Environmental Science BS / Environmental Science MS

Major: Environmental Science 
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 225.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Five years); Two Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code:
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-2041

About the Program

The BS/MS program in Environmental Science is designed to provide an opportunity for highly motivated and qualified undergraduates to begin pursuing a graduate degree prior to completion of their bachelor’s degree in a 4+1 year format with either one or two co-ops. 

The MS in Environmental Science builds on the knowledge undergraduates gain in their Environmental Science program and allows students to advance into higher-level courses with greater depth. Students interested in a course-based program can choose to do the BS/MS as a non-thesis student, which has advantages when seeking positions in consulting, government, or nonprofit organizations. Students interested in research careers or future doctoral studies can opt to pursue the thesis option, which provides an opportunity to conduct independent research and gain valuable research experience. Students interested in the thesis option require early planning.

This 4+1 program can be taken in either the 4-year undergraduate co-op program (4COP) or the 5-year undergraduate co-op program (5COP). The 4COP program provides students with the benefit of one co-op in spring/summer of their third year while maintaining more flexibility in course loads per term. The 5COP program allows students to complete two coops in second and third year and puts more demand on students’ schedules. Students applying to the 5COP format need early planning and an ability to handle heavier course loads beginning sophomore year. For both options, graduate coursework begins in year 4 (concurrent with the final year of the BS program) and the MS degree is completed at the end of year 5. Students officially convert to graduate status for year 5.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for the BS/MS program, students must apply between 90.0-120.0 credits and have a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA overall and in their math and science courses. Applicants should meet with their advisor to create a plan of study and submit a one-page personal statement. After a review of the initial plan of study and personal statement, the applicant will meet with the undergraduate and graduate chairs for an interview. If accepted, the student will receive an Accelerated Degree Program Application form and will use it to obtain permission from all approving parties listed on the form. 

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements
Humanities and Social Science
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 310 [WI] Technical Communication3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
PHIL 340Environmental Ethics3.0
or PHIL 341 Environmental Philosophy
Humanities/Social Science electives6.0
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV S201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Mathematics, Statistics & Computing21.0
Computer Programming I
Introduction to Analysis I
Calculus I
Introduction to Analysis II
Calculus II
Mathematics for the Life Sciences
Calculus III
Scientific Data Analysis I
Scientific Data Analysis II
Physical Sciences
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
Choose two chemistry electives from:5.0
Organic Chemistry I
Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
Physics sequence
PHYS 152Introductory Physics I4.0
PHYS 153Introductory Physics II4.0
PHYS 154Introductory Physics III4.0
Biological Sciences
BIO 131Cells and Biomolecules4.0
BIO 132Genetics and Evolution4.0
BIO 133Physiology and Ecology4.0
BIO 134Cells and Biomolecules Lab1.0
BIO 135Genetics and Evolution Lab1.0
BIO 136Anatomy and Ecology Lab1.0
Geoscience Requirements
GEO 101Physical Geology4.0
GEO 103Introduction to Field Methods in Earth Science2.0
GEO 201 [WI] Earth Systems Processes3.0
Environmental Science Core Requirements
ENVS 101Introduction to Environmental Science5.0
ENVS 102Natural History, Research and Collections2.0
ENVS 201Practical Identification of Plants and Animals2.0
ENVS 212Evolution4.0
ENVS 284Physiological and Population Ecology3.0
ENVS 286Community and Ecosystem Ecology3.0
ENVS 308GIS and Environmental Modeling3.0
ENVS 441 [WI] Issues in Global Change I: Seminar2.0
ENVS 442Issues in Global Change II: Research2.0
ENVS 443Issues in Global Change III: Synthesis2.0
Choose one of the following:3.0
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Cities and Sustainability
Delaware River Issues and Policy
Environmental Politics
Environmental Science Lab Requirements2.0
Environmental Concentration Requirements14.0
See list of concentration requirements below.
Environmental Electives (plus 6crs GR shared ENVS 501 and ENVS 511)6.0
Free Electives24.0
Graduate Courses
ENVS 501Chemistry of the Environment3.0
ENVS 511Evolutionary Ecology3.0
MS ENVS electives39.0
Total Credits225.0

Environmental Science Concentrations

Ecology & Evolution Concentration14.0-15.0
Choose 5 from below:
Genetics I
Population Genetics
Tree of Life
Systematic Biology
Conservation Biology
Advanced Topics in Evolution
Total Credits14.0-15.0
Applied Environmental Science Concentration14.0-15.0
Required Courses
The Watershed Approach
Global Climate Change
Environmental Assessment
Choose 2 from below:
Environmental and Ecological Remediation
Chemistry of the Environment
Environmental Geology
Total Credits14.0-15.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4+1 (4COP), 1 co-op

