College of Natural and Health Sciences
Contact: William H. Hoyt, Ph.D., Department Chair
Location: Ross Hall 3235
Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.
Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.
The program consists of three parts:
- Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
- Required Major Credits
- University-Wide Credits
The multidisciplinary Environmental Earth Sciences emphasis is intended for individuals who wish to pursue careers with responsibilities that include environmental monitoring, regulation or management. Students may prepare for entry-level positions in the environmental industry or governmental agencies, or for graduate education in such fields as resource management, environmental public policy and environmental law. The program also is well suited for anyone with a serious interest in the scientific aspect of environmental issues.
Program Admission Requirements:
Academic Good Standing
- The course of study for this major, including both required and elective courses, must total at least 60 credits and must be developed in consultation with and be approved by the student's academic advisor.
- At least one half of the credits in AST, ESCI, GEOL, MET and OCN courses must be numbered 300 or above. No more than 8 credits of AST, ESCI, GEOL, MET and OCN courses numbered below 200 may be counted toward the major.
- Science and mathematics courses approved for the Liberal Arts Core that are taken as part of this major may also be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core requirements.
- A 2.0 grade point average in the courses taken as part of this major is required for graduation. (Secondary Teaching Emphasis: a 2.5 GPA is required in all major courses.)
Degree Requirements — 120 Credits
1. Required Specified LAC — 26 credits
LAC area 1b. Intermediate Composition
LAC area 2. Mathematics
LAC area 5a. Economic and Political Systems
LAC area 6. Physical and Life Sciences
Remaining LAC — 15 credits
See “Liberal Arts Core”.
NOTE: Students need to select a course from Area 7 or 8 that also counts in Areas 3 or 4.
2. Required Major — 58 credits
Take all of the following courses:
Choose 14 credits, two must be earth sciences courses
Courses must be selected in consultation with an academic advisor to explore an area of interest in greater depth. Courses are to be selected based on the following list, but other courses may satisfy requirements with the approval of the advisor.
Earth Science Credits:
Supporting Discipline Credits
3. University-Wide Credits — 21 credits
Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 21 credits.