Foundation Courses

Our foundation courses cover natural science, economics, data analysis and social systems to give you a deeper understanding of the breadth and complexity of challenges that influence environmental outcomes.

Foundation Courses (27-50 credits)

Biology (8-10 credits)

Choose BIOL 180 and one
course from Biological Systems:

Biology

  • BIOL 180 – Introductory Biology (required)

Biological Systems

Chemistry (5 credits)

Choose one course:

Statistics (5 credits)

Choose one course:

  • Q SCI 381 – Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • STAT 220 – Basic Statistics
  • STAT 221 – Statistical Concepts and Methods for the Social Sciences
  • STAT 311 – Elements of Statistical Methods

Earth Systems Literacy (3-5 credits)

Choose one course:

  • ATM S 211 – Climate and Climate Change
  • ATM S 212 – Air Pollution: From Urban Smog to the Ozone Hole
  • ESS 201 – The Earth System and Climate
  • ESS 203 – Glaciers and Global Change
  • ESS 210 – Physical Geology
  • ESS / OCEAN 230 – Rivers and Beaches
  • GEOG 205 – Introduction to Physical Sciences and the Environment
  • OCEAN 200 – Introduction to Oceanography

Economics (5 credits)

Choose one course:

Values & Cultures (5 credits)

Choose one course:

Analytical Methods (3-5 credits)

Choose one course:

  • CEE 250 – Environmental Processes and Flows
  • ESRM 250 – Introduction to GIS in Forest Resources
  • ESRM 304 – Environmental and Resource Assessment
  • ESRM 430 – Hyperspatial Remote Sensing in Natural Resource Management
  • ESS 421 – Introduction to Geological Remote Sensing
  • FISH 452 – Spatial Information Technology in Ecosystem Sciences
  • GEOG 360 – Principles of GIS Mapping
  • GEOG 471 – Methods of Resource Analysis
  • Q SCI 482 – Statistical Inference in Applied Research I