ENG 420 English Capstone: Internship

3 credits, Fall and Spring

Acts as the capstone course for the major. Students demonstrate their status as self-improving and self-assessing learners by defining, acquiring, completing, and evaluating an internship experience and by integrating this experience into an evaluation of their preparedness for graduation, for the beginning of their careers, and for an active life of learning beyond the classroom.

Prerequisite(s): A grade of "C-" or better in ENG 331 and senior status

Environmental Science

School of the Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Associate Dean and Chair: Meredith Durmowicz, Ph.D.

Environmental Science Program Description

The Environmental Science Program is designed to prepare students to address the integral relationship between humankind and the environment. There is a growing recognition of the impact of humans on organisms, landforms, the atmosphere, and ecosystems. This program will engage students in a study of the principles, methodologies, and practices of the life, physical, and mathematical sciences as they relate to the environment. The foundational concepts of human systems, such as businesses, governments, and communities, and their impact on the environment will also be studied. An emphasis on experiential and lifelong learning will also prepare graduates to meet the needs of today’s society.

Environmental Science Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, graduates will be able to

  1. Solve environmental problems by integrating knowledge from the natural and social sciences.
  2. Evaluate the effects of humans on the biosphere.
  3. Apply field and laboratory research skills and techniques to the investigation of scientific questions.
  4. Evaluate environmental issues and advances using scientific literature.
  5. Communicate scientific findings in written and oral formats appropriate to the specific audience.
  6. Conduct himself or herself in a manner consistent with the professional and ethical standards of the discipline.
  7. Practice environmental stewardship.
  8. Apply academic preparation to professional experiences outside the classroom.

Environmental Science Program Policies

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the major, and the lowest acceptable grade is a "C" in all major and secondary science and math required courses. Please see the specific program requirements for a listing of the required courses.

No student, regardless of major, will be permitted to take a science or math course unless a grade of “C” or better is earned in all prerequisite courses. A student may not earn a grade of “C-” or lower in any science or math course more than three times during the program. If a fourth grade of “C-” or lower is earned in any science or math course, the student will be automatically dismissed from the biology major.

Probation: The student who earns any combination of two grades of “C-” or lower in a science or math course will be notified, in writing, by the department chair that he or she is on probation in the School of the Sciences. The student’s progress will be monitored closely and continuance in the major will be reviewed by the department chair and/or the Dean of the School of the Sciences.

Final Probation: The student who earns any combination of three grades of “C-” or lower in a science or math course will be notified, in writing, by the department chair that he or she is on final probation. The student’s progress will be monitored closely and continuance in the major will be reviewed by the department chair and/or the Dean of the School of the Sciences.

Dismissal: If a fourth grade of “C-” or lower in any science or math course is earned, the student will automatically be dismissed from the major.

Environmental Science Program Requirements

The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson core curriculum. Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Some secondary requirements, which are noted by an asterisk (*) in the list below, can also be used to fulfill a core curriculum requirement.

Major Requirements:

BIO 113

General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics

BIO 113L

General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory

BIO 114

General Biology II: Structure and Function of Organisms

BIO 114L

General Biology II: Structure and Function of Organisms Laboratory

BIO 115

General Biology III: Ecology and Evolution

CHEM 115

General Chemistry I

CHEM 115L

General Chemistry I Laboratory

CHEM 115S

General Chemistry I SoLVE

CHEM 116

General Chemistry II

CHEM 116L

General Chemistry II Laboratory

CHEM 116S

General Chemistry II SoLVE

ENV 201

Environmental Chemistry ~

ENV 201L

Environmental Chemistry Laboratory ~

ENV 225

Techniques in Environmental Science ~

ENV 275

Environmental Science

 

(see BIO 275 for description)

Senior Capstone Experience (Select ONE of the six):

ENV 450, 460 or 460H Senior Research Capstone (see BIO450, 460 or 460H for description)

ENV 455, 465 or 465H Senior Internship Capstone (see BIO 455, 465, or 465H for description)

++ Students selecting one of the 9 credit senior capstone options can take one less upper level Group 2 elective.

Electives (Students may choose to take up to two biology and/or chemistry courses to fulfill ENV electives):

Biology Electives:

Group 1 (Select THREE):

ENV 213

Ecology (see BIO 213 for description)

ENV 215

Evolution and Biodiversity ~

ENV 270

Animal Behavior (see BIO 270 for description)

ENV 260

Forestry ~

ENV 280

Soil Sciences ~

Group 2 (Select THREE):

ENV 307

Marine Biology (see BIO 307 for description)

ENV 360

Wildlife Ecology and Management

(see BIO 360 for description)

ENV 310

Aquatic Ecology ~

ENV 330

Conservation Biology ~

ENV 340

Landscape Ecology ~

ENV 410

The Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem ~

ENV 420

Restoration Ecology ~

ENV 430

Ecosystem Delineation and Mitigation ~

Group 3: Any ENV elective

Group 4: Any ENV elective

Secondary Requirements:

PHYS 210 or PHYS 215

General Physics I* or

General Physics I with Calculus*

PHYS 211 or PHYS 216

General Physics II* or

General Physics II with Calculus *

MATH 220

Calculus I*

MATH 235

Statistical Methods

SCI 100

School of the Sciences New Student Seminar

GEO 330

Geographical Information Systems

Select ONE of the following two-course sequences:

EC 202

Principles of Economics:

Introduction to Microeconomics

EC 440

Environmental Economics

OR

POSCI 102

American Government:

Political Institutions and Procedures

LAW 375

Environmental Law

OR

PHIL 215

Ethics

PHIL 3xx

Environmental Ethics ~

OR

POSCI 102

American Government:

Political Institutions and Procedures

POSCI 3xx

Environmental Policy ~

~Course under development

Environmental Science Other Options

Biology Department Honors Requirements:

Eligible students majoring in environmental science may elect to pursue honors within the biology department. The intention to pursue biology department honors must be declared no later than the end of the first semester of the junior year. To declare the intent to pursue departmental honors, a student must have earned a science GPA of 3.50 or higher.

Students graduating with biology department honors will have this distinction noted on their official university transcript. In order to graduate with departmental honors, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of a 400-level capstone experience with a grade of “B” or better
  • Completion of BIO 440 Seminar Topics in Biology with a grade of “B” or better
  • Completion of an Honors Contract Project in an upper-level biology course. A grade of “B” or better must be earned in the course in which an Honors Contract Project is completed. The student must submit a contract project proposal to be approved by department faculty before beginning the project. The final project must be approved by department faculty in order to receive honors credit.
  • A science GPA of 3.50 or higher at the time of graduation

Minor:

A minor is not available in environmental science at this time.

Environmental Science Course Descriptions