College of Arts and Sciences

Environmental Science and Sustainability Program

Requirements for the Environmental Science Major

The Environmental Science major at Saint Joseph’s University emphasizes a strong core in the natural sciences, which is necessary for understanding many issues of environmental relevance. This solid training in the natural sciences is paired with the opportunity to select upper-level courses in a student’s specific area of environmental interest, thus helping our students prepare for a wide range of career opportunities. Students take fifteen core courses in the sciences, in addition to any five upper-level courses from a range of environmentally relevant courses offered in the areas of biological sciences, the physical sciences, and environmental policy.

Requirements for the Environmental Science Major

GEP Signature Courses (See Curricula): six courses

GEP Variable Courses (See Curricula): six to nine courses, including

MAT 155 OR MAT 161 Fundamentals of Calculus or Calculus I

Natural Science
BIO 101 Biology I: Cells

GEP Overlays (See Curricula): three courses

GEP Integrative Learning Component: three courses

BIO 102 Biology II: Genetic and Evolutionary Biology

CHM 120 General Chemistry I
CHM 120L General Chemistry I Laboratory

Environmental Studies:
HIS 386 American Environmental History
ECN 375 Environmental Economics
POL 327 Environmental Politics in America

GEP Electives: six courses

Major Concentration: fifteen courses

BIO 201  Biology III: Organismic Biology

Environmental Science:
ENV 106  Exploring the Earth
ENV 102  Environmental Theory and Ethics Seminar (PHL 154 prerequ)
ENV 390 environmental Seminar (All semesters)

CHM 125 General Chemistry II
CHM 125L General Chemistry Laboratory II
CHM 210 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 210L Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

MAT 128 Applied Statistics

PHY 101 General Physics I
PHY 101L General Physics Laboratory I

ENV 490 Environmental Science Internship

One course from each of the following groups:

BIO 401 Animal Behavior
BIO 405 BioMechanics
BIO 409 Ecology
BIO 413 Plant Physiological Ecology
BIO 414 Plant Systematics
BIO 419 Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 422 Applied and Environmental Microbiology
BIO 423 Evolution

CHM 420 Environmental Chemistry
ENV 301 Environmental Chemistry
ENV 302 Environmental Geology
PHY 102 General Physics II
PHY 102L General Physics II Laboratory
CHM 215 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 215L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory


POL 327 Environmental Politics in America
HIS 386 American Environmental History
ECN 370 Economic Development
ECN 375 Environmental Economics
MKT 150 People, Planet, Profit
PHL 316 Food and Justice
SOC 316 Fair trade: From Co-op to Cup
ENG 426 Nature Writing in America
LEO 212 Organizational Sustainability

Four additional upper level environmental science courses