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Environmental Sciences Major - Curriculum & Duration

Our curriculum will provide you with a strong scientific background and a foundation in humanities and social sciences. You will be encouraged to participate in independent study or directed research, and you will be involved in an environment-related summer internship or job before your senior year. In addition, you will be prepared for further academic training in such areas as environmental planning, environmental law, environmental management and ecological and environmental sciences. Many of our graduates also pursue graduate or professional school.

The following is a typical curriculum for environmental science students entering University of the Sciences in Fall 2018; other students should refer to their academic advisor for their curricula.

First Year

Biological Sciences Orientation
Introductory Biology I, II
Introductory Biology Lab I, II or Phage Hunters I, II
General Chemistry I, II
General Chemistry Lab I, II
Precalculus, General Calculus
Writing and Rhetoric I, II
Physical Education I, II

Second Year

Microbial Science
Microbial Science Lab
Organic Chemistry I, II
Organic Chemistry Lab I, II
Introductory Physics I, II
Biological Sciences Colloquium
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirements
General Education Social Science Requirements

Third Year

Survey of Biochemistry or Molecular Structure in Biochemistry or Biochemistry
Environmental Geology
Comparative Animal Physiology
Analytical Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry Lab
Introduction to Biostatistics
Environmental Science Elective
General Education Communication Requirement
General Education Humanities Requirement

Fourth Year

Aquatic Biology
Environmental Microbiology
Environmental Law
Biological Sciences Seminar I, II
Environmental Toxicology
Principles of Environmental Risk Assessment
General Education Humanities Requirement
Biology Electives
Environmental Science Electives

Additional general education courses are required as part of this program.


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Mailing Address:

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600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495


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