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Water

Whether it is for agriculture, industry, or personal consumption, current use of fresh water by humans is unsustainable. In many parts of the world, access to clean, safe drinking water is lacking. With the human population predicted to expand for the next 40-50 years demand for water will increase dramatically in the coming decades. It is essential that students pursuing environmental studies are well grounded in the economic, legal, physical, and biological facets of water resources. This emphasis is offered for the B.S. only.

Degree Path

NIU Undergraduate Catalog (2014-2015)

*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 (13)
GEOG 101 - Survey of Physical Geography (3) AND GEOG 102 - Survey of Physical Geography Laboratory (1)
  OR GEOL 120 - Introductory Geology (3) AND GEOL 121 - Introductory Geology Laboratory (1)
GEOG 303 - Water Resources and the Environment (3)
GEOL 390 - Introduction to Groundwater (3)
ENVS 409/BIOS 409X/ GEOL409X - Water Quality (4)

Select three of the following conceptually-based courses (9-11)
ANTH 343/ENVS 343X - Extinction (3)
GEOG 492/GEOL 492X - Hydrology (3)
BIOS 406 - Conservation Biology (4)
BIOS 415 - Water Microbiology (3)
BIOS 448 - Aquatic Ecology (4)
GEOL 421 - Environmental Geochemistry (3)
GEOL 442/GEOG 442X - Geomorphology (3)
GEOL 468/BIOS 468X - Geomicrobiology (3)
GEOL 490 - Hydrogeology (3)
GEOL 493 - Groundwater Geophysics (3)
GEOL 496 - Geophysics (3)

Select three of the following methods-based courses (9-11)
CHEM 427/ENVS 427 - Environmental Chemistry (3)
GEOG 302 - Soil Science (4)
GEOG 368 - Climate Change: Science, Impacts and Mitigation (3) 
GEOG 403 - Soil Geography and Land Use Planning (3)
GEOG 453 - Environmental Management (3)
GEOG 455 - Land-Use Planning (3)
GEOL 425 - Engineering Geology (3)
GEOL 477 - Field Methods in Environmental Geosciences (4)
GEOL 320 - Environments and Life through Time (4)
  OR GEOL 322 - Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology (4)
GEOL 491 - Geophysical Well Logging (3)
MET 430 - Micrometeorology (3)
PHHE 351 - Elements of Environmental Health (3) 

Select one of the following engineering/technology-based courses (3)
ISYE 421 - Introduction to Green Engineering (3)
MEE 101 - Energy and the Environment (3)
TECH 245 - Pollution, Pestilence, Prevention and the Cost of Doing Business (3)
GEOG 415/ENVS 415 - Introduction to Energy (3)

Select one of the following humanities and social sciences courses (3)
ANTH 425 - Environment and Anthropology (3)
ECON 386 - Environmental Economics (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)
ANTH 432 - Nature and the Environment Across Cultures (3)
ANTH 314/ENVS 314X - Domesticating the Planet (3)
HIST 398/ENVS 398X - Environment Change and Early Globalization (3)