Environmental Science

Environmental Science

B.S. Degree

The Environmental Science program provides students with state-of-the art training and an interdisciplinary background that will enable them to deal with important environmental problems of the 21st century.  In addition to the liberal arts core curriculum required by Ferrum College and required environmental science courses, students must complete courses in biology, chemistry, earth sciences, economics, geography and statistics.  Environmental problems are approached from a holistic basis and experiential learning is emphasized.  An internship is required and independent research is encouraged.  Ferrum’s Environmental Science Program offers students flexibility in developing their own interests.  Students are encouraged to pursue a minor, but it is not required.

The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing the following:

   ESC 110 Introduction to Environmental Science
   NSM 499 Internship

    Liberal Arts Core Courses and Degree Specific Requirements

       BIO 101 General Biology 4
       CHM 101 or 103 General Chemistry 4
       MTH 111 Pre-Calculus I 3

    Required Environmental Science Courses (26 hours)

       ESC 110 Introduction to Environmental Science 4
       ESC 209 Geology and Hydrology 4
       ESC 211 Fundamentals of Ecology 4
       ESC 215 Quantitative Methods and Statistics I 4
       NSM 307, 497, 498 Seminar 6
       NSM 399 Professional Preparation 1
       NSM 499 Internship 3

      Required Non-Environmental Science Courses (23 hours)

         BIO 201 Vertebrate Zoology or BIO 301 Invertebrate Zoology 4
         BIO 202 Plant Science 4
         CHM 105 or 301 Organic Chemistry 4
         ECO 315 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 3
         GEO 220 Introduction to Physical Geography 4
         GEO 221 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems 4

        Required Environmental Science Electives (Choose 8 hours from the following):

           ESC 302 Conservation Biology 3
           ESC 310 Environmental Planning and Assessment 3
           ESC 313 Natural Resource Management 3
           ESC 315 Soil Science 4
           ESC 321 Aquatic Ecology 4
           ESC 405 Fish and Wildlife Ecology and Management 5
           ESC 413 Forest Science and Management 5
           ESC 421 Pollution Science 4
           ESC 424 Environmental Toxicology 3

           Travel Courses:
           ESC 205 Tropical and Marine Ecology 4
           ESC 206 Community Ecology of the Southeast 4
           ESC 207 South African Ecology and Culture 4

           Variable Credit Courses:
           ESC 180-481 Environmental Science Practicum
           ESC 390 Special Topics in Environmental Science
           ESC 495, 496 Independent Research

          Total Hours Required in Major    57