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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Protect key resources. Make the world a better place.

This interdisciplinary curriculum — rooted in biology and chemistry and complemented by the study of public policy, ethics, law and business — prepares you for a career in the rapidly growing field of environmental science.

Main Campus: Historical Misenheimer

Pfeiffer’s undergraduate environmental science degree program, in the division of applied sciences, is available at the Misenheimer campus.


Our environmental science program curriculum requires a minimum investment of 71 semester hours (SH).

Degree Requirements for a Major in Environmental Science

Core Courses (47 SH)

  • BIOL 211 General Biology I
  • ENSC 201 Introduction to Environmental
  • BIOL 212 General Biology II Science
  • ENSC 401 Jr. Research I
  • BIOL 328 Conservation Biology
  • ENSC 402 Jr. Research II
  • BIOL 411 Genetics
  • ENSC 501 Sr. Research I
  • BIOL 418 Plant Physiology
  • ENSC 502 General Ecology
  • BIOL 510 Senior Seminar
  • ENSC 505 Environmental Studies Internship
  • BMAL 311 Business Statistics, or
  • MATH 440 Probability and Statistics I
  • CHEM 301 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 302 General Chemistry II

Choose one of the following concentrations.

Environmental Chemistry Track (24 SH)

  • BIOL 414 Cell & Molecular Biology, or
  • CHEM 503 Biochemistry or,
  • BIOL 403 Microbiology
  • CHEM 420 Environmental Chemistry or,
  • CHEM 405 Quantitative Analysis
  • CHEM 403 Organic Chemistry I
  • PHYS 301 General Physics I
  • CHEM 404 Organic Chemistry II
  • PHYS 302 General Physics II

Wildlife Management and Ecology Track (24 SH)

  • BIOL 320 Biological Anthropology
  • BIOL 415 Vertebrate Morphology
  • BIOL 321 Biological Evolution
  • BIOL 322 Intro to Wildlife Biology
  • BIOL XXX Biology/Natural Science Elective 1
  • BIOL XXX Biology/Natural Science Elective 2

Environmental Science and Policy Track (24 SH)

  • BIOL 322 Intro to Wildlife Biology
  • PLSC 405 Public Policy
  • ECON 221 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • PHIL 307 Environmental Philosophy
  • PLSC 201 American Government, or
  • PLSC 203 World Politics
  • BIOL XXX Biology/Natural Science Elective 1
  • BIOL XXX Biology/Natural Science Elective 2

For descriptions of courses, visit the academic catalog.

Tuition & Fees

Click here for current tuition and fees. Contact an admissions advisor about financial aid and scholarship opportunities.


Do you want to protect natural resources by fighting for corporate regulations, evaluate potential damage to natural areas or work for the government? Would you enjoy a career as a green engineering advisor or a green project consultant? If so, get the foundational education you need to become an environmental scientist.

Ready to get started? Apply now.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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Admissions Office
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