Environmental Science Major, B.S.

Please note that the Environmental Science degree requirements were updated in the 2018-19 catalog year.  You can access all catalog years via the Undergraduate Catalog.  You can see your catalog year in your degree progress report, it is usually the year you started.  For 2017 catalog year degree check sheets, please scroll to the bottom of this page.  For 2018 catalog year, here are the degree check sheets:

2018-19 Degree Check Sheets

Environmental Science, Water Management & Hydrologic Science 2018-2019

Environmental Science, Multidisciplinary 2018-2019

Environmental Science, Environmental Chemistry 2018-2019

Environmental Science, Ecological Restoration 2018-2019

Environmental Science with Teaching Licensure 2018-2019

2018-2019 Catalog year requirements:

A grade of “D” or better is required for courses in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.

General Studies Course Requirements

Written Communication

  • ENG 1010 – Composing Arguments Credits: 3
  • ENG 1020 – Research and Argument Writing Credits: 3

Oral Communication

  •  Select any course that satisfies the Oral Communication requirement.

Quantitative Literacy

Arts and Humanities (minimum 6 semester hours)

  •  Select any course that satisfies the Arts and Humanities requirement.

Historical (minimum 3 semester hours)

  • Select any course that satisfies the Historical requirement.

Natural and Physical Sciences

Social and Behavioral Sciences I (minimum of 3 semester hours)

  • ECO 1040 – A Citizen’s Guide to Economics Credits: 3 OR
  • GEG 1000 – World Regional Geography Credits: 3 OR
  • GEG 1300 – Introduction to Human Geography Credits: 3 OR
  • PSC 1010 – American National Government Credits: 3 OR
  • PSC 1020 – Political Systems and Ideas Credits: 3 OR
  • SOC 1010 – Introduction to Sociology Credits: 3 OR
  • Select any course that satisfies the Social and Behavioral Sciences I requirement.
  • Note: These courses are prerequisites to the social science requirements listed in most concentrations.

Social and Behavioral Sciences II (minimum of 3 semester hours)

  • ECO 2020 – Principles of Microeconomics Credits: 3  OR
  • Select any course that satisfies the Social and Behavioral Sciences II requirement.
  • Note: This course is a prerequisite to the social science requirements listed in most concentrations.

Global Diversity

Students may satisfy the Global Diversity requirement by selecting any course designated as Global Diversity within one of the following General Studies categories: Arts and Humanities; Historical; Natural and Physical Sciences; Social and Behavioral Sciences I; or Social and Behavioral Sciences II. Students may also use an unrestricted elective to satisfy this requirement. (See General Studies requirements.)

Multicultural Graduation Requirement

Students may satisfy the Multicultural requirement by selecting any course from the approved list. (Some courses can be used to meet General Studies and Multicultural requirements.)

General Studies Total: 33 credits

Environmental Science Required Pre-requisites

Environmental Science required prerequisites for all concentrations.

  • BIO 1080 – General Biology I Credits: 3
  • BIO 1081 – General Biology II Credits: 3
  • BIO 1090 – General Biology Laboratory I Credits: 1
  • BIO 1091 – General Biology Laboratory II Credits: 1
  • CHE 1800 – General Chemistry I Credits: 4
  • CHE 1810 – General Chemistry II Credits: 4
  • MTH 1410 – Calculus I Credits: 4
  • CHE 1801 – General Chemistry I Laboratory Credits: 1
  • CHE 1811 – General Chemistry II Laboratory Credits: 1
  • GEL 1010 – Physical Geology Credits: 4  -or-  GEG 1100 – Introduction to Physical Geography Credits: 3
    Subtotal: 25 – 26 hours

Environmental Science Core Requirements

(for all concentrations except for Secondary Science Teacher Licensure)

  • ENV 1200 – Introduction to Environmental Science Credits: 3
  • CET 3320 – Environmental Impact Statements Credits: 3
  • MTH 1210 – Introduction to Statistics Credits: 4
  • MTH 3240 – Environmental Statistics Credits: 4
  • GIS 1220 – Introduction to Geospatial Sciences Credits: 3
  • GIS 2250 – Geographic Information Systems Credits: 3
  • ENV 4200 – Environmental Policy and Planning Credits: 3
    Total for Core Requirements: 23 credits

Multidisciplinary Concentration

Students are required to select courses in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geographic Information Systems, Geology, Meteorology, Mathematics, and Civil Engineering, and elective courses in consultation with an environmental science advisor.

