Environmental Science

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

An Environmental Science degree at Missouri S&T commences with a first-year seminar course that is taken concurrently with an introductory environmental science course, creating familiar student cohorts that can support and motivate one another through the program. Throughout their four years in the program, students are trained in five core areas: economics, biology, geology, environmental engineering, and humanities. In addition, they build foundational skills in mathematics, physical science, and communications. As they progress through the program, students increasingly connect ideas from among and within core areas to build their understanding of the integrated multidisciplinary concepts in environmental science. During their junior and senior years, students will be able to customize their degrees by selecting from a diverse array of elective courses within core areas. The degree’s flexible upper division elective choices also allow students to specialize and earn minors in core areas if they choose to do so.

Students apply the skills they learn in the classroom in hands-on laboratory and field courses. Students will finish their senior year with a capstone course that will be designed to engage them in professional development, connect them to career opportunities, hone their research and presentation skills through hands-on projects, and foster lifelong collegial relationships with their peers and instructors through intensive group work.

This curriculum benefits from a flexible design that allows students who may be transitioning from other programs on campus to complete the program in a timely manner. In addition, the degree creates opportunities for students to complete multiple minors within the degree, adding focus and strength to the interdisciplinary foundation.

Freshman Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
BIO SCI 11733ENGLISH 11603
ENV SCI 11101CHEM 1320 or GEOLOGY 34103
CHEM 13104BIO SCI 12233
CHEM 11001BIO SCI 12291
CHEM 13191MATH 1212, or 1208, or 1211, or 12144
ECON 11003 
ENGLISH 11203 
 16 14
Sophomore Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
GEOLOGY 11103BIO SCI 22633
ECON 4440 or MIN ENG 45233HISTORY 1200, or 1300, or 13103
ENV ENG 2601 or CIV ENG 26013ENV ENG 2602 or CIV ENG 26023
PHYSICS 1145 or 11354GEO ENG 31483
POL SCI 12003CIV ENG 5640 or ENV ENG 56403
 16 15
Junior Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
PHILOS 11303HISTORY 4470, or 2510, or 3530, or 35103
GEO ENG 53313GEOLOGY 26113
ENV ENG 5642 or CIV ENG 56423PHILOS 43503
ECON 4540, or MIN ENG 4524, or CHEM ENG 45403STAT 3425, or 3115, or GEO ENG 41153-4
BIO SCI 43133BIO SCI 22233
 15 15-16
Senior Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
 14 15
Total Credits: 120-121

