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Environmental Sciences

Coordinator

  • E. Arthur Bettis III

Executive committee

  • Mark A. Arnold, David Bennett, Bernd Fritzsch, Mark K. Reagan

Advisory committee

  • E. Arthur Bettis III, Andrew A. Forbes, Tori M. Forbes, Erin E. Irish, George P. Malanson, William C. McClelland, Frank Weirich

Faculty

Affiliated faculty

  • Jonathan M. Adrain (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Marc P. Armstrong (Geographical and Sustainability Sciences), David A. Bennett (Geographical and Sustainability Sciences), E. Arthur Bettis III (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Christopher A. Brochu (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Ann F. Budd (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Gregory R. Carmichael (Civil and Environmental Engineering/Chemical and Biochemical Engineering), Josep Comeron (Biology), Jeffrey Dorale (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Andrew A. Forbes (Biology), Tori M. Forbes (Chemistry), C. Thomas Foster Jr. (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Jane A. Gilotti (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Vicki H. Grassian (Chemistry/Chemical and Biochemical Engineering/Occupational and Environmental Health/Education), Stephen D. Hendrix (Biology), Erin E. Irish (Biology), Craig L. Just (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Sarah C. Larsen (Chemistry), Johna Leddy (Chemistry), Marc A. Linderman (Geographical and Sustainability Sciences), John Logsdon (Biology), Leonard R. MacGillivray (Chemistry), George P. Malanson (Geographical and Sustainability Sciences), Sara E. Mason (Chemistry), Bryant F. McAllister (Biology), William C. McClelland (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Maurine Neiman (Biology), David W. Peate (Earth and Environmental Sciences), R. Rajagopal (International Programs/Civil and Environmental Engineering/Geographical and Sustainability Sciences), Mark K. Reagan (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Heather A. Sander (Geographical and Sustainability Sciences), Michelle M. Scherer (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Jerald L. Schnoor (Civil and Environmental Engineering/Occupational and Environmental Health), Holmes A. Semken (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Hallie J. Sims (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Betsy Stone (Chemistry), Eric Tate (Geographical and Sustainability Sciences), Ingrid Ukstins Peate (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Adam S. Ward (Earth and Environmental Sciences), Larry J. Weber (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Frank Weirich (Earth and Environmental Sciences/Civil and Environmental Engineering), You-Kuan Zhang (Earth and Environmental Sciences/Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Undergraduate major: Environmental Sciences (B.A., B.S.)
Undergraduate minor: Environmental Sciences
Web site: http://clas.uiowa.edu/envsci/

The Environmental Sciences Program provides rigorous interdisciplinary training in the scientific study of the environment. It promotes an understanding of the earth as a complex network of interacting organic and inorganic systems. The program's undergraduate curricula reflect the diversity in the broad field of environmental sciences and draw upon the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' disciplinary strengths, giving students the opportunity to develop particular areas of expertise.

Hands-on field experience is a crucial component of the program.  Students are strongly encouraged to engage in research and study abroad.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is the administrative home for the Environmental Sciences Program.

Undergraduate Programs of Study

  • Major in environmental sciences (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science)
  • Minor in environmental sciences

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science with a major in environmental sciences requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 78-84 s.h. of work for the major. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program; some courses required for the major in environmental sciences may be used to satisfy General Education Program requirements.

Bachelor of Science students majoring in environmental sciences must complete requirements in three areas: the science and mathematics foundation, the environmental sciences foundation, and one of four environmental sciences tracks. Each student is assigned an advisor who specializes in his or her track.

The science and mathematics foundation develops fundamental skills and comprehension in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, and statistics. The environmental sciences foundation includes an introductory course in environmental science and additional courses that focus on remote sensing techniques, design and use of geographic information technologies, the geomorphic and environmental processes that shape the earth's surface, and ecological factors that influence the distribution and abundance of organisms.

Each of the program's four tracks focuses on areas of specialization within environmental sciences:

biosciences (green) track—biological systems and ecological approaches;

chemical sciences (yellow) track—environmental systems and chemistry;

geosciences (brown) track—earth materials and surficial geologic processes; and

hydrosciences (blue) track—hydrogeology and hydrogeologic systems, and water chemistry.

The tracks aim to prepare scientists who can tackle problems that require particular areas of expertise, and to help students develop the skills needed for future employment or graduate study.

The environmental sciences major for the Bachelor of Science requires the following course work.

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FOUNDATION

Students must complete at least 31 s.h. of course work for the science and mathematics foundation, as follows.

