Environmental Sciences Major: Soil and Watersheds Option (B.S.)

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The College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) and the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) jointly offer a bachelor of science degree in environmental sciences. Environmental sciences is an interdisciplinary field concerned with the interaction of biological, chemical, and physical processes that shape our natural environment. Students graduating with a degree in environmental sciences will have an understanding of these interacting processes, the ability to communicate effectively with both scientific and lay audiences, competency in field methods appropriate for entry-level environmental science positions, competency in the use and application of geographic information systems (GIS), a basic understanding of environmental policy, and the ability to contribute to multidisciplinary teams. The University of New Hampshire is a recognized leader in environmental sciences research, and the environmental sciences program capitalizes on faculty expertise in this area. The program has 15 full-time faculty members, with major teaching and research emphases in the areas of biogeochemical cycling, environmental chemistry, ecosystem science, global change, hydrology, plant ecology, soil science, and water resource management.

Employment opportunities include environmental consulting firms; educational facilities (e.g., science centers); environmental monitoring laboratories (e.g., water treatment plants, the Environmental Protection Agency); government agencies (e.g., the U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resource Conservation Service), university and government research laboratories; and nongovernment environmental organizations. The environmental sciences program also constitutes an excellent preparation for graduate programs in several areas relating to the environment. Students should consult with their adviser early if their goals include further study.

The Program has three options: ecosystems, soils and watersheds, and hydrology. Environmental science B.S. degrees with options in ecosystems and soil and watersheds are managed by the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment in COLSA. The Department of Earth Sciences in CEPS offers the hydrology option of the B.S. environmental sciences degree. Specific course requirements for the major vary by option.

Introductory Environmental Sciences9
Professional Perspectives in Natural Resources
Introduction to Environmental Science
Contemporary Conservation Issues and Environmental Awareness
Principles of Sustainability
Foundation Courses24
Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology
Chemistry: Choose one
General Chemistry I
Chemical Principles for Engineers
Introductory Chemistry for Life Sciences
Physics: Choose one
Introduction to Physics I
General Physics I
Calculus: Choose one
Calculus for Life Sciences
Calculus I
Statistics: Choose one
Applied Biostatistics I
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
Statistical Methods and Applications
Geology: Choose one
Dynamic Earth
Earth History
Geology and the Environment
Core Courses15
Techniques in Environmental Sciences
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Fate and Transport in the Environment
Natural Resources and Environmental Policy 1
Political Ecology
Additional Requirements40
Biology or Physics: Choose one
Environmental Biology
Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
Introduction to Physics II
General Physics II
Ecology: Choose one
Forest Ecology
General Ecology
Studio Soils
Watershed Water Quality Management
Ecosystems: Choose one
Aquatic Ecosystems
Terrestrial Ecosystems
Wetland Ecology and Management
Soils II: Choose one
Environmental Soil Chemistry
Soil Ecology
4 Approved Electives
Elective (CHEM 404 can be used if CHEM 403 was taken)
Project in Environmental Science I (and approved Capstone Experience) 2

 Many students enroll in the EcoQuest program (a study abroad opportunity in New Zealand), which satisfies the policy requirement, and capstone requirement if taken senior year.


 NR 791 must be taken Spring semester Junior year. Capstone experience (e.g. EcoQuest, Internship) must be completed during the senior year/final 2 semesters.