Environmental Science (B.S.Env.S.)

Required course work includes the university requirements (see regulation J-3), the general requirements for the B.S. degree, and:

BIOL 115Cells & the Evolution of Life3
BIOL 115LCells and the Evolution of Life Laboratory1
CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry I 13
CHEM 111LPrinciples of Chemistry I Laboratory1
COMM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking (OR one semester of a foreign language course)2-4
ENVS 101Introduction to Environmental Science3
ENVS 102Field Activities in Environmental Sciences1
ENVS 225International Environmental Issues Seminar3
ENVS 400Seminar1-16
PHIL 452Environmental Philosophy3
STAT 251Statistical Methods3
or STAT 301 Probability and Statistics
Options
Select one of the following options:63-68
Total Hours87-109

A. Biological Science Option

This option is suitable for students wishing to pursue technically oriented careers in environmental professions such as natural resource management, bioremediation, and environmental impact analysis.

ENVS 497Senior Research4
BIOL 250General Microbiology3
CHEM 112Principles of Chemistry II4
CHEM 112LPrinciples of Chemistry II Laboratory1
ENGL 317Technical Writing3
MATH 160Survey of Calculus4
or MATH 170 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
Select one of the following:4
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Select 24 credits of Advisor-directed breadth electives, including at least one course from the first four areas and 9 credits from the technical area:24
Ecology:
Ecology and Population Biology
Principles of Ecology
Biogeography
Principles of Ecology
Natural Resource Economics and Sociology:
Applied Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Natural Resource and Ecosystem Service Economics
Environmental Economics
Society and Natural Resources
Management:
Project Management
Public Involvement in Natural Resource Management
Pollution Prevention
Forest Policy and Administration
Natural Hazards and Society
History, Philosophy, and Political Science:
Law, Ethics and the Environment
History of Energy
American Environmental History
Philosophy of Science
Politics of the Environment
Technical:
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis: Lab
Carbon Compounds 1
Organic Chemistry I 1
Internship
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Meteorology
Global Climate Change
Climatology
GIS Primer
Ground Water Hydrology
Geology and the Environment
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab 2
Engineering Physics I
and Laboratory Physics I 2
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab 3
Engineering Physics II
and Laboratory Physics II 3
The Soil Ecosystem
Select 4 Advisor-approved depth electives in any area unless otherwise noted from at least two of the following areas:20
Plant Protection:
General and Applied Entomology
Weed Control
Invasive Plant Biology
Plant Pathology
Soil Fertility
Animal Ecology:
Ecology of Terrestrial Vertebrates
Techniques Laboratory
Conservation Biology 4
Fish and Wildlife Population Ecology 4
Aquatic Ecology (Take all three courses):
Fish Ecology
Limnology
Riparian Ecology and Management
Forest and Range Systems:
Forest Soil and Canopy Processes
Global Fire Ecology and Management
Ecological Monitoring and Analysis
Landscape Ecology
Wildland Restoration Ecology
Rangeland Ecology
Soils:
Principles of Environmental Toxicology
Microbial Ecology
Pesticides in the Environment
Pedology
Water:
Environmental Hydrology
Drinking Water and Human Health
Watershed Science and Management
Ground Water Hydrology
Techniques of Groundwater Study
Environmental Hydrogeology
Geospatial Tools (take at least 3 of the 6 courses listed below):
Remote Sensing of the Environment
GIS Primer
Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing
Intermediate GIS
Remote Sensing/GIS Integration
GIS Applications in Land Planning 2
Climate Change and Ecosystems (Take all three courses):
Natural Resource and Ecosystem Service Economics
Global Climate Change
Biogeography
Total Hours67

Courses to total 120 credits for this degree 

B. Physical Science Option

This option is suitable for students wishing to pursue technical careers in environmental professions such as air, soil, and water pollution abatement, hazardous waste management, waste minimization, and ecological restoration.