All of these:

BIOL:1411 (002:031)-BIOL:1412 (002:032) Foundations of Biology - Diversity of Form and Function8 s.h.
CHEM:1110 (004:011) & CHEM:1120 (004:012) Principles of Chemistry I-II8 s.h.
EES:1050 (012:005) Introduction to Geology4 s.h.
MATH:1850 (22M:025) & MATH:1860 (22M:026) Calculus I-II8 s.h.

One of these:

CHEM:2021 (004:021) Basic Measurements3 s.h.
STAT:2020 (22S:039) Probability and Statistics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences3 s.h.
STAT:3510 (22S:101) Biostatistics3 s.h.
STAT:4200 (22S:105) Statistical Methods and Computing3 s.h.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES FOUNDATION

Students must complete at least 17-18 s.h. of course work for the environmental sciences foundation, as follows.

All of these:

ENVS:1080 (159:008) Introduction to Environmental Science4 s.h.
ENVS:2673 (159:134) Ecology3 s.h.
ENVS:3000 (159:100) Environmental Sciences Seminar (taken twice; section 1 for 0 s.h. and section 2 for 1 s.h.)1 s.h.
ENVS:3020 (159:102) Earth Surface Processes3 s.h.
GEOG:1050 (044:005) Foundations of GIS3 s.h.

One of these:

ENVS:3100 (159:110) Introduction to Applied Remote Sensing4 s.h.
GEOG:3500 (044:105) Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing3 s.h.

Tracks for the Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science students majoring in environmental sciences must choose one of the following four tracks. Each track includes required general sciences courses, track foundation courses, field study courses, and elective courses.

BIOSCIENCES (GREEN) TRACK

The environmental biosciences track provides the essential skills for entry-level positions that require a good knowledge of biotic systems and the ability to inventory biologic resources. The track's aim is to produce scientists who are capable of tackling environmental problems in which links and interactions with life sciences are crucial and in which a substantial knowledge of biological/ecological sciences is required.  The track also provides a strong foundation for graduate or professional training in disciplines such as ecology, wildlife management, and natural resource management.

Students must complete at least 32 s.h. of environmental biosciences track course work, including one field study course.

Biosciences Track: General Sciences
CHEM:2210 (004:121) Organic Chemistry I3 s.h.

Students are encouraged to take at least one semester of physics.

Biosciences Track: Foundation

Both of these:

BIOL:2512 (002:128) Fundamental Genetics4 s.h.
BIOL:3172 (002:131) Evolution4 s.h.

At least 7 s.h. from these:

BIOL:2346 (002:108) Vertebrate Zoology4 s.h.
EES:3070 (012:107) Marine Ecosystems and Conservation3 s.h.
EES:3220 (012:122) Evolution of the Vertebrates3 s.h.
EES:4700 (012:170) Evolution of Ecosystems3 s.h.
EES:4710 (012:171) Evolution of Plants3 s.h.
GEOG:2374 (044:103) Biogeography3 s.h.
IALL:3105 (00L:105) Plant Taxonomy4 s.h.
IALL:3115 (00L:115) Field Mycology4 s.h.
IALL:3117 (00L:117) Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms4 s.h.
Biosciences Track: Field Study

One of these:

ENVS:3095 (159:195) Field Ecology4 s.h.
IALL:3103 (00L:103) Aquatic Ecology4 s.h.
IALL:3105 (00L:105) Plant Taxonomy4 s.h.
IALL:3109 (00L:109) Ecology and Systematics of Algae4 s.h.
IALL:3115 (00L:115) Field Mycology4 s.h.
IALL:3117 (00L:117) Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms4 s.h.
IALL:3121 (00L:121) Plant Ecology4 s.h.
IALL:3122 (00L:122) Prairie Ecology4 s.h.
IALL:3126 (00L:126) Ornithology4 s.h.
IALL:3160 (00L:160) Restoration Ecology4 s.h.
IALL:3163 (00L:163) Conservation Biology4 s.h.
Biosciences Track: Electives

Biosciences track students must complete at least 10 s.h. of elective course work, with at least 6 s.h. from the following lists. They may include an additional field study course to satisfy 4 s.h. of the elective requirement (see "Biosciences Track: Field Study" above).

BIOL:3244 (002:143) Animal Behavior4 s.h.
BIOL:3343 (002:124) Animal Physiology3 s.h.
BIOL:4273 (002:162) Population Genetics and Molecular Evolution3 s.h.
BIOL:4899 (002:199) Introduction to Research3 s.h.
BIOL:4999 (002:196) Honors Investigationsarr.
CHEM:3110 (004:111) Analytical Chemistry I3 s.h.
CHEM:3120 (004:112) Analytical Chemistry II3 s.h.
EES:3080 (012:108) Introduction to Oceanography2 s.h.
EES:3210 (012:121) Principles of Paleontology3 s.h.
GEOG:2310 (044:101) Climatology3 s.h.
GEOG:3310 (044:123) Landscape Ecology3 s.h.
GEOG:3320 (044:126) Wetlands: Function, Geography, and Management3 s.h.
STAT:6513 (22S:148) Intermediate Statistical Methods4 s.h.