Additional Required Courses

  • MTR 1400 – Weather and Climate Credits: 3
  • MTR 2020 – Weather and Climate Lab for Scientists Credits: 1
  • ENV 2000 – Applied Pollution Science Credits: 3

  • Subtotal: 7 hours

Biology – Select at least 4 hours

  • BIO 2100 – General Botany Credits: 5
  • BIO 2400 – General Microbiology Credits: 5
  • BIO 3140 – Plant Physiology Credits: 5
  • BIO 3160 – Plant Anatomy and Morphology Credits: 4
  • BIO 3180 – Vascular Plant Taxonomy Credits: 4
  • BIO 3200 – Invertebrate Zoology Credits: 4
  • BIO 3260 – Vertebrate Zoology Credits: 4
  • BIO 3360 – Animal Physiology Credits: 4
  • BIO 4450 – Pathogenic Microbiology Credits: 5
  • BIO 4510 – Microbial Ecology Credits: 4
  • BIO 4540 – Plant Ecology Credits: 4
  • BIO 4550 – Animal Ecology Credits: 4

Environmental Science – Select at least 15 hours

  • ENV 2000-4999 Environmental Science Courses
  • ENV 4920 – Topics in Environmental Science: Variable Topics Credits: 3
  • PHY 2311 – General Physics I Credits: 4
  • PHY 2321 – General Physics I Laboratory Credits: 1

Geographic Information System – Select at least 3 hours

  • GIS 3250 – Cartography Credits: 3
  • GIS 4840 – Remote Sensing Credits: 3
  • GIS 4850 – Spatial Modeling in Raster Credits: 4
  • GIS 4860 – GIS Applications Credits: 4
  • GIS 4880 – Current Topics in GIS: Variable Topics Credits: 1-3

Geology – Select at least 4 hours

  • ENV 4000 – Environmental Geology Credits: 3
  • ENV 4010 – Environmental Hazards and GIS Credits: 3
  • GEL 3000-4999 Upper Division Geology Courses

Geography – Select at least 3 hours

  • GEG 3000-4999 Upper Division Geography Courses

Internship Requirement

  • ENV 4950 – Internship in Environmental Science Credits: 2-15

Senior Experience Graduation Requirement

  • ENV 4970 – Environmental Field Studies Credits: 3
  • -or-
  • ENV 4960 – Global Environmental Challenges Credits: 3
  • -or-
  • BIO 4510 – Microbial Ecology Credits: 4
  • -or-
  • CHE 4950 – Senior Experience in Chemistry Credits: 3

Total Credits

Total General Studies Course Requirements*

33 credits

Required Prerequisites**

15-16 credits

 Required Core Courses

23 credits

 Multidisciplinary Requirements

36 credits

Internship Requirement

3-4 credits

Senior Experience Requirement

3-4 credits

Unrestricted Electives*

4-7 credits

Total for Environmental Science Degree: Multidisciplinary

120 credits

 

*The multicultural requirement of 3 credits must be met in either General Studies or Unrestricted Elective courses.

