Environmental Sciences Major: Hydrology Option (B.S.)
The College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS), together with the College of Life Science and Agriculture (COLSA), jointly offers 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 effectively communicate 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.
In addition to the Discovery Program and University writing requirements, all students will take Introduction to Environmental Science NR 403 Introduction to Environmental Science and Professional Perspectives in Natural Resources (NR 400 Professional Perspectives in Natural Resources), plus one other elective introductory environmental science course. Foundation courses include introductions to biology, physics, chemistry, geology, calculus, and statistics.
|NR 400||Professional Perspectives in Natural Resources||1|
|NR 403||Introduction to Environmental Science||4|
|Plus one other elective introductory environmental science course||4|
|BIOL 411||Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular||4|
|or BIOL 412||Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology|
|Select one of the following:||4-8|
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry II
|Chemical Principles for Engineers|
& PHYS 408
|General Physics I|
and General Physics II
& MATH 426
and Calculus II
|Statistics for Engineers and Scientists|
or BIOL 528
|Applied Biostatistics I|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Geology and the Environment|
|ESCI 534||Techniques in Environmental Sciences||3|
|NR 658||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||4|
|ESCI 654||Fate and Transport in the Environment||4|
|NR 602||Natural Resources and Environmental Policy||4|
|or GEOG 673||Political Ecology|
|Capstone Experience 1|
NR 791 Project in Environmental Science I and an independent study or capstone course approved by their adviser and the program coordinator.
|ESCI 561||Landscape Evolution||4|
|NR 501||Studio Soils||4|
|or ESCI 512||Principles of Mineralogy|
|Surface Water Hydrology|
|ESCI 705||Principles of Hydrology||4|
|or CEE 754||Engineering Hydrology|
|ESCI 710||Groundwater Hydrology||4|
|A course in quantitative analysis||4|
|Select two or three approved electives||8-12|
Some 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.
Students must complete additional courses for the hydrology option to total 88 credits in the major:
For a list of approved elective courses and for further information about the major, students may consult with the program coordinator: Michael Palace, Michael.Palace@unh.edu, (603) 862-4193.