Environmental Science at Ohio Wesleyan is an interdisciplinary, natural science approach to the environment within the context of the liberal arts. Diverse courses provide students with an integrative, scientific understanding of the environment with an emphasis on approaches to addressing current environmental challenges. Students interested in majoring in Environmental Science are urged to meet with the Director of Environmental Science at their earliest convenience.

Core Requirements (6.5 units) for Environmental Science major:

  1. BOMI 233: Ecology and the Human Future
  2. ENVS 110: Introduction to Environment & Sustainability (Fall 2018)
  3. ENVS 198/498: Conversations: Toward a Sustainable Future (0.25 units) (Fall 2018)
  4. BIOL 122 (+lab): Organisms and their Environment
  5. CHEM 110 (+lab): General Chemistry I
  6. GEOL 110: Physical and Environmental Geology
  7. MATH 105: Basic Probability & Statistics or MATH 230: Applied Statistics or MATH 200.3: Biostatistics or PSYC 210: Quantitative Methods in Psychology

Independent Project (1 unit): A significant project developed in consultation with the Director of Environmental Science consisting of at least one unit of independent study (ENVS 490 or equivalent) or apprenticeship (ENVS 495 or equivalent). Project may be the outgrowth of work related to travel learning courses, summer science research, theory into practice grant projects, internships, etc. Project results will be refined and presented as part of ENVS 198/498 taken during the senior year.

One (1) social science / humanities unit from:

  1. ECON 366: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  2. GEOG 249: Weather and Climate
  3. HIST 300.5: Introduction to Environmental History or HIST 350c: Black Death
  4. PG 280: Environmental Politics and Policy
  5. PHIL 250: Environmental Ethics

Six (6) additional natural science or physical geography classes selected from the options below. Students may chose Option 1 or Option 2:

Option 1: One (1) introductory natural science unit from:

  1. BIOL 120 (+lab): Cell Biology
  2. BOMI 103 (+lab): Biology of Cultivated Plants
  3. BOMI 125 (+lab): Introduction to Microbiology
  4. CHEM 111 (+lab): General Chemistry II
  5. GEOL 112: History of the Earth
  6. MATH 110: Calculus I
  7. MATH 111: Calculus II
  8. PHYS 115 (+lab): Principles of Physics I

Plus (5) of the upper level natural science/physical geography units below (no more than three from the same discipline) OR

Option 2: Six (6) natural science/physical geography units (no more than three from the same discipline):

  1. BOMI 252 (+lab): Biodiversity of Flowering Plants
  2. BOMI 255 (+lab, travel): Tropical Biology
  3. BOMI 337 (+lab): Adaptive Biology of Plants
  4. BOMI 344 (+lab): Plant Communities and Ecosystems
  5. BOMI 355 (+lab, travel): Plant Responses to Global Change
  6. CHEM 260 (+lab): Organic Chemistry I
  7. CHEM 261 (+lab): Organic Chemistry II
  8. CHEM 270 (+lab): Analytical Chemistry
  9. GEOG 353: Cartography or GEOG 355: Geographic Information Systems (Social Science Credit)
  10. GEOG 369: Remote Sensing of the Environment (Social Science Credit)
  11. GEOG 375: Climate Change (Social Science Credit)
  12. GEOL 270: Economic Geology
  13. GEOL 275: Hydrogeology
  14. GEOL 280: Volcanology
  15. GEOL 285: Tectonics
  16. GEOL 330 (+lab): Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  17. MATH 200.2: Mathematical Modeling of Climate Change
  18. MATH 280: Differential Equations
  19. ZOOL 311 (+lab): Invertebrate Zoology
  20. ZOOL 313 (+lab): Entomology
  21. ZOOL 341(+lab): Ornithology 
  22. ZOOL 345 (travel): Marine Biology
  23. ZOOL 347 (+lab): Population and Community Ecology 
  24. ZOOL 349 (+lab, travel): Island Biology 
  25. ZOOL 353 (+lab): Conservation Biology

Environmental Science Minor

Core Requirements (2 units) for Environmental Science minor:

  1. BOMI 233 (+lab): Ecology and the Human Future
  2. ENVS 110: Introduction to Environment & Sustainability

Two (2) natural science / quantitative units from:

  1. BIOL 122 (+lab): Organisms and their Environment
  2. GEOL 110: Physical and Environmental Geology
  3. CHEM 110 (+lab): General Chemistry 1 or CHEM 230: Environmental Chemistry
  4. MATH 105: Basic Probability & Statistics or MATH 230: Applied Statistics or MATH 200.3: Biostatistics or PSYC 210: Quantitative Methods in Psychology

Two (2) natural science/physical geography units, each from different disciplines:

  1. BOMI 252 (+lab): Biodiversity of Flowering Plants
  2. BOMI 255 (+lab, travel): Tropical Biology
  3. BOMI 337 (+lab): Adaptive Biology of Plants
  4. BOMI 344 (+lab): Plant Communities and Ecosystems
  5. BOMI 355 (+lab, travel): Plant Responses to Global Change
  6. CHEM 260 (+lab): Organic Chemistry I
  7. CHEM 261 (+lab): Organic Chemistry II
  8. CHEM 270 (+lab): Analytical Chemistry
  9. GEOG 353: Cartography or GEOG 355: Geographic Information Systems (Social Science Credit)
  10. GEOG 369: Remote Sensing of the Environment (Social Science Credit)
  11. GEOG 375: Climate Change (Social Science Credit)
  12. GEOL 270: Economic Geology
  13. GEOL 275: Hydrogeology
  14. GEOL 280: Volcanology
  15. GEOL 285: Tectonics
  16. GEOL 320 (+lab): Paleontology
  17. MATH 200.2: Mathematical Modeling of Climate Change
  18. MATH 280: Differential Equations
  19. ZOOL 311 (+lab): Invertebrate Zoology
  20. ZOOL 313 (+lab): Entomology
  21. ZOOL 341 (+lab): Ornithology
  22. ZOOL 345 (+lab): Marine Biology
  23. ZOOL 347 (+lab): Population and Community Ecology
  24. ZOOL 349 (+lab, travel): Island Biology
  25. ZOOL 353 (+lab): Conservation Biology

Substitutions: The Environmental Science major does not necessarily include all courses offered at OWU relevant to the major. Students may request that a course not currently in the Environmental Science major be used to fulfill an Environmental Science requirement. Please contact the Director of Environmental Science with any requests for substituting courses before the course is taken.