First Year
CHEM 1013.5BIO 1324.0BIO 1334.0VACATION
ENGL 101 or 1113.0BIO 1351.0BIO 1361.0 
ENVS 1015.0CHEM 1024.5CHEM 1035.0 
MATH 101 or 1214.0CIVC 1011.0COOP 1011.0 
UNIV S1011.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0GEO 1032.0 
 MATH 102 or 1224.0MATH 239 or 1234.0 
 16.5 17.5 17 0
Second Year
BIO 1314.0CS 1713.0ENVS 2124.0COM 2303.0
BIO 1341.0ENVS 2863.0GEO 1014.0PHYS 1534.0
ENGL 103 or 1133.0GEO 2013.0PHYS 1524.0(UG) ENVS Lab elective2.0
ENVS 1022.0UNIV S2011.0(UG) Humanities/Social Science elective3.0(UG) Humanities/Social Science elective3.0
ENVS 2012.0(UG) ENVS Concentration course2.0(UG) Free elective3.0(UG) Free elective3.0
ENVS 2843.0(UG) Free elective3.0  
 15 15 18 15
Third Year
PHIL 340 or 3413.0ENVS 3083.0  
PHYS 1544.0MATH 4113.0  
(UG) ENVS Concentration course3.0(UG) ENVS Concentration course3.0  
(UG) CHEM elective3.0(UG) CHEM elective2.0  
 16 14-15 0 0
Fourth Year
ENVS 4412.0ENVS 4422.0ENVS 4432.0 
COM 3103.0(UG) ENVS Concentration course3.0(UG) ENVS electives3.0 
(UG) ENVS Concentration course3.0(UG) ENVS elective3.0(UG) Free elective7.0 
(UG) Free elective4.0(UG) Free elective4.0ENVS 5063.0 
ENVS 501 (Shared UG/GR course)3.0ENVS 511 (Shared UG/GR course)3.0(GR) Electives3.0 
(GR) Elective3.0(GR) Elective3.0  
 18 18 18 
Fifth Year
(GR) Electives9.0(GR) Electives9.0(GR) Electives9.0 
 9 9 9 
Total Credits 225-226

4+1 (5COP), 2 co-op

First Year
CHEM 1013.5BIO 1324.0BIO 1334.0 
ENGL 1013.0BIO 1351.0BIO 1361.0 
ENVS 1015.0CHEM 1024.5CHEM 1035.0 
MATH 101 or 1214.0CIVC 1011.0COOP 1011.0 
UNIV S1011.0ENGL 1023.0GEO 1032.0 
 MATH 102 or 1224.0MATH 239 or 1234.0 
 16.5 17.5 17 
Second Year
BIO 1341.0ENVS 2863.0  
ENGL 1033.0GEO 2013.0  
ENVS 1022.0UNIV S2011.0  
ENVS 2012.0(UG) Humanities/Social Science elective3.0  
ENVS 2843.0(UG) Free elective3.0  
GEO 1014.0(UG) ENVS Concentration course2.0  
 19 18 0 0
Third Year
MATH 4103.0ENVS 3083.0  
PHIL 340 or 3413.0MATH 4113.0  
PHYS 1524.0PHYS 1534.0  
(UG) ENVS Concentration course3.0(UG) CHEM elective2.0  
(UG) Free elective3.0(UG) ENVS Concentration course3.0  
 20 18-19 0 0
Fourth Year
ENVS 4412.0ENVS 4422.0ENVS 4432.0COM 2303.0
PHYS 1544.0(UG) ENVS Concentration course3.0(UG) ENVS elective3.0COM 3103.0
(UG) CHEM elective3.0(UG) ENVS elective3.0(UG) Free electives7.0(UG) ENVS Lab elective2.0
(UG) ENVS Concentration course3.0(UG) Free elective4.0ENVS 5063.0(UG) Humanities/Social Science elective3.0
ENVS 501 (Shared UG/GR course)3.0ENVS 511 (Shared UG/GR elective)3.0(GR) Elective3.0(UG) Free electives7.0
(GR) Elective3.0(GR) Elective3.0 Graduate with BS ENVS degree
 18 18 18 18
Fifth Year
(GR) Electives9.0(GR) Electives9.0(GR) Electives9.0 
 9 9 9 
Total Credits 225-226
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