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Environmental Science Co-major

IES offers 3 co-majors:

A student taking a co-major must also complete a primary major in one of the divisions at Miami. Completion of the co-major satisfies the Miami Plan thematic sequence requirement. For more information, contact:

Dr. David Gorchov
(gorchodl@MiamiOH.edu)
Professor of Biology and Environmental Science Co-major Advisor
(513) 529-4205

The Environmental Science Co-major emphasizes earth science and life science approaches to understanding environmental patterns and processes. Students are prepared to pursue a wide variety of career paths and post-graduate degrees in environmental science, especially those with biological and physical science specializations. The term "co-major" indicates that students must complete another major at Miami University. The Environmental Science co-major complements the primary major, which provides significant depth and breadth in an academic discipline. There is no specific degree designation for the co-major; students receive the degree designation of their primary major.

Note: The combined Master of Environmental Science program allows students to complete an M.En. degree with 1 year of additional study beyond the bachelor's degree, and is available to qualified, tuition-paying students with an undergraduate co-major in environmental science or sustainability at Miami University.

Program Requirements

The Environmental Science Co-major requires 33-39 credit hours. Depending on your major, some of these credits may also count toward your primary major. For example, some majors could meet the Environmental Science co-major requirements by taking 18-24 credits outside of their major.

Complete a major in one of the divisions of the university.

Natural Science (12 credit hours)

Biological Science (1 of these)
BIO/MBI 115 Biological Concepts (4)
BIO 191 General Botany (4)
Physical Science (2 of these, 1 each from A and B)
A:
CHM 111 Chemistry in Modern Society with the laboratory (4)
CHM 142, 145 College Chemistry/College Chemistry Lab (3,2)
GLG 211 Chemistry of Earth Systems (3)
CPE 244 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3)
B:
GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth (3) & GLG 115.L Geology Lab (1)
GLG 121 Environmental Geology (3) & GLG 115.L Geology Lab (1)
GLG 141 Geology of US National Parks (3) & GLG 115.L Geology Lab (1)
GEO 121 Global Physical Environments (4)

Note: PHY 171/172 or 181/182 strongly recommended.

Statistics (3-4 credit hours; 1 of these)

STA 261 Statistics (4)
STA 301 Applied Statistics (3)
STA 368 Introduction to Statistics (4)

Social Science (6-7 credit hours; 2 of these, 1 each from A and B)

A:
ECO 201 Microeconomics (3)
B:
ATH 175 Peoples of the World (3)
GEO 101 Global Forces and Local Diversity (3)
POL 241 American Political System (4)
POL 261 Public Administration (4)

Environmental Science (9-11 credit hours; 3 of these, 1 from A, 2 from B)

A:
IES 275 Principles of Environmental Science (3)
B: (2 courses must be outside of department major)
BIO 333 Field Ecology (2)
BIO 401 Plant Ecology (3)
BIO 408 Ornithology (3)
BIO 425 Environmental Plant Physiology (4)
BIO/GEO 431 Global Plant Diversity (3)
BIO/GEO 432 Ecoregions of North America (3)
BIO 453 Animal Physiological Ecology (4)
BIO 462 Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment (3)
BIO 463 Limnology (4)
BIO 467 Conservation Biology (3)
CHM 363/4 Analytical Chemistry and laboratory (5)
CHM 454 Instrumental Analysis (3)
CHM 463 Environmental Chemistry (3)
CHM 491 Chemistry in Societal Issues (3)
CPE 441 Pollution Prevention in Environmental Management (3)
CPE 442 Air Pollution Control (3)
CPE 405 Industrial Environmental Control (3)
ENG/IES/JRN 429 Environmental Communications (3)
GEO 421 Climatology (3)
GEO 425 Hydrogeography (4)
GEO 428 Soil Geography (4)
GEO 441 Geographic Information Systems (3)
GEO 444 GIScience in Landscape Ecology (3)
GLG 307 Water and Society (3)
GLG 335 Ice Age Earth (3)
GLG 354 Geomorphology (4)
GLG/MBI 402 Geomicrobiology (3)
GLG 408 Introduction to Hydrogeology (4)
GLG 428 Groundwater Flow Modeling (4)
GLG 430 Mineral Surface Geochemistry (3)
GLG 432 Clays and Clay Mineralogy (4)
GLG 435 Soils and Paleosols (3)
GLG 474 Paleoecology, botany, climate (3)
GLG 482 Contaminant Hydrogeology (4)
GLG 496 Isotopes in Environmental Processes (3)
MBI 475 Microbial Ecology (3)
PHY 421 Introduction to Biophysics (4)
PHY 437 Intermediate Thermodynamics and Intro. to Statistical Physics (4)
PHY 441 Optics and Laser Physics (4)
STA 333 Nonparametric Statistics (3)
STA 363 Regression and Design of Experiments (3)
STA 401 Probability (3)
STA 462 Inferential Statistics (3)
STA 475 Data Analysis Practicum (3)

Practicum and Synthesis (3-5 semester hours; 1 of these)

BIO 351 Environmental Education (4)
GEO 436 Women, Gender, and the Environment (3)
IES 431 Principles and Applications of Environmental Science (3)
Honors Thesis (3)
Independent Study 377 (3) or Internship 340 (3). This must be approved by the IES Director or the Co-Major Advisor.
Field-Based Workshops with an Environmental Science Theme

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