Environmental Science


Environmental Science at PSU is the study of the interactions between society and the physical, chemical, ecological and biological processes that structure and maintain ecosystems.  The Environmental Science and Management program (formerly known as Environmental Science and Resources) offers two undergraduate tracks: Environmental Science and Environmental Studies.

The Environmental Science track is an interdisciplinary degree program that focuses on the natural sciences with an emphasis on environmental science, chemistry, biology and economics, and culminating in practical field experience working on projects in the university, metropolitan community, and region.

The Environmental Science degree provides an education in concepts, skills and techniques appropriate for entry-level employment in the environmental field or for graduate education and training.

In addition to the University's general education requirements, students majoring in environmental science must meet the following departmental requirements:

  • Foundation Courses (49 -50 credits) provide introductions to disciplines essential for understanding in the major and minor areas of study.
  • Environmental Science Core (52 credits) includes courses in environmental systems, environmental policy, risk assessment, and an advanced topics area.
  • Environmental Science Topical Area (16 credits) an opportunity for science students to gain greater depth in the social sciences and for policy students to gain more background in the natural sciences.



Environmental Science Program Plan

Environmental Science Program Plan (For students admitted prior to Fall 2015)

Environmental Science Program Plan (For students admitted Fall 2015 and after)

Environmental Science Degree Checklists: 

Environmental Science Degree Checklist (For students admitted prior to Fall 2015)

Environmental Science Degree Checklist (For students admitted Fall 2015 and after)

Course Planning Guide

Degree Maps (with learning outcomes, advising and career information)

ESM Internships (ESM 401, Research)

ESM Internships (ESM 404, Cooperative Education)

A list of courses required by EVSC Topical Areas