Environmental Science Major

7222
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code:  7222 Degree Awarded:  Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction:  No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

The environmental sciences are those areas of applied science concerned with the relationship between human activities and the supporting environment; they provide the scientific framework for rational environmental decisions.

Environmental sciences offerings at Florida Tech include two programs, both solidly based on coursework in chemistry, mathematics and physics, combined with specialized environmental science courses and courses in either biology or meteorology, as well as the humanities. Technical electives during the junior and senior years allow flexibility to meet individual interests while building a strong foundation in the environmental sciences. Theoretical concepts are reinforced by laboratory programs and multidisciplinary field studies.

The undergraduate environmental science major is designed to provide graduates with opportunities to pursue careers and advanced academic studies in the use, control and preservation of environmental resources and the enhancement of the quality of life. Environmental sciences majors have a strong background in biological, chemical and physical sciences, coupled with basic and applied environmental science field, laboratory and coursework to help develop solutions to current and future environmental problems. Needs exist throughout the private sector and in local, state and federal agencies for the talents and expertise developed by graduates of this program.

Candidates for a bachelor's degree in environmental science complete a minimum program of 132 credit hours as outlined below. Elective course options from other programs enable the student to either broaden the scope of coverage of the curriculum or to develop a concentration of courses in some specific area of interest. For example, the curriculum can be designed to emphasize biological, chemical or remote sensing studies. The curriculum was developed to give students the solid, well-rounded background necessary to meet the needs of the numerous career opportunities available to graduates.

Freshman Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 1001 The Whole Earth Course
    Credit Hours: 0
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 0
Sophomore Year
Fall (17 credit hours)
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 1010 Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • BIO 2010 Microbiology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 2407 Meteorology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3*
Junior Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • CHM 3301 Analytical Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 3101 Atmospheric Environments
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3201 Marine and Environmental Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3211 Marine and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • BIO 2801 Biometry
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 3105 Atmospheric Pollution Lab
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 3911 Environmental Field Projects Proposal
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 4010 Geographic Information Systems
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Electives Credit Hours: 3*
Summer (6 credit hours)

Senior Status Required 

  • ENS 4911 Environmental Field Projects 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 4912 Environmental Field Projects 2
    Credit Hours: 0
Senior Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • BIO 3410 General Ecology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 4426 Environmental and Resource Economics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 4800 Limnology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Restricted Electives Credit Hours: 3*
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • ENS 4004 Aquatic Environmental Toxicology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 4600 Radiation and Environmental Protection
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 4701 Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 4204 Marine and Environmental Pollution
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3*
Total Credits Required: 132

*Science (including aviation science), engineering or business courses, subject to the approval of the environmental sciences program chair before registering.