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Environmental Science Course Specifics

Professional Area Courses

When you specialize in environmental science in the technical and scientific communication major, you can gain background knowledge in botany, geography, geology, physics, and zoology through professional area courses in these departments. This practical experience will give you a better understanding of the various interdisciplinary fields that contribute to knowledge in environmental science. With expertise in this area, you will be prepared to interact with technical specialists to create a variety of specialist and non-specialist communications.

Technical and scientific communication majors who wish to take their professional area courses in environmental science should ideally choose 18 hours from the list of preferred courses. However, optional courses in Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences are also acceptable. Students who take hours in a professional area as a summer scholar may be able to count up to 6 of the 12 hours toward their specialty area.

Course Substitutions

If you would like to ask about possible substitutions for any of these courses, contact Professor Sandra Woy-Hazleton (529-5845; woyhazs@muohio.edu). Please ask Professor Woy-Hazleton to forward a memo regarding substitutions to Jean Lutz in the English Department.

NOTE: Some of the courses listed below have prerequisites; however, these prerequisites do not count toward the degree requirements for the major.

Preferred Courses

Course No.

Title (Credit Hours)

BOT 171 Ecology of North America (3)
CHM 111 Chemistry in Modern Society (3)
ENV 275 Principles of Environmental Science (3)
GEO 271 Conservation of Natural Resources (3)
GLG 121 Environmental Geology (3)
GLG 307 Water and Society (3)
IES 431 Principles and Applications of Environmental Science (3)
PHY 121 Energy and Environment (3)

 

If you are interested in a broad base in environmental science…

These courses are important to understanding the range of disciplines that contribute to environmental scientists’ work.

To fulfill the requirements, you will need to take at least one course in each of the following categories: biological science, chemical science and earth science. You are welcome to take more than one course in any category, but the extra courses will not count toward your major requirements. All courses below (except CHM 142/5 and GLG 211) fulfill MPF Natural Science IV requirements.

Biological Science

Choose at least one of the following:

Course No.

Title (Credit Hours)

BOT 115 Biological Concepts: Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, and Diversity (4)
BOT 191 General Botany (4)
ZOO 113 Animal Diversity

 

Chemical Science

Choose at least one of the following:

Course No.

Title (Credit Hours)

CHM 111 Chemistry in Modern Society (4)
CHM 142/145 College Chemistry and College Chem Lab (5)
GLG 211 Chemistry of Earth Systems (4)

 

Earth Science

Choose at least one of the following:

Course No.

Title (Credit Hours)

GEO121 Global Physical Environments (4)
GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth (3)*
GLG 121 Environmental Geology (3)*
GLG 131 Geology and Gemstones (3)*
GLG 141 Geology of U.S. National Parks (3)*
  * Require enrollment in GLG 115L- Understanding the Earth

 

Other courses of interest and value

Course No.

Title (Credit Hours)

BOT 401 Plant Ecology (3)
BOT/GEO 431 Plant Geography (3)
BOT/GEO 432 Ecological Foundations of Vegetation—North America (3)
BOT/ZOO 467 Conservation Biology
ECO 434 Environmental Economics (3)
GEO 271 Conservation of Natural Resources
GEO 421 Climatology (3)
GEO 425 Hydrogeography (4)
GEO 428 Soil Geography (4)
GEO 437 Regional Land Use Capability Analysis (3)
GEO 441 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
GLG 207 Water and Society (3)
GLG 401 Global Climate Change (4)
GLG 408 Introduction to Hydrogeology (4)
GLG 491 Geochemistry of Natural Waters (3)
HST 397 American Environmental History (3)
IES 450 Environmental Law (3)
PHY 121 Energy and Environment (3)
PHY 421 Introduction to Biophysics (4)
ZOO 204 Fundamentals of Ecology (3)
ZOO 333 Field Ecology (3)
ZOO 453 Animal Physiological Ecology (4)
ZOO 462 Ecological Toxicology (4)
ZOO 463 Limnology (4)