The Environmental Science and Ecology Major begins with the basic principles of general chemistry, biology, statistics, and physics.

Environmental Science & Ecology

Students apply foundational knowledge to solve problems and do original research in field courses encompassing ecology, conservation biology, alternative energy, environmental engineering, and environmental planning with the aim of understanding the complexities of environmental problem-solving.

An interdisciplinary approach to environmental science supports an examination of economic, political, and social issues surrounding the sustainable management of natural resources. Lake Tahoe’s proximity to the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences located on the SNC campus gives students direct access to the current research and conservation efforts of agencies working within the region. A bachelor’s degree in environmental science and ecology prepares students for work in public and private conservation agencies, research groups, and graduate research programs.

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Lower Division

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
MATH 251 Statistics 4
Total Credits 24
Upper Division
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

*Requirements listed above are based off the 2015-2016 Catalog, for other information check past catalogs or graduation requirements.