See Upper Division Elective Course List

Upper Division Elective Course List

BIO SCI 2242Cave Biology2
BIO SCI 2252Vegetation of the Ozarks2
BIO SCI 2264Field Ecology2
BIO SCI 2353Zoology3
BIO SCI 2359Zoology Laboratory1
BIO SCI 2372Issues in Public Health3
BIO SCI 2383Plant Biology3
BIO SCI 2389Plant Biology Laboratory1
BIO SCI 3353Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy4
BIO SCI 3363Ecophysiology3
BIO SCI 4099Undergraduate Research1-3
BIO SCI 4316Introduction to Geomicrobiology3
BIO SCI 4363Freshwater Ecology3
BIO SCI 4369Freshwater Ecology Laboratory1
BIO SCI 4383Toxicology3
BIO SCI 4423Introduction to Astrobiology3
BIO SCI 4563Global Ecology3
BIO SCI 4663Animal Behavior3
BIO SCI 5423Advanced Biodiversity3
BIO SCI 5443Population and Conservation Genetics3
CHEM 4710Principles Of Environmental Monitoring3
CIV ENG 5605Environmental Systems Modeling3
CIV ENG 5630Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater and Soil3
CIV ENG 5635Phytoremediation and Natural Treatment Systems: Science and Design3
CIV ENG 5650Public Health Engineering3
CIV ENG 5660Introduction To Air Pollution3
CIV ENG 5662Air Pollution Control Methods3
CIV ENG 5665Indoor Air Pollution3
ECON 4085Internship0-6
ECON 4641Foundations of Sustainability3
ECON 4642Introduction to Global Eco- and Social-preneurship and Innovation3
ECON 4643Ethical Problems in a Global Environment3
ECON 5644Creativity, Innovation, and Sustainability3
ENV ENG 3615Water And Wastewater Engineering3
ENV ENG 4010Senior Seminar: Engineering In A Global Society1
ENV ENG 4099Undergraduate Research0-6
ENV ENG 4609Research in Environmental Engineering1
ENV ENG 5605Environmental Systems Modeling3
ENV ENG 5630Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater And Soil3
ENV ENG 5635Phytoremediation and Natural Treatment Systems: Science and Design3
ENV ENG 5650Public Health Engineering3
ENV ENG 5660Introduction To Air Pollution3
ENV ENG 5662Air Pollution Control Methods3
ENV ENG 5665Indoor Air Pollution3
GEO ENG 4099Undergraduate Research0-6
GEO ENG 4115Statistical Methods in Geology and Engineering3
GEO ENG 4276Environmental Aspects Of Mining3
GEO ENG 5085Internship0-15
GEO ENG 5146Applications Of Geographic Information Systems3
GEO ENG 5174Geological Engineering Field Methods3
GEO ENG 5233Risk Assessment In Environmental Studies3
GEO ENG 5239Groundwater Remediation3
GEO ENG 5276Advanced Environmental Aspects Of Mining3
GEO ENG 5320Groundwater Modeling3
GEO ENG 5332Fundamentals of Groundwater Hydrology3
GEO ENG 5556Renewable Energy Systems3
GEOLOGY 2096Field Geology3
GEOLOGY 2731Introduction to Planetary Science3
GEOLOGY 4085Internship3
GEOLOGY 4099Undergraduate Research0-6
GEOLOGY 4310Remote Sensing Technology3
GEOLOGY 4411Hydrogeology3
GEOLOGY 4421Radioactive Waste Management And Remediation3
GEOLOGY 4431Methods Of Karst Hydrogeology3
GEOLOGY 4711Paleoclimatology and Paleoecology3
GEOLOGY 4721Meteorology and Climatology3
GEOLOGY 4841Geological Field Studies3
GEOLOGY 5681Lidar Principles and Application3
GEOLOGY 5741Micropaleontology3
MIN ENG 5742Environmental Aspects of Mining3
POL SCI 3300Principles Of Public Policy3
POL SCI 4085Political Science Internship0-6
POL SCI 4320The Politics of Innovation3

Secondary Education Emphasis Area

You may earn a BS degree in environmental science from Missouri S&T and certification to teach at the secondary level in the schools of Missouri with this emphasis area. This program can be completed in four academic years, and student teaching is arranged with public schools anywhere in the state. Students interested in this emphasis area should consult with the advisor for environmental science.

In order to successfully complete the emphasis area, students must attain at least a 3.0 GPA average for all environmental science courses and professional education courses required by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for teacher certification.

Students must also meet all requirements listed under the teacher education website including passing the state-required assessments.

A degree in the emphasis area requires a minimum of 128 credit hours. The required courses are provided below.

