hours in the fields of humanities and/or history in addition to General Education requirements and the foreign language requirements.
Minor (At least 12 hours)
A minor is required. While many minors require only 12 hours, others require 18 hours or more. No courses used for satisfying General Education requirements, the College foreign language requirement, or major requirements may also be counted toward the minor.
Computer Skills Competency: 0 hours beyond other requirements. 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 with an approved college-level approved course, such as SPC 1017 or SPC 2608.
Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
BA Prerequisite Coursework 22
BA Major Coursework 34*
BA Additional Requirements 9
Minor Coursework 12 or more
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Computer Skills 0 beyond major
Oral Communication Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120
*Note: Some coursework required for this major (prerequisite//major) may also be applied to General Education or minor requirements.
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.
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. The B. A. degree requires 9 additional hours in the fields of history and humanities.
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Environmental technician, geoscientist, policy expert, environmental administrator, environmental scientist, hydrologist, general physical scientist, and oceanographer. Some positions may require additional education or training.
Representative Employers: Federal, state, and local governments; NGOs; private employers.
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