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Environmental Science

Dr. Laura Toran, Program Director

Beury Hall, Room 223
215-204-2352
ltoran@temple.edu

Dr. Allison Tumarkin-Deratzian

Beury Hall, Room 315B

215-204-2321

altd@temple.edu

Students will be equipped with the scholarly background and intellectual skills to understand a wide range of pressing environmental issues, and they will come to appreciate the physical, economic, political, demographic, and ethical factors that define those issues. Among the many environmental problems central to our program are groundwater contamination, suburban sprawl, river basin management, environmental justice, and the greening of abandoned urban spaces. Our graduates find employment with government environmental agencies, citizens’ organizations, consulting firms, and corporate environmental affairs departments.

The Bachelor of Science degree is offered through the College of Science and Technology.  A related Bachelor of Arts degree is offered through the College of Liberal Arts.  There is further explanation in the "Intercollegial Programs" section of this Bulletin.

 

Bachelor of Science

 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

 

1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement: Earth & Environmental Science 2096, Environmental Studies/Economics 3596, Environmental Science (ENVS) 4198, Environmental Studies 4896, Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 3097, Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 4096, History/Environmental Studies 4297, Philosophy/Environmental Studies 2596.
  • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
    • The General Education Curriculum consists of approximately 25-26 s.h.  See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.

2. College Requirements

  • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (73-79 s.h.)

 

  • Three (3) Biology courses are required (11 s.h.): Biology 1111, 2112 and 2227.
  • Three (3) Chemistry courses with labs are required (12 s.h.): Chemistry 1031/1033, 1032/1034 and 2201/2203.
  • Three (3) Earth & Environmental Science courses are required (11-12 s.h.): Earth & Environmental Science 2001, 3021 and 3011 or Geography & Urban Studies 3062.
  • Two (2) Economics courses are required (6 s.h.): Economics 1102 and Environmental Studies/Economics 3596.
  • One (1) Environmental Science course is required (3 s.h.): Environmental Science 4198.
  • One (1) Environmental Studies course is required (3 s.h.): Environmental Studies 1051 or Geography & Urban Studies 1051.
  • Five (5) Environmental Science electives are required. Three of the electives must be Natural Science courses and of these two must be from the same department.  One of the electives must be from the social science or policy elective courses. Select electives from the following lists (15-20 s.h.):

 

    • Natural Science Electives: Biology 2233, Biology 2241, Biology 3225, Biology 3244, Biology 3245, Biology 3254, Biology 3307, Biology 3311, Biology 3316, Biology 3321, Biology 3336, Biology 4327, Botany 1112, Earth & Environmental Science 2021, Earth & Environmental Science 2042, Earth & Environmental Science 2061, Earth & Environmental Science 2096, Earth & Environmental Science 3042, Horticulture 2114, Landscape Architecture 2758.

     

    • Social Science/Policy Electives: Environmental Studies/Anthropology 3175, Environmental Studies/Anthropology 4117, Environmental Studies/Anthropology 4796, Community & Regional Planning 1027, Community & Regional Planning 2014, Community & Regional Planning 2114, Community & Regional Planning 2213, Community & Regional Planning 2524, Community & Regional Planning 3256, Economics 1101, Economics 3512, Economics 3513, Environmental Engineering Technology 4761, Environmental Studies 3025, Asian Studies/Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 3052, Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 2051, Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 3051, Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 3054, Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 3062, Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 3097, Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 4015, Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 4051, Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 4056, Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 4071, Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 4096, History/Environmental Studies 3214, History/Environmental Studies 4297, Journalism 3253, Philosophy/Environmental Studies 2157, Philosophy/Environmental Studies 2596, Political Science/Environmental Studies 3152, Political Science/Environmental Studies 3265, Public Health 2102, Religion/Environmental Studies 3001, Religion/Asian Studies/Environmental Studies 3904, Sociology/Environmental Studies 3511.
    • Topic Electives: Environmental Science 3000, Environmental Science 4082, Environmental Science 4085, Environmental Studies/Anthropology 3170, Environmental Studies/Anthropology 3189, Environmental Studies 4896, Environmental Studies 3000, Horticulture 2334, Horticulture 2353, Horticulture 3514, Landscape Architecture 2144.
  • Three (3) Mathematics courses are required (12 s.h.): Mathematics 1041, 1042 and one of the following: Mathematics 2031, Biology 3312, Statistics 2103.

