2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Feb 24, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Biology, B.S. with a Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship Concentration

The Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Concentration in Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship prepares majors to begin a professional career in the life sciences. Agriculture, wildlife management, forestry, the food industry, the drug and pharmacy industries, public health and environmental protection all provide career opportunities for biologists.

The Concentration in Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship provides students with a broad base knowledge and skills necessary to understand the interactions between people and their environment. An integrative philosophy is woven through the course of study that involves opportunity for internship in related environmental employment. Goals for students in the program include

  1. To understand the interactions between living things and the physical environment.
  2. To appreciate the impact of human societies on the earth.
  3. To understand the biogeochemical cycles and how they affect global changes.
  4. To see the linkages between human choices and environmental effects.
  5. To appreciate the need for environmental ethics and to embrace a philosophy of sustainability to natural resources.


General Education Requirements

(36 credits)


(5 courses)

Social Science

(3 courses)

  • History or Political Science elective
  • Two Social Science electives

Upper Level Baskets

(23-24 credits)

Core plus 4 courses from the Sustainability & Environmental Stewardship basket, two courses from the Ecology basket, and one from one of the other baskets.  HUM 211 - Nature and Humanity   is required and SUST 460 - Environmental Law And Policy  is recommended.

General Electives

(10-16 credits)

HUM 211 - Nature and Humanity  is required and a chemistry minor is strongly recommended but not required.

Graduation Requirements

  • 128 credit hours minimum (last 30 hours in residency)
  • A minimum half the major credit hours in residency
  • A minimum half the minor credit hours in residency
  • ​60 credit hours must be completed at a 4-year institution