Concentration in Biology: Environmental Studies

This concentration prepares the student for careers in local, state and federal governmental agencies, as well as careers in field biology.  Students may also pursue further education in graduate programs in the environmental sciences or organismal biology.

In addition to the general education requirements, the following courses are required:

  Semester Hours
BIO 101, Introduction to Biology 4
BIO 102, General Botany 4
BIO 103, General Zoology 4
BIO 203, Genetics or  
BIO 301, Microbiology 4
CH 101, 102, General Chemistry I, II 8
BIO 215, Environmental Science 4
BIO 330, General Ecology 4
BIO 342, Environmental Policy and Law or  
BIO 462, Topics in Environmental Biology 3
CH 206, Biological Chemistry AND  
CH330, Environmental Chemistry or  
CH305, 306, Organic Chemistry I, II 8

The student will take 2 hours from the following courses:

BIO 399, Biology travel course  
BIO 400, Field Experience in Biological and Physical Sciences  
BIO 465, Biological Research  

The student will take 8 hours from the following courses:

BIO 304, Wetlands Ecosystems 4
BIO 309, Natural History of Virginia 4
BIO 311, Coastal Ecosystems 4
BIO 314, Environmental Sustainability 4
Total 55

Sample Four-Year Course Sequence for Biology: Environmental Studies

Freshman Year: Junior Year:
BIO 101, Introduction to Biology BIO 330, General Ecology
BIO 102, General Botany CH306, Organic Chemistry II or
BIO 103, General Zoology CH 330, Environmental Chemistry
CH 101, 102, General Chemistry I, II  
   
Sophomore Year: Senior Year:
BIO 203, Genetics or BIO 342, Environmental Policy and Law or
BIO 301, Microbiology BIO 462, Topics in Environmental Biology
BIO 215, Environmental Science BIO 300- or 400-level Recommended Elective
CH 206, Biological Chemistry or BIO 300- or 400-level Recommended Elective
CH305, Organic Chemistry I BIO 400, Field Experience in Biological and Physical Sciences or
  BIO 465, Biological Research OR BIO 399, travel course