The Environmental Science and Ecology Major begins with the basic principles of general chemistry, biology, statistics, and physics. Then 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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Bachelor of Science with a Major in Environmental Science and Ecology
Students must take MATH 130 (Calculus I) to fulfill their General Education Math requirement.
LOWER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS Credits
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
PHYS 201, 205 Physics I and Lab 4
MATH 251 Statistics 4
  Total Lower Division 24
UPPER DIVISION REQUIREMENTS Credits
BIOL 381, 385 Ecology and Lab 4
ENVS 355, 356 Environmental Engineering and Lab 4
ENVS 423 Environmental Planning and Public Policy 4
MATH 351 Biological Statistics 3
ENVS 471 Research Methods in Environmental Science 2-3
ENVS 390 or 481 Internship or Senior Research Project ≥ 1
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 and Lab
CHEM 311, 315 Organic Chemistry I and Lab
CHEM 312, 316 Organic Chemistry II and Lab
ENVS 421, 425 Geographical Information Systems and Lab
Choose Nine credits from the following: 9
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 361 Evolution and Paleontology
BIOL 386 Intertidal Ecology of the Central Pacific Coast
BIOL 407 Conservation Biology
BIOL 420 Tropical Field Biology
ENVS 353 Alternative Energy Systems I
ENVS 354 Alternative Energy Systems II
Elective within major
Internship or research project
Total Upper Division ≥31
Total Environmental Science and Ecology major requirements ≥55
CORE requirements 31
Electives 34
TOTAL (At least 42 credits must be upper division) 120