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Environmental Science

Dr. Laura Toran, Program Director

Dr. Dennis Terry, Faculty Advisor
Beury Hall, Room 321
215-204-8226
dennis.terry@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.)

  • Math 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 as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:  Biology 3196, Earth & Environmental Science 4197, Earth & Environmental Science 4997, Economics 3596, Environmental Studies 4198, Environmental Studies/Anthropology 4896, Environmental Studies/GUS 3097, Environmental Studies/GUS 4096, History/Environmental Studies 4297, Philosophy/Environmental Studies 2596.
  • Students must complete a set of university requirements: General Education (GenEd) or Core.
    • New freshmen students starting in the 2009-2010 catalog year are required to complete the General Education Curriculum (25-26 s.h.). See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
    • New transfer students starting in the 2009-2010 catalog year are required to complete the University Core Curriculum requirements (34-35 s.h.) including completion of the library orientation, Temple Information Literacy Tutorial (TILT). See the Core Curriculum section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the course requirements.

 

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 (12 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 (EES) courses are required (11-12 s.h.): EES 2001, 3021 and 3011 or GUS 3062.
  • Two (2) Economics courses are required (6 s.h.): Economics 1102 and 3596.
  • Seven (7) Environmental Studies courses are required: EVRN ST 1051 or GUS 1051, EVRN ST 4198 and 5 EVRN ST electives (two of the electives must be Natural Science courses from the same department, and one of the electives must be a Social Sciences/Policy elective course.)  Select electives from the following lists (21-26 s.h.):
    • Natural Science Electives: Biology 2233, Biology 2238, Biology 2241, Biology 3196, Biology 3245, Biology 3316, Biology 3336, Biology 4327, Earth & Environmental Science 2096, Earth & Environmental Science 2021, Earth & Environmental Science 2061.
    • 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, Earth & Environmental Science 4197/4997, Economics 1101, Economics 3512, Economics 3513, Environmental Engineering Technology 4761, Environmental Studies 3025, Asian Studies/ENVN ST/GUS 3052, Environmental Studies/GUS 2051, Environmental Studies/GUS 3051, Environmental Studies/GUS 3054, Environmental Studies/GUS 3062, Environmental Studies/GUS 3097, Environmental Studies/GUS 4015, Environmental Studies/GUS 4051, Environmental Studies/GUS 4056, Environmental Studies/GUS 4071, Environmental Studies/GUS 4096, History/Environmental Studies 3214, History/Environmental Studies 4297, Horticulture 2334, Horticulture 2353, Horticulture 3514, Journalism 3253, Landscape Architecture 2144, 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 Studies/Anthropology 3170, Environmental Studies/Anthropology 3189, Environmental Studies/Anthropology 4896, Botany 1112, Environmental Studies 3000, Environmental Studies 4082, Environmental Studies 4085, Horticulture 2114, Landscape Architecture 2758.
  • Three (3) Mathematics courses are required (11 s.h.): Mathematics 1041, 1042 and 2031 or Stat 2101.

 

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
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Chemistry

Chemistry
1031/1033

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

4
SA

SA
Mathematics

Mathematics
1041

1941
Calculus I
     or
Honors Calculus I
4

4
QB

QB
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 1 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Chemistry

Chemistry
1032/1034

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

4
SB
 
SB
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
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology

Biology
2112

2912
Introduction to Biology
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology
4

4


SB
Chemistry 2201/2203 Organic Chemistry I with Lab 4  
EVRN ST/GUS 1051 or 1951 Environment & Society 3 IN
General Education / Elective Credits     4  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 2 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Biology

Biology
1111

1911
Introduction to Biology
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology
4

4


SA
Mathematics
  
Statistics 
2031
 
2101
Probability & Statistics
    or
Statistical Methods & Concepts 
3

3
QB

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

Economics
1102

1902
Microeconomic Principles
     or
Honors Microeconomic Principles
3

3
IN

IN
Earth & Environmental Science

Geography & Urban Studies
3011

3062
Remote Sensing & GIS (S)
      or
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
4

3
 
General Education / Elective Credits     4-5  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 4 - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Economics  3596 Energy, Ecology, & Economy 3 WI 
Environmental Studies Elective     Environmental Studies Elective* 3-4  
General Education / Elective Credits     9-10  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 4 - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
EVRN ST 4198 Senior Research Seminar - Environmental Science (S) 3 WI 
Environmental Studies Elective    Environmental Studies Elective* 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 44-50  
Total Credits for B.S. Degree 123  

(F) - Fall only course

(S) - Spring only course

 

*Environmental Studies Electives

In addition to the required courses and their prerequisites, B.S. majors must take five (5) courses from the list of approved electives. Two of these courses must be Natural Science courses from the same department, and one of them must be a Social Sciences/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:
Department Course # Course Name
Natural Science Electives    
Biology 2233 Mammalian Anatomy
Biology  2238 Marine Environments 
Biology 2241 Invertebrate Biology
Biology  3196 Experimental Marine Biology  
Biology  3245 Marine Ecology 
Biology  3316 Tropical Marine Biology
Biology  3336 Freshwater Ecology 
Biology 4327 Biological Impacts of Global Climate Change
Earth & Environmental Science 2096 Climate Change: Oceans to Atmosphere
Earth & Environmental Science 2021 Facies Models 
Earth & Environmental Science 2061 Introduction to Geochemistry 
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 2524 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 
Community & Regional Planning 3256 Sustainable Community Design & Development
Earth & Environmental Science 4197/4997 Environmental Seminar
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/EVRN ST/GUS   3052 Environmental Problems in Asia 
Environmental Studies/GUS 2051 The Urban Environment 
Environmental Studies/GUS  3051 Environmental Policy Issues
Environmental Studies/GUS  3054 Energy, Resources, & Conservation 
Environmental Studies/GUS 3062 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 
Environmental Studies/GUS 3097 Environment & Development
Environmental Studies/GUS 4015 The Geographic Basis of Land Use Planning 
Environmental Studies/GUS  4051 Geography of Hazards  
Environmental Studies/GUS 4056 Political Ecology 
Environmental Studies/GUS  4071 Medical Geography 
Environmental Studies/GUS  4096 Problems of Environmental Quality
History/Environmental Studies 3214 North American Environmental History 
History/Environmental Studies 4297 Social History of American Medicine
Horticulture 2334 Food Crops I 
Horticulture 2353 Food Crops II 
Horticulture 3514 Landscape Restoration 
Journalism 3253 Health & Environmental Writing
Landscape Architecture 2144 Landscape Architecture Design Studio II  
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 Studies/Anthropology  3170 Methods in Archaeology
Environmental Studies/Anthropology  3189 Field Session in Archaeology 
Environmental Studies/Anthropology 4896 Environmental Physiology 
Botany  1112 Plant Ecology 
Environmental Studies 3000 Special Topics in Environmental Science  
Environmental Studies 4082 Independent Study – Environmental Science 
Environmental Studies 4085 Internship - Environmental Science 
Horticulture 2114 Soils 
Landscape Architecture 2758 Summer Field Ecology 

 

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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