B.S. Earth and Environmental Systems, Environmental Systems Concentration

Program Admissions Requirements

There are no program admission requirements for the B.S. Earth and Environmental Systems, Environmental Systems Concentration.

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 16
Objective 23
Objective 3 - MATH 1160 or MATH 11703
Objective 46
Objective 5 - BIOL 1101, BIOL 1101L, and CHEM 11118
Objective 6 6
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits38

Major Requirements

Core Courses
The required Core 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 2204Fluid Earth4
GEOL 2205Solid Earth4
GEOL 3392Geosciences Careers Seminar1
GEOL 3315Evolution of the Earth's Surface4
GEOL 4403Principles of Geographic Information Systems3
GEOL 4492Earth and Environmental Systems Seminar1
BIOL 1101
Biology I
and Biology I Lab
BIOL 1102
Biology II
and Biology II Lab
BIOL 2209
General Ecology
and General Ecology Laboratory
CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
Environmental Systems Concentration
This concentration 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.
CHEM 1112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
MATH 1160Survey of Calculus3-4
or MATH 1170 Calculus I
MATH 3350Statistical Methods3
GEOL 4451Field Methods in Environmental Sciences3
Select two courses from the following:7-8
Introduction to Soils and Critical Zone Processes
Watershed Hydrology
Principles of Hydrogeology
Or other approved courses in related fields.
Select one course from the following:4
Freshwater Ecology
and Freshwater Ecology Lab
Field Ecology
Ecosystem Ecology and Global Changes
Or other approved course in related fields.
Select one elective from the following:2-3
Geologic Field Methods
Science in American Society
Historical Geography of Idaho
Global Environmental History
U.S. Environmental History
Environmental Politics and Policy
Environmental Ethics
Environmental Sociology
Or other approved courses in related fields.
Total credits60

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 I with PHYS 2213 Engineering Physics I Laboratory

ENGL 3307 Professional and Technical Writing is recommended for all students.

Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education38
Major Requirements (Required General Education credits removed.)52
Upper Division Free Electives17
Free Electives13
Total Credits120

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education

Major Academic Plan (MAP)