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The status of the earth’s environment has been a major concern since the 1960s. As we enter the 21st century, it represents one of the most critical issues facing nearly all nations individually as well as the earth community as a whole. Increased population, technology, globalization and diminishing natural resources all play an important role in the changing environment. As a consequence, governments at all levels are devoting resources to help understand the problems that we are facing and to aid in their mitigation. This includes everything from public education to cleaning up toxic waste sites.

The environmental industry is a growing arena for employment for degree holders at all levels. Students completing the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Science and Policy have found employment with government agencies (city, county, state, and federal), private industry, and non-profit organizations. Examples of careers include field scientist, research scientist, policy analyst, lobbyist, conservationist, and educator. Some also go on to attend graduate or law school.

The B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy was approved in 1995. This interdisciplinary program spans multiple colleges within the university but is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. All students must complete the University’s General Education Requirements. All majors in the program must complete the required courses including two introductory courses in environmental science and policy, 2 semesters each of general biology and general chemistry, environmental ethics, environmental politics and policy, statistics, and physical science (either geology or physics). In addition, majors take 6-7 courses that allow them to sub-specialize in science or in policy. Students choosing to sub-specialize in science take 2 semesters of calculus, 1 semester of organic chemistry and lab, and 4 electives within designated tracks. Students choosing to sub-specialize in policy take environmental law and environmental economics and 4 electives within designated categories. Finally, all majors must complete an upper division seminar and an internship or project.

Requirements for the Major in Environmental Science and Policy

Recommended Prerequisites (State Mandated Common Prerequisites)
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this degree program.

The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students are encouraged to complete the following required supporting major courses prior to entering the university. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of “C” is the minimum acceptable grade.

The calculus sequence is only required for students pursuing the ESP-Science concentration.

All students majoring in Environmental Science and Policy are required to see the advisor each semester prior to registration for the following term. Students who are eligible for an internship must see the internship coordinator four six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which they will complete the internship.

Requirements for all Environmental Science Majors


Geology or Physics

Science Track

Policy Track

Science Track

Policy Track

Requirements for the Minor in Environmental Policy

A total of 19-20 credits are required for the minor in Environmental Policy, 12 of which must be completed at USF. The Minor in Environmental Policy consists of the following program outline:

Required core courses:

Three of the following four courses:

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