Bachelor of Science - Environmental Studies

The mission of the Environmental Studies Bachelor of Science program is to provide a learning experience that encourages students to explore and appreciate their natural world and, at the same time, develop the skills necessary to be effective advocates for environmental protection. It is essential that students leave Goodwin with an understanding of how the human condition is directly related to the health of our environment and the availability and limitations of natural resources.

Goodwin College strives to ensure that all of its programs, like the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, provide professional preparation, community outreach and an appreciation of the humanities, arts and sciences in a culturally diverse academic community. This will be accomplished with a curriculum that provides a focused core component along with a general education foundation that promotes personal development. The four-year Environmental Studies program is enhanced through the addition of advanced courses in environmental health and river studies. Existing courses offered by the Health and Natural Sciences, as well as the General Education Departments, are utilized to broaden critical thinking.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Evaluate human activities and their impact on global environmental systems;
  2. Understand interdisciplinary approaches to environmental protection;
  3. Apply assessment and mitigation methods that are protective of environmental health and natural resources;
  4. Understand the relationship between human activities, water availability, and river system sustainability;
  5. Implement and understand the development and implementation of natural resource protection public policy;
  6. Apply experimental design and analytical methods to scientific research;
  7. Apply practical and professional skills related to environmental protection and health safety;
  8. Apply written and oral skills required for effective scientific research and community engagement; and
  9. Apply information technology and its practical application in the assessment and mitigation of environmental impacts.

Curriculum

Bachelor in Environmental Studies

General Education Requirements - 46 Credits

General Education Core: 40 Credits

ENG 101

English Composition

3

ENG 1XX

Writing Competency (WR)

3

ENG 2XX

Advanced Writing Elective (AW)

3

COM 1XX

Communications Competency (COM)

3

CAP 1XX

Computer Literacy Competency (CL)

3

MATH 1XX

Math Competency (MATH)

3

BIO 121

General Biology (SCI)

4

PSY 112

Introduction to Psychology (SS)

3

Social Science Competency (SS & MC)

3

 

Cultural Competency (CU)

3

ENV 110

Environmental Ethics (E/P)

3

ECN 110

Principles of Economics (G/US)

3

ENV 168

Geography (G/W)

3

Programmatic General Education Requirements: 6 Credits

ASD 120

The College Experience OR

3

 

General Education Elective

 

STAT 167

Principles of Statistics

3

Environmental Studies Major Core Requirements - 37 Credits

Freshman Year

CHEM 110

General Chemistry I

4

CHEM 111

General Chemistry II

4

ENV 103

Introduction to Environmental Science

4

Sophomore Year

ENV 120

Environmental Law and Regulations

3

ENV 155

Environmental Physics

3

ENV 220

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

3

Junior Year

ENV 255

Environmental Monitoring

4

ENV 299

Environmental Studies Internship

3

ENV 310

Environmental Public Policy, Theory and Practices

3

Senior Year

ENV 410

Methods in Research and Practice (RE)

3

ENV 460

Capstone: Environmental Studies

3

Environmental Studies Electives - 37 Credits

ENV 1XX

Elective

3

ENV 3XX

Elective

9

OPEN

Open Electives

25

Environmental Health Track - 18 Credits

Junior Year

ENV 234

Site and Risk Assessment

3

ENV 250

Environmental Contaminants and Sanitation

3

ENV 330

Principles of Environmental Health

3

Senior Year

ENV 320

Environmental and Industrial Toxicology

3

ENV 420

Environmental Health Planning

3

HSC 410

Epidemiology

3

River Studies Track - 20 Credits

Junior Year

ENV 130

Explorations in Riverine Ecosystems

4

ENV 230

Aquatic Ecology

4

ENV 232

Principles in Floodplain Ecology

3

Senior Year

ENV 225

Geology and River Geomorphology

3

ENV 325

Land Use and Watershed Management

3

ENV 430

Current Issues in River Conservation

3

Total Credits in the Program

120-122