Environmental Science

Philosophy

The environmental science program is designed to help students develop the behaviors, skills, attitudes, and knowledge consistent with the mission of Concordia University Texas and consistent with ideals of Christian stewardship in dealing with the biophysical environment. To that end, students who major in environmental science are required to develop a systems approach to environmental concerns; drawing from disciplines such as biology, chemistry, ecology, earth science, geography, and economics. The program seeks to provide a balanced treatment of the need for sustained economic growth and resource use with management practices consistent with good stewardship. Either degree progam includes a selection of courses in biology, physical sciences, environmental science, math and social sciences leading to a broad base of knowledge that will prepare the graduate for a variety of career choices in the environmental field or an advanced degree after graduation.

Ideal Location

Located in Austin, the capital city of Texas, Concordia is an ideal site for a program in Environmental Science. Austin is well known as a major cultural and educational center as well as the place where Texas environmental policies are formulated and where state regulatory agencies are headquartered. A wide variety of commercial environmental firms are also located in the Austin area.
The new campus, in the midst of the Balcones Canyonlands with a large nature preserve as designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will provide unique opportunities to study the natural environment and to become knowledgeable about efforts at wildlife and habitat protection. Because central Texas is a biological crossroad, students have immediate opportunities to study in marine, desert, grassland, pine forest, coniferous forest, and scrubland ecosystems as well as numerous unique geological features.

Outstanding Collaborative Relationships

  • Concordia University, Portland, Oregon - We share faculty for on-line telecourses and jointly offer science field courses to allow students to study environmental concerns in a variety of region
  • State and Local Government Environmental Agencies - We supply interns to work on various projects, some of which lead to full-time employment
  • Private Corporations - We supply interns for summer and student work programs prior to graduation and develop relationships which often lead to full-time employment after graduation.

Recommended Preparation Prior to Declaring a Science Major

Successful students of environmental science typically have had a strong high school background in mathematics and the sciences. This should normally include two years of algebra, one year of geometry, and one year of mathematics beyond Algebra II as well as courses in physics, chemistry and biology. A cumulative grade average of B- or better in these areas is desirable. The faculty encourages students who do not meet these criteria to attempt to remedy these deficiencies before declaring a science major. Students who are concerned about their preparation for an environmental science major are encouraged to discuss their needs with their advisors or any member of the environmental science faculty to develop a plan to help promote their success.

Environmental Science Program Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts

Disclaimer: Program content subject to change without notice.

Bachelor of Science

Core Requirements:
The core consists of religion courses and the general education requirements (English, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Science, Physical Education, Social Science, Speech, Orientation, and Philosophy/Humanities) for a total of 57 semester hours.

Major Requirements, B.S.:

All of the following courses:
BIO 1402 Zoology or BIO 2403 Botany ESC 3403 General Ecology
CHE 1401 Chemistry I* CHE 1402 Chemistry II*
CHE 2401 Organic Chemistry I CHE 2403 Organic Chemistry II
ESC 3402 Environmental Chemistry ECO 2301 Macroeconomics*
ESC 2301 Environmental Writing & Reg. Compl. ESC 3306 Natural Resource Cons. & Planning
ESC 3330 Environmental Modeling GLG 1101 Urban Geology
GLG 3301 Geology GRG 1311 Principles of Geography*
MTH (Calculus* or Statistics) PHY 1401 Physics I*
  GLG 3302 Geology Field Tech. or
SCI 3303 Geology & Ecology of SW US or
SCI 3303 Geology & Ecology of Hawaii
(Three-hour field courses)
ESC 43xx Research in the Environmental Sciences

*May be taken as part of the general education core.

Two of the following:
BIO 1403 Cellular & Molecular Biology; BIO 1402 Zoology or BIO 2403 Botany**; BIO 3302 Tropical Biology; BIO 3303 Native Plants; BIO 3401 General Microbiology; ESC 3303 Environmental Law, ESC 4310 Environmental Science Internship

**Whichever has not been taken as a required course.
See catalog for complete information on minimum graduation requirements

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Bachelor of Arts

Core Requirements:
The core consists of religion courses and the general education requirements (English, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Science, Physical Education, Social Science, Speech, Orientation, and Philosophy/Humanities) for a total of 57 semester hours.

Major Requirements, B.A.:

All of the following courses:
BIO 1402 Zoology or BIO 2403 Botany ESC 3403 General Ecology
CHE 1401 Chemistry I* CHE 1402 Chemistry II*
ECO 2301 Macroeconomics* ESC 3306 Natural Resource Cons. & Planning
ESC 2301 Environmental Writing & Reg. Compl.  
GLG 3301 Geology GLG 1101 Urban Geology
PHY 1401 Physics I* ESC 3330 Environmental Modeling
GRG 1311 Principles of Geography* MTH (Precalculus*, Calculus* or Statistics)
ESC 4310 Environmental Science Internship or ESC 43xx Research in the Environmental Sciences

*May be taken as part of the general education core.

 

Five of the following courses, at least three of which must be upper level:
BIO 1402 Zoology or BIO 2403 Botany** BIO 1403 Cellular & Molecular Biology
BIO 3303 Native Plants BIO 3401 General Microbiology
CHE 3401 Analytical Chemistry PHY 1402 Physics II
GLG 3302 Geology Field Techniques ESC 3402 Environmental Chemistry
ESC 3303 Environmental Law  
ESC 4310 Environmental Science Internship or SCI 4310 Natural Science Research Project**
BIO 3302 Tropical Biology or
SCI 3303 Geology & Ecology of the Southwest U.S. or
SCI 3304 Geology & Ecology of Hawaii (Three-hour field courses)

**Whichever has not been taken as a required course.
See catalog for complete information on minimum graduation requirements
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For more information about Environmental Science courses, BS or BA in Environmental Science major, please contact:

Sam Whitehead, Ph.D.
Professor
Director, Environmental Science Major
Office: D-257
512.313.5532

This page was last updated on Nov. 13, 2012.
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