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Environmental Geosciences BS - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 04.20 ECOLOGY, CIP: 40.0699 Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other)

Department of Environment and Sustainability

602 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670

Dr. Nicholas Henshue
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Environmental Geosciences BS Program

Academic Requirements

Students must have a minimum 2.330 GPA in courses required for the major to graduate with an Environmental Geosciences degree.

Academic Advice

The EVS program is very proud of our ability to meet individually with you as you need counsel. Each of our students receives a 30 minute time slot (or more) to review every detail of their academic requirements. Advisors know each of the students individually, and take pride in assisting in their successes. Students considering any EVS major or minor can obtain advice by contacting the department at 716-645-6777 or by emailing evs-admin@buffalo.edu.
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Transfer Credit Policy

The University has articulation agreements with several local colleges. Students should consult with the advisement office at their present college for more details. The College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement and Services Office at UB also may be consulted. To request a transfer of credit for a course not listed at either advisement office, submit a request to the Director of Undergraduate Studies along with a course description from the college catalog and a course syllabus.

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or Dr. Henshue to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Prerequisite Courses

There are no prerequisite courses required for admission into the Environmental Geosciences BS program.

Required Courses

GEO 101 Natural Hazards, GEO 105 Natural Hazards and Climate Change: Past, Present, Future, GEO 106 Global Climate Change OR GLY 101 Natural Hazards, GLY 102 Climate Change, GLY 105 Natural Hazards and Climate Change: Past, Present, Future
BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology or equivalent

Core Science Courses
CHE 101 & CHE 113-CHE 102 & CHE 114, or CHE 105-CHE 106 or CHE 107-CHE 108
PHY 101-PHY 102 or PHY 107-PHY 108

Core Math Courses
MTH 121/MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I & II or MTH 141/MTH 142 College Calculus 1 & 2

Core Environmental Courses
CIE 340 Environmental Engineering
EVS 309 Ecology
GEO 211 Univariate Statistics in Geography
GEO 481 Geographic Information Systems
GLY 462 Aqueous Geochemistry
PHI 234 Environmental Ethics

Senior Capstone Course
GEO 470 Integrated Environmental Management

Elective Requirements
6 courses from the list of electives; 3 must be at the 400-level and no more than 3 per department.
1 elective must focus on field methods and data collection.
Independent Study or Honors can be counted toward specialization with approval of the Undergraduate Studies Committee, but no more than 3 credits of Independent Study or Honors may be used for elective requirements.

Electives

Specialization Tracks
The specialization tracks are designed to provide students with a background in a single aspect of environmental sciences, enabling students to more readily compete in the job market or attend graduate school. Each track requires a minimum of 4 courses from a given track plus 2 additional electives (6 total); 3 of the 6 must be at the 400 level and no more than 3 courses of the 6 can be taken from a single department. The tracks given below are intended only as examples and are subject to future revision as new courses are added to the curriculum. Students are not required to select a specialization track.

Ecology and the Environment

Water and the Environment

Environmental Monitoring and Analysis

Environmental Science Electives

  • BIO 318 Plant Biology
  • BIO 437 Pattern & Process
  • BIO 495 Undergrad Supervised Teaching – For EnvSci courses only, no more than 3 credits count towards major
  • BIO 497 Dept. Honors thesis/project – No more than 3 credits can count towards major. Thesis/project topic must be related to EnvSci
  • BIO 498 Undergraduate Research - No more than 3 credits can count towards major. Project topic must be related to EnvSci
  • BIO 499 Independent Study - No more than 3 credits can count towards major. Project topic must be related to EnvSci
  • CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
  • CHE 413-CHE 414 Instrument Analysis and Lab
  • CHE 470 Analytical Chemistry of Pollution
  • CIE 341 Environmental Engineering Science
  • CIE 441 Ecological Engineering
  • CIE 447 Sustainability
  • CIE 448 Chemical Principals in Environmental Engineering
  • CIE 461 Air Pollution
  • CIE 469 Hazardous Waste Management
  • EVS 310 Ecological Methods*
  • EVS 321 The Environmental Impact of War
  • EVS 326 Great Lakes Ecology
  • EVS 345 Water and Society
  • EVS 360 Environmental Impact Statement 
  • EVS 409 Advanced Ecology
  • EVS 411 Marine Ecology
  • EVS 412 Field Course in Tropical Marine Ecology*
  • EVS 441 Wildlife and Wildlands Management
  • EVS 445 Restoration Ecology
  • EVS 452 Limnology
  • EVS 463 Soil Ecology
  • EVS 472 Tropical Environments
  • EVS 493 Ecology of Unique Environments
  • EVS 496 Environmental Internship - No more than 3 credits can towards major
  • EVS 499 Independent Study - No more than 3 credits can count towards major
  • GEO 345 Water Resources
  • GEO 347 Climatic Geomorphology
  • GEO 350 Landform Field and Laboratory Techniques*
  • GEO 352 Introduction to Soils
  • GEO 356 Forest Ecology
  • GEO 435 Conservation Biogeography
  • GEO 444 Advanced Earth System Science
  • GEO 448 Stream Restoration
  • GEO 449 Fluvial Geomorphology
  • GEO 475 Landscape modeling with GIS
  • GEO 479 GIS for Environ Modeling (with lab)
  • GEO 483 Remote Sensing
  • GEO 496 Environmental Internship only - No more than 3 credits can count towards major
  • GEO 498 Undergraduate Research - No more than 3 credits can count towards major. Project topic must be related to EnvSci
  • GEO 499 Independent Study - No more than 3 credits can count towards major. Project topic must be related to EnvSci
  • GLY 312 Surface Processes and Hydrology I
  • GLY 414 Hydrogeology
  • GLY 419 Environmental Geophysics
  • GLY 429 Analysis of Geologic Data
  • GLY 453 Quaternary Dating and Paleoclimate
  • GLY 458 Macroevolution
  • GLY 465 Environmental and Geological Remote Sensing
  • GLY 498 Undergraduate Research - No more than 3 credits can count towards major. Project topic must be related to EnvSci
  • GLY 499 Independent Study - No more than 3 credits can count towards major. Project topic must be related to EnvSci

*GEO 350, EVS 310 or EVS 412 will satisfy the field methods and data collection elective requirement.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Environmental Geosciences BS degree
Credits Required for Major79
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 32
Additional Credits Required for Electives 9
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

 
Published: Sep 17, 2021 14:40:02