Environmental Science and Technology (BS)

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major: Environmental Science and Technology
Program Code: 3443

About This Major . . .

We educate students in the science, protection, and restoration of our natural resources—air, water, land, and ecosystems. Students develop a foundation in biology, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, and communication skills, then apply this knowledge to the study and solution of environmental problems. We balance theory with hands-on practice, and include considerable work outdoors in our spectacular local environment.  Students choose either the Pollution Monitoring & Control option, which focuses on pollution prevention as well as investigation and cleanup, or the Ecosystem Restoration option, which focuses on strategies for managing natural resources.  Students complete the program with our Capstone course, in which they work in small groups on real-life projects for an off-campus client. Each group plans and implements a project and presents the final results to its client. In addition to providing students with a chance to showcase the knowledge and abilities they have acquired through their studies, students learn how to deal with the challenges of real-life project work.

Our graduates take positions as environmental professionals with consulting firms, industry, and government agencies (e.g., U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers). Some continue their studies in graduate school (e.g., Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, University of Denver). 

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of terminology, concepts, theories, and practices in environmental science. (Specialized Knowledge)
  2. Demonstrate the ability to design an environmental study. (Applied Learning)
  3. Demonstrate the ability to analyze quantitative environmental data, effectively translate data into graphs or tables, and interpret results. (Quantitative Fluency)
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate tools, technology, and methods for measuring and analyzing environmental data. (Applied Learning)
  5. Identify and evaluate assumptions, hypotheses, and alternative views on environmental problems, then articulate implications and form conclusions. (Critical Thinking)
  6. Construct an organized argument (oral and written) supported by current research on a technical issue in environmental science appropriate for a specialized audience. (Communication Fluency)

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA1 23
History
Select one History course3
Humanities
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences 3
Select one Natural Sciences course3
Select one Natural Sciences course with a lab4
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Foundation Courses

(9-10 semester hours, must pass all courses with a grade of “C” or higher)

Select one of the following options:9-10
Option One:
Principles of Chemistry-GTSC1
Principles of Chemistry Laboratory-GTSC1
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
Option Two (recommended for students who plan to attend graduate school):
General Chemistry I-GTSC1
General Chemistry Laboratory I-GTSC1
General Chemistry II-GTSC1
General Chemistry Laboratory II-GTSC1
Total Semester Credit Hours9-10

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(57 semester hours, must pass all courses with a grade of “C” or higher)

Introduction to Environmental Science
Select one of the following options3-4
Option 1:
Environmental Science: Global Sustainability
Option 2:
Introduction to Environmental Science-GTSC2
Readings in Environmental Science
Core Environmental Science Courses
ENVS 204Introduction to Ecosystem Management3
ENVS 204LIntroduction to Ecosystem Management Laboratory1
ENVS 221Science and Technology of Pollution Control3
ENVS 221LScience and Technology of Pollution Control Laboratory1
ENVS 331Water Quality3
ENVS 331LWater Quality Laboratory1
ENVS 377Systems Thinking in Environmental Science3
ENVS 492Capstone in Environmental Science and Technology2
STAT 200Probability and Statistics-GTMA13
Select one of the following courses:3-5
Applied Calculus and Modeling
Calculus I-GT-MA1
Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis in Environmental Science
Environmental Science Options
Select one of the following options:15-16
Option 1: Pollution Monitoring and Control:
Environmental Health and Safety
Applied Atmospheric Science
Environmental Regulatory Compliance
Pollution Investigation & Monitoring
Pollution Investigation & Monitoring Laboratory
Principles of Physical Geology-GTSC1
Principles of Physical Geology Laboratory-GTSC1
Option 2: Ecosystem Restoration:
Soil Science and Sustainability
Soil Science and Sustainability Laboratory
Restoration Ecology
Restoration Ecology Laboratory
Environmental Politics and Policy
Principles of Plant Biology 1
Principles of Plant Biology Laboratory 1
Total Semester Credit Hours41-45
Restricted Electives
Select from the following additional ENVS or GIST courses to bring total credits for this section to 57:12-16
Environmental Health and Safety
Environmental Project Management
Soil Science and Sustainability
Soil Science and Sustainability Laboratory
Mined Land Rehabilitation
Environmental Risk Analysis
Stream Biomonitoring
Applied Atmospheric Science
Ecology and Management of Shrublands and Grasslands
Ecology and Management of Shrublands and Grasslands Laboratory
Forest Ecology and Management
Fire Ecology
Fire Ecology Laboratory
Renewable Energy
Climate Change Adaptation
Sustainable Building
Ecological Design and Technology
Permaculture Design
Permaculture Design Laboratory
Natural Resources of the West
Topics
Environmental Fate and Transport of Contaminants
Pollution Investigation & Monitoring
Pollution Investigation & Monitoring Laboratory
Water and Wastewater Treatment
Restoration of Aquatic Systems
Restoration Ecology
Restoration Ecology Laboratory
Fire Management
Fire Management Laboratory
Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis in Environmental Science
Topics
Structured Research
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
Total Semester Credit Hours12-16

