Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Protect key resources. Make the world a better place.

Are you interested in the natural world and the way we, as humans, affect it?  Through our Environmental Science degree program, students explore relationships between plants, animals, humans, and our shared environment while developing as a scientist, gaining valuable skills and knowledge, both in the lab and in our expansive "outdoor classroom".  Students will expand their understanding of the natural world, environmental issues, and scientific methods through a variety of courses and by working one-on-one with professors on research projects. 

Main Campus: Historical Misenheimer

Pfeiffer’s undergraduate environmental science degree program, in the Division of Arts & Sciences, is available at the Misenheimer campus.


Our environmental science program curriculum requires a minimum investment of 70 semester hours (SH).

Degree Requirements for a Major in Environmental Science

Core Courses (47 SH)

  • BIOL 211 General Biology I
  • BIOL 212N General Biology II
  • BIOL 510 Senior Seminar
  • CHEM 301N General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 302N General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 350 Environmental Chemistry
  • ENSC 201N Introduction to Environmental Science
  • ENSC 330 Wildlife and Conservation Biology
  • ENSC 502 General Ecology
  • ENSC 401 Jr. Research I
  • ENSC 402 Jr. Research II
  • BIOL 411 Genetics
  • BIOL 417 Plant Morphology
  • ENSC 501 Sr. Research I
  • ENSC 503 Sr. Research II
  • ENSC 505 Environmental Science Internship
  • BMAL 311 Business Statistics OR PSYC 222
  • 3 SH of a Foreign Language
  • Biology/Natural Science Elective 1
  • Biology/Natural Science Elective 2
  • Biology/Natural Science Elective 3

Two of the following:

  • BMAL 241 Marketing
  • BMAL 344 Consumer Behavior
  • COMM 200 Public Speaking
  • COMM 206 Media Writing
  • COMM 209 Intro to Video Production
  • COMM 426 Visual Rhetoric
  • COMP 381 Web Page Design & Development

For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog.

Tuition & Fees

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With a Bachelor's of Science in our Environmental Science program, you will have a solid foundation from which to pursue a career within the realm of the environmental sciences. You may decide to go into conservation management, ecological restoration, environmental consulting, soil and water conservation, waste management, or environmental education. You may decide to go to law school to learn how to create and fight for better environmental legislation.  You may decide to go to graduate school to further research on endangered species or to learn how to improve energy efficiency technologies.  The possibilities are endless!​

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