Major in Environmental Management

Students may seek either an academic major or minor in environmental management.

The major in environmental management helps prepare students to plan, implement and control all facets of environmental management. Focus is on the knowledge and skills students need to be effective environmental managers. The curriculum provides an interdisciplinary approach to environmental management that includes management of air, land, and water; pollution control; policies; regulations; and environmental health and safety. Students are prepared for careers in the fields of public safety, occupational health, pollution remediation, hazard control, risk management, risk assessment, and environmental health policy and regulation.

Intended Program Outcomes

The student who graduates with a major in environmental management should be able to

  • Identify and evaluate current and future air, water, land, and energy resource needs to make appropriate recommendations and advocate regarding environmentally sustainable solutions and practices.
  • Ensure compliance with safety, health, and environmental laws, regulations, and policies for the protection of humans and the environment in every activity and aspect of an environmental management plan, procedure, and operation.
  • Apply scientific knowledge and principles, quantitative methods, and technology tools to think critically and solve complex environmental management problems in a variety of settings.
  • Communicate orally and in writing on environmental issues, principles, and practices in a clear, well-organized manner that effectively persuades, informs, and clarifies ideas, information, plans, and procedures to stakeholders and other interested parties.
  • Develop and implement management plans that incorporate scientific principles and comply with environmental laws and ethical principles.
  • Evaluate and use information obtained through field inspections, monitoring, and sampling to assess the safety of environments.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements Update

Degree requirements are being updated for fall 2015. How does this affect you? Your degree requirements may vary depending on when you start your program.

A degree with a major in environmental management requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 30 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 49 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 15 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above).

Requirements for the Environmental Management Major

Coursework for a major in environmental management includes the following:

Recommended Sequence

The following course sequence will fulfill all the requirements for the BS in environmental management. Coursework for the major is indicated by Coursework for the major. Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may make it necessary to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Students should consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options.

Environmental Management Degree Courses

First Courses (to be taken within the first 18 credits)

Note: Placement tests are required for math and writing courses.

  • LIBS 150 Introduction to Research (1)
  • WRTG 101 Introduction to Writing (3)
    or WRTG 101S Introduction to Writing (3)
  • MATH 115 Pre-Calculus (3)
    or both MATH 107 College Algebra and MATH 108 Trigonometry and Analytical Geometry (related requirement for the major; prerequisite to major course)

Introductory Courses (to be taken within the first 30 credits)

  • BIOL 103 Introduction to Biology (4)
    or other biological and physical sciences lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • IFSM 201 Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3)
    or CMST 301 Digital Media and Society (3)
  • ECON 103 Economics in the Information Age (3)
    or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • CHEM 297 Environmental Chemistry (3)
    (related requirement for the major and prerequisite to major courses; fulfills the biological and physical sciences lecture requirement)
  • WRTG 293 Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
    or other writing course
  • Coursework for the major STAT 230 Introductory Business Statistics (3)
    or STAT 200 Introduction to Statistics
  • HUMN 100 Introduction to Humanities (3)
    or other arts and humanities course

Foundation Courses (to be taken within the first 60 credits)

  • BEHS 103 Technology in Contemporary Society (3)
    or other behavioral and social sciences course (discipline must differ from first)
  • HIST 125 Technological Transformations (3)
    or other arts and humanities/historical perspective course (discipline must differ from other humanities course)
  • COMM 202 Media and Society (3)
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • CMIS 111 Social Networking and Cybersecurity Best Practices (3)
    or other computing course
  • BIOL 301 Human Health and Disease (3)
    (related requirement for the major and prerequisite to major courses)
  • Coursework for the major ENMT 301 Environment and Ecosystems Management (3)

Additional Required Courses (to be taken after introductory and foundation courses)

  • WRTG 394 Advanced Business Writing (3)
    or other upper-level advanced writing course
  • Coursework for the major ENMT 303 Environmental Regulations and Policy (3)
  • Coursework for the major ENMT 321 Environmental Health (3)
  • Coursework for the major ENMT 322 Occupational Health and Safety (3)
    or ENMT 405 Pollution Prevention Strategies
  • Coursework for the major ENMT 340 Environmental Technology (3)
  • Coursework for the major ENMT 390 Environmental Health Risk Assessment (3)
  • Coursework for the major ENMT 315 Environmental Audits and Permits (3)
    or other supplemental major course
  • Coursework for the major ENMT 380 Air Quality Management (3)
    or other supplemental major course

Capstone Course for Major (to be taken in the last 15 credits)

Coursework for the major ENMT 495 Global Environmental Management Issues (3)

Minor and/or Elective Courses (46)
(to be taken in the last 60 credits along with required major courses)

Recommended Electives

Total credits for BS in environmental management: 120

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