Environmental Science, B.S.

Students will be equipped with the scholarly background and intellectual skills to understand a wide range of pressing environmental issues, and they will come to appreciate the physical, economic, political, demographic, and ethical factors that define those issues. Among the many environmental problems central to our program are groundwater contamination, suburban sprawl, river basin management, environmental justice, and the greening of abandoned urban spaces. Our graduates find employment with government environmental agencies, citizens’ organizations, consulting firms, and corporate environmental affairs departments.

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Laura Toran, Program Director
Beury Hall, Room 223
215-204-2352
ltoran@temple.edu

Dr. Allison Tumarkin-Deratzian, Faculty Advisor
Beury Hall, Room 315B
215-204-2321
altd@temple.edu

Bachelor of Science 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:
      EES 2096Climate Change: Oceans To Atmosphere (S)4
      EES 2097Process Geomorphology (F)4
      ENST/ECON 3596Energy, Ecology, and Economy3
      ENVS 4198Environmental Science Senior Seminar (S)3
      ENST 4896Environmental Physiology3
      ENST/GUS 3097Environment and Development3
      ENST/GUS 2096Problems of Environmental Quality3
      HIST/ENST 4297Social History of American Medicine3
      PHIL/ENST 2596Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment3
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements
    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (72-80 s.h.)
    At least 10 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple.
    Biology
    BIOL 1111Introduction to Biology I4
    or BIOL 1911 Honors Introduction to Biology I
    BIOL 2112Introduction to Biology II4
    or BIOL 2912 Honors Introduction to Biology II
    BIOL 2227Principles of Ecology (S)3
    Chemistry
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    Honors General Chemical Science I
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    Honors General Chemical Science II
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II (S)
    Select one of the following:4
    Organic Chemistry I
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    Organic Chemistry for Majors I
    and Organic Majors Laboratory I (F)
    Organic Chemistry for Honors I
    and Organic Honors Laboratory I (F)
    Earth & Environmental Science
    EES 2001Physical Geology4
    Select one of the following: 14
    Groundwater Hydrology (F)
    Physical Hydrology (S)
    Select one of the following:3-4
    Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    Remote Sensing and GIS (S)
    Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
    Economics
    ECON 1102Microeconomic Principles3
    or ECON 1902 Honors Microeconomic Principles
    ENST/ECON 3596Energy, Ecology, and Economy3
    Environmental Science
    ENVS 4198Environmental Science Senior Seminar (S)3
    Environmental Science electives
    Select six Environmental Science electives. 218-24
    Mathematics
    Select one of the following:4
    Calculus I with Lab 3
    Calculus I
    Honors Calculus I (F)
    MATH 1044Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences4
    Select one of the following:3-4
    Calculus II
    Honors Calculus II
    EES 2051
    (F)
    Biostatistics (F)
    Total Credit Hours72-80
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course
    1

    One hydrology course is a required course. The second course may be taken as an elective.

    2

    Four of the electives must be Natural Science courses and of these two must be from the same department. One of the electives must be from the social science or policy elective courses.

