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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science BS

Let’s face it-our planet needs scientists who know how to reduce air pollution, restore wetlands, protect national parks, address climate change … the list goes on and on. Some day that person could be you, especially if you’re passionate about the environment, you’re excited about using science and math to solve complicated problems, and you want a job that lets you travel the world and explore the great outdoors.

Visit the Environmental Science academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Environment and Sustainability department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current UB students seeking admission to the Environmental Science BS will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements

Math Core (8 credits)

Science Core (18-25 credits)

Field Methods and Data Collection (3 credits)

Five Environmental Science Electives (15 credits)

Note: Three must be at the 400 level and no more than three per subject code. One elective must focus on field methods and data collection. Independent Study or Honors can be counted toward specialization with approval of the Undergraduate Studies Committee, but no more than 3 credits of Independent Study or Honors may be used for elective requirements.

Total Credits Required for Major: 79-86

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Students must have a minimum 2.330 GPA in courses required for the major to graduate with an Environmental Geosciences degree.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 14

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Fall

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 17

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 12

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation from the Environmental Geosciences program, you should be able to: enter graduate school or obtain a position in the environmental sciences; collect, analyze and interpret environmental data; and communicate environmental data and interpretation in writing and orally.


(HEGIS: 04.20 ECOLOGY, CIP03.0103 Environmental Studies)