Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Environmental Science and Studies

Environmental Geology Track

The major in Environmental Science and Studies with an Environmental Geology track requires 74-78 units. Students select this area of specialization if their primary interests are in the substrates, the water, soil and minerals, that control various processes of natural world. Students graduating from this area are prepared for graduate programs, or careers in environmental consulting, hydrological modeling, environmental compliance, watershed protection, and with environmental monitoring and protection agencies and other such fields.

Required Courses

Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics (47-49 units)
BIOL 202 Introduction to Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (4 units)





131, 131L

General Chemistry I (4 units)

General Chemistry I (3 units Lec, 1 unit Lab)





132, 132L

General Chemistry II (4 units)

General Chemistr II (3 units Lec, 1 unit Lab)

CHEM 210 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry (5 units)
GEOL 121 Physical Geology (4 units)
GEOL 305 Environmental Geology (4 units)
GEOL 331 Mineralogy (4 units)
GEOL 415 Hydrogeology (4 units)
GEOL 321 Structural Geology (4units)
GEOL 443 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4 units)
PHYS 211 Physics I (4 units)

One of the following:

MATH    119 Pre-Calculus (4 units)
MATH   211 Calculus for Applications (3 units)
One of the following:
MATH    231 Basic Statistics (3 units)
MATH    237 Elementary Biostatistics (4 units)
GEOG   375 Quantitative Methods in Geography (3 units)


Statistics for Business and Economics (3 units)
Social Sciences/Humanities (18 units)
One of the following Advanced Writing courses:
ENVS   337 The Chesapeake Bay and Its Watershed (3 units)
ENGL 318 Advanced Informational Writing (3 units)
One of the following:
PHIL     255 Environmental Ethics (3 units)
HLTH    451 Introduction to Environmental Health (3 units)

Two, two courses sequences: [2, 6 unit sequences--an upper-level and a lower-level course in the same discipline--from two disciplines]

ECON   201 Microeconomic Principles (3 units)
ECON   375 Environmental Economics (3 units)
ECON   376 Natural Resource Economics (3 units)
GEOG  101 Physical Geography (3 units)
GEOG   410 Environmental Geography (3 units)
POSC   103 American National Government (3 units)
POSC   207 State Government (3 units)
POSC   421 Politics and Environmental Policy (3 units)
Applications (3 units)
One of the following:
ENVS 482 Environmental Research (3 units)
ENVS 485 Environmental Internship (3 units)
ENVS 491 Senior Seminar (3 units)

Elective (6-8 units)

One of the following courses and one additional course selected from among any of the Environmental Science and Studies tracks:
GEOL 323 Geomorphology (4 units)
GEOG 315 Geomorphology (4 units)
GEOL 333 Petrology of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks (4 units)
GEOL 357 Physical Oceanography (3 units)
GEOL 451 Petrology of Sedimentary Rocks (3 units)


Environmental Science and Studies Program
Psychology Building, Room 210
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-4920
E-mail: Dr. Christopher Salice at

environmental science student in a stream

All of the fresh water we depend upon is impacted by hydrogeological processes studied by environmental geologists.





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