Environmental Science Option for Biology Majors

This option is for biology majors interested in careers in the environment, conservation, wildlife, forestry, fisheries and related fields. Requirements are similar to the basic biology major, but there is more of a focus on discipline specific courses such as ecology, conservation biology, GIS, etc.  Please note the specific general education social science that are required for this major.

General Education Requirements

  • Communications
    • English 101, 102
    • Speech 101
  • Mathematics
    • Choose two: 111, 132 or higher
  • Social Sciences
    • Political Science 101 or 103
    • Choose two of the following: Economics 203, Economics 340, Geography 105, Geography 215, Sociology 331
  • Humanities
    • History: any introductory course
    • Art 101, Music 101 or Theater 101
    • Literature
    • Humanities Elective

Science Requirements

  • Biology Courses
    • Introductory Biology: 105, 115, 106
    • Environmental: One of 210, 214
    • Plant Class: One of 206, 207, 208, 313
    • Animal Class: One of 201, 202, 204, 209, 312, 315
    • Ecology Class: One of 308, 314, 317, 318, 402, 408, 411
    • Cell Biology Class: One of 301, 302, 407
    • Genetics: One of 401, 409
    • Senior Seminar: 499
    • Biology Elective
  • Chemistry
    • Introductory Chemistry: 101, 102
    • Organic: 201
  • Physics
    • Introductory Physics: 215, 216

*Humanities electives include: literature, history, art, music, theater, philosophy, & religious studies.

Environmental Studies Minor and Collateral

The Environmental Studies minor or collateral are offered for non-science majors.  They are intended for those with an interest in social, political and economic side of environmental issues.  This minor or collateral may be of particular interest to those wishing to pursue careers in environmental law and justice, environmental economics, environmental justice and social work, or environmental nonprofit groups.

Environmental Studies Minor

  • Biol 103: Environmental Biology
  • Biol 120: Natural History of South Carolina
  • Soci 331: Environment, Power and Opportunity
  • Geography 105: Physical Geography
  • Choose TWO of the following:
    • Geog 205: Geography of South Carolina
    • Geog 210: Geography of North America
    • Geog 215: Environmental Geography and GIS
    • Econ 340: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (note prerequisite)
    • Biol 106: Organismal Biology
    • Biol 204: Introduction to Marine Biology

Environmental Studies Collateral

  • Biol 103: Environmental Biology
  • Soci 331: Environment, Power and Opportunity
  • Choose TWO of the following:
    • Biol 120: Natural History of South Carolina
    • Geog 105: Physical Geography
    • Geog 215: Environmental Geography and GIS
    • Econ 340: Environmental and Natural Resources Economics (note prerequisite)