School of Environmental Studies

Environmental Science

About Environmental Science

Choose a Program of Study in Biology, Chemistry, or Natural Resources.

  • Learn the symbiotic nature of a variety of disciplines that form Environmental Science.
  • Explore and investigate environmental problems.
  • Develop and enhance your ability to explain your findings to a diverse audience.

Research

  • Environmental & Sustainability Studies programs at Tennessee Tech are supported by cutting-edge resource centers:
  • The Center for the Management, Utilization, and Protection of Water Resources and the Millard Oakley STEM Center for the Teaching and Learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Environmental Science at Tennessee Tech

  • These concentrations offer students the opportunity to pursue their passions in a meaningful way as they apply scientific principles to environmental issues.
  • Course work examines current topics through social, political and economic perspectives.
  • Students analyze and propose sustainable solutions for complex, real-world environmental problems.
  • The program culminates in a hands-on experience or research project addressing an actual environmental problem

Environmental Science: Biology Option / 45 Hours

Concentration Core (10 hours)

Forms & Checklists

Biology Option Year by Year

  • AGRN 2300 Soils (3)
  • GEOG 3200 (GEOL 3200) Water Resources (3)
  • PHYS 2010 Algebra-Based Physics (4)

Biology Option (16 hours)

  • BIOL 1010 Intro. to Biology I (4) 
or BIOL 1105 Foundations 
of Biology (4)
  • 
BIOL 1114 General Zoology (4)
  • 
BIOL 2110 General Botany (4)

  • BIOL 3140 Cell Biology (4)
or BIOL 3200 Microbiology (4)
or BIOL 3810 General Genetics (4)


Directed Electives (12-13 hours)


Choose one of the following:


  • AGHT 3450 Dendrology (3)
  • BIOL 3240 Field Botany (3)
  • 
BIOL 4330 Plant Ecology (3)

Choose one of the following:


  • GEOL 2000 Earth Evolution (3)

  • WFS 4500 National Wildlife 
 Pol. (3)

  • WFS 4730 Conservation Biol. (3)


Choose one of the following:


  • BIOL 4650 Marine Biology (4)
  • 
BIOL 4840 Limnology (3)

  • BIOL 4130 Environ. Microbiol. (3)


Choose one of the following:


  • BIOL 3330 Entomology (3)

  • BIOL 4230 Animal Behavior (3)
  • 
BIOL 4610 Invert. Zoology (3)

  • BIOL 4630 Ornithology (3)
  • BIOL 4810 Ichthyology (3)

  • BIOL 4820 Mammalogy (3)

  • BIOL 4830 Herpetology (3)


Free Electives (4-6 hours)

Environmental Science: Chemistry Option / 45 Hours

FYI:

MATH 1830 (Concepts of Calculus) or MATH 1910 (Calculus I) replaces MATH 1130 (College Algebra) in common General Education core.

Forms & Checklists

Chemistry Option Year by Year

Concentration Core (10 hours)

  • AGRN 2300 Soils (3)
  • GEOG 3200 (GEOL 3200) Water Resources (3)
  • PHYS 2010 Algebra-Based Physics (4)

Chemistry Option (22 hours)

  • CHEM 1110 Gen. Chemistry I 
(instead of 1010)
  • 
CHEM 1120 Gen. Chemistry II (4)

  • CHEM 3010/3020 
Organic Chemistry I and II (8)

  • CHEM 3410 Quantitative Analysis (4)

  • CHEM 3500 Elements of Physical Chemistry (3)

  • CHEM 4710 Env. Chemistry (instead of 3710) (3)
  • CHEM 4720 Adv. Environmental Chemistry (3)


Directed Electives (5-8 hours)


choose two of the following:


  • GEOL 4100 Environ. Sediment. (4) 

  • GEOL 4650 Applied Geochemistry (4)

  • GEOL 4711 Hydrogeology (4)
  • 
GEOL 4510 Theory of GIS -- I (3)

  • GEOG 4650 Environ. Apps of GIS (3)

  • AGRN 3230 Soil Science (4)
  • 
AGRN 4220 Environ. Soil Chem. (3)
  • 
BIOL 4130 Environ. Microbiology (3)

  • BIOL 4840 Limnology (3)
  • 
BIOL 4850 Applied Microbiology (3)
  • 
WFS 4500 National Wildlife Policy (3)
  • 
WFS 4730 Conservation Biology (3)

  • CHEM 4992 Intro. to Research (2)


Free Electives (3-7 hours)

Environmental Science: Natural Resources Option / 45 Hours

Concentration Core (11 hours):

  • AGRN 2300 Soils (3) and AGRN 2310 Soil Chemical Properties (1)
  • GEOG 3200 (GEOL 3200) Water Resources (3)
  • PHYS 2010 Algebra-Based Physics (4)

Natural Resources Option (13-14 hours):

  • AGRN 3230 Environ. Soil Science (4)

Choose one of the following (3-4 hours):

  • AGRN 4210 Soil Fertility and Fertilizers (3)
  • AGRN 4220 Environ. Soil Chemistry (3)
  • BIOL 4840 Limnology (3)
  • GEOL 4150 Geomorphology (4)

Choose two of the following (6 hours):

  • AGBE 4130 Agricultural Policy (3)
  • AGET 3110 Natural Resource Systems (2) and AGET 3115 Natural Resource Systems Lab (1)
  • AGET 4720 Ag. Systems Technology (3)

Directed Electives (6 hours) / Choose two of the following:

  • BIOL 4330 Plant Ecology (3)
  • BIOL 4840 Limnology (3)
  • GEOL 2000 Earth Evolution (3)
  • WFS 4730 Conservation Biology (3)
  • GEOG 4510 Theory of GIS -- I (3)
  • GEOG 4650 Environ. App of GIS (3)

Free Electives (11-14 hours)