Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Systems, Environmental Systems Track

Required Core Courses

The Required General Courses provide a solid background in Geosciences and other subjects. Environmental Systems include physical, biological and human systems; thus, the program incorporates course work in Biological Sciences, Physical and Social Sciences, and Mathematics. Some of these courses may satisfy General Education requirements.

GEOL 1107Real Monsters 13
GEOL 2204Fluid Earth4
GEOL 2205Solid Earth4
GEOL 2292Geosciences Careers Seminar1
GEOL 3315Evolution of the Earth's Surface4
GEOL 4403Principles of Geographic Information Systems3
GEOL 4492Earth and Environmental Systems Seminar1
BIOL 1101
1101L
Biology I
and Biology I Lab
4
BIOL 1102
1102L
Biology II
and Biology II Lab
4
BIOL 2209
2209L
General Ecology
and General Ecology Laboratory
4
CHEM 1111
1111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
5
MATH 1147College Algebra and Trigonometry (B.A.)5
or
College Algebra
and Trigonometry
Recommended:
ENGL 3307Professional and Technical Writing3

BS Environmental Systems Track Requirements

This track combines courses in Ecology, Environmental Geosciences, and supporting fields. This emphasis track will train students interested in field-related careers who need to understand the environmental relations between geologic and living systems.

Select two courses from the following:
GEOL 4402
4402L
Geomorphology
and Geomorphology Lab
4
GEOL 4417
4417L
Introduction to Soils and Critical Zone Processes
and Introduction to Soils and Critical Zone Processes Lab
4
GEOL 4429
4429L
Watershed Hydrology
and Watershed Hydrology Laboratory
4
GEOL 4430Principles of Hydrogeology3
Or other approved courses in related fields.
Select one course from the following:
BIOL 4462
4462L
Freshwater Ecology
and Freshwater Ecology Lab
4
BIOL 4489Field Ecology4
GEOL 4490Ecosystem Ecology and Global Changes4
Or other approved course in related fields.
Required Courses:
CHEM 1112
1112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
GEOL 4451Field Methods in Environmental Sciences3
MATH 1160Survey of Calculus3-4
or MATH 1170 Calculus I
MATH 3350Statistical Methods3
Select one elective from the following:
GEOL 4410Science in American Society2
GEOL/HIST 4471Historical Geography of Idaho3
GLBL 3379Environment and Geography3
GLBL 4466Cultural Geography3
GLBL 4480International Parks and Protected Areas3
HIST 4430Global Environmental History3
HIST 4432U.S. Environmental History3
POLS 4455Environmental Politics and Policy3
PHIL 4455Environmental Ethics3
SOC 3335Environmental Sociology3
Or other approved course in related fields.

Students who are considering graduate studies in a Geosciences field should consider also taking BIOL 3316 Biometry LaboratoryPHYS 1111 General Physics I with PHYS 1113 General Physics I Laboratory or PHYS 1111 General Physics Iwith PHYS 2213 Engineering Physics I Laboratory