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Environmental Science and Policy, Bachelor of Science

(Students who plan to transfer a completed Associate's degree should review the Environmental Science and Policy Completion Degree information below.)

A Degree for the Future

The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy is classified as a STEM program. This interdisciplinary degree will draw upon undergraduate course offerings from the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Technology, and Business. The expertise to preserve and protect our very limited and fragile natural resources is expected to be a continuously valuable skillset, both nationally and in the state of Delaware. The ES&P degree will provide students with the skills they need to tackle such challenges.

Program Philosophy and Objectives

Students in this program will be exposed to a variety of concepts and activities that address many science and policy related competencies including but not limited to oral communication and the delivery of professional presentations, scholarly writing, critical thinking strategies, and the use of scientific and digital tools to solve problems.

This ES&P degree is practical and career-oriented, though adaptable enough to be used as a step towards graduate education. Environmental science is inherently an applied study, while the policy aspect extends the practical nature of this degree. Aligning with the University's mission of exemplary career-oriented degrees, graduates of this degree can market themselves to local, state, and federal agencies, private and non-profit organizations, as well as academia, for a range of environmental positions. Courses will be offered at a variety of locations and times, and students will have the option to complete the full degree face-to-face, online, or a combination of the two.

Program Competencies

In addition to the University’s undergraduate graduation competencies, students will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities related to:

Hi-Tech Literacy

Use technology to effectively locate and communicate information.

Social Responsibility

Demonstrate an increase in personal commitment to, and understanding of, one's role in a global society.

Environmental Science and Policy Program Competencies

Identify cellular structure and function.

Apply the concepts of cell division and heredity to examine the evolutionary process.

Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts in environmental science and biodiversity including animal and plant structure and function, ecological interactions, and human impacts on the environment.

Demonstrate competency in basic laboratory skills.

Apply quantitative and qualitative analytical skills.

Demonstrate knowledge of how science is both used and impacted by policy.


Curriculum

General Education Requirements (39 Credits)

A minimum passing grade of "C" is required for ENG 121, ENG 122, ENG 131, MAT 205, and SCI 310.

CTA 206 Computer Applications

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 121 English Composition I

ENG 122 English Composition II

ENG 131 Public Speaking

HIS 315 The Green Revolution: History of the Environmental Movement in America

HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

PHI 300 Ethics for Life

POL 300 American Politics

SCI 310 Environmental Science

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

Environmental Science Core (35 Credits)

SCI courses in the Environmental Science Core require a minimum passing grade of a "C."

CAS 495 Senior Seminar

GIS 300 Geographic Information Systems Science & Technology

OR

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

MAT 200 Pre-Calculus

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

SCI 251 Biology I (with Lab)

SCI 252 Biology II (with Lab)

SCI 337 Genetics (with Lab)

SCI 305 Earth Science (with Lab)

SCI 312 Physics (with Lab)

SCI 315 Applied Chemistry (with Lab)

Public Policy Core (18 Credits)

Public Policy Core courses require a minimum passing grade of a "C."

LES 206 U.S. Administrative and Regulatory Law

LES 216 Environmental Law

POL 326 Public Policy and Social Issues

POL 370 Energy and Environmental Policy

POL 402 Analysis of Public Policy

POL 403 Writing for Public Policy

Core Electives (Choose 9-10 credits from the following options)

HIS 320 Global Civilizations

HLT 378 Our Environment, Our Health

PSY 334 The Biological Basis of Behavior

SCI 303 Climate Dynamics

SCI 304 Astronomy

SCI 321 Technology in the Sciences

SCI 336 Microbiology (with Lab)

SCI 335 Human Anatomy and Physiology (with Lab)

SOC 306 Cultural Anthropology

SOC 353 Environmental Sociology

POL 360 Education Policy

POL 413 Food and Drug Law and Policy: Who decides what we can eat, drink and ingest?

