Bachelor of Science 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 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:
      EES 2096Climate Change: Oceans To Atmosphere (S)4
      EES 2097Process Geomorphology (F)4
      ENVS 4198Environmental Science Senior Seminar (S)3
      ENST 4896Environmental Physiology3
      ENST/GUS 3097Environment and Development3
      ENST/GUS 2096Problems of Environmental Quality3
      HIST/ENST 4297Social History of American Medicine3
      PHIL/ENST 2596Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment3
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency 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).
    • First Year Seminar Requirement: All students in the College of Science & Technology (CST) are required to take a 1 credit first year seminar course, SCTC 1001 CST First Year Seminar. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CST College Requirements page. Only one course in this category may count towards graduation.

  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (74-81 s.h.)
    At least 10 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple.
    Biology
    BIOL 1111Introduction to Organismal Biology4
    or BIOL 1911 Honors Introduction to Organismal Biology
    BIOL 2112Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology4
    or BIOL 2912 Honors Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    BIOL 2227Principles of Ecology3
    Chemistry
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry I
    and General Chemistry Laboratory I
    Honors General Chemical Science I
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I (F)
    Select one of the following:4
    General Chemistry II
    and General Chemistry Laboratory II
    Honors General Chemical Science II
    and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II (S)
    Select one of the following:4
    Organic Chemistry I
    and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
    Organic Chemistry for Majors I
    and Organic Majors Laboratory I (F)
    Organic Chemistry for Honors I
    and Organic Honors Laboratory I (F)
    Earth & Environmental Science
    EES 2001Physical Geology4
    EES 3011Remote Sensing and GIS (S)4
    Select one of the following: 14
    Groundwater Hydrology (S)
    Physical Hydrology (F)
    Physics
    Select one of the following:4
    Elementary Classical Physics I
    Honors Elementary Classical Physics I
    General Physics I
    Honors General Physics I
    Economics
    ECON 1102Microeconomic Principles3
    or ECON 1902 Honors Microeconomic Principles
    Environmental Science
    ENVS 4198Environmental Science Senior Seminar (S)3
    Environmental Science electives
    Select six Environmental Science electives. 218-24
    Mathematics
    MATH 1041Calculus I4
    or MATH 1941 Honors Calculus I
    MATH 1044Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences4
    Select one of the following:3-4
    Calculus II
    Honors Calculus II
    Introduction to Data Visualization and Analysis for Earth and Environmental Science (F)
    Biostatistics (F)
    Total Credit Hours74-81
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course
Natural Science Electives
BIOL 2241Invertebrate Biology (S)4
BIOL 3101Evolution (F)3
BIOL 3114Evolutionary Ecology (F)3
BIOL 3225Evolutionary Genetics (S)3
BIOL 3244Experimental Marine Biology (SS)4
BIOL 3245Marine Ecology (F)4
BIOL 3254Animal Behavior (S)3
BIOL 3275Ecology of Invasive Species (F)3
BIOL 3307Conservation Biology (F)3
BIOL 3311Herpetology (S)4
BIOL 3316Tropical Marine Biology (Fall of odd years)4
BIOL 3321Plant Community Ecology (F)3
BIOL 3336Freshwater Ecology (Fall of even years)4
BIOL 4327Biological Impacts of Global Climate Change (F)3
EES 2021Sedimentary Environments4
EES 2097Process Geomorphology (F)4
EES 2061Introduction to Geochemistry (S)4
EES 2096Climate Change: Oceans To Atmosphere (S)4
EES 3021Groundwater Hydrology (S) 14
EES 3025Physical Hydrology (F) 14
EES 3042Coastal Processes and Geomorphology (S)4
EES 3065Nanoscience & the Environment (F)4
HORT 2114Soils (S)3
LARC 2758Summer Field Ecology (SSI)3
Social Science/Policy Electives
CTRP 2114Urban Form and Design3
CTRP 2213Environmental Planning3
CTRP 2251Sustainable Food Systems Planning3
CTRP 3255Sustainability in Suburban Communities3
CTRP 3256Sustainable Community Design and Development3
ECON 1101Macroeconomic Principles3
or ECON 1901 Honors Macroeconomic Principles
ECON 3512Public Finance3
ECON 3513Economics of State and Local Governments3
ECON 3596Energy, Ecology, and Economy3
ENVT 4761Environmental Regulations3
ENST/GUS 2025Environmental Law and Regulation3
ENST/GUS 2096Problems of Environmental Quality3
ASST/ENST/GUS 3052Environmental Problems in Asia3
ENST/GUS 2051The Urban Environment3
ENST 3004Geography of Natural Resources3
ENST/GUS 3051Environmental Policy Issues3
ENST/GUS 3054Energy, Resources, and Conservation3
ENST/GUS 3097Environment and Development3
ENST/GUS 3314Food Studies: A Geographical Perspective3
ENST/GUS 3015The Geographic Basis of Land Use Planning3
ENST/GUS 3055Geography of Hazards3
ENST/GUS 3056Political Ecology3
ENST/GUS 3071Medical Geography3
HIST/ENST 3214North American Environmental History3
HIST/ENST 4297Social History of American Medicine3
PHIL/ENST 2157Environmental Ethics3
PHIL/ENST 2596Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment3
POLS/ENST 3152U.S. Environmental Policy3
POLS/ENST 3265International Environmental Policy3
ENVH 2102Environmental Health3
REL/ENST 3001Earth Ethics3
REL/ASST/ENST 3904Honors Earth Ethics3
SOC/ENST 3511Environmental Sociology: The End of the World as We Know It?3
Topic Electives
ENVS 3000Special Topics in Environmental Science3 to 4
ENVS 4082Independent Study: Environmental Science1 to 3
ENVS 4085Internship: Environmental Science3
ENST 3000Special Topics in Environmental Studies3
ENST 4896Environmental Physiology3
HORT 2334Food Crops I3
HORT 2353Food Crops II3
HORT 3514Landscape Restoration3

Note: EES 3091 is not available for major credit.

(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course
(SS) - Summer session only

Note: Grades of C or higher in CHEM 1031 and CHEM 1032 or their Honors versions are required to take BIOL 2112. Grades of C or higher in BIOL 1111 and BIOL 2112 or their Honors versions are 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.

Calculation of Major GPA

Courses listed under the major requirements for the degree will be included in the calculation of the major GPA. Courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or required course would not be counted in the calculation of the major GPA. This would include CHEM 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. In addition, a student graduating with distinction has no grade below C in the remaining courses required for the major.