**Additional hours beyond what can count towards general studies.

Water Management and Hydrologic Science Concentration

Additional Required Courses

  • ENV 2100 – Basic Water Sampling and Analysis Credits: 3
  • ENV 3400 – Water Resources Credits: 3
  • ENV 4410 – Water Law Credits: 3
  • -or-
  • ENV 3250 – Colorado Water Law and Water Rights Administration Credits: 3
  • -or-
  • MGT 3250 – Colorado Water Law and Water Rights Administration Credits: 3
  • ENV 4420 – Wetlands Credits: 3
  • ENV 4440 – Limnology Credits: 3
  • ENV 4450 – Stream Ecology Credits: 3
  • ENV 4460 – Advanced Water Quality Analysis Credits: 3
  • GEL 4150 – Hydrology (Surface Water) Credits: 4
  • ENV 4470 – Snow Hydrology Credits: 3
  • -or-
  • GEL 4250 – Hydrogeology (Groundwater) Credits: 4

  • Subtotal: 28-29 credits

Electives – Select at least 9 hours

  • BIO 3200 – Invertebrate Zoology Credits: 4
  • BIO 3260 – Vertebrate Zoology Credits: 4
  • BIO 4230 – Issues in Conservation Biology Credits: 3
  • ENV 2000-4999 Environmental Science Courses
  • ENV 4920 – Topics in Environmental Science: Variable Topics Credits: 3
  • GEL 4250 – Hydrogeology (Groundwater) Credits: 4
  • PHY 2311 – General Physics I Credits: 4
  • PHY 2321 – General Physics I Laboratory Credits: 1
  • WQM 100 – Introduction to Water Quality Management (offered at Red Rocks CC)
  • WQM 105 – Specific Calculations for Water Quality Management (offered at Red Rocks CC)
  • WQM 119 – Basic Water Quality Analysis (offered at Red Rocks CC)
  • WQM 121 – Environmental Sampling and Volume Measurement (offered at Red Rocks CC)
  • WQM 200 – Hydraulics for Water Quality Management (offered at Red Rocks CC)
  • WQM 216 – Biological and Bacteriological Water Quality Analysis (offered at Red Rocks CC)  

Internship Requirement

  • ENV 4950 – Internship in Environmental Science Credits: 2-15

  • Subtotal: 3 credits

Senior Experience Graduation Requirement

  • ENV 4960 – Global Environmental Challenges Credits: 3
  • -or-
  • ENV 4970 – Environmental Field Studies Credits: 3

  • Subtotal: 3 credits

Total Credits

Total General Studies Course Requirements*

33 credits

Required Prerequisites**

15-16 credits

Environmental Science Required Core Courses

23 credits

Water Management and Hydrologic Science Requirements

37-38 credits

Internship Requirement

3-4 credits

Senior Experience Requirement

3 credits

Unrestricted Electives*

3-6 credits

Total for Environmental Science Degree: Ecological Restoration

120 credits

 

*The multicultural requirement of 3 credits must be met in either General Studies or Unrestricted Elective courses.

**Additional hours beyond what can count towards general studies.

Ecological Restoration Concentration

Students are required to select courses in Biology, Geology, Environmental Science, and elective courses in consultation with an environmental science advisor.

Additional Required Courses

  • ENV 4400 – Landscape Ecology Credits: 3
  • ENV 4420 – Wetlands Credits: 3
  • ENV 3710 – Environmental Remediation Credits: 3
  • -or-
  • ENV 3720 – Waste Management Credits: 3
  • ENV 4500 – Environmental Biogeochemistry Credits: 3
  • -or-
  • GEL 3420 – Soil Resources Credits: 4
  • -or-
  • ENV 4460 – Advanced Water Quality Analysis Credits: 3

  • Subtotal: 12-13 hours

Biology – Select at least 8 hours

  • BIO 2100 – General Botany Credits: 5
  • BIO 2400 – General Microbiology Credits: 5
  • BIO 3120 – Economic Botany Credits: 4
  • BIO 3140 – Plant Physiology Credits: 5
  • BIO 3160 – Plant Anatomy and Morphology Credits: 4
  • BIO 3180 – Vascular Plant Taxonomy Credits: 4
  • BIO 3200 – Invertebrate Zoology Credits: 4
  • BIO 3260 – Vertebrate Zoology Credits: 4
  • BIO 3360 – Animal Physiology Credits: 4
  • BIO 3400 – Microbial Physiology Credits: 4
  • BIO 3520 – General Ecology Credits: 3
  • BIO 4160 – Mycology Credits: 4
  • BIO 4450 – Pathogenic Microbiology Credits: 5
  • BIO 4510 – Microbial Ecology Credits: 4
  • BIO 4540 – Plant Ecology Credits: 4
  • BIO 4550 – Animal Ecology Credits: 4