    3

    Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

Natural Science Electives
BIOL 2241Invertebrate Biology (S)4
BIOL 3114Evolutionary Ecology (F)3
BIOL 3225Evolutionary Genetics (S)3
BIOL 3244Experimental Marine Biology (SS)4
BIOL 3245Marine Ecology (F)4
BIOL 3254Animal Behavior (S)3
BIOL 3275Ecology of Invasive Species (F)3
BIOL 3307Conservation Biology (F)3
BIOL 3311Herpetology (S)4
BIOL 3316Tropical Marine Biology (Fall of odd years)4
BIOL 3321Plant Community Ecology (F)3
BIOL 3336Freshwater Ecology (Fall of even years)4
BIOL 4327Biological Impacts of Global Climate Change (F)3
BOT 1112Plant Ecology (S)3
EES 2021Sedimentary Environments4
EES 2097Process Geomorphology (F)4
EES 2061Introduction to Geochemistry (S)4
EES 2065Nanogeoscience and Technology (F)4
EES 2096Climate Change: Oceans To Atmosphere (S)4
EES 3021Groundwater Hydrology (F) 14
EES 3025Physical Hydrology (S) 14
EES 3042Coastal Processes and Geomorphology (S)4
HORT 2114Soils (S)3
LARC 2758Summer Field Ecology (SSI)3
PHYS 1061Elementary Classical Physics I4
or PHYS 1961 Honors Elementary Classical Physics I
or PHYS 2021 General Physics I
or PHYS 2921 Honors General Physics I
Social Science/Policy Electives
CRP 2114Urban Form and Design3
CRP 2213Environmental Planning3
CRP 2251Sustainable Food Systems Planning3
CRP 3255Sustainability in Suburban Communities3
CRP 3256Sustainable Community Design and Development3
ECON 1101Macroeconomic Principles3
or ECON 1901 Honors Macroeconomic Principles
ECON 3512Public Finance3
ECON 3513Economics of State and Local Governments3
ENVT 4761Environmental Regulations3
ENST/GUS 2025Environmental Law and Regulation3
ENST/GUS 2096Problems of Environmental Quality3
ASST/ENST/GUS 3052Environmental Problems in Asia3
ENST/GUS 2051The Urban Environment3
ENST 3004Geography of Natural Resources3
ENST/GUS 3051Environmental Policy Issues3
ENST/GUS 3054Energy, Resources, and Conservation3
ENST/GUS 3097Environment and Development3
ENST/GUS 3314Food Studies: A Geographical Perspective3
ENST/GUS 3015The Geographic Basis of Land Use Planning3
ENST/GUS 3055Geography of Hazards3
ENST/GUS 3056Political Ecology3
ENST/GUS 4065Urban Geographic Information Systems3
ENST 4066Environmental GIS3
ENST/GUS 3071Medical Geography3
HIST/ENST 3214North American Environmental History3
HIST/ENST 4297Social History of American Medicine3
PHIL/ENST 2157Environmental Ethics3
PHIL/ENST 2596Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment3
POLS/ENST 3152U.S. Environmental Policy3
POLS/ENST 3265International Environmental Policy3
ENVH 2102Environmental Health3
REL/ENST 3001Earth Ethics3
REL/ASST/ENST 3904Honors Earth Ethics3
SOC/ENST 3511Environmental Sociology: The End of the World as We Know It?3
Topic Electives
ENVS 3000Special Topics in Environmental Science3 to 4
ENVS 4082Independent Study: Environmental Science1 to 3
ENVS 4085Internship: Environmental Science3
ENST 3000Special Topics in Environmental Studies3
ENST 4896Environmental Physiology3
HORT 2334Food Crops I3
HORT 2353Food Crops II3
HORT 3514Landscape Restoration3

Note: EES 3091 is not available for major credit.

1

One hydrology course is a required course. The second course may be taken as an elective.

(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course
(SS) - Summer session only

Note: A grade of C or higher in CHEM 1031 and CHEM 1032 is required to take BIOL 1111 and BIOL 2112. A grade of C or higher in BIOL 1111 and BIOL 2112 is required to take upper-level Biology courses, and a C- or higher is required unless otherwise specified in all other courses for the major, including course prerequisites.

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include CHEM 1027, for example.

Distinction in Major

To graduate with Distinction in Major, students are required to achieve a 3.5 GPA for courses required for the major. If the difficulty of courses chosen as electives is high, then a 3.3 GPA will earn Distinction in Major. This determination will be made by the appropriate faculty. In addition, a student graduating with distinction has no grade below C in the remaining courses required for the major.

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Honors General Chemical Science I (F) 
Select one of the following:4
Calculus I with Lab1 
Calculus I 
Honors Calculus I 
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II 
Honors General Chemical Science II (S) 
EES 2001Physical Geology4
MATH 1044Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences4
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
BIOL 1111 or 1911Introduction to Biology I4
Select one of the following:4
Organic Chemistry I 
Organic Chemistry for Majors I (F) 
Organic Chemistry for Honors I (F) 
Select one of the following:3-4
EES 2051
(F) 
Calculus II 
Honors Calculus II 
Biostatistics (F) 
General Education/Elective Credits4-3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 2227Principles of Ecology3
Environmental Science Elective - Natural Science23-4
General Education/Elective Credits9-8
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
BIOL 2112 or 2912Introduction to Biology II4
Select one of the following:34
Groundwater Hydrology (F) 
Physical Hydrology 
Environmental Science Elective23
General Education/Elective Credits4
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
ECON 1102 or 1902Microeconomic Principles3
Select one of the following:3-4
Remote Sensing and GIS (S) 
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 
Environmental Science Elective - Natural Science24
General Education/Elective Credits6-5
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
ENST 3596 or ECON 3596Energy, Ecology, and Economy [WI]3
Environmental Science Elective - Natural Science23-4
Environmental Science Elective - Social Science/Policy23-4
General Education/Elective Credits7-5
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
ENVS 4198Environmental Science Senior Seminar [WI] (S)3
Environmental Science Elective - Natural Science23-4
General Education/Elective Credits10-9
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 123
1

Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

2

Select from the Environmental Science Electives lists under Requirements.

3

Either EES 3021 or EES 3025 can be taken. One will be offered in the Fall and one in the Spring.

(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course