May include one of these policy courses:

ECON:3625 (06E:133) Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3 s.h.
GEOG:1070 (044:019) Contemporary Environmental Issues3 s.h.
GEOG:2950 (044:088) Environmental Conservation3 s.h.
GEOG:3340 (044:179) Ecosystem Services: Human Dependence on Natural Systems3 s.h.
GEOG:3350 (044:116) Urban Ecology3 s.h.
GEOG:4750 (044:125) Environmental Impact Analysis4 s.h.
CHEMICAL SCIENCES (YELLOW) TRACK

The environmental chemical sciences track provides the essential skills for entry-level positions that require a basic understanding of chemical principles and a working knowledge of basic chemical concepts as applied in the environment. The track's aim is to produce scientists who are capable of tackling environmental problems in which chemical and molecular processes play an important role. The track also provides a strong foundation for graduate or professional training in environmental chemistry.

Students must complete at least 35 s.h. of environmental chemical sciences track course work.

Chemical Sciences Track: General Sciences

One of these sequences:

PHYS:1511 (029:011)-PHYS:1512 (029:012) College Physics I-II8 s.h.
PHYS:1611 (029:081)-PHYS:1612 (029:082) Introductory Physics I-II8 s.h.
Chemical Sciences Track: Foundation

This sequence:

CHEM:3110 (004:111) & CHEM:3120 (004:112) Analytical Chemistry I-II6 s.h.

One of these sequences:

CHEM:2210 (004:121) & CHEM:2220 (004:122) Organic Chemistry I-II6 s.h.
CHEM:2230 (004:123) & CHEM:2240 (004:124) Organic Chemistry I for Majors - Organic Chemistry II for Majors6 s.h.

One of these:

CHEM:4431 (004:131) Physical Chemistry I3 s.h.
CHEM:4432 (004:132) Physical Chemistry II3 s.h.
Chemical Sciences Track: Lab and Field Study

Both of these:

CHEM:2410 (004:141) Organic Chemistry Laboratory3 s.h.
CHEM:3430 (004:143) Analytical Measurements3 s.h.
Chemical Sciences Track: Electives

Chemical sciences track students must complete at least 6 s.h. of elective courses chosen from the following lists. Students may petition the chemistry department's environmental sciences advisor to use appropriate Department of Chemistry courses numbered 3000 and above as electives.

ENVS:3110 (159:111) Chemical Evolution of the Oceans3 s.h.
BIOC:3110 (099:110) Biochemistry3 s.h.
CEE:4153 (053:153) Environmental Chemistry Laboratory3 s.h.
CEE:5152 (053:152) Environmental Chemistry I3 s.h.
CHEM:3250 (004:125) Inorganic Chemistry2 s.h.
CHEM:3999 (004:162) Undergraduate Research1-3 s.h.
CHEM:4873 (004:173) Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry3 s.h.
EES:4490 (012:149) Elements of Geochemistry3 s.h.
EES:4520 (012:152) Isotope Geochemistry3 s.h.
GEOG:2310 (044:101) Climatology3 s.h.

May include one of these:

CHEM:4431 (004:131) Physical Chemistry I (if not taken as a foundation course)3 s.h.
CHEM:4432 (004:132) Physical Chemistry II (if not taken as a foundation course)3 s.h.

May include one of these policy courses:

ECON:3625 (06E:133) Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3 s.h.
GEOG:1070 (044:019) Contemporary Environmental Issues3 s.h.
GEOG:2930 (044:111) Water Resources3 s.h.
GEOG:2950 (044:088) Environmental Conservation3 s.h.
GEOG:4750 (044:125) Environmental Impact Analysis4 s.h.
GEOSCIENCES (BROWN) TRACK

The environmental geosciences track provides the essential skills for entry-level positions that require a basic understanding of geologic principles and a working knowledge of basic geologic concepts applied in the environmental industry. The track's aim is to produce scientists who are capable of tackling environmental problems in which earth materials and surficial geologic processes are of primary importance. The track also lays a strong foundation for graduate study in environmental geology, engineering geology, and natural hazards assessment.

Students must complete at least 31 s.h. of environmental geosciences track course work.

Geosciences Track: General Sciences
PHYS:1400 (029:008) Basic Physics4 s.h.

