In the Environmental Studies major, you’ll study the consequences of human actions on the natural landscape.
The interdisciplinary nature of our major will give you the extensive and broad preparation necessary to enter a career with governmental agencies, environmental organizations, the forestry service, or other professions dedicated to preserving our natural resources and protecting our environment.
The department’s expanding study abroad opportunities have offered experiences in Costa Rica, Jamaica, Bermuda and the Bahamas.
All Environmental Studies majors take a specific set of courses: Biological Essentials (our introductory course), General Zoology, General Botany, Environmental Science, Environmental Issues, and Ecology. You’ll also take courses outside of biology and environmental studies including chemistry and statistics. Beyond these, you’re free to choose courses that fit your interests and career goals, and because environmental studies is such a broad discipline, you can fulfill major requirements by selecting courses ranging from business and communications to religion and history.
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Because there’s no substitute for learning by doing, we design courses that engage you through lab and field experiences where you’ll put science to work. By using equipment, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating the results yourself, you’ll learn the basics of science firsthand. Then you’ll apply what you’ve learned in research courses where you’ll plan and execute an original research project.
In the classroom, you’ll participate in discussions, group projects and case studies designed to help you apply theories to real-life situations, analyze data, critique others’ work, and hone your critical thinking skills—all of which give you confidence in your abilities as scientists.
FSC’s Biology Department sponsors chapters of Beta Beta Beta, a national society for students in the biological sciences, and AMSA/Pre-Professional Society, the national organization for pre-medical and medical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians.
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FSC’s environmental studies majors have interned with the following:
Scholarships for biology and environmental studies majors are available. These include:
FSC environmental studies majors have been accepted to graduate programs in everything from environmental
to marine biology to ecology at top-tier institutions such as:
Most of your environmental studies courses will have a strong outdoor component—you’ll experience environmental science by getting into the field to observe natural areas and collect data. You’ll also tour local municipal facilities dedicated to maintaining environmental quality.
Two unique inter-disciplinary team-taught courses—Dialogues in Science and Religion and Disasters, Civilizations and the Environment—will challenge you to integrate different fields and provide amazing opportunities to vastly expand your horizons and see the world in new and wonderful ways.
Each year our majors attend and often present original research at the Association of Southeastern Biologists conference.
You’ll study and collaborate with faculty whose research interests include fire ecology, ecotoxicology, herpetology, science and religion, rose genetics, parasites, and paleoecology.
28 hours selected from the following (at least 16 hours must be outside of the natural sciences; at least 12 hours must be at the 3000 or 4000 level) or other courses approved by the instructor and advisor:
OUTSIDE NATURAL SCIENCE
ENV 2201 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Four hours. Same as BIO 2201. Prerequisite: BIO 1500. An introduction to the methods, technology, and equipment used to collect, analyze, and interpret environmental data. Students will apply the techniques they learn to an investigation of an environmental problem.
ENV 2214 DISASTERS, CIVILIZATION, AND ENVIRONMENT
Four hours. Same as SOC 2214. An analysis of the inter-relationships between human societies and their environment. The course compares case studies of historical civilizations that have degraded their environment. Case material is then applied to current environmental problems. This course does not include a laboratory component. Gen Ed: SW (Aw)
ENV 3316 ECOLOGY
Four hours. Same as BIO 3316. Prerequisites: BIO 1500, or permission of the instructor. A field course studying the geology, history, vegetation, and ecology of a tropical region.
ENV 3150 ECOLOGY
Four hours. Same as BIO 3150. Prerequisites: BIO 2230 and BIO 2235, or permission of the instructor. Relationship of living organisms to their biological, physical, and chemical environments with emphasis on ecosystems.
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