The environmental studies program leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree will prepare students to enter the job market as environmental specialists or to continue in their education in a graduate program. Students in environmental studies will complete:

  • 34 s.h. of environmental studies courses
  • 26-27 s.h. of support courses in science and mathematics
  • a prescribed minor of 18 s.h

The minor must include 9 s.h. of upper division courses (3000 level and above) and may be in:

  • chemistry
  • biological sciences
  • environmental geology
  • environmental geography
  • economics
  • political science

Credits may include those required for support science and mathematics, as applicable.  The courses for the minor must be offered in one department. The student is welcome to take additional courses in other departments as electives. Students are encouraged to develop teamwork, communication, computer and problem-solving skills. This degree may be earned in eight semesters if students average 15.5 hours per semester.

Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for the BS in environmental studies are as follows:

  •  Communicate effectively using the language, concepts, and models of environmental science in written, visual, and numerical  formats.
  •  Properly apply the scientific method to research an environmental problem and formulate conclusions.
  •  Demonstrate ability to apply appropriate field- and laboratory-based methods (of acquiring, quantitatively and qualitatively analyzing and interpreting environmental data and information).
  •  Demonstrate understanding of pollution sources, pollution prevention strategies, and waste management.

Majors transferring in from other programs at YSU or from other universities may use up free electives and/or require additional semesters or summers of study. College and university requirements apply (total hours, upper division hours, general education goals, etc.). One writing intensive, oral intensive, critical thinking intensive, and capstone course can be satisfied within this program.

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Science6
Social Science6
Social and Personal Awareness6
General Education Elective3
Major Requirements
ENST 2600
2600L
Foundations of Environmental Studies
and Foundations of Environmental Studies Laboratory
4
ENST 3700Environmental Chemistry4
ENST 3730Air Quality3
ENST 3750Seminar1
ENST 3751Water Quality Analysis3
ENST 3780Environmental Research2
ENST 3781Environmental Sampling Methods (b)3
ENST 3790Internship/Cooperative4
ENST 5800Environmental Impact Assessment (c)3
ENST 5810Environmental Safety1
ENST 5830Risk Assessment (d)3
ENST 5860Environmental Regulations3
Support Courses in Science and Mathematics
BIOL 2601
2601L
General Biology: Molecules and Cells
and General Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory 1
4
CHEM 1515
1515L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory 1
4
CHEM 1516
1516L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory 1
4
Recitation for General Chemistry 1
and Recitation for General Chemistry 2 (optional)
GEOL 1505
1505L
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory (satisfies GER Science or Lab) 1
4
MATH 1571Calculus 1 24
or MATH 1570 Applied Calculus 1
Support Courses
Select two of the following:6-7
Fundamentals of Physics 1 (recommended for Technology minors) 3
Weather (recommended for Geography minors)
Statistical Methods (recommended for upper-division credit)
Introductory Statistics
Total Semester Hours99-100
1

Satisfies General Education Science or Science Lab Domain.

2

Satisfies General Education Mathematics Domain.

3

 Satisfies General Education Science Domain.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
CHEM 1515
1515L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (R, NS)
4
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 (GE) 3
ENST 2600
2600L
Foundations of Environmental Studies
and Foundations of Environmental Studies Laboratory (R)
4
GER SS or AH course 3
 Semester Hours14
Spring
CHEM 1516
1516L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (R, NS)
4
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 (GE) 3
Elective Support Course (R) 1 3
GER SS or AH course 3
GER SPA Course 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
MATH 1570
Applied Calculus 1 (GE)
or Calculus 1
4
BIOL 2601
2601L
General Biology: Molecules and Cells
and General Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory (R, NS)
4
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations (GE) 3
ENST 3730 Air Quality (R) 3
 Semester Hours14
Spring
GEOL 1505
1505L
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory (R)
4
Support Course (R) 1 3
GER SPA Course 3
GER SS or AH course 3
Elective Course 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
Fall
ENST 3700
3700L
Environmental Chemistry
and Environmental Chemistry Lab (R)
4
ENST 3781 Environmental Sampling Methods (R) 3
ENST 5860 Environmental Regulations (R) 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ENST 5800 Environmental Impact Assessment (R) 3
ENST 3751 Water Quality Analysis (R) 3
ENST 3750 Seminar (R) 1
Minor Minor Course 3
Minor Course > 3700 3
GER SS or AH course 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
Fall
ENST 5830 Risk Assessment (R) 3
ENST 3790 Internship/Cooperative (R) 4
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Upper Division Course > 3700 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ENST 3780 Environmental Research (R) 2-4
ENST 5810 Environmental Safety (R) 1
Minor Course > 3700 3
Minor Course > 3700 3
Upper Division Course > 3700 3
 Semester Hours12-14
 Total Semester Hours120-122
1

 Elective support courses, select two of the following: PHYS 1501 Fundamentals of Physics 1, GEOG 2630 Weather, or STAT 2601 Introductory Statistics or STAT 3717 Statistical Methods.

Request a Graduation Evaluation after completing 80-85 s.h. from  the STEM Advising Center, 2325 Moser Hall, (330) 941-2512.