Students are strongly encouraged to take additional course work in physics.

Geosciences Track: Foundation

All of these:

EES:2410 (012:041) Mineralogy4 s.h.
EES:3300 (012:130) Sedimentary Geology4 s.h.
EES:3360 (012:136) Soil Genesis and Geomorphology3 s.h.
EES:3840 (012:132) Structural Geology4 s.h.
EES:4790 (012:179) Engineering Geology3 s.h.
Geosciences Track: Field Study

One of these:

CEE:4103 (053:103) Water Quality3 s.h.
EES:4680 (012:168) Field Methods in Hydrologic Science3 s.h.
EES:4831 (012:112) Geologic Field Methods3 s.h.
GEOG:4010 (044:180) Field Methods in Physical Geography3 s.h.
IALL:3142 (00L:142) Watershed Hydrology and Surficial Processes4 s.h.
Geosciences Track: Electives

Geosciences track students must complete at least 6 s.h. of elective courses chosen from the following lists.

ENVS:3110 (159:111) Chemical Evolution of the Oceans3 s.h.
CEE:2150 (053:050) Natural Environmental Systems3 s.h.
CEE:4158 (053:158) Solid and Hazardous Wastes3 s.h.
EES:1400 (012:140) Natural Disasters3 s.h.
EES:3080 (012:108) Introduction to Oceanography2 s.h.
EES:3140 (012:114) Energy and the Environment3 s.h.
EES:3190 (012:119) Directed Studyarr.
EES:3300 (012:130) Sedimentary Geology4 s.h.
EES:3380 (012:138) Fluvial Geomorphology3 s.h.
EES:3390 (012:139) Integrated Watershed Analysis3 s.h.
EES:3500 (012:150) Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4 s.h.
EES:4490 (012:149) Elements of Geochemistry3 s.h.
EES:4520 (012:152) Isotope Geochemistry3 s.h.
EES:4630 (012:166) Hydrogeology3 s.h.
EES:4720 (012:172) Glacial and Pleistocene Geology3 s.h.
EES:4800 (012:180) Survey of Geophysical Methods3 s.h.
EES:4870 (012:178) Applied Geostatistics3 s.h.
EES:5820 (012:191) Tectonics3 s.h.
GEOG:2310 (044:101) Climatology3 s.h.

May include one of these policy courses:

ENVS:2115 (159:015) History and Science of Oil3 s.h.
ECON:3625 (06E:133) Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3 s.h.
GEOG:1070 (044:019) Contemporary Environmental Issues3 s.h.
GEOG:2950 (044:088) Environmental Conservation3 s.h.
GEOG:3760 (044:175) Hazards and Society3 s.h.
GEOG:4750 (044:125) Environmental Impact Analysis4 s.h.
HYDROSCIENCES (BLUE) TRACK

The environmental hydrosciences track provides the essential skills for entry-level positions that require a basic understanding of geologic principles and a working knowledge of hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry. The track's aim is to produce scientists who are capable of tackling environmental problems that emphasize hydrogeologic systems and for which substantial knowledge of hydrogeology and water chemistry are essential. The track also lays a strong foundation for graduate education in hydrogeology, hydrology, geochemistry, and aqueous chemistry.

Students must complete at least 34 s.h. of environmental hydrosciences track course work.

Hydrosciences Track: General Sciences 
PHYS:1511 (029:011)-PHYS:1512 (029:012) College Physics I-II8 s.h.
Hydrosciences Track: Foundation

Both of these:

EES:4630 (012:166) Hydrogeology3 s.h.
EES:4790 (012:179) Engineering Geology3 s.h.

One of these:

EES:3380 (012:138) Fluvial Geomorphology3 s.h.
EES:3390 (012:139) Integrated Watershed Analysis3 s.h.

One of these:

CEE:5152 (053:152) Environmental Chemistry I3 s.h.
EES:4490 (012:149) Elements of Geochemistry3 s.h.
Hydrosciences Track: Field Study

One of these:

EES:4680 (012:168) Field Methods in Hydrologic Science3 s.h.
IALL:3142 (00L:142) Watershed Hydrology and Surficial Processes4 s.h.
Hydrosciences Track: Electives

Hydrosciences track students must complete at least 11 s.h. of elective courses chosen from the following lists.

