to examine "the economy of nature" from bottom to top.
B.S. in Environmental Science, concentration in Ecology
All Environmental Science majors at Sierra Nevada College build a strong foundation in basic science, including courses in biology, chemistry, geology, environmental science, physics, statistics, calculus, and graphical information systems. Courses in ecology, animal behavior, ecology of aquatic ecosystems, and microbiology emphasize the interactions among living organisms in their ecosystems. Students study conservation biology, environmental engineering and planning, and natural resource economics, to understand the complexities of environmental problem-solving.
Experiential learning – learning how to think like a scientist by doing real science research in lab and field courses – is emphasized throughout the program, and all students complete an original senior research project.
The fall salmon spawning run at Taylor Creek
Anti-poaching training at a South Africa wildlife reserve
Researching crayfish population size in Lake Tahoe
Graduates are qualified for entry level work as wildlife biologists, field scientists, or in environmental policy, or for graduate programs in environmental science or wildlife biology.
Recent graduates have continued on to PhD programs in Biochemistry, Toxicology, and Ornithology, and Masters programs in GIS, Environmental Policy, Zoology, Environmental Assessment, and Hydrogeology.
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Students must take MATH 130 (Calculus I) to fulfill their General Education Math requirement.
|BIOL 101,105||Biology I and Lab||4|
|BIOL 102,106||Biology II and Lab||4|
|CHEM 101,105||Chemistry I and Lab||4|
|CHEM 102, 106||Chemistry II and Lab||4|
|ESCI 101, 105||Geology and Lab||4|
|PHYS 101, 105||Physics I and Lab||4|
|PHYS 102, 106||Physics II and Lab||4|
|BIOL 381,385||Ecology and Lab||4|
|ENVS 355, 356 or ESCI 301, 305||Environmental Engineering and Lab or Hydrology and Lab||4|
|MATH 351||Biological Statistics||3|
|ENVS 423 or ENVP 401||Environmental Planning and Public Policy or Natural Resource Economics||4|
|ENVS 421, 425||Graphic Information Systems and Lab||4|
|ENVS 471||Research Methods in Environmental Science||3|
|ENVS 481||Senior Research Project||3|
|Electives with Lab – Select one||4|
|BIOL 301,305||Animal Behavior and Lab|
|BIOL 341,345||Microbiology and Lab|
|BIOL 410,425||Genetics and Lab|
|BIOL 421,425||Ecology of Aquatic Systems|
|CHEM 311,315||Organic Chemistry I and Lab|
|Electives – Select six credits||6|
|BIOL 356||Birds of the Eastern Sierra and Great Basin|
|BIOL 357||Lake Tahoe Basin Ecosystems|
|BIOL 358||Desert and Montane Ecosystems|
|BIOL 359||Great Basin Flora|
|BIOL 386||Intertidal Ecology of the Cent. Pacific Coast|
|BIOL 420||Tropical Field Biology|
|ESCI 420||Geology of Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra|
|Elective Field Course|
|Total Upper Division Credits||35|