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Environmental Science Undergraduate Program

The undergraduate curriculum gives students the academic preparation necessary to pursue graduate studies and/or careers related to natural resources and the environment. With our emphasis on responsible stewardship, core courses focused on modular teaching and key skill development (such as Environmental Methods and Statistics), and a flexible curriculum that allows both breadth and focus – the undergraduate degree now stands alone in the DFW Metroplex. Students get a taste of habitat and wildlife management and conservation, field techniques and various cutting edge research techniques. The BS with a major in environmental sciences requires a minimum of 46 semester hours (environmental science core plus electives) from the following:

Environmental Science Core (22-24 semester hours) 
Introductory Biology I and BIOL 10514 Introductory Biology II
BIOL 10003 Contemporary Issues in Biology
BIOL 30613 Natural History
GEOL 10113 Understanding the Earth
ENSC 30133 Concepts of Environmental Sciences
BIOL 30403 Ecology
GEOL 40393 Soils in the Environment
ENSC 40193 Environmental Stewardship Seminar
ENSC 40001 Scientific Presentations

Electives (24 semester hours) Students must select 24 hours of coursework with an emphasis in the biological, geological or environmental sciences. Associated Requirements (19 semester hours)
CHEM 10113 Freshman Chemistry
CHEM 10125 General Chemistry with Lab
PHYS 10154 General Physics I
MATH 10043 Elementary Statistics (or approved substitutions)
MATH 10524 Calculus I (or equivalent)

The total required for the BS with a major in environmental sciences is 126 semester hours. Additional details of the major, from the TCU Undergraduate Catalog, are listed here.

As part of your undergraduate career, you may also choose to complete an internship (ENSC 40013) as a part of your curriculum. Please note that you are required to obtain permission from the undergraduate internship advisor prior to completing an internship, and you may be required to submit a proposal to the program outlining the goals and objectives of the proposed internship. The SGEE has provided an example syllabus for this course for your convenience.