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
    • Social Science Electives (Two courses)*
  • Humanities
    • History: any 100-level course
    • Art 101, Music 101 or Theater 101
    • Literature
    • Humanities Elective**

Science Requirements

  • Biology Courses
    • Biological Fundamentals 1: BIOL 105/115 or BIOL 107
    • Biological Fundamentals 2: BIOL 106 or BIOL 108
    • Environmental Biology Block: (One course)
      • BIOL 210 or BIOL 214
    • Plant Block (One course)
      • BIOL 206, 207, 208, 307, 313, or 320
    • Animal Block (One course)
      • BIOL 201, 202, 204, 209, 312, or 315
    • Ecology Block (One course)
      • BIOL 308, 317, 318, 402, 408, 411, 412
    • Cellular/Molecular Biology Block (One course)
      • BIOL 301, 302, or 407
    • Genetics/Evolutionary Biology Block (One course)
      • BIOL 401, or 409
    • Senior Seminar: BIOL 499
    • Biology Elective***
  • Chemistry Courses
    • Introductory Chemistry: CHEM 101 & CHEM 102
    • Organic Chemistry: CHEM 201
  • Physics Courses
    • Introductory Physics: PHYS 215 & PHYS 216

*Social Science Electives-Choose two of the following: Economics 203, Economics 340, Geography 105, Geography 215, Sociology 331
**Humanities Elective-Choose one of the following types of courses: literature, history, art, music, theater, philosophy, & religious studies.
***Biology Elective-Choose one of the following biology courses: BIOL 201, 202, 206, 207, 208, 209, 307, 308, 312, 313, 315, 317, 318, 320, 402, 411, or 412.

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
  • GEOG 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: Introduction to Biological Sciences II (cannot take both BIOL 106 & BIOL 108
    • BIOL 108: Integrated Biological Concepts II (cannot take both BIOL 106 & BIOL 108)

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)