BS in Environmental Science Undergraduate Opportunities
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BS in Environmental Science

The BS in Environmental Science is appropriate for students wanting rigorous preparation in the basic sciences of the environment, and the application of those principles to the analysis of environmental processes and problems. It focuses on the ways in which material and energy are moved and transformed in complex environmental systems, the role of society in perturbing those processes, and the techniques of science and engineering that might be used to improve environmental quality. All students take core courses in the relevant sciences, core courses in the application of that science to environmental analysis, and then select a minor in one of the traditional science or math disciplines. In addition, students select a Concentration Area for specialized study of the environment, in consultation with an advisor. The degree provides strong preparation for graduate or professional training, as well as for jobs in government, consulting, industry, etc.

The following courses are required:

First and Second Years

General College Perspectives (2 Aesthetics, 2 Social Sciences, 2 Historical, 1 Philosophical; one of the Social Science Perspectives must be ENST 35, Introduction to Environment and Society; it is recommended that the other be ECON 10; it also is recommended that students elect ENST 36, Introduction to Environmental Science)

Language (through Level III)
ENGL 11 and 12
MATH 31, 32, 33
BIOL 11/11L
CHEM 11/11L, 21/21L
PHYS 26, 27
STAT (see ENST advisor for options)
COMP (see ENST advisor for options)

Third and Fourth Years

ENST 94 Capstone: Analysis and Solution of Environmental Problems

One of the following three sets of courses:

  • MATH 83 and ENST 106
  • Two GIS/Remote Sensing courses (see ENST advisor for options)
  • Two advanced Statistics courses (see ENST advisor for options)

Three of the following six courses:

  • BIOL 54 Ecological Processes in Environmental Systems
  • GEOG 53 Atmospheric Processes in Environmental Systems
  • MASC 54 Estuarine and Coastal Marine Science
  • GEOL 41 Physical Geology for Science Majors or GEOL 45 Earth's Dynamic Systems
  • ENST 110 Environmental Chemistry Processes

Four courses in an approved Concentration Area (see ENST advisor for options).

An approved course sequence in an Allied Science leading to the minor in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Physical Geography, Marine Science, Mathematical Decision Sciences, Computer Science or Geological Science. Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the currently accepted courses.

Carolina Environmental Program
CB# 1105, 100 Miller Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1105
Phone: 919-966-9922 | Fax: 919-966-9920 | E-mail: