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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 (31-32 semester hours) 
BIOL 10003 Contemporary Issues in Biology   OR    (BIOL 10503 Introductory Biology I and BIOL 10514 Introductory Biology II)
BIOL 30403 Ecology and the Environment
GEOL 10113 Understanding the Earth
ENSC 10143 Contemporary Environmental Issues
ENSC 30133 Concepts in Environmental Science
ENSC 40001 Scientific Presentations

Choose 1 (3 hrs) from ENV LEADERSHIP GROUP
ENSC 40193 Environmental Stewardship Seminar
ENSC 50793 Environmental Sustainability

Choose 1 (3 hrs) from LAND SURFACE GROUP
GEOL 40493 Geomorphology
GEOL 40393 Soils in the Environment

Choose 1 (3 hrs) from WATER GROUP
ENSC 50403 Rivers in the Landscape
GEOL 50493 Physical Hydrology
ENSC 50723 Water and Wastewater Technology

Choose 1 (3 hrs) from COMPLIANCE GROUP
ENSC 50693 Natural Resources Compliance
ENSC 50703 Environmental Compliance

Choose 1 (3 hrs) from FIELD RESEARCH GROUP
ENSC 30403 Field Methods
ENSC 30453 Wildlife Research Project
ENSC 50613 Chemical Analysis of Environmental Systems

Associated Requirements (36-37 semester hours)
CHEM 10113 General Chemistry I
CHEM 10123 General Chemistry II
CHEM 10125 General Chemistry II with Lab
PHYS 10154 General Physics I with Lab
MATH 10043 Elementary Statistics (or approved substitutions)
MATH 10524 Calculus I   OR   MATH 10283 Applied Calculus

Electives – 18 additional hours of electives with regard to the interest of the student as approved by the advisor with no more than 6 hours outside the College of Science & Engineering

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.