ENVS:3110 (159:111) Chemical Evolution of the Oceans3 s.h.
CEE:2150 (053:050) Natural Environmental Systems3 s.h.
CEE:3371 (053:071) Principles of Hydraulics and Hydrology3 s.h.
CEE:4103 (053:103) Water Quality3 s.h.
CEE:4153 (053:153) Environmental Chemistry Laboratory3 s.h.
CEE:4378 (053:178) Hydrometeorology3 s.h.
CEE:5152 (053:152) Environmental Chemistry I3 s.h.
CEE:5154 (053:154) Environmental Microbiology3 s.h.
EES:3080 (012:108) Introduction to Oceanography2 s.h.
EES:3190 (012:119) Directed Studyarr.
EES:3300 (012:130) Sedimentary Geology4 s.h.
EES:4660 (012:184) Groundwater Modeling3 s.h.
EES:4800 (012:180) Survey of Geophysical Methods3 s.h.
EES:4870 (012:178) Applied Geostatistics3 s.h.
GEOG:2310 (044:101) Climatology3 s.h.
GEOG:3320 (044:126) Wetlands: Function, Geography, and Management3 s.h.

May include one of these policy courses:

ECON:3625 (06E:133) Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3 s.h.
GEOG:1070 (044:019) Contemporary Environmental Issues3 s.h.
GEOG:2930 (044:111) Water Resources3 s.h.
GEOG:2950 (044:088) Environmental Conservation3 s.h.
GEOG:3340 (044:179) Ecosystem Services: Human Dependence on Natural Systems3 s.h.
GEOG:4750 (044:125) Environmental Impact Analysis4 s.h.

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in environmental sciences requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including a minimum of 60 s.h. of work for the major. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program; some courses required for the major in environmental sciences may be used to satisfy General Education Program requirements.

Bachelor of Arts students majoring in environmental sciences complete requirements in four areas: the science and mathematics foundation, the environmental sciences foundation, environmental sciences field study, and environmental sciences track courses.

The science and mathematics foundation develops fundamental skills and comprehension in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, and statistics. The environmental sciences foundation includes an introductory course in environmental science and additional courses that focus on the geomorphic and environmental processes that shape the Earth’s surface, the ecological factors that influence the distribution and abundance of organisms, and a choice of one course that deals with remote sensing techniques or with the use of geographic information technologies. The environmental sciences field study gives students hands-on experience with methods of analysis and interpretation of natural systems/organisms.

Each of the program's four tracks focuses on areas of specialization within environmental sciences:

biosciences (green) track—biological systems and ecological approaches;

chemical sciences (yellow) track—environmental systems and chemistry;

geosciences (brown) track—earth materials and surficial geologic processes; and

hydrosciences (blue) track—hydrogeology and hydrogeologic systems, and water chemistry.

Students select one course from each of three of the four tracks in order to develop breadth of understanding and skill in these areas.

The environmental sciences major for the Bachelor of Arts requires the following course work.

SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS FOUNDATION

Students must complete at least 31 s.h. of course work for the sciences and mathematics foundation, as follows.

All of these:

BIOL:1411 (002:031)-BIOL:1412 (002:032) Foundations of Biology - Diversity of Form and Function8 s.h.
CHEM:1110 (004:011) Principles of Chemistry I4 s.h.
CHEM:1120 (004:012) Principles of Chemistry II4 s.h.
EES:1050 (012:005) Introduction to Geology4 s.h.

First semester math and calculus—one of these:

MATH:1440 (22M:015) Mathematics for the Biological Sciences4 s.h.
MATH:1850 (22M:025) Calculus I4 s.h.

Second semester math and calculus—one of these:

MATH:1460 (22M:016) Calculus for the Biological Sciences4 s.h.
MATH:1860 (22M:026) Calculus II4 s.h.

One semester of statistics—one of these:

CHEM:2021 (004:021) Basic Measurements3 s.h.
STAT:2020 (22S:039) Probability and Statistics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences3 s.h.
STAT:3510 (22S:101) Biostatistics3 s.h.
STAT:4200 (22S:105) Statistical Methods and Computing3 s.h.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES FOUNDATION

Students must complete at least 17-19 s.h. of course work for the environmental sciences foundation, as follows.

All of these:

ENVS:1080 (159:008) Introduction to Environmental Science4 s.h.
ENVS:2673 (159:134) Ecology3 s.h.
ENVS:3000 (159:100) Environmental Sciences Seminar (taken twice; section 1 for 0 s.h. and section 2 for 1 s.h.)1 s.h.
ENVS:3020 (159:102) Earth Surface Processes3 s.h.

One of these:

ENVS:3100 (159:110) Introduction to Applied Remote Sensing4 s.h.
GEOG:1050 (044:005) Foundations of GIS3 s.h.
GEOG:3500 (044:105) Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing3 s.h.