General Electives

All college level courses appearing on your final transcript, not listed above that will bring your total semester hours to 120 hours. 16-17 semester hours

MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA11
Select additional electives15-16
Total Semester Credit Hours16-17

Pollution Monitoring and Control

While the sequencing below culminates in a total of 119-121 semester credit hours, students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours as required for completion of this degree, including satisfactory completion of all required courses. Plan to complete requirements with varying hour options accordingly.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
MATH 113 College Algebra-GTMA1 4
ENVS 104 Environmental Science: Global Sustainability 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science with Lab 4
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
GEOL 111
111L
Principles of Physical Geology-GTSC1
and Principles of Physical Geology Laboratory-GTSC1
4
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
STAT 200 Probability and Statistics-GTMA1 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Science 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
Select one of the following: 5
Principles of Chemistry-GTSC1
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory-GTSC1
 
General Chemistry I-GTSC1
and General Chemistry Laboratory I-GTSC1
 
ENVS 204
204L
Introduction to Ecosystem Management
and Introduction to Ecosystem Management Laboratory
4
Restricted Elective 1
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
KINA Activity 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
ENVS 221
221L
Science and Technology of Pollution Control
and Science and Technology of Pollution Control Laboratory
4
CHEM 132
132L
General Chemistry II-GTSC1
or Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
4-5
MATH 146
Applied Calculus and Modeling
or Calculus I-GT-MA1
0-5
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours11-17
Third Year
Fall Semester
Restricted Electives 3
ENVS 331
331L
Water Quality
and Water Quality Laboratory
4
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
ENVS 212 Environmental Health and Safety 2
ENVS 340 Applied Atmospheric Science 3
ENVS 410 Environmental Regulatory Compliance 3
Restricted Electives 3
Essential Learning - History 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Restricted Electives 8
General Electives 7-8
 Semester Credit Hours15-16
Spring Semester
ENVS 377 Systems Thinking in Environmental Science 3
ENVS 492 Capstone in Environmental Science and Technology 2
ENVS 420
420L
Pollution Investigation & Monitoring
and Pollution Investigation & Monitoring Laboratory
4
General Electives 6
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours114-121

Ecosystem Restoration

While the sequencing below culminates in a total of 119-121 semester credit hours, students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours as required for completion of this degree. Plan to complete requirements with varying hour options accordingly.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
MATH 113 College Algebra-GTMA1 4
ENVS 104 Environmental Science: Global Sustainability 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science with Lab 4
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 107
107L
Principles of Plant Biology
and Principles of Plant Biology Laboratory
4
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
STAT 200 Probability and Statistics-GTMA1 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Science 3
Essential Learning - Natural Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
Select one of the following: 5
Principles of Chemistry-GTSC1
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory-GTSC1
 
General Chemistry I-GTSC1
and General Chemistry Laboratory I-GTSC1
 
ENVS 204
204L
Introduction to Ecosystem Management
and Introduction to Ecosystem Management Laboratory
4
Restricted Elective 1
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
KINA Activity 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
ENVS 221
221L
Science and Technology of Pollution Control
and Science and Technology of Pollution Control Laboratory
4
CHEM 132
132L
General Chemistry II-GTSC1
or Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
4-5
MATH 146
Applied Calculus and Modeling
or Calculus I-GT-MA1
0-5
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours11-17
Third Year
Fall Semester
ENVS 312
312L
Soil Science and Sustainability
and Soil Science and Sustainability Laboratory
4
ENVS 331
331L
Water Quality
and Water Quality Laboratory
4
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
Restricted Electives 5
ENVS 377 Systems Thinking in Environmental Science 3
POLS 488 Environmental Politics and Policy 3
Essential Learning - History 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Restricted Electives 7
General Electives 7-8
 Semester Credit Hours14-15
Spring Semester
ENVS 492 Capstone in Environmental Science and Technology 2
ENVS 455
455L
Restoration Ecology
and Restoration Ecology Laboratory
4
General Electives 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours114-121

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.