2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    
    Dec 12, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science (Biology), B.S.


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The interdepartmental major in Environmental Science is designed to prepare students to monitor the quality of the environment, interpret the impact of human actions on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and develop strategies for ecosystem restoration. Career opportunities in this field include conservation biology, environmental analysis, wildlife biology, environmental education, ecological research, environmental planning, resource management, and environmental chemistry.

Program Learning Outcomes


Students who complete the program in Environmental Science will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the process of science and of the concepts and theories of biology across a broad range of organizational levels: molecular, cellular, organismal, and ecological.
  2. Apply key concepts and principles in analytical chemistry including quantitative and instrumental analysis.
  3. Use standard instrumentation and laboratory equipment to conduct scientific experiments and perform chemical characterization and analyses.
  4. Participate in the life of the departments of Biology and/or Chemistry by involvement in science clubs and/or in various positions of responsibility such as graders, tutors, and teaching assistants.
  5. Develop a rationally defensible integration of science and faith, particularly with regard to environmental stewardship.
  6. Be prepared for post-graduate studies or science-related careers.

Upper-Division Electives (14 units minimum)


 

Of the 14 required upper division electives, a minimum of 8 units of upper-division electives are required from approved environmental off-campus programs. Both departmental chairs (Biology and Chemistry) or their designees are responsible for approving all off-campus courses. At least one-half of upper-division units in the major must be taken at PLNU.

The following courses can be used to transfer in these 8 units:

Other Related Electives (6 units minimum)


Students can customize their degree by taking one course from each of the two categories below. One or more approved off-campus environmental course(s) may fulfill part or all of this requirement.

Upper-Division Total: 27-30 Units


Bachelor of Science Total: 68 Units **


**15 units meet general education requirements.

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