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Academic Program Guide

Environmental Science and Policy

College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BS or BA
Limited Access: No

Contact: Mr. Tim McGann
Address: 1011 Academic Way, 2023 EOAS Building
Phone: (850) 644-8580

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.

The Environmental Science & Policy major offers 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.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prospective transfer students should contact (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
ESC3100c (4) History of Earth Systems

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


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:
All State Common Program Prerequisites listed as Term 1-4 Milestones must be completed with a “C” range (C minus, C, or C+) grade or better. Students earning less than the necessary grade in any of these courses will be required to retake those courses until the standard is met. No required course in which a student has earned a grade below C minus may be applied toward the degree in Environmental Science and Policy.

A student who has received more than five unsatisfactory grades (U, F, D minus, D, D+) in science, statistics, or mathematics courses (and their prerequisites), taken after enrolling at Florida State University, including repeated unsatisfactory grades in the same course, (excluding State Common Program Prerequisites listed as Term 1-4 Milestones) will not be permitted to graduate with a degree in this major.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (44 hours)

Basic Environmental Science Courses: (17 hours)
MET 1010 (3) Introduction to the Atmosphere or MET 2700 (3) General Meteorology
ESC3100c (4) History of Earth Systems
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 9 hours selected from the following)

GEO 3502 (3) Economic Geography
GEO 4471 (3) Political Geography
PAD 4391 (3) Foundations in Emergency Management
PHI 2100 (3) Reasoning and Critical Thinking
PHI 2620 (3) Environmental Ethics
PHM3400 (3) Philosophy of Law
POS3691 (3) Law and Society
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 courses below)

At least 9 hours must be from List below. You must satisfy all course prerequisites prior to enrolling.

EOC 4631 (3) Marine Pollution
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
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
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)

Other upper-level electives may satisfy, with department permission (see advisor).

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) Biological Science Lab I meets this requirement.

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.

MET3940 (1) Weathercasting will also meet this requirement and is highly recommended by the department.

Minimum Program Requirements - ­Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
BS Prerequisite Coursework 22
BS Major Coursework 44*
Minor Coursework 12 or more
Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Computer Skills 0 beyond major
Oral Communication Competency 0-3

*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

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.

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: 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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