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Department of Biology
258 Science Building
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.2339

BS - Environmental Science w/Biology Emphasis

In coordination with the Program in Environmental Science, the Department of Biology offers an Environmental Science Major with an emphasis in Environmental Biology. This major includes a core curriculum that provides students with a broad exposure to biology, chemistry, geology, statistics, and geographic information systems. More focused courses in Biology provide students with expertise in their emphasis area. The program integrates classroom work with field, lab, and research experience. Motivated students have the opportunity to obtain a double major in both Environmental Science and Biology.

What will I study?

Environmental Science Required Courses (81-84 credits)
ENVS 100 Introduction to Environmental Science (5)
ECON 100 General Education Economics (5)
GEOL 120 Physical Geology - The Solid Earth (5)
GEOL 121 Physical Geology - Surficial Processes (5)
CHEM 151 General Chemistry (5)
CHEM 152 General Chemistry (5)
CHEM 153 General Chemistry (5)
BIOL 171 Biology I (5)
BIOL 172 Biology II (5)
BIOL 173 Biology III (5)
DSCI 245 Data Analysis for Business (4) 
     or MATH 380 (5) 
     or BIOL 380 Data Analysis for Biologists (5)*
BIOL 270 Biological Investigation (3)
ENVS 300 Junior Seminar (1)
GEOL 320 Environmental Geology (4) 
     or GEOL 380 World Resources and Populations (5)
GEOG 323 GIS for Environmental Science (3)
DSCI 346 Advanced Data Analysis for Business (4) 
      or MATH 161 Calculus (5)
      or BIOL 380 Data Analysis for Biologists (5)*
ENVS 400 Senior Seminar (1)
BIOL 440 Ecology (4)
GEOL 470 Hydrogeology (4)
PLAN 431 Environmental Impact Statement (3)
*May only take once

Environmental Biology: 30 credits

Required General Biological Knowledge

Any one of the following (5 credits)
BIOL 301 Microbiology (5)
BIOL 302 Botany (5)
BIOL 303 Invertebrate Zoology (5)
BIOL 304 Vertebrate Zoology (5)

Capstone (5 credits)
BIOL 490 Capstone (5)

Electives (20)
20 credits of upper-division electives with advisor's consent

Required environmental science credits (81-84 credits)
General biological knowledge credits (30 credits)
Minimum total credits for above emphasis (111 credits)

Information for obtaining a double major:
The Environmental Science program has been purposely designed to facilitate a double major in Environmental Science and a degree from the department from which you obtain your concentration area. All students are strongly encouraged to investigate this opportunity as it will open additional employment and graduate school avenues. See an advisor from the appropriate department early and often if you are pursuing a double major! Scheduling is critical and can greatly speed your progress through the double major track.

If you take the double major, you do not need to take two capstones; however the only exceptions will be for students obtaining double majors in biology, chemistry, and geology who may use departmental capstones. Any substitutions require PRIOR written approval from the Department Chair.

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