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Environmental Science

Degree Option

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with a major in environmental science.

See requirements for Bachelor of Science.

Description of Program

This interdisciplinary science degree prepares students in a liberal arts tradition to understand connections between human beings and their effects on the Earth's environment. Drake environmental science students are grounded in the natural sciences disciplines while also acquiring the ability to synthesize information across disciplines. Students develop technical and quantitative skills including laboratory and field methods, statistical analysis and the implementation of geographic information systems (GIS). Courses in the social sciences such as economics, politics, policy and ethics provide an important link to the human element associated with environmental issues. Graduates of the program will be well prepared to undertake graduate study in diverse fields of environmental sciences, as well as to work in governmental and nongovernmental capacities on environmental issues.

Field work is a key component of this degree, featured in biology, geology and environmental classes. Iowa's central location in the nation allows students to experience a diversity of ecosystems and human communities during frequently offered weekend and summer field trips. The program also connects students with ongoing environmental projects (for example an 8,000-acre prairie restoration project including bison and elk at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, 20 miles east of campus), with offerings at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in Milford, Iowa (a biological field station), and with semester-long marine science experiences at the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

There is no distinction between the BA and BS program in environmental science. The difference in the two degrees occurs within the College of Arts and Science.  In order to receive a BS degree, environmental science students must complete: 1) 12 credit hours in natural science courses other than in the major area, 2) one course in natural science requiring a laboratory, and 3) one course in either statistics or computer science.  Items 2 and 3 are completed with requirements in the environmental science curriculum.

Drake’s environmental science major is distinguished by its strong focus on interdisciplinary study, emphasis on field experiences, opportunities for research and independent study, and service learning approach in the Senior Capstone experience.

PROGRAM SIZE
Approximately 50 students are enrolled in the Environmental Science major. Average class size is about 20 students.

Requirements for Major

The environmental science major is offered as two tracks — Physical Science and Life Science. These are designed to provide students with a combination of coursework that will best develop the expertise and experience that is appropriate for their specific career goals. Completion of one of these tracks is required for the environmental science degree.

Students are strongly encouraged to develop additional depth in focus areas of interest to them in conversation with their academic advisers and the program director. Students planning to attend graduate school should work carefully with their adviser to determine what additional courses will be needed to prepare for graduate admission.

Physical Science Track: Required 60 credits
Core Curriculum [27]


BIO 1,1L (The Biological Sciences) OR BIO 13,13L (General/Pre-Professional Biology II) 3,1 credits
BIO 18,18L (Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology) OR BIO 19,19L (Introduction to Botany) 3,1 credits
ENSP 35 (One Earth: Global Environmental Science) 3 credits
ENSP 36 (One Earth Laboratory) 1 credit
ENSP 41 (Principles of Geology) 4 credits
CHEM 1,3 (General Chemistry I) 4 credits
CHEM 2,4 (General Chemistry II) 4 credits
ENSP 65 (Geographic Information Systems) 3 credits

Chemistry & Quantitative [14]

Required
CHEM 81 (Quantitative Chemistry) 4 credits
CHEM 107, 108 (Organic Chemistry) 4 credits
MATH 50 (Calculus I) 3 credits

BIO 99 (Biological Research & Statistical Methods) OR STAT 60 (Statistics for the Life Sciences)  3 credits

Area of Specialization [10]

Electives - Take 10 credit hours in adviser-approved upper-level courses
Examples:
BIO 103,103L (Microbiology) 3,2 credits
BIO115, 115L (Aquatic Biology) 2,1 credits
BIO 168,168L (Limnology) 3,1 credits
BIO186 (Molecular Biology) 3 credits
ENSP 51 (Energy and the Environment) 3 credits
ENSP 141 (Environmental Geology) 4 credits
ENSP 165 (Advanced GIS) 3 credits
CHEM 130 (Biochemistry) 3 credits
CHEM 18 (Instrumental Chemistry) 1-4 credits
PHSC 71 (Solar Energy I) 2 credits
PHSC 72 (Solar Energy II) 1 credit
LLAB 166 (Watershed Hydrology and Surficial Processes) 4 credits
LLAB 168 (Aquatic Ecology) 4 credits
Or adviser-approved electives (3-4 credits)

Science and Policy Integration [6]

