Earth and Environmental Sciences Major Requirements Furman University

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Department offers three different degrees: the Bachelor of Science degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainability Science.

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences:

      As an Earth and Environmental Sciences major, you will study the physical, chemical, and biological, natural and human processes, in both time and space, which have shaped the planet. Courses are designed to help you understand the complexity, interconnectedness, and dynamic nature of the Earth system.

      All of the courses, including the introductory classes, involve a field component. Class excursions include extensive use of the campus living, learning laboratories as well as many local and regional field trips to places like the Okefenokee Swamp, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the South Carolina coast. The capstone of the B.S. degree is an original research project completed in collaboration with a faculty member, the results of which are presented at a local or national professional meeting.

      We recommend that students anticipating graduate study and professional work in Earth and Environmental Sciences obtain the B.S. degree. If you're aiming for this degree, you'll need to complete one of our four introductory courses:

      • EES-110 Earth Systems
      • EES-111 Earth and the Silver Screen
      • EES-112 Environmental Science
      • EES-113 Natural Hazards and Disasters

      You'll also need to complete the following required courses:

      • EES-220 Mineralogy and Petrology I
      • EES-472 Research and Analysis
      • CHM-110 Foundations of Chemistry
      • CHM-115 Introductory Kinetics and Thermodynamics
      • MTH-150 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (or equivalent)
      • At least seven additional upper-level (200 or higher) EES courses

      These courses are also recommended:

      • BIO-340 Ecology
      • CHM-120 Organic Chemistry
      • MTH-151 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II
      • PHY-111 General Physics I
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences:

      The B.A. degree is very similar to the B.S. degree, but designed for a major who wants to explore more of the human side of the environment. Typically, students who pursue the B.A. degree compliment their Earth and Environmental Sciences courses with environmental related courses in other departments like economics, political science, and sociology. Although a senior thesis experience is not required, we always encourage B.A. students to consider engaging in a research project that culminates in a thesis or presentation at a professional meeting. Many of our B.A. students work closely with Furman's David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, which provides numerous campus and community-related projects and outreach opportunities.

      Students pursuing this degree need to complete one of our four introductory courses:

      • EES-110 Earth Systems
      • EES-111 Earth and the Silver Screen
      • EES-112 Environmental Science
      • EES-113 Natural Hazards and Disasters

      As well as:

      • EES-220 Mineralogy and Petrology I
      • At least six additional upper level (200 or higher) EES courses
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Sustainability Science:

      The Bachelor of Science in sustainability science is our newest degree program, and the only one of its kind at a liberal arts university. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a marketable skill set and a holistic, problem based, solution driven way of thinking that considers the complexity and feedbacks between social and environmental systems. Classes focus on addressing real world sustainability problems like food security, energy production, and access to clean water. The degree is rooted in the primacy of the environment and recognizes that the scale of human civilization is limited by our natural resources. The interconnected nature of the environment-society-economy relationships requires systems thinking to understand sustainability problems and develop solutions. Greenville provides a natural laboratory to consider appropriate solutions to real world sustainability challenges. The capstone of the B.S. degree is an original research project completed in collaboration with a faculty member, the results of which are presented at a local or national professional meeting.

      Students who wish to earn the B.S. degree in sustainability science required to complete all of the following courses:

      • EES-112 Environmental Science
      • SUS-120 Principles of Sustainability Science
      • SUS-240 Human Systems
      • SUS-241 Social Systems
      • SUS-242 Dynamic Systems Modeling
      • SUS-472 Research and Analysis
      • MTH-150 (or equivalent)
      • Five approved upper-level elective courses, with no more than three from any one of the following categories:

      Environmental Security

      • ANT 303 Cultural Ecology
      • BIO/EES 343 Environmental Systems
      • BIO 340 Ecology, or BIO 341/342 Tropical Ecology/Field Studies, or BIO 344 African Ecology, or BIO 380 Freshwater Ecology
      • BIO 401 Applied Plant Science
      • BIO 423 Marine Biology
      • BIO 430 Natural Resource Management
      • EES 201 Geographic Information Systems
      • EES 410 Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate Dynamics
      • EES 230 Watershed Hydrology
      • EES 301 Remote Sensing of the Environment
      • EST 301 Environment and Society
      • PSC 213 Environmental Policy

      Human Security

      • ECN 237 Economics of Poverty and Inequality
      • ENG 416 Environmental Writing
      • GGY 230 Principles of Geography
      • HSC 304 Community and Environmental Health
      • PHL 303 Environmental Ethics
      • PHL 304 Ethics of Globalization
      • PSC 214 Environmental Law and Conservation Advocacy
      • PVS 101 Introduction to Poverty Studies
      • SOC 222 Population and the Environment
      • REL 362 Religion and the Environment

      Sustainable production and consumption

      • BUS 312 Sustainable Corporation
      • ECN 236 Economics of the Environment
      • ECN 243 Economic Growth and Development
      • PSC 227 Environmental Politics in China












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