Oct 16, 2019  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Environmental Science, B.S.


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The environmental science major includes the interdisciplinary study of the impact of human systems on our natural environment and how in turn these natural systems affect the human environment. 

Requirements for the Environmental Science Major


Core Curriculum:


  • 48-63 Credit Hours dependent on courses taken, including

Mathematical Perspectives


  • MATH 140

Mathematics: 6 Credit Hours


Non-Science Electives: 6 Credit Hours Minimum


Students must complete a minimum of six credit hours from the following list.

  • ECON 421 - Environment, Economics and Policy
  • ENGL 205 - Literature and the Moral Imagination: Literature and the Environment (Instructor - Wyatt)
  • ENGL 348 - Literature and the Environment
  • HIST 123 - African History I
  • HIST 398 - History of Agriculture
  • HIST 399 - Green Urbanism
  • HIST 436 - Urban Ecologies and Economies
  • POLI 316 / HIST 316 - Globalization
  • PHIL 200 - Philosophical Perspectives: Philosophy and Ecology (Instructor - Konopka)
  • PHIL 387 - Topics in Contemporary Philosophy (Instructor - Konopka)
  • PHIL 392 - Philosophy of Nature
  • THEO 245 - God, Creation and Ecology
  • THEO 332 - Sacred Ground and New Story/Cosmology
  • THEO 360 - Consumption as a Problem     
  • THEO 388 - Wilderness and Religious Imagination
  • THEO 389 - Theologies of Food and Farm
  • THEO 396 - Native American Lifeways
  • SOCI 240 - Population and Globalization
  • SUST 301 Cultural Studies and Sustainability
  • SUST 465 - Topics in Sustainability:  Renewable Energy and Economies (Instructor - Bertaux)
  • Other courses as approved by advisor

A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained in the major.


TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours


B.S. Environmental Science


Freshman Year


First Semester


  • BIOL 160 - General Biology I
  • BIOL 161 - General Biology I Lab
  • CHEM 160 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 161 - General Chemistry I Lab
  • CORE 100 1st Year Seminar or THEO 111 
  • ENGL 101 - English Composition or ENGL 115 - Rhetoric
  • CORE 101 - GOA

Total (14)

Second Semester


  • BIOL 162 - General Biology II
  • BIOL 163 - General Biology II Lab
  • CHEM 162 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 163 - General Chemistry II Lab
  • CORE 100 1st Year Seminar or THEO 111 
  • PHIL 100 - Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
  • CORE 102 - GOA

Total (14)

Sophomore Year


First Semester


  • BIOL 250 - Ecology
  • BIOL 251 - Ecology Lab
  • ENGL 205 - Literature & Moral Imagination
  • MATH 140 - Calculus or MATH 156        
  • Historical Perspectives Elective 
  • Second Language I

Total (16)

Second Semester


  • BIOL 260 - Intro to Environmental Science
  • BIOL 261 - Intro to Environ Science Lab
  • ECON 200 - Microeconomic Principles
  • ENVS - Non Science Elective
  • Theological Perspectives
  • Second Language II

Total (16)

Junior Year


First Semester


  • PHYS 160 - College Physics I
  • PHYS 161 - Introductory Physics Lab I
  • ENVS Non-Science Elective           
  • MATH 140 - Calculus or MATH 156 - General Statistics
  • Math or Science Elective 
  • PHIL 200 - Philosophical Perspectives Elective

Total (16)

Second Semester


  • PHYS 162 - College Physics II
  • PHYS 163 - Introductory Physics Lab II
  • Humanities Elective
  • Creative Perspectives Elective
  • General Elective
  • Social Science or General Elective

Total (16)

Senior Year


First Semester


  • BIOL 495, 497 or 498: Internship/Methods BR  I
  • ECON 320 - Natural Resource Economics
  • Science or Math Elective (5 credit hours)
  • General Elective (DCR)
  • General Elective

Total (15-16)

Second Semester


  • BIOL 398 - SEM: Environmental Studies
  • BIOL 495, 496 or 499: Internship/Methods BR II
  • E/RS Course
  • General Elective
  • Science or Math Elective

Total (13-14)

Scheduling Notes:


  • Consult the “Undergraduate Core Curriculum” requirements of the Catalog.
  • All students must also satisfy five flags in addition to the 48 hours required by the core.  No single course can count for more than two flags.  Flagged courses often double-count for major and/or minor requirements.  The five flagged courses are: the Diversity (DCR), Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS) oral communications, quantitative reasoning and writing-intensive flagged courses.  Many of these are available within the core or major; use “Attribute Type” when searching for courses.
  • 2.00 cumulative average is required in the major courses.  
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the degree. 2.00 cumulative average is required in the major courses.               

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