Environmental & Ecosystem
- Dec. 2 (Spring)
- March 31 (early Summer sessions)
- July 21 (Fall)
- Spring: Jan. 9
- Summer: May 8 (early sessions)
- Fall: Aug. 21
Bachelor of Science
in Earth and Environmental Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences and College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
Program of Study
All WSU courses are available online
All WSU undergraduates must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits of which 40 credits must be at the 300 – 400 level. Students must also complete the University Common Requirements (UCORE). These can generally be satisfied with a direct transfer degree. For a list of direct-transfer agreements, visit WSU’s Transferring an Associate Degree page.
Students must also fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences graduation requirements and the program requirements of the degree.
A student may certify a major in environmental and ecosystem sciences upon completing 24 credits with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
A student maintains eligibility for the major by completing each of the following courses with a C or better by the end of the fourth semester in the major: MATH 106, MATH 108, BIOLOGY 106, BIOLOGY 107, CHEM 101 or 105, CHEM 102 or 106, SOE 101 or 102, and SOE 110. In addition, admitted students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
This is a degree completion program. The program requires credit from science courses to be transferred in from outside of WSU Global Campus.
The following courses must be taken before coming to WSU Global Campus:
- BIOLOGY 106 – Introductory Biology: Organismal Biology
- BIOLOGY 107 – Introductory Biology: Cell Biology and Genetics
- CHEM 101 [PSCI] – Introduction to Chemistry OR CHEM 105 [PSCI] – Principles of Chemistry I
- CHEM 102 – Chemistry Related to Life Sciences OR CHEM 106 – Principles of Chemistry II
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- CHEM 101 [PSCI] – Introduction to Chemistry
- CHEM 102 [PSCI] – Chemistry Related to Life Sciences
- MATH 106 – College Algebra, MATH 108 – Trigonometry, and STAT 212 [QUAN] – Introduction to Statistical Methods
MATH 171 [QUAN] – Calculus I
- COM 102 [COMM] – Public Speaking in the Digital Age
H_D 205 [COMM] – Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills
Inquiry in the Social Sciences
- ECONS 101 [SSCI] – Fundamentals of Microeconomics
- SOE 101 [PSCI] – Introduction to Geology
- SOE 110 [BSCI] – The Environment, Human Life, and Sustainability
- SOE 230 [PSCI] – Introductory Oceanography
SOE 285 – The Science and Policy of Climate Change
- SOE 210 [PSCI] – Earth’s History and Evolution
- BIOLOGY 372 [M] – General Ecology
- SOIL_SCI 368 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
- SOE 315 – Water and the Earth
Society and Environment
- SOE 312 [DIVR] – Natural Resources, Society, and the Environment
POL_S 430 [CAPS] [M] – The Politics of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy
- SOE 404 [CAPS] [M] – The Ecosystem
Students will take 31 credits of electives in areas of Political Science, Criminal Justice, Geospatial Analysis, Earth Sciences, Wildlife Ecology, and Conservation Sciences. Students may consider completing minor(s) and/or certificate(s) in these areas. Possible options include the Organic Agriculture Certificate and/or minors in Political Science focusing on Policy, or Soil Sciences.
Students admitted to the School of the Environment are required to fulfill the Experiential Requirement before graduation. This requirement is designed to give students experience that they will not receive in the traditional classroom oriented course, and to better prepare them for a successful career after graduation.
There are various ways to complete this requirement, and students are encouraged to choose an experience of interest to them. Approved courses include SOE 492, SOE 495, and SOE 499; or as approved by advisor. In lieu of a course, students can complete a milestone of 135 hours of relevant practical experience. Students can discuss options for completing this requirement with their Global Campus academic advisor.
Students must complete the University Writing Portfolio, and three Writing in the Major courses. For online students, the Writing in the Major requirement will be fulfilled with three courses: BIOLOGY 372, POL_S 430, SOE 404, ENGLISH 301 or ENGLISH 402.
Please review the online WSU Catalog for additional information about specific degree requirements.