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University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2015 
University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental and Geographic Science, Environmental Science Concentration, B.S.

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The Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental and Geographic Sciences

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental and Geographic Sciences is designed to meet the educational needs of students seeking to develop skills in environmental, geographic and other earth sciences while promoting creation of new knowledge, sustainability, service to the community and environmental justice.  The 124 credit hour undergraduate degree program is structured into three concentrations, each with a focus on one region of a spectrum of human-environment interaction:  from an earth systems perspective (Geoscience concentration), through a discussion of pollution and other anthropogenic manipulation of the earth system (Environmental Science concentration), to a consideration of environmental effects on the human condition (EHAC* accredited concentration in Environmental Health Science).  The program core, to be taken by all majors, addresses the increasingly interdisciplinary skill set required of modern scientists by adopting a broad ‘Environmental Science’ foundation of coursework in each of the classifications traditionally defined in science education (Biology, Chemistry and Physics, along with additional emphasis on Earth Science).  This foundation is augmented with practiced consideration of the spatial patterns in both physical and social systems as is traditionally explored in the study of Geography, as well as exposure to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other modern geospatial technology.  The concentration in Environmental Health Science is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC).

Curriculum Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Geographic Sciences:

  1. Complete a minimum of 124 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher. The last 30 hours must be completed at NCCU.
  2. Complete the General Education Curriculum  (GEC) requirements as listed in this catalog, including Speech Intensive and Writing Intensive courses (30 hours outside of the degree requirements).
  3. Achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all courses listed as part of the Required Core (41-44 hours) as well as all courses used to satisfy requirements listed for each Concentration (33-36 hours).
  4. Complete 3 credit hours of research or participate in a 3 credit-hour internship in a public or private sector agency or organization where opportunities are provided for observing and performing a variety of geographic science, environmental science, or environmental health science functions under the supervision of a professional.

Environmental and Geographic Science Required Core Courses (41-44 semester hours)


  1. Fulfills a General Education Curriculum Science requirement.
  2. Fulfills a General Education Curriculum Social Science requirement.
  3. Fulfills a General Education Curriculum Mathematics requirement.
  4. Students must complete course three times for a total of three credit hours.

  H  These courses are required selections for the Health Science Concentration.

Departmental Electives

Minors in three areas

The proposed program will also offer minors in three areas such as Earth Science, Geographic Information System (GIS), and Environmental Science with a completion of 19 semester credit hours from selected course work.

Environmental Science Concentration Courses (35 semester hours)

Four-Year Curriculum Plan in Environmental and Geographic Science - Environmental Science Concentration

For key to symbols used, please see ‘key’ below.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

Spring Semester

Total Credit Hours = 124

Key to symbols used:

* General Education Curriculum Course
(SI) Speaking Intensive
(WI) Writing Intensive
# Environmental and Geographic Science Core Course
% Environmental Science Concentration Core Course
= General Electives

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