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Biodiversity and Environmental Restoration

The diversity of life on earth (Biodiversity) represents a resource of unknown potential for improving human welfare that is increasingly put at risk by human activities. Perhaps the most significant challenge of the 21st century is to resolve how to best utilize this resource while providing effective stewardship such that biodiversity resources are maintained for future generations. Meeting this challenge requires a detailed understanding of the processes that promote, maintain, and diminish biodiversity at all levels of biological organization, from molecules to ecosystems, a theme that unites the many subdisciplines within biology. Organisms are intimately connected to their environments and environments vary on multiple spatial and temporal scales. Hence, utilization and stewardship of biodiversity requires understanding its connection to both natural and human-induced environmental change. This emphasis is offered for the B.S. only.

Degree Path

NIU Undergraduate Catalog (2014-2014)

*Access to previous Undergraduate Catalogs is available at http://catalog.niu.edu/index.php

 

Major in Environmental Studies (B.S.)

Requirements in ENVS (18)
ENVS 301 - Environmental Science I: Physical Systems (3)
ENVS 302 - Environmental Science II: Biological Systems (3)
ENVS 303 - Environment in the Social Sciences and Humanities (3)
ENVS 304 - Environmental Law, Policy and Economics (3)
ENVS 305 - Green Technologies (3)

Three Credits from the following:
ENVS 450 - Issues in Environmental Studies (3)
ENVS 490 - Undergraduate Research (1-3)
ENVS 491 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies (1-3)
ENVS 492 - Internship in Environmental Studies (1-6)
ENVS 498 - Senior Thesis (1-3)
ENVS 499 - Senior Thesis: Honors (1-3) 

Requirements outside ENVS (B.S. 15-16)

CHEM 210 - General Chemistry I (3) 
CHEM 211 - General Chemistry II (3) 
CHEM 212 - General Chemistry Laboratory I (1) 
CHEM 213 - General Chemistry Laboratory II (1) 
MATH 211 - Calculus for Business and Social Science (3) 
  OR MATH 229 - Calculus I (4) AND MATH 230 –Calculus II (4)
STAT 301 - Elementary Statistics (4)

Requirements outside Environmental Studies (14)
BIOS 103 – General Biology AND BIOS 105 General Biology Laboratory
  OR BIOS 209 Fundamentals of Organismal Biology AND BIOS 211 Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory
BIOS 406 - Conservation Biology (4)
GEOG 322 - Geography of World Plant Communities (3)
GEOG 455 - Land-Use Planning (3)

Select one of the following humanities and social sciences courses (3)
ANTH 425 - Environment and Anthropology (3)
ANTH 432 - Nature and the Environment Across Cultures (3)
ANTH 314/ENVS 314x - Domesticating the Planet: 100,000 years of Humans and the Environment (3)
ECON 386 - Environmental Economics (3)
GEOG 415/ENVS 415X - Introduction to Energy (3)
HIST 377 - American Environmental History (3)
PHIL 335 - Environmental Ethics (3)
POLS 220 - Introduction to Public Policy (3)
POLS 324 - Politics of Environmental, Health, and Safety Regulation (3)
SOCI 364 - Environmental Sociology (3)

Electives: (18) Students must select at least six of the following electives from at least three different departments.

Select at least one of the conceptually-based courses (3)
ANTH 343/ENVS 343X - Extinction (3)
ANTH 444 - Primate Ecology and Conservation (3)
ANTH 445/BIOS 435X - Primate Evolution (3)
BIOS 317 - Evolution (3)
BIOS 433 - Behavioral Ecology (3)
BIOS 439 - Molecular Evolution (3)
BIOS 448 - Aquatic Ecology (4)
BIOS 487 - Conservation Genetics (3)
GEOG 422 - Plant-Soil Interactions (4)
GEOG 453 - Environmental Management (3)
GEOL 320 - Environments and Life Through Time (4)
  OR GEOL 322 - Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology (4)
GEOL 488 - Environmental Change (3)

Select at least one of the methods-based courses (3)
ENVS 409/BIOS 409X/ GEOL409X - Water Quality (4)
GEOG 302 - Soil Science (4)
GEOG 359 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
GEOG 368 - Climate Change: Science, Impacts and Mitigation (3)
GEOG 403 - Soil Geography and Land Use Planning (3)
GEOG 413 - Forest Ecology and Management (3)
GEOL 390 - Introduction to Groundwater (3)
GEOL 421 - Environmental Geochemistry (3)
GEOL 477 - Field Methods in Environmental Geosciences (4)
CHEM 427/ENVS 427 - Environmental Chemistry (3)
MET 430 - Micrometeorology (3)

Select at least one of the following taxonomically-based courses (3)
ANTH 341/BIOS 341X - Primatology (3)
BIOS 305 - Biology of Land Plants (3)
BIOS 412 - Mycology (4)
BIOS 415 - Water Microbiology (3)
BIOS 430 - Plant Systematics (4)
BIOS 453 - Entomology (3)
BIOS 456 - Biology of Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles (4)
BIOS 457 - Biology of Birds and Mammals (4)
BIOS 458/GEOL 458X - Vertebrate Paleontology (3)
GEOL 468/BIOS 468X - Geo-microbiology (3)
GEOL 470/BIOS 469X - Invertebrate Paleontology (3)
GEOL 471/BIOS 466X – Introduction to Micropaleontology (3)