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Core Requirements

The Environmental Science Program at Southern Methodist University includes a set of core courses that provide students with the necessary background in chemistry, earth science, physics, biology and mathematics to move into a biology, earth science, or a chemistry emphasis in their upper division courses.

Core requirements include 50 or 51 credit hours from these disciplines:

  • Biology- 7 credits
  • Chemistry- 15 or 16 credits
  • Geological Sciences- 11 credits
  • Mathematics- 6 credits
  • Physics- 8 credits
  • Environmental Science- Seminar 3 credits

An additional 18 credit hours are required from an Emphasis Area of your choosing:

  • Chemistry Emphasis
  • Earth Sciences Emphasis
  • Biology Emphasis

See official list of courses for the Environmental Science Major below.

Chemistry (15 or 16 credits):

CHEM 1303 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1113 General Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1304 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1114 General Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 3371 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3117 Organic Chemistry I Lab
and either
CHEM 3372 Organic Chemistry II
and
CHEM 3118 Organic Chemistry II Lab
or
CHEM 3351 Quantitative Analysis

Biology (7 credits):

BIOL 1402 Intro Biology II
BIOL 3307 Ecology

Geological Sciences (11 credits):

GEOL 1301 Earth Systems
or
GEOL 1315 Environmental Sciences
and
GEOL 3451 Earth Materials I
GEOL 3452 Earth Materials II

Mathematics (6 credits):

MATH 1337 Calculus I
MATH 1338 Calculus II

Physics (8 credits):

PHYS 1303 Intro Mechanics
and
PHYS 1105 General Physics Lab I
or
PHYS 1407 General Physics I
PHYS 1304 Intro Electricity and Magnetism
and
PHYS 1105 General Physics Lab II
or
PHYS 1408 General Physics II

Environmental Science (3 credits):

GEOL 3363 Environmental Geology Seminar

Required (9 or 10 credits):

CHEM 3359 Inorganic Chemistry I
CHEM 3372 Organic Chemistry II
and
CHEM 3118 Organic Chemistry II Lab
or
CHEM 3351 Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 5381 Physical Chemistry
or
CHEM 5383 Physical Chemistry I

Electives (choose 9 or more credits):

CHEM 4197,
4297, or 4397
Research
CHEM 5390 Environmental Chemistry
GEOL 3366 Environmental Geology and Geochemical Cycles
GEOL 5384 Hydrogeology
GEOL 5386 Geochemistry
GEOL 3353 Modern and Ancient Climates
GEOL 5338 Thermodynamics and Geologic Processes
ME 5317 Groundwater Hydrology and Contamination

Choose 18 credit hours:

CHEM 3351 Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 3359 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 3372 Organic Chemistry II
and
CHEM 3118 Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 5381 Physical Chemistry
or
CHEM 5383 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 5390 Environmental Chemistry
GEOL 3353 Modern and Ancient Climates
GEOL 3360 Process Geomorphology
or
GEOL 5398 Global Geomorphology
GEOL 3366 Environmental Geology and Geochemical Cycles
GEOL 3369 Paleobiology
GEOL 3454 Structural Geology
GEOL 3472 Sedimentology
GEOL 4296
and/or 4298
Integrative Research (up to 4 credits)
or
GEOL 4321 Internship in Geoscience
GEOL 4390 Geophysical Prospecting
GEOL 5338 Thermodynamics and Geologic Processes
GEOL 5368 Paleoecology
GEOL 5384 Hydrogeology
GEOL 5386 Geochemistry
ME 2342 Fluid Mechanics
CEE 3341 Introduction to Solid & Hazardous Waste Management
STAT 2331 Introduction to Statistical Methods
or
STAT 4340 Statistical Methods for Engineers & Applied Sciences

Required (4 credits):

BIOL 1401 Intro to Biology I

Electives (choose 14 or more credits):

BIOL 3303 Evolution
BIOL 3304 Genetics
BIOL 3305 Aquatic Biology
BIOL 3306 Physiology
BIOL 3342 Plant Kingdom
BIOL 3343 Field Botany (Taos)
BIOL 3347 Systematic Botany (Taos)
GEOL 3353 Modern & Ancient Climates
BIOL 3354 Parasitology
BIOL 3357 Biology of the Invertebrates
BIOL 3403 Microbiology
BIOL 4360 Environmental Toxicology
BIOL 5166 Vertebrate Anatomy Lab (Corequisite BIOL 5366)
BIOL 5366 Vertebrate Origins & Evolution (Corequisite BIOL 5166)
BIOL 5110 Biological Chemistry Lab (Co or Prerequisite BIOL 5310)
BIOL 5311 Biological Chemistry: Metabolism