Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14
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Environmental Science and Policy (ESP)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 03.0104 (Track 1 of 2)
College of Arts & Sciences
The environmental industry is a growing arena for employment for degree holders at all levels. Students completing the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Science and Policy have found employment with government agencies (city, county, state, and federal), private industry, and non-profit organizations. Examples of careers include field scientist, research scientist, policy analyst, lobbyist, conservationist, and educator. Some also go on to attend graduate or law school.
This interdisciplinary program spans multiple colleges within the university but is housed in the Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences. All majors in the program must complete the required courses including two introductory courses in environmental science and policy, one semester of calculus, two semesters each of general biology and general chemistry, environmental ethics, environmental politics and policy, statistics and physical science (either geology or physics). In addition, majors take 6-7 courses that allow them to sub-specialize in environmental science or in environmental policy. Students choosing to sub-specialize in environmental science take a second semester of calculus, one semester of organic chemistry and lab, and four electives within designated tracks. Students choosing to sub-specialize in policy take environmental law and environmental economics and four electives within designated categories. Finally, all majors must complete an upper division seminar and an internship or project. The department advisor advises ESP majors.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
Students are encouraged to complete the following required supporting major courses prior to entering the university. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade.
Total Major Hours: 82-97 Hours
Major Core Courses - 43-52 HoursCore Courses (39-48 credit hours):
- EVR 2002 Environmental Science: Regional and Global Issues
- EVR 2001L Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
- EVR 2861 Introduction to Environmental Policy
- BSC 2010 Biology I
- BSC 2010L Biology Lab I
- BSC 2011 Biology II
- BSC 2011L Biology Lab II
- CHM 2045 General Chemistry I
- CHM 2045L Chemistry Lab I
- CHM 2046 General Chemistry II
- CHM 2046L Chemistry Lab II
- PUP 4203 Environmental Politics and Policy
- PHI 3640 Environmental Ethics
- EVR 4910 ESP Project or EVR 4940 ESP Internship
- EVR 4921 Environmental Science and Policy Seminar
- MAC 2311 Calculus I or MAC 2281 or MAC 2241
- STA 2023 Introductory Statistics
- GLY 2010 Dynamic Earth and GLY 2000L Essentials of Geology Lab
- GLY 2100 Historical Geology and GLY 2000L Essentials of Geology Lab or
- PHY 2048 General Physics I – Calculus Based and PHY 2048L General Physics I Lab or
- PHY 2053 General Physics I and PHY 2053L General Physics I Lab
Major Elective Courses - 39-45 Hours
The ESP Undergraduate Program has two tracks (Science and Policy). Students should choose one of these tracks and follow the course requirements:
- MAC 2242 Life Sciences Calculus II or MAC 2282 or MAC 2312
- CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I
- CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
- Plus 4 four approved science-related electives.
Additional Major Requirements
Major Grade Requirement
Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade.