Jul 18, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Environmental Science (B.S.): Environmental Analysis & Assessment concentration

This research-based concentration of the B.S. in Environmental Science focuses more heavily on laboratory and field courses and prepares students for more technically orientated positions in the environmental field and for graduate programs in the sciences. Students conduct research in the field and in the laboratory and have the opportunity to present with faculty mentors at science events and professional conferences. Students graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Science with a concentration in Environmental Analysis & Assessment.

Learning Outcomes

The B.S. in Environmental Science concentrating in Environmental Analysis & Assessment seeks to produce graduates who can:

  • Critically read, evaluate and synthesize information from relevant geological, biological and chemical literature related to environmental problems.
  • Work individually and with others, to identify and evaluate environmental problems.
  • Apply appropriate tools, analytical equipment and concepts from mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology and biology, including the use of computer software, to evaluate environmental problems.
  • Observe and measure in the field and laboratory, the organic, inorganic and physical aspects of environmental problems while applying the methods of science.
  • Design a research project to test hypotheses and draw conclusions based on knowledge of the science.
  • Articulate, in oral, written and graphical form, assessments of environmental problems.

Environmental Science Programs at JSC

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field that provides an integrative and quantitative approach to the exploration of the biological, physical and societal aspects that govern the natural environment. The science faculty conduct research and provide instruction in ecology, meteorology, biology, chemistry, physics and geoscience. Lectures, laboratory work, fieldwork, internships and faculty-mentored student research prepare students for careers in private businesses, nonprofit organizations and government as well as graduate study. The fundamentals of science frame discussions of public policy and social action. All students are strongly encouraged to complete an internship in their area of interest. Graduates who successfully complete the required education courses for secondary licensure in addition to degree requirements become candidates for a license to teach science in grades 7-12.

Students in this major must complete the Environmental Sciences Core Curriculum as well as the requirements for one of the two concentrations: Environmental Analysis & Assessment or Environmental Policy & Advocacy.

Environmental Analysis & Assessment Concentration

Total: 54-56 credits

Secondary Teaching License in Science

Students pursuing licensure endorsement to teach science in grades 7-12 must successfully complete one of the approved majors for this endorsement (the B.A. in Biology: Field Naturalist , B.S. in Biology: General , B.S. in Biology: Pre-Medical B.S. in Health Sciences: Pre-Physical Therapy  B.S. in Environmental Science: Analysis & Assessment , or B.S. in Environmental Science: Policy & Advocacy ), as well as specific teacher-education coursework and requirements. Please refer to the Secondary Teacher License Endorsement  section for details.


In order to earn a degree, you must successfully complete all requirements for your major as listed here AND meet all other Degree Requirements , including the General Education Curriculum requirements  and JSC Graduation Standards .