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Environmental Science Degree (B.S.)

Why Major in Environmental Science?

Located on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains, Westfield State offers an exceptional opportunity to learn environmental science through hands-on field work. 

What makes us great

  • Students enter the major and develop as a cohort, so you become very connected to your classmates
  • We have highly credentialed faculty, including an expert wildlife biologist and president of the wildlife society, ecological restoration professional, researcher studying tropical forest restoration, dam removal expert, and more
  • Our Natural History and Field Techniques course is taught almost entirely outside
  • Our students are passionate about the environment
  • Science-based major rather than environmental studies offers many more science classes than similar programs
  • Students are encouraged to conduct research and present their findings at local, regional and national conferences
  • The Department of Ecological Restoration is located on campus, and many student work with them on projects
Requirements for the Environmental Science Degree

Required Environmental Science Courses (26-28 credits)

  • choose one
  • ENVS 0101 - Principles of Environmental Science
  • or *
  • GARP 0106 - Introduction to Environmental Analysis *
  • or
  • BIOL 0102 - Environmental Biology *
  • ENVS 0105 - Natural History and Field Techniques
  • ENVS 0180 - Introductory Environmental Science Seminar
  • MATH 0123 - Mathematical Methods in the Natural Sciences *
  •  choose one
  • ENVS 0225 - Natural Resource Conservation and Management
  • or
  • BIOL 0202 - Conservation Biology
  •  choose one
  • BIOL 0233 - Environmental Legislation
  • or
  • GARP 0225 - Legal Issues in Zoning and Planning
  •  choose one
  • ENVS 0330 - Environmental Data Analysis
  • or
  • GARP 0246 - Quantitative Methods for Social and Physical Science *
  •  choose one
  • ENVS 0240 - Writing for Environmental Science
  • or
  • ENGL 0392 - Business and Technical Writing

Required Fundamental Lab Science Classes (15-16 credits)

  • BIOL 0128 - General Biology II *
  • CHEM 0109 - General Chemistry I *
  • choose one
  • CHEM 0111 - General Chemistry II *
  • or
  • ENVS 0210 - Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology and Pollution
  • choose one
  • GARP 0102 - Physical Geography *
  • or
  • GEOL 0101 - Physical Geology with Laboratory *

Areas of Study - Dimensions

12-16 credits, by advisement; must choose one from each of the three dimensions, plus one additional course from any of the three areas.

    Natural Dimensions

     

    • ENVS 0225 - Natural Resource Conservation and Management
    • ENVS 0300 - Wetlands Assessment and Planning
    • ENVS 0309 - Wildlife Ecology and Management
    • BIOL 0201 - General Ecology
    • BIOL 0208 - Marine Biology
    • BIOL 0211 - Plant Biology
    • BIOL 0212 - Mammalogy
    • BIOL 0216 - Flora of Massachusetts
    • BIOL 0219 - Aquatic Biology
    • BIOL 0223 - Microbiology
    • BIOL 0325 - Ecosystems
    • BIOL 0334 - Animal Behavior
    • BIOL 0340 - Forest Ecology
    • GARP 0107 - Climate Change *
    • GARP 0230 - Meteorology
    • GARP 0331 - Severe and Unusual Weather

    Human Dimensions

     

    • ENVS 0215 - Environmental Education and Communication
    • ENVS 0238 - Environmental Impact Analysis
    • ENVS 0251 - Water Resources Planning and Management
    • ENVS 0352 - Planning Green Sustainable Cities
    • GARP 0217 - Contemporary Global Issues
    • GARP 0219 - Land Use and Resource Planning
    • GARP 0222 - Site Planning Studio
    • GARP 0245 - Sustainable Energy
    • GARP 0250 - Political Ecology
    • GARP 0325 - Food Systems Planning

    Methods/Technology Dimensions

     

    • ENVS 0236 - Environmental Analysis II
    • ENVS 0311 - Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
    • ENVS 0330 - Environmental Data Analysis
    • BIOL 0204 - GIS Applications for Natural Sciences
    • GARP 0243 - Introduction to Remote Sensing
    • GARP 0244 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    • GARP 0246 - Quantitative Methods for Social and Physical Science *
    • GARP 0340 - Data Collection and Analysis
    • GARP 0344 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems
    • CHEM 0201 - Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 0203 - Organic Chemistry II

    Upper-Level Course Requirements

    Pick at least 2 courses from the following list.  Please note that these may also be used to satisfy other requirements in the major.

    • BIOL 0325 - Ecosystems
    • BIOL 0340 - Forest Ecology
    • ENVS 0300 - Wetlands Assessment and Planning
    • ENVS 0309 - Wildlife Ecology and Management
    • ENVS 0311 - Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
    • ENVS 0330 - Environmental Data Analysis
    • ENVS 0350 - Environmental Science Internship
    • ENVS 0352 - Planning Green Sustainable Cities
    • ENVS 0399 - Independent Research
    • GARP 0344 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems

    Capstone Senior Thesis/Seminar

    Senior status is required.

    • ENVS 0390 - Environmental Science Senior Seminar

    Additional Graduation Requirements

    All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .

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