3240 Environmental Science

Program Offered:

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental Science

Progam Coordinator: Rebekah Chapman, rchapman@gsu.edu

The BIS in Environmental Science program provides a foundation in the physical and life sciences, policy, and global and urban sustainability issues. This concentration emphasizes a broad-based course of study, exposing students to the complex social and scientific processes involved in understanding and addressing environmental issues. Students are encouraged to develop specific areas of focus depending on their future goals (e.g., graduate school, government agencies, and environmental consulting firms).

Program Admission

A 2.0 Georgia State University GPA is required in order to apply to the program. Application materials can be obtained from the Office of Academic Assistance (see below). Students should apply to the program by the time they have earned 42 credit hours to avoid a delay in graduation.

Academic Advisement for Undergraduate Students

Academic advisement for undergraduate students is provided through the University Advisement Center (freshman through junior status/fewer than 90 hours) and the college’s Office of Academic Assistance (senior status/90 or more hours). See section 3040 for additional information.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Arts students should also consult regularly with the faculty program coordinator for the specific program regarding course selection, program plans, experiential learning, and other academic opportunities.

Program Degree Requirements

Please refer to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies section 3030.30 of this catalog for academic regulations for this program. In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

B.I.S. in Environmental Science

Area A: 

  1. Recommended Course: MATH 1112 College Trigonometry, MATH 1113 Precalculus (3), or any higher-level mathematics course. MATH 1113 recommended.

Area C:

  1. Recommended: World language at the 1002 level or higher (3)

Area D: 

  1. Recommended courses: GEOL 1121K Introductory Geology I (4) and GEOL 1122K Introductory Geology II (4)
  2. Recommended course: Any one math not taken in Area A from the following choices: MATH 1070, MATH 1220, MATH 2201, MATH 2202, MATH 2211, MATH 2212 (or any higher level math). For any four credit-hour course, three hours are applied to Area D and one credit hour is applied to Area F.

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

Please discuss Area F selections with program coordinator or your academic advisor, as many of the options below are prerequisites for upper-level courses.

  1. Required courses (if not taken in Areas C or D) (16):
    1. World language at the 1002 level or higher (3)
    2. Select one geosciences lab sequence (8):
    3. Select one biology lab sequence (8):
  2. Select additional courses from the list below to complete 18 hours in Area F. (Please discuss these choices with your academic advisor to be certain you are taking the prerequisites necessary for Areas G and H.)
  • All courses above ending in K are commonly offered as separate lecture and lab (L) courses by GSU’s Perimeter College. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.
  • Any credit hours exceeding 18 earned to complete the Area F requirements will count toward elective hours.

Area G: Area of Concentration — Foundations of Environmental Science and Sustainability (27-34)

No more than 12 credit hours can come from a single discipline. Some of the Area G courses listed below are also in Area H. They may only count in one place.

  1. Required of all BIS Environmental Science Majors (10)
    1. Geosciences. Select one course:
    2. Public Management and Policy. Select one course:
      • Recommended option:
        • PMAP 3021 Citizenship, The Community, and The Public Sector (3)
      • Additional options:
        • PMAP 3011 Policy and Politics in the American City (3)
        • PMAP 4421 GIS Application to Planning and Policy Analysis (3)
    3. Biology. Select one course:
      • BIOL 3020 Introduction to Marine Biology (3)
      • BIOL 3820 Plant Biology (3) (consult with advisor prior to registration)
      • BIOL 3840 Animal Biology (3) (consult with advisor prior to registration)
  2. CTW Course. Students must take one CTW course appropriate to the program (3-4). CTW courses do not count toward the maximum number of courses within a single discipline.
  3. Research Methods/Spatial Analysis (3-10)
    • Recommended options:
    • Additional options:
      • ANTH 4360 Methods and Theories in Biological Anthropology (3)
      • ANTH 4590 Archeological Methods (4)
      • ANTH 4670 Research Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology (3)
      • GEOG 4515 Qualitative Methods in Geography (4)
      • GEOG 4518 Digital Cartography (4)
      • GEOG 4520 Quantitative Spatial Analysis (4)
      • GEOG 4530 Introduction to Remote Sensing (4)
      • PMAP 4041 Policy Data Analysis (3)
      • [PSYCH 3510] Introduction to Research Design and Analysis (4)
      • SOCI 3010 Social Statistics (3)
      • MATH 4547 Intro to Statistical Methods (3)
  4. Elective Courses in Environmental Science (3-10)
  5. Elective Courses at Large (0-8)
    • Additional courses may be taken from areas 1-4 to bring total hours to 27-34.

