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The Environmental Science Degree

Environmental science is the interdisciplinary scientific study of the environment and the effects of humans on environmental systems. Environmental science students acquire knowledge from many academic disciplines including biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, economics, political science and physics. They also undertake specialized courses in the study of the environment.

The Sweet Briar environmental science major requires a core of 40 science and 13 non-science credits plus at least 6 additional science credits. Students must complete an internship or an intensive research experience of at least 3 semester hours. The major has depth and breadth in both the life sciences and the physical sciences as well as advanced courses in the environmental sciences.

Students receive exposure to cutting-edge technologies including global positioning systems, analytical chemistry instrumentation, geographical information systems and environmental systems software. Courses tend to be less sequential than some other science disciplines, enabling students to study elsewhere for a semester or year. The environmental sciences program emphasizes field experiences, undergraduate research and environmental problem-solving on the 3,250-acre Sweet Briar campus, as well as in the neighboring Virginia piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains.

B.S. in Environmental Science
(62 semester hours)

Core Requirements
BIOL 324 (4) - General Ecology
CHEM 131 (3) - General Chemistry
CHEM 141 (1) - General Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 226 (1) - Environmental Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
ECON 101 (4) - Principles of Microeconomics
ENVR 101 (3) - Introduction to Environmental Issues
ENVR 131 (3) - Physical Geography: Landscapes
ENVR 133 (1) - Physical Geography Laboratory
ENVR 202 (1) - Environmental Sciences Laboratory
ENVR 208 (3) - Surface Waters
ENVR 215 (3) - Environmental Policy Analysis
ENVR 220 (3) - Applied Environmental Analysis
ENVR 244 (3) - Environmental Chemistry
ENVR 309 (3) - Energy and Atmospheric Pollution
ENVR 316 (3) - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
ENVR 433 (3) - Advanced Lab in Environmental Science
ENVR 446 (3) - Evaluation of Environmental Issues
MATH 123 (4) - Calculus I

Choose 1 of the following:
MATH 124 (3) - Calculus II
MATH 205 (3) - Applied Statistics

Senior Exercise:
Choose 1 of the following:
ENVR 377 (3) - Internship
ENVR 451 (3) - Senior Research in Environmental Science

Choose 2 of the following courses, at least one of which must be at the 300-level or above:
BIOL 218 (3) - Field Natural History
BIOL 316 (3) - Seminar in Conservation Biology
ECON 342 (3) - Ecological Economics
ENGR 120 (3) - Analyzing our World: Foundations of Enginerring Analysis
ENVR 210 (3) - Humans and Wildlife
ENVR 322 (3) - Ecological Modeling
ENVR 329 (3) - Global Biodiversity Conservation
ENVR 393 (3) - Topics in Environmental Studies
ENVR 416 (3) - Advanced Geographic Information Systems
MATH 315 (3) - Biostatistics
MATH 320 (4) - Topics in Biomathematics