One of these:

ENVS:2115 (159:015) History and Science of Oil3 s.h.
ANTH:4130 (113:139) Religion and Environmental Ethics3 s.h.
ECON:3625 (06E:133) Environmental and Natural Resource Economics3 s.h.
GEOG:1070 (044:019) Contemporary Environmental Issues3 s.h.
GEOG:2910 (044:030) The Global Economy3 s.h.
GEOG:2950 (044:088) Environmental Conservation3 s.h.
GEOG:3350 (044:116) Urban Ecology3 s.h.
GEOG:3750 (044:127) Environmental Quality: Science, Technology, and Policy3 s.h.
GEOG:3910 (044:194) Geographic Perspectives on Development3 s.h.
GEOG:4750 (044:125) Environmental Impact Analysis4 s.h.
GEOG:4770 (044:177) Environmental Justice3 s.h.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES FIELD STUDY

Students must complete at least one field study course (at least 3 s.h.) from the following list.

ENVS:3095 (159:195) Field Ecology4 s.h.
CEE:4103 (053:103) Water Quality3 s.h.
EES:4680 (012:168) Field Methods in Hydrologic Science3 s.h.
EES:4831 (012:112) Geologic Field Methods3 s.h.
GEOG:4010 (044:180) Field Methods in Physical Geography2-4 s.h.
IALL:3103 (00L:103) Aquatic Ecology4 s.h.
IALL:3105 (00L:105) Plant Taxonomy4 s.h.
IALL:3117 (00L:117) Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms4 s.h.
IALL:3126 (00L:126) Ornithology4 s.h.
IALL:3142 (00L:142) Watershed Hydrology and Surficial Processes4 s.h.
IALL:3163 (00L:163) Conservation Biology4 s.h.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES TRACK COURSES

Students must complete 9-12 s.h. (three courses), choosing one course from each of three of the following four lists of environmental sciences track courses.

Biosciences (Green) Track
BIOL:2346 (002:108) Vertebrate Zoology4 s.h.
EES:3070 (012:107) Marine Ecosystems and Conservation3 s.h.
EES:3220 (012:122) Evolution of the Vertebrates3 s.h.
EES:4700 (012:170) Evolution of Ecosystems3 s.h.
EES:4710 (012:171) Evolution of Plants3 s.h.
GEOG:2374 (044:103) Biogeography3 s.h.
IALL:3105 (00L:105) Plant Taxonomy4 s.h.
IALL:3117 (00L:117) Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms4 s.h.
Chemical Sciences (Yellow) Track
BIOC:3110 (099:110) Biochemistry3 s.h.
CEE:5152 (053:152) Environmental Chemistry I3 s.h.
CHEM:2210 (004:121) Organic Chemistry I3 s.h.
CHEM:3110 (004:111) Analytical Chemistry I3 s.h.
CHEM:4431 (004:131) Physical Chemistry I3 s.h.
Geosciences (Brown) Track
ENVS:2115 (159:015) History and Science of Oil3 s.h.
ENVS:3110 (159:111) Chemical Evolution of the Oceans3 s.h.
EES:1400 (012:140) Natural Disasters3 s.h.
EES:2410 (012:041) Mineralogy4 s.h.
EES:3140 (012:114) Energy and the Environment3 s.h.
EES:3300 (012:130) Sedimentary Geology4 s.h.
EES:3360 (012:136) Soil Genesis and Geomorphology3 s.h.
EES:3380 (012:138) Fluvial Geomorphology3 s.h.
EES:3390 (012:139) Integrated Watershed Analysis3 s.h.
EES:3840 (012:132) Structural Geology4 s.h.
EES:4490 (012:149) Elements of Geochemistry3 s.h.
EES:4520 (012:152) Isotope Geochemistry3 s.h.
EES:4720 (012:172) Glacial and Pleistocene Geology3 s.h.
EES:4790 (012:179) Engineering Geology3 s.h.
EES:4800 (012:180) Survey of Geophysical Methods3 s.h.
Hydrosciences (Blue) Track
CEE:2150 (053:050) Natural Environmental Systems3-4 s.h.
CEE:3371 (053:071) Principles of Hydraulics and Hydrology3 s.h.
CEE:5152 (053:152) Environmental Chemistry I3 s.h.
EES:3300 (012:130) Sedimentary Geology4 s.h.
EES:3390 (012:139) Integrated Watershed Analysis3 s.h.
EES:4490 (012:149) Elements of Geochemistry3 s.h.
EES:4630 (012:166) Hydrogeology3 s.h.
EES:4790 (012:179) Engineering Geology3 s.h.
GEOG:3320 (044:126) Wetlands: Function, Geography, and Management3 s.h.

