2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2012-13 Undergraduate 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. Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of the principles of physical, organic, analytical, and inorganic chemistry, including the structure of matter, fundamental chemical reactions, and the factors that regulate such processes.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic techniques of chemical investigation and the fundamental principles and operating procedures of the major instruments used in chemical characterization and analysis.
  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 career goals and define a path by which to achieve these goals.
  6. Develop a rationally defensible integration of science and faith, particularly with regard to environmental stewardship.
  7. Gain entry to professional or graduate schools or to science-related careers.

Upper-Division Electives (14 units minimum)

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.

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 Elective Total: 26 Units

Bachelor of Science Total: 71 - 72 Units **

**15 units meet general education requirements.

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