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Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies


As part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Environmental Studies Program sponsors a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies in four areas of concentration and a minor in Environmental Studies. For students in the Division of Continuing Studies there is an opportunity to work towards a Bachelor of General Studies degree with a concentration in Environmental Studies. Other students choose majors in one of the traditional disciplines and supplement their training with courses from the Environmental Studies curriculum.

Majoring in Environmental Studies at UNO

The Environmental Studies Program at UNOmaha offers undergraduate degrees that provide students with training in the scientific disciplines that make up the environmental sciences. The core requirements also ensure that students have the background in economics, public policy and law, sociology, and ethics necessary to be find technically correct solutions that meet societies many, often conflicting needs.

An important aspect of the Environmental Studies Program at UNOmaha is that students are required to specialize in one of five areas of emphasis. This ensures that while students' training provides a breadth of understanding, it also provides enough depth in a single discipline to continue on to graduate school. However, our program is designed to help ensure that students emerge with a Bachelors degree that will allow them to be competitive in the environmental job market. Students with a background in environmental studies pursue careers with national, state, and local government agencies, private environmental organizations, and private environmental consulting firms.

Analytic Option. The analytic option is designed to produce chemists who are particularly interested in the chemical pollutants that are being released into the air, earth and water environments of our planet. They may findjobs with local and state health departments, state and national environmental protection agencies, local testing laboratories, as well as in the private chemical-producing industries. Typically graduates work as laboratory and field technicians who sample and analyze chemical pollutants.
Adviser: Dr. Frederic Laquer, Chemistry Department

Earth Sciences Option. The earth sciences option is designed to prepare students for a career in environmental geology. Today many environmental problems are associated with the earth and our use of it. Thus, contamination of surface and underground waters,pollution of the soil and construction of dams and other large structures all require earth science environmental specialists to either help alleviate the problem created by misuse, or avoid environmental problems during project development. Many public and private agencies, including engineering and construction firms, have jobs for people trained in this area.
Advisers: Dr. Harmon Maher or Dr. Bob Shuster, Geography/Geology Department
Four-year Plan of Study

Geography and Planning Option. The geography and planning option is primarily designed to produce local and regional planning specialists who have a good understanding of environmental problems. Anytime humans change the nature of the landscape by constructing new housing developments, highways, shopping centers, etc. a potentially negative environmental impact to the natural landscape exists. Today planners who are environmentally sensitive are in great demand to help avoid the common confrontations that arise between developers and those groups that are affected by the project.
Advisers: Dr. Jeff Peake, Geography/Geology Department

Life Science Option. The life science option is designed to prepare a student for jobs in environmental biology which have something to do with the impact of modern technology and change on life forms. These include working as pollution monitoring technicians for various public agencies such as county and state health departments, as well as state and national environmental protection agencies; students may also find themselves attracted to jobs with local, regional and national nature conservation agencies, both public and private. These jobs may involve monitoring endangered species, evaluating habitat, making inventories of wildlife, or interpreting nature as a ranger in a public or private environmental education center.
Adviser: Dr. John McCarty, Biology Department
Four-year Plan of Study

Environmental Studies - The Core Curriculum. All environmental studies majors complete a core of courses which provide breadth, environmental values, and a fundamental understanding of our social/legal processes. Some of the courses in the core curriculum may be used to fulfill divisional requirements. Note thatsome required course areas in the core curriculum may befulfilled by several options. Students who are unsure about which option to choose should contact any of the advisers isted above.

Courses needed to fulfill the core curriculum include the following: BIOL 1330*; CHEM 1010**; CHEM 1014**; GEOL 1010; ECON 2200; GEOG 1030 or GEOG 1060 or GEOG 1070; LAWS 3930 or PA 2170 or ECON 3320 or BIOL 4820/GEOG4820; PHIL 2030 or PHIL 3180; SOC 3840 or SOC 3850 or an approved course in sociology; An approved course in statistics; BIOL/GEOG/GEOL 4610;BIOL/GEOG/GEOL 4800.
*not required in life science option
**not required in analytic and physics options.

To fulfill the Analytic Option the following is required: CHEM 1180-1184, 1190-1194, 2210-2214 or 2250/2260- 2274, plus 2400-2404, 2500, 3350-3354, 3414, 3650-3654 and 3030.
Plus the following cognate courses: BIOL 2440, an approved course in computer science, GEOG 4010, MATH 1950/1960, PHYS 2110, 2120, 1154, 1164 and one course from the following: GEOG 2620, 3510, 4630, GEOL
1170, 2600, 4540.

The Earth Science Option follows: GEOL 1170 and 4260. An additional 29 hours are required and may be chosen from the following courses: GEOL 1180, 2300, 2500, 2600, 2750-2754, 2760-2764, 3300, 3310, 3400, 4400, 4540, and GEOG 3510, 4010, 4100, 4320, 4330, or 4630 (or other courses as approved by an adviser). Plus one of the following chemistry sequences: CHEM 1140-1144, 2210- 2214, 3650-3654 or 1180-1184, 1190-1194, 2210-2214. Plus one of the following physics sequences: PHYS 1050- 1054 or 1110-1154 or 2110-1154. The geography and planning option requires GEOG 1000 or 1020 plus UBNS 1010, GEOG 4120, and GEOG 3530,
3540. Three courses are to be selected from the following: GEOG 3440, 3510, 4100, 4260, 4320, 4330, or 4340. Two courses are to be selected from GEOG 3130, 3440, 3930, 4010, 4120, or 4820. Two courses should be chosen from the following: GEOG 4020, 4030, 4050, 4610, 4630 or 4660. Two courses must be taken from the following: BIOL 1450, 3340, 3530, 4120, 4180, or 4210. Two computer science courses must be taken (to be approved by an adviser). CHEM 1140/1144 and PHYS 1050/1054 must be taken.

The Life Science Option requires BIOL 1450, 1750, 2140, 2440, 3340, 3530, 4120, plus two additional upper division courses in biology: one of the following chemistry sequences; CHEM 1140-1144, 2210-2214, 3650-3654;
or CHEM 1180-1184, 1190-1194, 2210-2214, 3650-3654; or CHEM 1180-1184, 1190-1194, 2250, 2260-2274: one of the following physics sequences; PHYS 1050-1054 or 1110-1154, 1120-1164.

Minor in Environmental Studies
BIOL 1330 Environmental Biology, 3 credit hours
CHEM 1010 Chemistry in the Environment and Society (or CHEM 3030 Environmental Chemistry), 3 credit hours
GEOL 1010 Environmental Geology, 3 credit hours
PHIL 3180 Environmental Ethics, 3 credit hours
Plus 9 credit hours chosen from the following list,
provided that those courses are not in the student’s major field of study:
Biology 3340, 3530, 3730, 4100, 4120, 4210, 4220, 4230, 4270, 4340, 4350, 4370, 4540, 4610, 4780, 4790, 4800, 4820, 4840, 4880, 4910, 4920, 4940, 4980;
Chemistry 3030, 3414, 3650/3654;
Geography 3130, 3510, 3530, 3540, 3930, 4010, 4020, 4030, 4050, 4100, 4120, 4250, 4260, 4320, 4330, 4340, 4610, 4630, 4820;
Geology 2600, 3300, 3310, 3400, 4540.
Exceptions must be approved by the Environmental Studies Coordinating Committee.