Electives - Take 6 credits

ENSP 111 (International Environmental Policy) 4 credits
ENSP 135 (Global Climate Change: Science & Policy) 3 credits
ENSP 156 (Environmental Politics and Policy) 3 credits
ENSP 157 (Environmental Justice) 3 credits
Or adviser-approved electives (3-4 credits)

Capstone [3]

ENSP 191: Environmental Science & Policy Practicum (3 credits)

Life Science Track: Required 60 credits
Core Curriculum [27]

2) Required courses or other requirements:

BIO 1,1L (The Biological Sciences) OR BIO 13,13L (General/Pre-Professional Biology II) 3,1 credits
BIO 18,18L (Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology) OR BIO 19,19L (Introduction to Botany) 3,1 credits
ENSP 35 (One Earth: Global Environmental Science) 3 credits
ENSP 36 (One Earth Laboratory) 1 credit
ENSP 41 (Principles of Geology) 4 credits
CHEM 1,3 (General Chemistry I) 4 credits
CHEM 2,4 (General Chemistry II) 4 credits
ENSP 65 (Geographic Information Systems) 3 credits

Theory of Ecology  [15]

Required
BIO 117 (Ecology) 3 credits
BIO 118L (Ecology Lab) 2 credits

Electives (take one of each couplet)
BIO 120, 120L (Ecosystem Ecology) OR BIO 167, 167L (Population andmmunity Ecology) 3,1 credits
ENSP 165 (Applications of GIS) OR ENSP 154 (Environmental Decision-Making) 3 credits
BIO 99 (Biological Research & Statistical Methods) OR STAT 60 (Statistics for the Life Sciences) 3 credits

Field Biology Component [9]

Electives - Take 9 credits
s
ENSP 101 (Restoration Ecology Practicum) 3 credits
ENSP 115 (Environmental Field Course) 1-6 credits
BIO 24,24L (Field Ornithology) 1,1 credits
BIO 110,110L (Iowa Natural History) 1,1 credits
BIO 114, 114L Evolution 3,1 credits
BIO 119,119L (Herpetology) 2,1 credits
BIO 122,122L (Mammalogy) 2,1 credits
BIO 123,123L (Biology of Invertebrates) 3,1 credits
BIO 152,152L (Field Botany) 2,1 credits
BIO 168,168L (Limnology) 3,1 credits
LLAB 119 (Amphibians and Reptiles) 4 credits
LLAB 124 (Ornithology) 4 credits
LLAB 152 (Plant Taxonomy) 4 credits
LLAB 161 (Freshwater Algae) 4 credits
LLAB 161 (Biology of Aquatic Plants) 4 credits
LLAB 164 (Prairie Ecology) 4 credits
LLAB 168 (Aquatic Ecology) 4 credits
LLAB 169 (Ecosystems of North America) 4 credits
LLAB 170 (Introduction to Insect Ecology) 4 credits
LLAB 171 (Plant Ecology) 4 credits
LLAB 172 (Wetland Ecology) 4 credits
LLAB 174 (Behavioral Ecology) 4 credits
Or adviser-approved electives (3-4 credits)

Science and Policy Integration [6]

Electives - Take 6 credits
ENSP 125 (Conservation Biology) 4 credits
ENSP 135 (Global Climate Change: Science & Policy) 3 credits
ENSP 156 (Environmental Politics and Policy) 3 credits
ENSP 157 (Environmental Justice) 3 credits
ENSP 111 (International Environmental Policy) 4 credits
Or adviser-approved electives (3-4 credits)

Capstone  [3]

ENSP 191 (Environmental Science & Policy Practicum) 3 credits

Requirements for Minor

Program of study for the minor: All minors must have an adviser in the program and must successfully complete a minimum 22 credit hours that fulfill the following requirements:

ENSP 035 (One Earth: Global Environmental Science)
ENSP 036 (One Earth: Global Environmental Science Laboratory)
BIO 001 (Introduction to Biological Science), or equivalent
BIO 117 (Ecology)
BIO 118L (Ecology Lab)

Elective – take one course from this group
      ENSP 041 (Principles of Geology), OR
     ENSP 065 (Geographic Information Systems), OR
      ENSP 105 (Environmental Geology), OR
      ENSP 135 (Global Change: Science and Policy)

ENSP elective in Environmental Policy
ENSP 100-level elective

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