Jun 26, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science, B.S.

Location: Herrmann Science Center 204D
Telephone: 859-572-5110
Fax: 859-572-5639
Email Address: envs@nku.edu
Web Address: https://nku.edu/academics/artsci/programs/undergraduate/environmentalscience.html 
Program Director: Kristine N. Hopfensperger, Department of Biological Sciences
Other Faculty: Chris Curran, Allison Parker, Amanda Shores

The B.S. in environmental science focuses on understanding the physical, chemical, and biological principles underlying the structure and function of our environment as well as understanding how, and to what extent, human activities have interfered with that structure and function.  The inclusion of research or internships enables students to gain expertise and experience to monitor, analyze, and contribute to the solution of current environmental problems. Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in environmental science are well equipped to join the ranks of other environmental professionals working with local, state, and federal agencies; consulting firms; or nonprofit organizations. They are also qualified to become part of a research team or pursue graduate study in environmental sciences.

Admission requirements: The admission standards for all students pursuing degrees in environmental science are mathematics ACT 22 and CPE minimum standards of 18 and 20 reading, or successful completion of appropriate developmental courses. Transfer students must also meet these requirements before declaring an environmental science major.

Four-Year Plan: Click here  to view the Four-Year Plan for this specific program. To find out more about Four-Year Plans, visit the Policies and Procedures  page.

You should also know: The degree of Bachelor of Science in environmental science will be conferred upon all students who complete all of the following course requirements with a grade of C- or better.

♦  Indicates prerequisite.

These prerequisites are not included in the program totals in the table below, but they must be completed IN ADDITION TO other program requirements.

Degree Requirements (79-85 credits)

One 3-credit-hour internship –OR– Directed research (3 credits)

Minor (8-14 credits)

A minor in biology, chemistry, geology, geography, geographic information systems, mathematics, or statistics (The requirements for the minor beyond the 8-14 credit hours are completed as part of the environmental science major.)