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 101,105Biology I and Lab4
BIOL 102,106Biology II and Lab4
CHEM 101,105Chemistry I and Lab4
CHEM 102, 106Chemistry II and Lab4
PHYS 201, 205Physics I and Lab4
MATH 251Statistics4
Total Credits24
Upper Division
BIOL 381,385Ecology and Lab4
ENVS 355,356Environmental Engineering and Lab4
ENVS 423Environmental Planning and Public Policy4
MATH 351Biological Statistics3
ENVS 471Research Methods in Env Science2 or 3
ENVS 390 or 481Internship or Senior Research in Env Science1+
Total Credits18+
Electives with Lab –  Select one
BIOL 301,305Animal Behavior and Lab
BIOL 341,345Microbiology and Lab
BIOL 410,425Genetics and Lab
BIOL 421,425Ecology of Aquatic Systems
CHEM 311,315Organic Chemistry I and Lab
CHEM 312,316Organic Chemistry II and Lab
ENVS 421,425Geographical Information Systems
Total Credit4
Electives – Select three
BIOL 356Birds of the Eastern Sierra and Great Basin
BIOL 357Lake Tahoe Basin Ecosystems
BIOL 358Desert and Montane Ecosystems
BIOL 359Great Basin Flora
BIOL 361Evolution and Paleontology
BIOL 386Intertidal Ecology of the Cent. Pac
BIOL 407Conservation Biology
BIOL 420Tropical Field Biology
ENVS 353Alternative Energy Systems I
ENVS 354Alternative Energy Systems II
Total Credits9
Total Upper Division Credits31+

*Requirements listed above are based off the 2014-2015 Catalog, for other information check past catalogs or graduation requirements.