ENVS 497Senior Research4
CHEM 112Principles of Chemistry II4
CHEM 112LPrinciples of Chemistry II Laboratory1
ENGL 317Technical Writing3
MATH 170Analytic Geometry and Calculus I4
PHYS 111General Physics I3
PHYS 111LGeneral Physics I Lab1
Select one of the following:4
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Select Advisor-Directed breadth electives, including at least one course from the first four areas and 9 credits from the technical area:24
Ecology:
Ecology and Population Biology
Principles of Ecology
Biogeography
Principles of Ecology
Natural Resource Economics and Sociology:
Applied Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Natural Resource and Ecosystem Service Economics
Environmental Economics
Society and Natural Resources
Management:
Project Management
Public Involvement in Natural Resource Management
Pollution Prevention
Forest Policy and Administration
Natural Hazards and Society
Integrated Rangeland Management
History, Philosophy, and Political Science:
Law, Ethics and the Environment
American Environmental History
Philosophy of Science
Politics of the Environment
Technical:
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis: Lab
Carbon Compounds 1
Organic Chemistry I 1
Internship
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Meteorology
Global Climate Change
Climatology
GIS Primer
Ground Water Hydrology
Geology and the Environment
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Engineering Physics I
and Laboratory Physics I
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab 2
Engineering Physics II
and Laboratory Physics II 2
The Soil Ecosystem
Select 4 Advisor-approved depth electives in any area unless otherwise noted from at least two of the following areas:20
Water:
Drinking Water and Human Health
Environmental Hydrology
Watershed Science and Management
Ground Water Hydrology
Techniques of Groundwater Study
Environmental Hydrogeology
Hazardous Waste:
Bioremediation
Environmental Water Quality
Biochemistry I
Environmental Chemistry
Introduction to Environmental Regulations
Principles of Environmental Toxicology
Geology:
Geomorphology
Geology and the Environment
Principles of Geophysics
Principles of Geochemistry
Mathematics and Statistics:
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
Ordinary Differential Equations
Statistical Analysis
Soils:
Environmental Chemistry
Soil and Environmental Physics
Environmental Soil Chemistry
Pedology
Economics and Management (take all three courses):
Project Management
Environmental Economics
Pollution Prevention
Geospatial Tools (take at least 3 of the 4 courses):
Remote Sensing of the Environment
GIS Primer
Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing/GIS Integration
Climate Change and Emissions Reduction:
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Global Climate Change
Climatology
Climate Change Mitigation
Total Hours68

Courses to total 120 credits for this degree 

C. Physical Science 2 Option

This option is only available to students in Coeur d'Alene and Idaho Falls.

ENVS 497Senior Research3
CHEM 112Principles of Chemistry II4
CHEM 112LPrinciples of Chemistry II Laboratory1
ENGL 317Technical Writing3
PHYS 111General Physics I3
PHYS 111LGeneral Physics I Lab1
MATH 160Survey of Calculus4
or MATH 170 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
Select one of the following:4
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Select Advisor-Directed breadth electives, including at least one course from the first four areas and 9 credits from the technical area:24
Ecology:
Ecology and Population Biology
Principles of Ecology
Principles of Ecology
Natural Resource Economics and Sociology:
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Foundations of Economic Analysis
Impact of Technology on Society
Management:
Principles of Sustainability
Introduction to Environmental Regulations
Global Fire Ecology and Management
Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing
History, Philosophy, and Political Science:
History of Energy
Idaho and the Pacific Northwest
Politics of the Environment
Technical:
Organisms and Environments
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis: Lab
Carbon Compounds
Organic Chemistry I
Pollution Prevention
Environmental Audit
Internship
GIS Primer
Ground Water Hydrology
Geology of National Parks
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab 1
Engineering Physics II
and Laboratory Physics II 1
GIS Application in Fire Ecology and Management
Wildland Restoration Ecology
Rangeland Ecology
The Soil Ecosystem
Select 4 Advisor-approved depth electives in any area unless otherwise noted from at least two of the following areas:20
Water:
Water Quality Management
Environmental Hydrology
Wetland Restoration
Ground Water Hydrology
Ground Water-Surface Water Interactions
Mathematics and Statistics:
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Analytic Geometry and Calculus III
Ordinary Differential Equations
Statistical Analysis
Management Tools (take three of the following):
Environmental Lifecycle Assessment
Pollution Prevention
GIS Primer
Intermediate GIS
Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing
Hazardous Materials
Project and Program Management
Environmental Policy and Regulations (Take three of the following):
Human Dimensions of Restoration Ecology
Environmental Audit
Principles of Sustainability
Introduction to Environmental Regulations
Natural Resource Policy and Law
Energy Systems:
Water and Energy Systems
History of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Impact of Technology on Society
Power Generation and Distribution
Sustainability Science:
Environmental Lifecycle Assessment
Pollution Prevention
Principles of Sustainability
Principles of Environmental Toxicology
Lean to Green Sustainable Technology
Total Hours67

Courses to total 120 credits for this degree 

D. Social Science Option

This option is suitable for students wishing to pursue careers in environmental professions such as environmental regulation, land use planning, environmental administration, and as a pre-law program for environmental law.

