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  Dec 10, 2017
 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Earth and Environmental Sciences, BS


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Program Description:

Earth Sciences:

The Earth Sciences Concentration focuses on physical aspects of earth. This includes the processes that shape its surface (both land and water) and interior. This field is also known as geology. It focuses on current and past processes. Many professional earth scientists work to protect natural resources, including water and environments. Professional earth scientists also explore for new resources such as oil, gas, or minerals.

Environmental Sciences:

The Environmental Sciences Concentration focuses on the interactions of physical and biological processes. Students become confident in using both laboratory and field techniques. They also develop the ability to discuss environmental issues and policies with scientific and lay audiences. Courses in the concentration address complex environmental issues, such as water quality and the effects of climate change.  Many professional environmental scientists work to protect natural resources, including water and environments.

Environmental Health Sciences:

The Environmental Health Sciences Concentration is one of only 32 programs accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council. Courses provide students with the background and training needed to work in environmental quality management. It includes an internship within cooperating environmental health agencies or industries, which provides practical work experience. Many professional environmental health scientists work in public health and environmental protection agencies, analytical laboratories, health and safety programs in industries, as well as in natural resource management and environmental consulting.

Program Learning Outcomes:

The Earth & Environmental Sciences B.S. degree program develops many skills:
  • solving problems using critical thinking
  • combining a range of sciences (chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics) in creatively solving practical problems
  • collaborating to complete projects with others
  • interpreting various types of information, including numbers, graphs, and text
  • presenting insights and information in writing and speaking

 

Career Opportunities:

The Earth & Environmental Sciences B.S. degree program is designed for students planning careers in fields such as environmental consulting or resource exploration. Other careers include public service within local, state, or federal regulatory agencies (EPA, Ohio EPA, county Departments of Health). It is also a choice for students planning graduate study in earth and environmental sciences.

For additional information:

Earth Sciences Concentration


Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 40 Hours


Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2: Mathematics: 4 Hours

Required

Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours

Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours

Required

Additional Core Courses

Required

  • EES 2600 Credit Hour(s): 3

II. Departmental Core Requirements: 9 Hours


IV. Related Course Requirements: 36 Hours


V. General Electives: 4 Hours


Total: 120 Hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

Environmental Sciences Concentration


Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 41 Hours


Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2: Mathematics: 4 Hours

Required

Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours

Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours

Required

Additional Core Courses: 8 Hours

Required

II. Departmental Core Requirements: 16 Hours


III. Departmental Requirements and Electives: 34 Hours


V. General Electives


Total: 120 Hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

Environmental Health Sciences Concentration


Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 40 Hours


Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2: Mathematics: 4 Hours

Required

Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours

Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours

Required:

  • BIO 1110 Credit Hour(s): 4
Additional Core Courses: 7 Hours

Required

  • EES 2600 Credit Hour(s): 3

III. Departmental Requirements and Electives


V. General Electives


Total: 120 Hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

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