Humanities: 15 semester hours
ENGLISH 1120Exposition And Argumentation3
ENGLISH 1160Writing And Research3
or ENGLISH 3560 Technical Writing
ENGLISH 3170Teaching And Supervising Reading and Writing3
PHILOS 1130How Should I Live? An Introduction to Ethics3
PHILOS 4350Environmental Ethics3
Social Sciences: 18 semester hours
HISTORY 1310American History Since 18773
PSYCH 1101General Psychology3
PSYCH 3310Developmental Psychology3
ECON 1100Principles Of Microeconomics3
ECON 4440Environmental And Natural Resource Economics3
HISTORY 2510History of Technology3
or HISTORY 3510 Twentieth Century Technology And Society
or HISTORY 3530 History of Science
Mathematics/Physical Science: 12 semester hours
MATH 1208Calculus With Analytic Geometry I4-9
or MATH 1214 Calculus I
or MATH 1210
MATH 1211
Calculus I-A
and Calculus I-B
Introductory Astronomy
and Astronomy Laboratory
PHYSICS 1145College Physics I4
or PHYSICS 1135 Engineering Physics I
Statistics: 3 semester hours
STAT 3425Introduction to Biostatistics3-4
or STAT 3113 Applied Engineering Statistics
or STAT 3115 Engineering Statistics
Biological Sciences: 13 semester hours
BIO SCI 1223
BIO SCI 1229
and Biodiversity Lab
BIO SCI 1173Introduction to Environmental Sciences3
BIO SCI 2223General Genetics3
BIO SCI 2263Ecology3
Chemistry: 9 semester hours
CHEM 1100Introduction To Laboratory Safety & Hazardous Materials1
CHEM 1310General Chemistry I4
CHEM 1319General Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 1320General Chemistry II3
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering: 9 semester hours
ENV ENG 2601Fundamentals Of Environmental Engineering and Science3
ENV ENG 2602Biological Fundamentals Of Environmental Engineering3
ENV ENG 5640Environmental Law And Regulations3
or ENV ENG 5642 Sustainability, Population, Energy, Water, and Materials
Environmental Science: 1 semester hour
ENV SCI 1110Environmental Science Freshman Seminar1
Geological Sciences/Geological and Petroleum Engineering: 12 semester hours
GEO ENG 2536Basic Weather3
GEOLOGY 1110Physical And Environmental Geology3
GEOLOGY 2611Physical Mineralogy And Petrology3
GEO ENG 3148Fundamentals Of Geographic Information Systems3
Education: 36 semester hours
EDUC 1040Perspectives In Education2
EDUC 1174School Organization and Administration For Teachers2
EDUC 3216Instructional Literacy in the Content Area3
EDUC 3280Instructional Strategies in the Content Area3
EDUC 4298Student Teaching Seminar1
PSYCH 2300Educational Psychology3
or EDUC 2102 Educational Psychology
EDUC 3340Assessment of Student Learning3
PSYCH 4310Psychology Of The Exceptional Child3
or EDUC 2310 Education Of The Exceptional Child
EDUC 1104Teacher Field Experience I1
EDUC 1164Teacher Field Experience II2
EDUC 3298Teacher Field Experience III1
EDUC 4299Student Teaching12

ENV SCI 1001 Special Topics (LAB 0.0 and LEC 0.0)

This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course.

ENV SCI 1110 Environmental Science Freshman Seminar (RSD 1.0)

An introduction to the study of environmental science at Missouri S&T. Students will become acquainted with faculty, facilities, and resources associated with the environmental science program at S&T. Students will also consider opportunities for personal and professional development in environmental sciences. Prerequisites: Environmental Science majors only.

ENV SCI 1173 Introduction to Environmental Sciences (LEC 3.0)

An introduction to environmental science, with an emphasis on biological aspects of current environmental problems. Topics range from chemical toxicity to global climate change. Environmental challenges facing local species and ecosystems will be emphasized. (Co-listed with Bio Sci 1173).
ENV SCI 1173 - MOTR BIOL 100: Essentials in Biology

ENV SCI 2001 Special Topics (LAB 0.0 and LEC 0.0)

This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course.

ENV SCI 3001 Special Topics (LAB 0.0 and LEC 0.0)

This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course.

ENV SCI 4000 Special Problems (IND 0.0-6.0)

Problems or readings on specific subjects or projects in the program. Consent of instructor required.

ENV SCI 4001 Special Topics (LAB 0.0 and LEC 0.0)

This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course.

ENV SCI 4002 Cooperative Environmental Scientist Training (IND 0.0-6.0)

On-the-job experience gained through cooperative education with industry, with credit arranged through departmental cooperative advisor. Grade received depends on quality of reports submitted and work supervisor's evaluation.

ENV SCI 4010 Seminar (RSD 1.0)

Students will work in groups to propose, research, develop, complete, and present service-learning projects that are related to the environmental sciences. Prerequisites: Senior Standing.

ENV SCI 4028 Environmental Science Senior Capstone (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)

This course challenges students to solve real-world environmental problems in a hands-on capacity. Students will learn environmental monitoring techniques and environmental reporting, and engage in professional development. This course fulfills experiential learning requirements through an industry-engaged project. Prerequisites: Senior standing. Environmental Science majors only.

ENV SCI 4099 Undergraduate Research (IND 0.0-6.0)

Designed for the undergraduate student who wishes to engage in research. Not for graduate credit. Not more than six credit hours for graduation credit. Subject and credit to be arranged with the instructor. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ENV SCI 5001 Special Topics (LAB 0.0 and LEC 0.0)

This course is designed to give the department an opportunity to test a new course.