Note: Earth & Environmental Science 3091 is not available for major credit.

Note: A grade of C or higher in Chemistry 1031 and Chemistry 1032 is required to take Biology 1111 and Biology 2112. A grade of C or higher in Biology 1111 and Biology 2112 is required to take upper-level Biology courses, and a C- or higher is required unless otherwise specified in all other courses for the major, including course prerequisites.

Suggested Semester by Semester Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Year 1 - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Chemistry

Chemistry
1031/1033

1951/1953
General Chemistry I with Lab
      or
Honors General Chemistry I with Lab
4

4
 
Mathematics

Mathematics
1041

1941
Calculus I
     or
Honors Calculus I
4

4
 
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 1 - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Chemistry

Chemistry
1032/1034

1952/1954
General Chemistry II with Lab
      or
Honors General Chemistry II with Lab
4

4
 
Earth & Environmental Science 2001 Physical Geology 4  
Mathematics

Mathematics
1042

1942
Calculus II
     or
Honors Calculus II
4

4
 
General Education / Elective Credits     3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 2 - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology

Biology
2112

2912
Introduction to Biology II
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology II
4

4
 
Chemistry 2201/2203 Organic Chemistry I with Lab 4  
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 1051 or 1951 Environment & Society 3  
General Education / Elective Credits     4  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 2 - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology

Biology
1111

1911
Introduction to Biology I
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology I
4

4
 
Mathematics

Statistics

Biology
2031
  or
2103
  or
3312
Probability & Statistics
     or
Business Statistics
     or
Biostatistics (F)
3

4

3
 
Environmental Science Elective    Environmental Science Elective (Natural Science)* 3-4  
General Education / Elective Credits     3-5  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 3 - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Earth & Environmental Science 3021 Introduction to Hydrology (F) 4  
Environmental Science Elective   Environmental Science Elective (Natural Science)* 3-4  
Environmental Science Elective     Environmental Science Elective* 3-4  
General Education / Elective Credits     4-6  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 3 - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology  2227 Principles of Ecology (S) 3  
Economics

Economics
1102

1902
Microeconomic Principles
     or
Honors Microeconomic Principles
3

3
 
Earth & Environmental Science
     or
Geography & Urban Studies
     or

Community & Regional Planning
3011
  or
3062
  or
2524
Remote Sensing & GIS (S)
     or
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
     or
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
4

3

3
 
General Education / Elective Credits     5-6  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 4 - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Environmental Studies/Economics  3596 Energy, Ecology, & Economy 3 WI 
Environmental Science Elective     Environmental Science Elective (Social Science/Policy)* 3-4  
General Education / Elective Credits     9-10  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 4 - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Environmental Science 4198 Environmental Science Senior Seminar (S) 3 WI 
Environmental Science Elective    Environmental Science Elective (Natural Science)* 3-4  
General Education / Elective Credits     9-10  
Subtotal     16  
         
         
Credits in Coursework for B.S. in Environmental Science 73-79  
General Education / Elective Credits 50-44  
Total Credits for B.S. Degree 123  

(F) - Fall only course

(S) - Spring only course

Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.

 

*Environmental Science Electives

In addition to the required courses and their prerequisites, B.S. majors must take five (5) courses from the list of approved electives. Three of these courses must be Natural Science courses and of these two must be from the same department.  One of the electives must be a Social Science/Policy elective course.  Please note that your electives can be taken prior to the fourth year as long as you have successfully completed the pre- and co-requisites.

