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Environmental Program

The Environmental Science Option at Francis Marion University offers students the choice of specialization in environmental science at the undergraduate level. It is offered in three existing majors: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

It requires the completion of recommended General Education courses, a required Core Curriculum of science and mathematics courses, and requirements for the student's major. 125 to 127 semester hours of credit will be required for graduation.

The curriculum is summarized below:

General Education Requirements 

Basic Communications

  • ENG 112, 200 (Composition Writing for Disciplines)
  • MATH 201, 202 (Calculus)

Social Sciences

  • POL 101 or 103 (United States Government; Introduction to Political Science)
  • ECON 203, 340 (Introduction to Microeconomics; Environmental and Natural Resource Economics)

Humanities

  • HIST 200 level course
  • ENG 203 (recommended) (Literature and the Natural World)
  • Appreciation (An Art, Music, or Theater Course)
  • PRS 400 (Science, Technology, and Human Values)
  • Elective (HIST 335 recommended) (History of Science and Technology)

Science

  • BIOL 105, 106, 115, 116 (Introduction to Life Science; Organismal Biology plus labs)
  • CHEM 101 (General Chemistry I: General Concepts in Chemistry)

Freshman Seminar 100

Total Hours, General Education: 51

 

Core Courses for Environmental Science Program

  • ENVS 201 (Environmental Science)
  • PSY 302 or MATH 312 (Quantitative Methods in the Behavioral Sciences; Statistics II)
  • GEOG 105 (Physical Geography)
  • BIOL 308 or 402 or 408 or 411 (Aquatic Ecology; Terrestrial Ecology; Population Ecology; Ecology)
  • CHEM 102, 201, and 202 or 203 (General Chemistry II: Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry; Organic Chemistry I and II; Analytical Chemistry I: Quantitative Analysis)
  • PHYS 200, 201, 202 (Technical Physics I, II, and III)
  • CS 190 or 212 or 226 (Programming Fundamentals; Introduction to FORTRAN; Introduction to Programming and Algorithmic Design)

Total Core Required Hours 39 or 40

 

Biology Major/Environmental Science Emphasis

Required Courses:

  • Organismal (Plant), one course from: BIOL 206, 207, 208, 303, 313 (Fall Flora; Spring Flora; Summer Flora; The Plant Kingdom; Mycology)
  • Organismal (Animal), one course from: BIOL 201, 202, 204, 209, 312, 501 (Invertebrate Zoology; Vertebrate Zoology; Introductory Marine Biology; Entomology; Herpetology; Ornithology)
  • Ecology, an additional two courses from BIOL 308 or 402 or 408 or 411
  • Other Biology required courses: BIOL 301, 401, 499 (Cell Biology; Genetics; Senior Seminar)

Science Electives (Select two courses: at least one must be from chemistry or physics):

  • CHEM 202, 203, 313 (313 Environmental Chemistry)
  • PHYS 318 (Environmental Radiation Physics)
  • BIOL 307, 311 (Plant Anatomy and Physiology; Microbiology)

Free Elective

  • Speech or Technical Writing Recommended

Total Biology/ Environmental Science Required Hours: 35-36

E-mail Dr. John Rae, jrae@fmarion.edu, coordinator of the Biology Environmental Science Option, with questions.

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