Geology – Select at least 4 hours

  • ENV 3540 – Advanced Geologic and Environmental Hazards-Denver and Vicinity Credits: 2
  • ENV 4000 – Environmental Geology Credits: 3
  • GEL 1010 – Physical Geology Credits: 4
  • GEL 3000-4999 Upper Division Geology Courses

Environmental Science – Select at least 12 hours

  • ENV 2000-4999 Environmental Science Courses
  • ENV 4920 – Topics in Environmental Science: Variable Topics Credits: 3

Internship Requirement

Senior Experience Graduation Requirement

  • ENV 4960 – Global Environmental Challenges Credits: 3
  • -or-
  • ENV 4970 – Environmental Field Studies Credits: 3
  • -or-
  • BIO 4540 – Plant Ecology Credits: 4

Total Credits

Total General Studies Course Requirements*

33 credits

Required Prerequisites**

15-16 credits

Environmental Science Required Core Courses

23 credits

Ecological Restoration Requirements

36-37 credits

Internship Requirement

3-4 credits

Senior Experience Requirement

3-4 credits

Unrestricted Electives*

3-7 credits

Total for Environmental Science Degree: Ecological Restoration

120 credits

*The multicultural requirement of 3 credits must be met in either General Studies or Unrestricted Elective courses.

**Additional hours beyond what can count towards general studies.

Environmental Science Major with Teacher Licensure

Please refer to the Secondary Education Licensure page.

Environmental Chemistry Concentration

Students are required to select courses in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Science, and elective courses in consultation with an environmental science advisor.

Additional Required Courses

  • BIO 2400 – General Microbiology Credits: 5
  • CHE 3000 – Analytical Chemistry Credits: 3
  • CHE 3010 – Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Credits: 2
  • CHE 3050 – Environmental Chemistry Credits: 3
  • CHE 3100 – Organic Chemistry I Credits: 4
  • CHE 3120 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1 Credits: 1
  • CHE 3110 – Organic Chemistry II Credits: 3
  • CHE 3130 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory II Credits: 2

  • Subtotal: 23 hours

Environmental Science and Geology – Select at least 12 hours

  • ENV 2000-4999 Environmental Science Courses
  • ENV 4920 – Topics in Environmental Science: Variable Topics Credits: 3
  • GEL 1010 – Physical Geology Credits: 4
  • GEL 3000-4999 Upper Division Geology Courses

Internship Requirement

  • ENV 4950 – Internship in Environmental Science Credits: 2-15

Senior Experience Graduation Requirement

  • ENV 4970 – Environmental Field Studies Credits: 3
  • -or-
  • BIO 4510 – Microbial Ecology Credits: 4
  • -or-
  • CHE 4950 – Senior Experience in Chemistry Credits: 3

Subtotals

Total General Studies Course Requirements*

33 credits

Required Prerequisites**

15-16 credits

Environmental Science Required Core Courses

23 credits

Environmental Chemistry Requirements

35 credits

Internship Requirement

3-4 credits

Senior Experience Requirement

3-4 credits

Unrestricted Electives*

5-8 credits

Total for Environmental Science Degree: Ecological Restoration

120 credits

 

*The multicultural requirement of 3 credits must be met in either General Studies or Unrestricted Elective courses.

**Additional hours beyond what can count towards general studies.

 

2017-18 catalog year Degree Check sheets

Ecological Restoration concentration Degree Check Sheet 2017-18 pdf

Environmental Science, Environmental Chemistry concentration Degree Check Sheet 2017-18 pdf

Environmental Science, Multidisciplinary concentration Degree Check Sheet 2017-18 pdf

Environmental Science, Water Management & Hydrologic Science concentration Degree Check Sheet 2017-18 pdf

Environmental Science with Licensure Degree Check Sheet 2017-18 pdf