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Environmental Geosciences BS - Program Requirements

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

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

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 250 Environmental Justice
EVS 309 Ecology
GEO 211 Univariate Statistics in Geography
GEO 481 Geographic Information Systems
GLY 308 Intro to Geochemistry

Field Methods and Data Collection Course
EVS 310 Ecological Methods

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.


BIO 318 Plant Biology
BIO 437 Pattern & Process
BIO 437 Pattern and Process
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 Pollutant Fate and Transport
CIE 447 Sustainability
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 385 Energy, Environment and Society
EVS 409 Advanced Ecology
EVS 411 Marine Ecology
EVS 412 Field Course in Tropical Marine Ecology
EVS 424 Environmental Sustainability in Practice
EVS 441 Wildlife and Wildlands Management
EVS 445 Restoration Ecology
EVS 452 Limnology
EVS 463 Soil Ecology
EVS 472 Tropical Environments
EVS 489 Ecology of Invasive Species
EVS 493 Ecology of Unique Environments
EVS 495 Undergraduate Student Teaching
EVS 496 Environmental Internship - No more than 3 credits can towards major
EVS 498 Undergraduate Research
EVS 499 Independent Study - No more than 3 credits can count towards major
GEO 344 Climate and Weather
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 381 Cartography
GEO 435 Conservation Biogeography
GEO 446 Global Change Ecology
GEO 449 Fluvial Geomorphology
GEO 470 Integrated Environmental Management *CAPSTONE APPROVED
GEO 475 Landscape modeling with GIS
GEO 479 GIS for Environ Modeling (with lab)
GEO 483 Remote Sensing
GEO 498 Undergraduate Research
GLY 308 Intro to Geochemistry
GLY 312 Surface Process and Hydrology
GLY 312 Surface Processes and Hydrology I
GLY 414 Hydrogeology
GLY 419 Environmental Geophysics
GLY 428 Geological Hazards and Risk
GLY 429 Analysis of Geologic Data
GLY 453 Quaternary Dating and Paleoclimate
GLY 458 Macroevolution
GLY 465 Environmental and Geological Remote Sensing
GLY 465 Environmental Remote Sensing
GLY 479 Climate Reduction Challenge *CAPSTONE APPROVED
GLY 495 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching

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: Jun 28, 2022 10:20:22