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Students pursuing a BS in Environmental Science typically have interests in the environment, enjoy outdoor recreation, and appreciate science. The Environmental Science curriculum ensures all of our students have a solid foundation in physical and life sciences and environmental data collection and analysis. Our students will all have hands-on experiences using science to address environmental issues. The curriculum also allows some flexibility so students can tailor the upper-level electives to their own specific interests.

Environmental Science majors have the option to earn a concentration in Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation. This concentration follows a more narrowly focused curriculum for students that have specific interests in natural resources management.

Admission into the Major

Students are expected to formally declare a major no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). Students may declare a major by completing the Change of Major/Minor Application online under the Student tab of myBama.

BS Environmental Science

Code and Title Hours
Core Hours
Select one of the following:4
Principles Of Biology I
and Laboratory Biology I
Honors General Biology I
Select one of the following:4
Principles Biology II
and Biology II Laboratory
Honors Gen Biology II
BSC 385Ecology and Evolution3
Select one of the following:4-5
General Chemistry
Honors General Chemistry
General Chemistry I - Plus
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry
Honors General Chemistry
GY 101Atmospheric Proc & Patterns4
Select one of the following:4
Earth Surface Processes
The Dynamic Earth
GEO 105Sustainable Earth4
GY 204Map & Air Photo Interpretation4
Select one of the following:3
Natural Resource Envirmn Plang
Land Use Regulations
Environ Decision Making
Environment & Society
Land Use Science
Remote Sensing I (Select one of the following:)
Intro Geographic Info Systems
Select one of the following:3
Statistical Data Analysis
Elem Statistical Methods
Upper Division Electives
Select 16 hours (see below)16
Credit Hours Subtotal: 57-58
Ancillary Courses
Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in environmental science requires the successful completion of the following course outside the major:
MATH 125 or Calculus I4
MATH 145 Honors Calculus I
Total Hours61-62

Upper Division Electives

Students earning the BS in Environmental Science must complete an additional 16 hours of upper division electives from the following courses: 

Code and Title Hours
GY 363Geomorphology3
GY 385Watershed Management Plan Development3
GY 404Physical Geography Seast Us3
GY 405Dir Res Physical Geog1-3
GY 409Forest History and Restoration4
GY 412Hydroclimatology3
GY 413Applied Climatology3
GY 414Climate Change and Health3
GY 415The Geography of Extinctions and Endangered Species3
GY 444Field Studies In Africa6
GY 450Field Studies in Belize6
GY 454Costa Rica Field Studies: Tropical Ecology, Conservation, and Development4
GY 463Ecosystem Services: Theory and Practice4
GY 470Special Topics3
GY 472Soils4
GY 477Water Resources Management3
GY 483Environment Science Internship3-9
GY 485River Hydrology3
GY 486Watershed Dynamics3
GY 489Forest Ecology Veg Analy4
GY 491Fluvial Geomorphology3
GY 492Eastern Forest Communities4
GY 494Forest Measurement & Methods4
GY 495Coastal Geomorphology3
GY 496Forest Ecosystems4
GEO 306Hydrogeology3
GEO 363Geomorphology3
GEO 399Undergraduate Research1-6
GEO 401Paleoclimatology3
GEO 410Soil & Groundwater Restoration3
GEO 411Contaminant Transport 3
GEO 424Topics In Geology1-4
BSC 303Field Zoology3
BSC 314Dendrology3
BSC 315Genetics3
BSC 320Freshwater Studies4
BSC 325Tropical Plant Diversity4
BSC 360Plant Biology4
BSC 371Biology of Lower Plants4
BSC 373Vertebrate Zoology4
BSC 376Invertebrate Zoology4
BSC 386General Ecology Lab2
BSC 398Undergraduate Research1-4
BSC 412Limnology3
BSC 415Wetland Ecology3
BSC 417Environmental Modeling3
BSC 428Biology Of Fishes4
BSC 434Plant Systematics4
BSC 456Microbial Ecology3
BSC 464Biology Of Algae4
BSC 470Prin Pop Genetics3
BSC 471Plant Physiology3
BSC 472Mycology4
BSC 473Bioinformatics3
BSC 475General Entomology4
BSC 476Aquatic Insects4
BSC 480Plant Ecology3
BSC 481Foundations in Advanced Biostatistics with Applications to R3
BSC 482Conservation Biology3
BSC 483Evolution3
BSC 484Aquatic Biology Seminar1
BSC 490Stream Ecology4
BSC 497Special Topics1-4
BSC 448Animal Behavior3
BSC 465Prin Of Toxicology3
BSC 487Biogeography3
BSC 496Bioremediation3

Grade Point Average

A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. Please see the Grades and Grade Points section of this catalog for an explanation on grade point average calculations.

Upper-level Residency

A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Required Minor

The environmental science major does not require a minor.

Additional Major Requirements

Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, College, major and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an adviser in the major department for academic planning and to be approved for registration each semester. College advisers are also available for additional assistance with minor, College, and University requirements.

Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation Concentration Hours
Required courses
EC 110Principles of Microeconomics3
COM 123Public Speaking3
PHL 292Introduction to Ethics3
EN 319Technical Writing3
GY 339Natural Resource Envirmn Plang3
General Management and Planning Course (Choose 1)3
Environ Decision Making
Environment & Society
Land Use Regulations
Land Use Science
Thematic Management and Planning Course (Choose 2)6-8
Watershed Management Plan Development
Forest History and Restoration
The Geography of Extinctions and Endangered Species
Water Resources Management
Eastern Forest Communities
Forest Ecosystems
Conservation Biology
Soil & Groundwater Restoration
Measurements Course (Choose 1)3-4
Ecosystem Services: Theory and Practice
Digital Terrain and Watershed
Forest Measurement & Methods
Intro Stats Biology
Environmental Modeling
Ecological Processes (Choose 2)6-8
Forest Ecology Veg Analy
Field Zoology
Freshwater Studies
Tropical Plant Diversity
Plant Biology
Vertebrate Zoology
Invertebrate Zoology
Vertebrate Funct Morphol
Wetland Ecology
Biology Of Fishes
Plant Systematics
Animal Behavior
Microbial Ecology
Plant Physiology
General Entomology
Aquatic Insects
Plant Ecology
Stream Ecology
Earth Surface Processes (Choose 1)3-4
Physical Geography Seast Us
River Hydrology
Watershed Dynamics
Fluvial Geomorphology
Coastal Geomorphology
Total Hours36-42

A BS in Environmental Science prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities in the fields of natural resources management, environmental monitoring and assessment, and environmental education. Students are also prepared to continue their education in graduate schools in a variety of academic fields.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Recent graduates have accepted positions with the US Forest Service, US Geological Survey, Alabama Geological Survey, US Bureau of Land Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, electric utility holding companies, private consulting firms in natural resources and geotechnical fields, and land trusts and other non-profit agencies.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Experienced alumni hold positions such as hydrologist, land manager, forester, planner, consultant, professor, land steward, conservation programs manager, arborist, ecologist, environmental analyst, ranger, silviculturist, senior analyst, environmental coordinator, recycling and green wastes coordinator, realtor, estate manager, guide, outdoor educator, and environmental inspector.

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center