Undergraduate Program (BS)

Environmental Science

Global climate change. Tropical deforestation. Energy usage. Whatever the issue, public concern over the environment matters. As a student at Xavier, you can take steps toward solving these problems, share your knowledge with others and help make the world a better and more sustainable place for everyone.

Sample Four-Year Environmental Science Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
Biology 160: General Biology I 3
Biology 161: General Biology I Lab 1
Chemistry 160: General Chemistry I 3
Chemistry 161: General Chemistry I Lab 1
Core 100: First-Year Seminar or Theology 111 3
English101 or 115: Composition or Rhetoric 3
Core 101: GOA 0
Second Semester Semester Hours
Biology 162: General Biology II 3
Biology 163: General Biology II Lab 1
Chemistry 162: General Chemistry II 3
Chemistry 163: General Chemistry II Lab 1
Core 100: First-Year Seminar or Theology 111 3
Philosophy 100: Ethics as Intro 3
Core 102: GOA 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
Biology 250: Ecology 3
Biology 251: Ecology Lab 1
Mathematics 140/150 or Mathematics 156 3
Historical Perspectives Elective 3
English 205: Lit & the Moral Imagination 3
Second Language I 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Biology 260: Intro Environmental Science (DCR) 3
Biology 261: Intro Environmental Science Lab 1
ENVS - Non Science Elective 3
Economics 200: Microeconomics 3
Theological Perspectives Elective 3
Second Language II 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
Physics 160: College Physics 3
Physics 161: Introductory Physics Lab I 1
Math or Science Elective 3
Philosophy 200: Philosophical Perspectives Elective 3
ENVS - None Science Elective* 3
Math 140/150 or Math 156 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Physics 162: College Physics 3
Physics 163: Introductory Physics Lab I 1
Humanities Elective 3
Social Science or General Elective 3
General Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
Biology 495, 497 or 498: Internship/Methods BR I 1-2
Science or Math Elective 5
Economics 320: Natural Resource Economics E/RS 3
General Elective (DCR) 3
General Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Biology 495, 496 or 499: Internship/Methods BR II 1-2
Biology 398: Environmental Studies Seminar 3
Science or Math Elective 3
E/RS Course 3
General Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Environmental Science major at Xavier:

Ecology (BIOL 250) - The relationships between organisms and their living and non-living environments.

Intro to Environmental Science (BIOL 260) - In this introductory course, students will examine how natural and human activities alter natural ecosystems resulting in environmental problems at both local and global scales. Students will be introduced to concepts of sustainability and solutions for current and future environmental problems that humanity will encounter.

Methods of Biol Research I (BIOL 498) - Development of a research project emphasizing experimental design, controls, gathering and interpreting experimental data from living organisms. Projects vary depending on faculty advisor. Intended for Seniors.

Natural Resource Economics (ECON 320) - Economic analysis of managing the environment and allocating natural resources. Historical roots and ethical consequences of existing problems and policies are explored.

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CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY

Xavier's Jesuit tradition promotes the ongoing welfare of our community. Our campus is designed and constructed to meet and exceed U.S. Green Building Council's LEED silver standards.

GREEN GROWTH

The movement toward a greener economy means an increase in environmentally-related employment opportunities in government, nonprofit organizations, consulting firms and the manufacturing industry.

GLOBAL EXPERIENCE

Choose one of Xavier's many study abroad programs to acquire multicultural perspectives that will complement your passion for the environment.

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