B.A. or B.S. with Teacher Licensure

Environmental sciences majors interested in earning licensure to teach in elementary and/or secondary schools must complete the College of Education's Teacher Education Program (TEP) in addition to the requirements for the major and all requirements for graduation. The TEP requires several College of Education courses and student teaching. Contact the Office of Education Services for details.

Students must satisfy all degree requirements and complete Teacher Education Program licensure before degree conferral.

Students with a strong interest in science teaching may complete a major offered by the Science Education Program. Students choose one of five emphases—biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, or all-science—and earn a Bachelor of Science degree. They may apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program. See Science Education in the Catalog.

Joint B.A./M.A.T. with Science Education Subprogram

B.A. students majoring in environmental sciences who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in teaching may apply to the joint Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Teaching program offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Education. Designed for undergraduates majoring in biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, or physics, the joint program enables students to earn a B.A. and an M.A.T. in five years by beginning to earn graduate credit during their fourth year of undergraduate study and by counting up to 18 s.h. of qualifying credit toward both degrees. For more information, see "Joint B.A./M.A.T. with Science Education Subprogram" in the Teaching and Learning (College of Education) section of the Catalog. Interested students should consult an advisor.

Four-Year Graduation Plan

The Four-Year Graduation Plan is not available for the environmental sciences major. Students work with their advisors on individual graduation plans.

Honors in the Major

Students majoring in environmental sciences have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major. Honors study in environmental sciences provides students with opportunities to engage in independent research under the guidance of a faculty sponsor chosen from affiliated faculty of the Environmental Sciences Program; the program draws faculty members from the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Geographical and Sustainability Sciences. Honors students learn how to write the results of their research in the format of a scientific paper, and they have the experience of formally presenting their research as either a short seminar or a poster.

Environmental sciences honors students must be members of the University of Iowa Honors Program, which requires students to maintain a cumulative University of Iowa g.p.a. of at least 3.33 and to fulfill other requirements; visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University's honors program.

To graduate with honors in environmental sciences, students must fulfill the following requirements:

complete a B.S. or B.A. with a major in environmental sciences with a g.p.a. of at least 3.33 in all work for the major;

submit a research proposal to the honors director within two months of the beginning of the semester in which the research is initiated;

complete a minimum of 6 s.h. of honors research taken over two semesters in BIOL:4999 (002:196) Honors Investigations, CHEM:3999 (004:162) Undergraduate Research, EES:3190 (012:119) Directed Study, or GEOG:3992 (044:195) Undergraduate Research, depending on the departmental affiliation of the faculty sponsor;

prepare a thesis presenting the research in the format of a scientific paper with abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, and conclusions; the thesis must include a title page and an abstract formatted according to the specifications of the Honors Program and must be submitted to the honors director at least one week before the Honors Program deadline for submission; and

present either a short seminar or a poster about the research at a professional meeting and/or at The University of Iowa.

Beginning in their sophomore or junior year, students should identify potential faculty sponsors by conducting a web-based survey of the research interests of the program's affiliated faculty. The student should contact potential sponsors to determine who would be willing to sponsor an honors student and what research projects the student might undertake. Students who choose a sponsor whose faculty appointment is not in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must choose a cosponsor who does have a faculty appointment in CLAS.

After the student has identified a sponsor and the two have agreed on a project, the sponsor guides the student in the preparation of a research proposal that identifies the background, goals, methods, and significance of the research project. The proposal serves as the foundation of the honors thesis, which the student prepares under the sponsor's supervision upon completion of the research. Once the thesis is nearing completion or is completed, the student presents a short seminar or a poster detailing the purpose of the research.

For examples of honors projects in environmental sciences, see Undergraduate Program/Honors Projects on the Environmental Sciences Program web site.

Minor

The minor in Environmental Sciences requires a minimum of 16 s.h. in University of Iowa environmental sciences courses. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. The following courses are required.

ENVS:1080 (159:008)/EES:1080 (012:008) Introduction to Environmental Science (with lab)4 s.h.

One environmental sciences foundation course, chosen from these:

ENVS:2673 (159:134)/BIOL:2673 (002:134) Ecology3 s.h.
ENVS:3020 (159:102)/EES:3020 (012:102) Earth Surface Processes3 s.h.
ENVS:3100 (159:110)/EES:3100 (012:110) Introduction to Applied Remote Sensing4 s.h.
GEOG:1050 (044:005) Foundations of GIS3 s.h.
GEOG:3500 (044:105) Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing3 s.h.

And:

Courses in one of the four environmental sciences tracks, listed under "Bachelor of Science"/"Tracks" early in this Catalog section8-9 s.h.

Track courses must include one track foundation course (3-4 s.h.) and one track field study course (2-4 s.h.). The tracks are environmental biosciences, environmental chemical sciences, environmental geosciences, and environmental hydrosciences.