Cooperative Education Core (6 credits)

An option for a final semester dedicated to field experience should be considered by the student who is not already working in the ES&P field. A 15 credit semester would cover the 6 credit requirement for Co-op and 9 credits of Free Electives.

SCI 441 Co-op Education Experience for Science

SCI 442 Co-op Education Experience for Science

Free Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 120 credits to earn a Bachelor's degree in ES&P. Students with less than 16 transfer credits are required to take FYE 101 as one of their electives. Because of the mixture of 3 and 4 credit courses, students must be diligent and seek advice as they work through the program.


Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman

Semester 1

CTA 206 Computer Applications

ENG 121 English Composition I

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

SCI 251 Biology I (with Lab)

FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar

OR

Free Elective

Semester 2

ENG 122 English Composition II

HIS 315 The Green Revolution: History of the Environmental Movement in America

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

SCI 252 Biology II (with Lab)

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

Sophomore

Semester 1

ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 131 Public Speaking

MAT 200 Pre-Calculus

PHI 300 Ethics for Life

SCI 310 Environmental Science

Semester 2

HUM 381 Contemporary Global Issues

LES 206 U.S. Administrative and Regulatory Law

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

SCI 305 Earth Science (with Lab)

Free Elective

Junior

Semester 1

GIS 300 Geographic Information Systems Science & Technology

OR

CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving

SCI 312 Physics (with Lab)

SCI 302 Secret of Life: A Study of Human Biology

OR

SCI 337 Genetics (with Lab)

POL 300 American Politics

Free Elective

Semester 2

LES 216 Environmental Law

POL 326 Public Policy and Social Issues

SCI 315 Applied Chemistry (with Lab)

SCI 441 Co-op Education Experience for Science

SCI 442 Co-op Education Experience for Science

Senior

Semester 1

POL 370 Energy and Environmental Policy

POL 402 Analysis of Public Policy

Core Elective

Core Elective

Free Elective

Semester 2

CAS 495 Senior Seminar

POL 403 Writing for Public Policy

Core Elective

Free Elective



Environmental Science and Policy Completion Degree

What is a Completion Degree?

A completion degree is a personalized version of a bachelor's degree created exclusively for students who have completed an associate's degree at an accredited institution. (Students who have not completed an associate's degree should return to the full Environmental Science and Policy, Bachelor of Science degree information.) Completion degrees are available for most Wilmington University Bachelor of Science degrees. A student who expects to transfer a completed associate's degree should communicate with a Wilmington University academic advisor before registering for courses. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.


Environmental Science and Policy Completion Degree Requirements

A minimum passing grade of "C" is required for LES 206, LES 216, SCI 252, SCI 337, SCI 310, PHI 300, HUM 381, POL 326, POL 370, POL 402, and POL 403.

CAS 495 Senior Seminar

HUM 381 Contemporary Global Issues

LES 206 U.S. Administrative and Regulatory Law

LES 216 Environmental Law

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

PHI 300 Ethics for Life

POL 326 Public Policy and Social Issues

POL 370 Energy and Environmental Policy

POL 402 Analysis of Public Policy

POL 403 Writing for Public Policy

SCI 252 Biology II (with Lab)

SCI 310 Environmental Science

SCI 337 Genetics (with Lab)

SCI 441 Co-op Education Experience for Science

SCI 442 Co-op Education Experience for Science

Additional course work as needed to meet 120 credits for graduation.

The following courses or their equivalents are pre-requisites for the Environmental Science and Policy completion degree. If you have transfer credits that do not include equivalents to the classes below, you are expected to complete them prior to taking the core course for which they are pre-requisites.

ENG 121 English Composition I

ENG 122 English Composition II

ENG 131 Public Speaking

MAT 122 College Math II or MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

MAT 200 Pre-Calculus

SCI 251 Biology I

SCI 305 Earth and Space Science (with lab)

SCI 312 Physics (with lab)

SCI 315 Applied Chemistry (with lab)

POL 300 American Politics