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Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Special requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies requires a minimum 2.0 cumulative average in all major course work.

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies requires a minimum of 120 credits.

Along with the general education requirements of VCU Life Sciences, this curriculum requires 32-33 credits in core science and mathematics courses and 37-38 credits in environmental studies core courses.

Degree requirements for Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of basic biological concepts and their integration
  • Demonstrate comprehension of basic earth science concepts and their integration
  • Demonstrate comprehension of basic ecological concepts and their integration
  • Relate the principles of environmental science and policy
  • Use basic environmental skills within the research process
General Education requirements Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
General education requirements (6-14 credits)  
LFSC 301 Integrated Life Sciences Research 3
STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics or STAT 212 Concepts of Statistics 3
Completion of a foreign language through the 102 level or an equivalent course or by placement 0-8
Collateral requirements (3 credits)  
ENVS 201 Earth System Science (satisfies University Core natural/physical sciences)  
Major requirements (67-69 credits)  
BIOL 151 and BIOZ 151 Introduction to Biological Science I and Laboratory 4
BIOL 152 and BIOZ 152 Introduction to Biological Science II and Laboratory 4
BIOL 317 Ecology 3
CHEM 101 and CHEZ 101 General Chemistry and General Chemistry Laboratory I 4
CHEM 102 and CHEZ 102 General Chemistry and General Chemistry Laboratory II 4
ECON 325 Environmental Economics 3
ENVS 105/GEOG 105 and ENVZ 105/GEOZ 105 Physical Geology and Laboratory or GEOG 204 and GEOZ 204 Physical Geography and Laboratory 4
ENVS 311/POLI 311 Politics of the Environment 3
ENVS 330/BIOL 332 Environmental Pollution 3
ENVS 335/GEOG 335 and ENVZ 335/GEOZ 335 Environmental Geology and Laboratory 4
ENVS 401/GEOG 401 Meteorology and Climatology 3
ENVS 411/GEOG 411 Oceanography 3
ENVS 490 Research Seminar in Environmental Studies (capstone) 3
MATH 151 Precalculus Mathematics 4
PHYS 201 General Physics or PHYS 207 University Physics I 4-5
PHYS 202 General Physics or PHYS 208 University Physics II 4-5
SOCY 320/POLI 320 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 3
STAT 314 Applications of Statistics 4
One additional environmental studies course chosen with adviser’s approval 3
Open electives (14-27 credits)  
Open electives 14-27
Total 120

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