Facilities

Depending on their choice of track and/or courses, students majoring in environmental sciences may have the opportunity to take courses at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, a field station located on West Lake Okoboji, in northwestern Iowa. Run cooperatively by The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa, the laboratory offers courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and provides excellent conditions for summer study in several disciplines. See Iowa Lakeside Laboratory (University College) in the Catalog or visit the Lakeside Laboratory web site.

Courses

Lower-Level Undergraduate

ENVS:1080 (159:008) Introduction to Environmental Science3-4 s.h.
Biological and physical character of the Earth; interaction of humans with the environment, including impacts on ecosystems, climate, natural processes, resources; alternative options, including sustainability, waste management, energy, land reform. GE: Natural Sciences without Lab; Natural Sciences with Lab. Same as EES:1080 (012:008).
 
ENVS:1090 (159:009) Introduction to Environmental Sciences Laboratory1 s.h.
Laboratory component of EES:1080 (012:008). Requirements: completion of 3 s.h. in EES:1080 (012:008) or ENVS:1080 (159:008); or 3 s.h. of transfer equivalent. GE: Natural Sciences Lab only. Same as EES:1090 (012:009).
 
ENVS:2115 (159:015) History and Science of Oil3 s.h.
History, politics, and science of oil and oil industry. Same as EES:2115 (012:015), HIST:2115 (016:085), GEOG:2115 (044:016).
 
ENVS:2673 (159:134) Ecology3-4 s.h.
Adaptations of organisms to their physical and biological environments; organism‑environment interactions; population biology; interactions between species; ecology of communities, ecosystems; human impact on ecosystems. Prerequisites: BIOL:1411 (002:031), BIOL:1412 (002:032), and MATH:1460 (22M:016) or MATH:1550 (22M:031) or MATH:1850 (22M:025). Recommendations: a basic statistics course. Same as BIOL:2673 (002:134).
 

Upper-Level Undergraduate and Graduate

ENVS:3000 (159:100) Environmental Sciences Seminar0-1 s.h.
Role of sciences in environmental issues and problems; progression from observation to evaluation to design of better questions and experiments. Requirements: environmental sciences major.
 
ENVS:3020 (159:102) Earth Surface Processes3 s.h.
Basic geomorphic and environmental processes that shape the earth's surface; emphasis on erosion, transport, deposition by land mass movement (creep, landslides, earth flow), fluid agents (wind, water, ice); methods used to study these processes. Prerequisites: EES:1050 (012:005) or EES:1080 (012:008) or ENVS:1080 (159:008) or GEOG:1020 (044:003). Same as GEOG:3020 (044:102), EES:3020 (012:102).
 
ENVS:3095 (159:195) Field Ecology4 s.h.
Analysis and interpretation of patterns and underlying physical and biotic basis for regional and local distributions of plants and animals of eastern Iowa; field observation, sampling, and laboratory analysis; conduction of several field research projects requiring collection, statistical analysis, and interpretation of data in short reports; field‑oriented course. Prerequisites: BIOL:1411 (002:031). Recommendations: advanced undergraduate standing or graduate standing in ecology, environmental sciences, or geoscience.
 
ENVS:3100 (159:110) Introduction to Applied Remote Sensing4 s.h.
Remote sensing of the earth's surface from aircraft, satellites; aerial photograph interpretation; remote sensing systems, methods, data analysis using electromagnetic spectrum and digital processing techniques, including visible, infrared, microwave radiation; remote sensing applied to geologic and environmental problems. Prerequisites: EES:1030 (012:003) or EES:1050 (012:005) or EES:1080 (012:008). Same as EES:3100 (012:110).
 
ENVS:3110 (159:111) Chemical Evolution of the Oceans3 s.h.
Investigation of various physico‑chemical states oceans have assumed over the past four billion years of Earth history; use of isotope geochemistry as a proxy for ancient ocean conditions; focus on integrated Earth system science, paleoceanographic and paleoclimate modeling, role of chemical stratigraphy in deciphering past climate states of ocean‑atmosphere system; relationship between chemical changes in ocean/atmosphere and biological systems of the Earth. Same as EES:3110 (012:111).
 
ENVS:4700 (159:170) Evolution of Ecosystems3 s.h.
Evolutionary history of terrestrial and marine ecosystems; ecological processes from population to ecosystem levels; community assembly, trophic levels, networks, biodiversity dynamics; practical aspects of paleoecological data collection, statistical analysis, modeling. Requirements: two courses in geoscience, biology, environmental sciences, anthropology, or geography. Same as EES:4700 (012:170).