Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

Environmental Science

Location: Herrmann Science Center 150

Telephone: 859-572-1407

Fax: 859-572-5639

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Program Director: Richard L. Boyce, Department of Biological Sciences

Other Faculty: Kristine N. Hopfensperger, Kirsten Schwarz

Bachelor of Science with a major in Environmental Science

The environmental science program is an interdisciplinary program that provides those interested in environmental careers with a strong background in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, and physics. This multidisciplinary background is combined with 300-level or above course requirements that integrate the disciplines and emphasize the scientific study of environmental issues from a research- and career-oriented perspective. The inclusion of research or internships enables students to gain expertise and experience to monitor, analyze, and contribute to the solution of current environmental problems. These opportunities are provided by faculty from the biology, chemistry, and physics and geology departments, the Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics, the Center for Environmental Restoration, and industry and government agencies. Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in environmental science are well equipped to join the ranks of other environmental professionals working with local, state, and federal agencies; consulting firms; or nonprofit organizations. They are also qualified to become part of a research team or pursue graduate study in environmental sciences.

Special admission requirements: The admission standards for all students pursuing degrees in environmental science are mathematics ACT 22 and CPE minimum standards of 18 and 20 reading, or successful completion of appropriate developmental courses. Transfer students must also meet these requirements before declaring an environmental science major.

You should also know: The degree of Bachelor of Science in environmental science will be conferred upon all students who complete all of the following course requirements with a grade of C- or better.

If a particular course has a prerequisite that is not listed as part of the major requirements, then the prerequisite is given in italics below the course for which it is a prerequisite. These prerequisites are not included in the program totals in the table below, but they must be completed IN ADDITION TO other program requirements.

Click here for a 4-year plan showing one way a student can complete the program below in 4 years if the student requires no remedial courses.

Degree Requirements: B.S. – Environmental Science



BIO 150/150L

Introduction to Biology I with Laboratory


BIO 151/151L

Introduction to Biology II with Laboratory


BIO 304/304L

General Ecology with Laboratory


CHE 120/120L

General Chemistry I with Laboratory


CHE 121/121L

General Chemistry II with Laboratory


CHE 310/310L

Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory


ENV 110

Introduction to Environmental Science and Issues


ENV 115

Orientation to Environmental Science Careers


ENV 291W

Advanced Writing in Environmental Science

Prerequisite: ENG 101


ENV 494

Seminar: Environmental Science


GEO 306

Environmental Resource Management


GEO 418

Geographic Information Systems


GLY 120

This Dangerous Earth


GLY 340

Introduction to Environmental Geoscience


GLY 450



MAT 119

Precalculus Mathematics


PHY 211

General Physics with Laboratory I


PHY 213

General Physics with Laboratory II


STA 205

Introduction to Statistical Methods


Select one course from the following:

BIO 406

Ecosystem Ecology


ENV 220/220L

Protecting Water Resources


ENV 294

Topics in Environmental Science


ENV 350

Environmental Toxicology


ENV 394

Topics in Environmental Science


Or other course approved by the program director

One 3-credit-hour internship --OR-- Directed research


A minor in biology, chemistry, geology, or geography (The requirements for the minor beyond the 8-4 credit hours are completed as part of the environmental science major.)


Total Credits


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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

The Catalog

Catalog Changes

University Accreditation

Employment and Earnings of Kentucky College Graduates

About NKU

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