*Students must take five electives from the following list:
Subject Course # Course Title
Natural Science Electives    
Biology 2233 Mammalian Anatomy
Biology 2241 Invertebrate Biology
Biology  3225 Evolutionary Genetics
Biology 3244 Experimental Marine Biology
Biology  3245 Marine Ecology 
Biology 3254 Animal Behavior
Biology 3307 Conservation Biology
Biology  3311 Herpetology
Biology  3316 Tropical Marine Biology
Biology 3321 Plant Community Ecology
Biology  3336 Freshwater Ecology 
Biology 4327 Biological Impacts of Global Climate Change
Botany  1112 Plant Ecology 
Earth & Environmental Science 2021 Facies Models 
Earth & Environmental Science 2042 Process Geomorphology
Earth & Environmental Science 2061 Introduction to Geochemistry 
Earth & Environmental Science 2096 Climate Change: Oceans to Atmosphere
Earth & Environmental Science 3042 Coastal Processes & Geomorphology
Horticulture 2114 Soils
Landscape Architecture 2758 Summer Field Ecology
Social Science/Policy Electives      
Environmental Studies/Anthropology  3175 Heritage Management in Archaeology 
Environmental Studies/Anthropology  4117 Seminar in Environmental Archaeology 
Environmental Studies/Anthropology  4796 Biocultural Adaptations in Human Populations 
Community & Regional Planning 1027 History & Practice of Community & Regional Planning
Community & Regional Planning  2014 Planning Policy & Law
Community & Regional Planning  2114 Urban Form & Design
Community & Regional Planning 2213 Environmental Planning 
Community & Regional Planning 3256 Sustainable Community Design & Development
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles
Economics 3512 Public Finance
Economics 3513 Economics of State & Local Governments
Environmental Engineering Technology 4761 Environmental Regulations
Environmental Studies 3025 Environmental Law & Regulation
Asian Studies/Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies   3052 Environmental Problems in Asia 
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 2051 The Urban Environment 
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies  3051 Environmental Policy Issues
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies  3054 Energy, Resources, & Conservation 
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 3062 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 3097 Environment & Development
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 4015 The Geographic Basis of Land Use Planning 
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies  4051 Geography of Hazards  
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 4056 Political Ecology 
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies  4071 Medical Geography 
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies  4096 Problems of Environmental Quality
History/Environmental Studies 3214 North American Environmental History 
History/Environmental Studies 4297 Social History of American Medicine
Journalism 3253 Health & Environmental Writing
Philosophy/Environmental Studies 2157 Environmental Ethics
Philosophy/Environmental Studies 2596 Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment
Political Science/Environmental Studies 3152 U.S. Environmental Policy
Political Science/Environmental Studies 3265 International Environmental Policy
Public Health 2102 Environmental Health
Religion/Environmental Studies 3001 Earth Ethics 
Religion/Asian Studies/Environmental Studies 3904 Honors Earth Ethics
Sociology/Environmental Studies 3511 Sociology of the Environment
Topic Electives    
Environmental Science 3000 Special Topics in Environmental Science
Environmental Science 4082 Independent Study: Environmental Science
Environmental Science 4085 Internship: Environmental Science
Environmental Studies/Anthropology  3170 Methods in Archaeology
Environmental Studies/Anthropology  3189 Field Session in Archaeology 
Environmental Studies 4896 Environmental Physiology 
Environmental Studies 3000 Special Topics in Environmental Studies  
Horticulture 2334 Food Crops I 
Horticulture 2353 Food Crops II 
Horticulture 3514 Landscape Restoration 
Landscape Architecture 2144 Landscape Architecture Design Studio II  

 

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include Chemistry 1027, for example.

Distinction in Major

To graduate with Distinction in Major, students are required to achieve a 3.5 GPA for courses required for the major.  If the difficulty of courses chosen as electives is high, then a 3.3 GPA will earn Distinction in Major.  This determination will be made by the appropriate faculty.

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