Environmental Science Program
Concerns about human impacts on and interactions with the environment have led to the development of a number of careers involved with environmental protection, law, health, economics, and compliance. If you are interested in an environmental career, then the Environmental Science Program at Southeast Missouri State University invites you to learn more about the diverse opportunities in this growing field. The program at Southeast is an interdisciplinary, science-intensive program, requiring comprehensive study in the natural sciences and mathematics. Environmental Science faculty are members of the science departments and are also in variety of other academic departments across the university. This will allow you to study and solve environmental problems from a multi-disciplinary perspective, and will give you the diverse skills that will allow you to have a satisfying career in environmental science. If you are interested in helping to find solutions to environmental problems today and in the future, then this is the program for you.
Graduates in Environmental Science can obtain employment in a variety of entry-level positions in environmental protection and management. The environmental field continues to expand and change, and the Environmental Science Program provides students with the basis to meet the demands of a dynamic, changing job market. Currently many environmental jobs are with state and federal government agencies and private consulting firms that specialize in environmental fields. Also, a diversity of businesses hire environmental professionals. Among the hundreds of examples of environmental careers are environmental toxicology, environmental chemistry, occupational/environmental health specialties, environmental microbiology, in addition to numerous positions dealing with compliance with and the establishment of environmental regulations. For those wishing to pursue an advanced degree, the program at Southeast also provides excellent preparation for admission to graduate programs. Graduates of the program may also choose to pursue professional study in law, business, medicine, or the allied health professions.
The Environmental Science Program at Southeast Missouri State University is a science intensive program that consists of Core Courses required of every Environmental Science major, and an option area in either biology, business, chemistry, environmental health, geosciences, information systems, or soil science. The curriculum is designed to provide environmental science majors with fundamental knowledge of the scientific, social, ethical, legal, economic, and medical aspects of environmental issues. The core of courses includes 79 credit hours covering the following areas:
Students then select an area of emphasis as follows:
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Biology Emphasis): This area of emphasis requires 16 additional credit hours in biology, including courses in research methods, heredity, plant or animal biology, an internship or research experience, and upper-level elective courses.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Business Emphasis): This area of emphasis requires 15 additional credit hours in accounting, management, marketing, and macroeconomics.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Chemistry Emphasis): Students in this area of emphasis take 15 additional credit hours in quantitative analysis, chemical literature, physical chemistry, and 5 credit hours of upper-level chemistry electives.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Environmental Health Emphasis): Students in this area of emphasis take 14-15 additional credit hours in occupational health, industrial hygiene, toxicology, epidemiology, environmental health, environmental law and health-related electives.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Geosciences Emphasis): This area of emphasis requires 15 additional credit hours, including field methods, geomorphology, and 10 credit hours of upper-level electives in geosciences.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Information Systems Emphasis): This area of emphasis requires 12-15 additional credit hours, including courses in visual basic, C, Unix, and computer science and information systems.
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Soil Science Emphasis): This area of emphasis requires 15 additional credit hours, including, soil fertility, soil classification, geomorphology and 6 credit hours of electives.
General Courses of Study
Students in environmental science begin their study with courses in the natural sciences. In addition, all students are required to take two seminars in environmental science. These seminars assist the students in integrating the science courses with application toward environmental issues. Students are assigned a faculty advisor in their area of emphasis; this advisor assists students in planning a course of study within the area of emphasis that meets their needs. In addition to the requirements of the degree program in environmental science, all students at Southeast must complete the required number of credits in each component of the University Studies program.
Facilities and Amenities
The diverse academic departments that comprise the environmental
science program at Southeast can offer a variety of state-of-the-art
modern facilities for students in the program. The program is housed in
Rhodes Hall of Science on the north end of the campus, with teaching and
research facilities in both Rhodes Hall and the adjacent Magill Hall of
Science and Johnson Hall. The Biology, Chemistry, and Geoscience
departments offer laboratories with a complete range of basic equipment to
undertake undergraduate research. Students may take advantage of a variety
of potential research experiences in environmentally-related areas in
cooperation with faculty members and field supervisors. A geographic
information system (GIS) facility is available in the Geosciences
Department, which allows students to study questions at the landscape
scale. Modern greenhouse facilities are available in cooperation with the
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