Area H: Allied Field – Environmental Science in Context (15-21)

Choose one area of concentration from the options below and select the courses that fit your career goals. If courses have been taken to fulfill Area G, they cannot also count in Area H. Students may combine courses to create their own area of focus with the approval of the faculty program coordinator and the college BIS director. No more than eight hours may come from a single discipline.

Courses with multiple prerequisites are indicated with an asterisk (*). Please consult with the faculty program coordinator regarding prerequisite waivers, which may not be possible for many courses.

  1. Sustainability Focus:
    • BIOL 4916 Internships in Biology (focus: Ecology/Sustainability Internships) (2)
    • BIOL 4930 Topics in Biology (topic: Tropical Island Ecology, Virgin Islands) (3-4)
    • EDCI 4100 Service Learning in Action (3)
    • GEOG 4644 Environmental Conservation (4)
    • JOUR 3040 Communicating Environmental Issues (3)*
    • PMAP 3210 Introduction to Nonprofits (3)
    • PMAP 3211 Career Development in Public and Nonprofit (3)
    • PMAP 3213 Nonprofit Financial Resources (3)
    • PMAP 3231 Nonprofit Leadership and Management (3)
    • PSYC 4520 Environmental Psychology (3)
    • SOCI 3350 Social Change and the Future (3)
  2. Natural and Cultural Resources Management:
    • ANTH 4170 Mesoamerican Archeology (4)
    • ANTH 4180 Archeology of the Southeastern US (4)
    • BIOL 4451 Aquatic Pollution and Toxicology (4)
    • BIOL 4915 Collaborative Internships in Biology (focus: Ecology/Sustainability Externship) (2)
    • BIOL 4916 Internships in Biology (focus: Mountain Park Watershed Ecology Internship) (2)
    • BIOL 4930 Topics in Biology (topic: Tropical Island Ecology) (3-4)
    • BIOL 4050/GEOG 4050 Natural Environments of Georgia (4)
    • GEOG 4518 Digital Cartography (4)
    • GEOG 4550 Field School in Geography (4-8)
    • GEOG 4646 Water Resource Management (4)
    • GEOG 4650 Applied Hydrology (4)
    • GEOL 4003 Aqueous Geochemistry (4)
    • GEOL 4007 Hydrogeology (4)
    • HIST 4325 Introduction to Public History and Historic Preservation (3)
    • PMAP 4421 GIS Application of Planning and Policy Analysis (3)
    • POLS 4422 NGOs and World Politics (3)
  3. Urban Ecology/Sustainable Development:
  4. Global Environmental Issues:
  5. Environmental Health and Toxicology:
  6. Conservation Biology:
  7. Environment and the Media
  8. Sustainable Food Sources/Urban Gardens:
    • ANTH 4240 Food: History, Ecology and Political Economy (3)
    • ANTH 4550 Field School in Anthropology (topic: Growing Local Food: Field School in Sustainable Food Systems and Ethnographic Methods) (4-8)
    • ANTH 4390 Diet, Demography and Disease (4)
    • BIOL 3820 Plant Biology (3)
    • BIOL 4916 Internships in Biology (focus: Ecology/Sustainability Externship) (2)
    • BIOL 4916 Ecology Research Internship (2)
    • EDCI 4100 Service Learning in Action (3)
    • GEOG 4648 Biogeography (4)

Area I: Electives

Electives are used to build the hours in Areas G-I to 60 hours, have 39 hours at Georgia State University taken at the 3000-4000 level for residency, and complete 120 hours required for graduation.

Graduation with Distinction in the Major

This program offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the program director for the specific criteria for this honor.