Environmental Science Major

7222
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code:  7222 Degree Awarded:  Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction:  N Admission Status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

Program Chair
John G. Windsor Jr., Ph.D.

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)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • ENS 1001 The Whole Earth Course
    Credit Hours: 3
    Consists of six interrelated modules (cosmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, anthroposphere) taught by faculty of the College of Engineering, College of Aeronautics and College of Science. Emphasizes the interactions and interdependence of Earth systems. Includes the role of humans in global change.
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    The second of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Continues an integrated approach to the study of the hierarchal structure and function of living systems, including the origin and history of life on Earth.
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Continues . Covers acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry. Introduces organic chemistry. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
Sophomore Year
Fall (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • OCN 1010 Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys oceanography including biological, chemical, geological and physical processes in the ocean. Includes field trips.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in , to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 2010 Microbiology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers the fundamentals of microbiology. Examines the structure, classification, metabolism and pathogenicity of prokaryotes, eukaryotic microorganisms and viruses. Labs cover aspects of isolation, culture, enumeration, identification and control of microorganisms.
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • OCN 2407 Meteorology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces meteorological phenomena and principles, including descriptive weather elements, general atmospheric circulation, air-sea interaction and the physical mechanisms that create atmospheric motions, mixing and transfer of momentum, mass and heat.
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3*
Junior Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHM 3301 Analytical Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the principles of modern analytical methods. Includes chemical separation and quantitative measurements, important equilibrium considerations and the treatment of experimental data.
  • ENS 3101 Atmospheric Environments
    Credit Hours: 3
    Origin, fate, effects and distribution of air pollutants. Covers dispersion modeling, federal and state legislation, source control and monitoring.
  • OCN 3201 Marine and Environmental Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes a systematic examination of seawater and its constituent parts; problems associated with ocean chemistry; interaction of chemical parameters with other ocean studies; and an evaluation of the ocean as an environment.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite course
  • OCN 3211 Marine and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Field and lab exercises provide practical experience in the use of equipment and methods for measuring common chemical parameters in marine and environmental chemistry.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 2801 Biometry
    Credit Hours: 4
    Experimental design and hypothesis testing in the biological sciences, and the analysis of biological data using descriptive statistics and applying parametric and non-parametric tests. Computer applications include statistical packages, spreadsheets, graphics preparation and word processing in the development of reports on modules of field-, clinic- and lab-based studies.
  • ENS 3105 Atmospheric Pollution Lab
    Credit Hours: 1
    Provides hands-on familiarity with air sampling devices and analytical methods of analysis. Involves both the acquisition and the analysis of atmospheric samples.
  • ENS 3911 Environmental Field Projects Proposal
    Credit Hours: 1
    Preparation for the summer research program, Environmental Field Projects. Students are guided through the process of selecting, designing and proposing research projects to be carried out during the summer.
  • ENS 4010 Geographic Information Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Concepts and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Presents case studies from environmental and geoscience applications.
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Electives Credit Hours: 3*
Summer (Senior Status Required) (6 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ENS 4911 Environmental Field Projects 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    These summer research investigations focus on environmental problems of local, regional and global dimensions. A major focus has been on the Indian River Lagoon system. Students often work in teams configured to accomplish the specific objectives.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or senior standing
  • ENS 4912 Environmental Field Projects 2
    Credit Hours: 2
    These summer research investigations focus on environmental problems of local, regional and global dimensions. A major focus has been on the Indian River Lagoon system. Students often work in teams configured to accomplish the specific objectives.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or senior standing
Senior Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 3410 General Ecology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Studies the distribution and abundance of organisms, with emphasis at the level of biological populations. Interaction of populations with the abiotic environment, energetics, population growth, reproduction, competition, predation, adaptation and evolution. Modular lab exercises stress the experimental design and conduct, and data analysis.
  • BUS 4426 Environmental and Resource Economics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the behavioral sources of environmental problems. Includes property rights, externalities, cost-benefit analysis, depletable and recyclable resources, pollution control, population growth, sustainable development, ecotourism and environmental justice.
  • ENS 4800 Limnology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Chemical, physical and biological dynamics of inland waters.
  • Restricted Electives Credit Hours: 3*
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ENS 4004 Aquatic Environmental Toxicology
    Credit Hours: 3
    The concepts of toxicology, classifications, kinetics of biological effects and environmental sampling and testing. Includes the effect of environmental agents on aquatic systems and the fate of chemicals in the environment.
  • ENS 4600 Radiation and Environmental Protection
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the sources and mechanisms that create environmental radiation hazards and methods for detection and measurement of radiation and a study of the biological effects of radiation. Develops methods of protection and decontamination.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or senior standing
  • ENS 4701 Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment
    Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes environmental legislation and the impacts and implications of these regulations on society. Emphasizes environmental impact analysis and environmental impact statement preparation methods.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or senior standing
  • OCN 4204 Marine and Environmental Pollution
    Credit Hours: 3
    A holistic approach to the study of pollution. Defines and discusses pollutants, quantities, sources and their impacts. Considers past and present waste disposal techniques and proposed alternatives.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite course
  • 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.