ENGL 309Rhetorical Style3
or JAMM 428 Environmental Journalism
ENGL 316Environmental Writing3
or ENGL 317 Technical Writing
ENVS 497Senior Research4
GEOG 100Physical Geography3
GEOG 100LPhysical Geography Lab1
GEOL 101Physical Geology3
GEOL 101LPhysical Geology Lab1
MATH 143Pre-calculus Algebra and Analytic Geometry3
PHIL 201Critical Thinking3
or POLS 235 Political Research Methods and Approaches
Select Advisor-Directed breadth electives, including at least one course from the first four areas and 9 credits from the technical area:24
Ecology:
Ecology and Population Biology
Principles of Ecology
Biogeography
Principles of Ecology
Natural Resource Economics and Sociology:
Applied Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Natural Resource and Ecosystem Service Economics
Pollution Prevention
Environmental Economics
Society and Natural Resources
Management:
Project Management
Public Involvement in Natural Resource Management
Forest Policy and Administration
Natural Hazards and Society
Integrated Rangeland Management
History, Philosophy, and Political Science:
Law, Ethics and the Environment
History of Energy
American Environmental History
Philosophy of Science
Politics of the Environment
Technical:
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis: Lab
Carbon Compounds 1
Organic Chemistry I 1
Internship
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Meteorology 2
Global Climate Change 2
Climatology
GIS Primer
Ground Water Hydrology
Geology and the Environment
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab 3
Engineering Physics I
and Laboratory Physics I 3
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab 4
Engineering Physics II
and Laboratory Physics II 4
The Soil Ecosystem
Select 5 Advisor-approved depth electives one of the following areas:15
Policy and Law:
Introduction to Environmental Regulations
Philosophy of Law
Politics of the Environment
Constitutional Law
Civil Liberties
Administration and Planning:
Enterprise Accounting
Conflict Management
Social-Ecological Systems
Environmental Communication Skills
Environmental Economics
Forest Policy and Administration
Urban Geography
Politics of the Environment
Public Administration
Public Organization Theory
Natural Resource Policy
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Green Building and Community Design:
Introduction to the Built Environment
Materials and Methods
Environmental Control Systems I
Environmental Control Systems II
Climate Change Mitigation
Transportation, GIS & Planning
Water Conservation Technologies
The Resilient Landscape
Climate Change - Human Dimensions:
Environmental Economics
Introduction to Environmental Regulations
History of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Global Climate Change
Climate Change Mitigation
Societal Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change
Natural Resource and Ecosystem Service Economics
Total Hours63

Courses to total 120 credits for this degree 

E. Biophysical Science Option

This option is intended for students at a distance wishing to pursue technically oriented careers in environmental professions such as natural resource management, bioremediation, and environmental impact analysis.  Students need to work closely with an academic advisor to plan the courses needed to fulfill degree requirements which are not available through distance delivery.

BIOL 250General Microbiology3
or PHYS 111 General Physics I
ENGL 317Technical Writing3
ENVS 497Senior Research2-4
MATH 170Analytic Geometry and Calculus I4
Select one of the following:4
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Select 48 credits of Advisor-directed breadth electives, including at least one course from each of the following depth areas (all are available online):48
Water and Soils:
Environmental Water Quality
Drinking Water and Human Health
Environmental Hydrology
The Soil Ecosystem
Pesticides in the Environment
Soil Fertility
Sustainability:
Pollution Prevention
Global Nutrition
Principles of Environmental Toxicology
Principles of Sustainability
Global Climate Change
Impact of Technology on Society
Ecology:
Global Fire Ecology and Management
Principles of Ecology
Principles of Vegetation Measurement and Assessment
Wildland Restoration Ecology
Rangeland Ecology
Conservation Biology
Energy:
History of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Geographical Information Systems:
GIS Primer
Hydrologic Applications of GIS and Remote Sensing
GIS Application in Fire Ecology and Management
Social Science:
International Environmental Organizations
Pollution Prevention
History of Energy
Global Nutrition
Impact of Technology on Society
Total Hours64-66

Courses to total 120 credits for this degree.