Environmental Science, Emphasis

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Major

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to basic domains of thinking that transcend disciplines. The Core applies to all majors. Information on specific classes in the Core can be found at https://www.marshall.edu/gened/.

Core Curriculum
Core 1: Critical Thinking
FYS 100First Yr Sem Critical Thinking3
NRE 120 Bison image Discussions in Envrion Science3
NRE 220 Bison image Human Dimensions of Nat Res3
Core 2
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition3
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition3
CMM 103 Cap graduation image Fund Speech-Communication3
MTH 140 Cap graduation image Applied Calculus3
Core II Humanities3
Core II Social Science3
Core II Fine Arts3
BSC 120 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology (Core II Physical/Nat Science)4
Additional University Requirements
Writing Intensive3
Writing Intensive3
Multicultural or International3
NRE 491 Bison image ES Senior Capstone3
Major-Specific
IST 150Spreadsheet & Database Prin3
MTH 140 Cap graduation image Applied Calculus3
NRE 120 Bison image Discussions in Envrion Science (CT)3
NRE 220 Bison image Human Dimensions of Nat Res (CT)3
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I3
CHM 217 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab I2
CHM 212 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles Chemistry II3
CHM 218 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab II2
NRE 425Water Policy and Regulations3
NRRM 200Analytical Methods: Statistics4
NRE 323 Cap graduation image Assessment II: Aquatic Ecology4
NRE 423 Cap graduation image GIS and Data Systems3
NRE 470ES Internship (Senior Project)3
or NRE 491 Bison image ES Senior Capstone
NRE 490ES/NRRM Capstone Prep3
Area of Emphasis-Specific
BSC 120 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology4
BSC 121 Bison image Principles of Biology4
PHY 201 Bison image College Physics I3
PHY 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics I Laboratory1
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory1
BSC 320Principles of Ecology4
NRE 212Energy3
NRE 322Assess I: Terrestrial Systems4
GLY 200 Bison image The Dynamic Earth3
GLY 210L Bison image Earth Materials Lab1
Major Elective4
Major Elective3
Major Elective3
Major Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3
Free Elective3

Major Information

  • In addition to the Core General Education requirements, the College of Science requires 3 hours of Calculus, 8 additional hours of Natural or Physical Science, and 40 hours of upper level credit.
  • Coursework listed as “elective” may vary for each student. Students are encouraged to use elective hours toward a 2nd minor or toward prerequisites.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to select courses that meet two or more Core or College requirements. For example, a writing intensive literature course could satisfy the Core II Humanities requirement as well as the university writing intensive requirement.
  • Course offerings and course attributes are subject to change each semester. Please consult each semester’s schedule of courses for availability and attributes.
  • Math is based on an ACT Mathematics score of 27 or higher. Students with an ACT Mathematics score less than 27 will be placed in the appropriate mathematics and science courses.
  • Electives: In consultation with the COS advisors, students will select electives from the College of Science offerings best suited to prepare students to apply for professional credentials as a certified ecologist, certified wildlife biologist, or certified fisheries professional. Once a student has satisfied all of the requirements for one of these certifications, he or she should select additional electives in consultation with NRE/COS advisers to reach the 120 credit hours required for graduation. Additional electives may be used to satisfy general education requirements (e.g., writing intensive) and/or to fulfill the requirements of a second major, minor, or certificate.

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Four Year Plan

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree is an integrated program requiring math, communication, and environmental studies courses and basic science courses from Geology, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics departments. The integrated coverage of broad topics prepare students for the complex problems facing a modern world. Areas of Emphasis help focus student efforts toward individual goals and interests with consideration to obtaining rewarding careers the fields of environmental science or conservation or pursuing advanced studies.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterCredit Hours
IST 150 Spreadsheet & Database Prin 3
NRE 120 Bison image Discussions in Envrion Science 3
MTH 140 Cap graduation image Applied Calculus 3
ENG 101 Bison image  Cap graduation image Beginning Composition 3
FYS 100 First Yr Sem Critical Thinking 3
UNI 100 Freshman First Class 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
ENG 201 Bison image Advanced Composition 3
BSC 120 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Biology 4
GLY 200 Bison image The Dynamic Earth 3
GLY 210L Bison image Earth Materials Lab 1
NRE 220 Bison image Human Dimensions of Nat Res (CT) 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Year
First Semester
CHM 211 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 217 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab I 2
NRE 212 Energy 3
Core II Fine Arts 3
Core II Social Science (MC/I) 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
BSC 121 Bison image Principles of Biology 4
CHM 212 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles Chemistry II 3
CHM 218 Bison image  Cap graduation image Principles of Chem Lab II 2
NRRM 200 Analytical Methods: Statistics 4
Core II Humanities (WI) 3
 Credit Hours16
Third Year
First Semester
NRE 323 Cap graduation image Assessment II: Aquatic Ecology 4
NRE 423 Cap graduation image GIS and Data Systems 3
PHY 201 Bison image College Physics I 3
PHY 202 Bison image  Cap graduation image General Physics I Laboratory 1
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
NRE 490 ES/NRRM Capstone Prep 3
NRE 322 Assess I: Terrestrial Systems 4
PHY 203 Bison image College Physics II 3
PHY 204 Bison image General Physics 2 Laboratory 1
CMM 103 Fund Speech-Communication 3
Writing Intensive 3
 Credit Hours17
Fourth Year
First Semester
NRE 425 Water Policy and Regulations 3
BSC 320 Principles of Ecology 4
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 4
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
NRE 470
or NRE 491 Bison image
ES Internship (Senior Project)
or ES Senior Capstone
3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours120