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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science and Policy B.S., with Environmental Science Concentration


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Environmental Science and Policy B.S.


TOTAL DEGREE HOURS: 120
Plans of Study

This B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy emphasizes the understanding of interrelationships between social phenomena and the natural (i.e., biological-physical-chemical) environment. It is intended to: (1) increase student awareness of these interconnections in their everyday lives; (2) introduce students to a variety of social science perspectives (including politics and policies), along with hard environmental science perspectives, that help students make sense of these connections; (3) identify the contributions of each of these perspectives to our understanding of environmental problems; (4) discuss how natural resource management and environmental policy reflect these perspectives; and (5) produce graduates who promote sustainability in all facets of human enterprise.

University Admissions - College of Arts and Sciences


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

For Admission information specific to the College of Arts and Sciences, see the information at College of Arts and Sciences .

Graduation Requirements - College of Arts and Sciences


Satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • Students must complete all State and University level graduation requirements.
  •  Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in USF coursework. Note: Some Departments/program/major require a higher GPA. Students should refer to Department/program/major specific catalog requirements.
  • Physical Education coursework is limited to two (2) semester hours.
  • ROTC courses that are primarily physical training and field experiences will not be applied to College of Arts and Sciences degree programs. All other military Science coursework will apply, in particular, coursework utilized toward completing an established ROTC minor will be applied to the total hours toward degree. 
  • When earning a second degree, double major or concurrent degree, the Major Core and Major Elective/Concentration areas of the degree audit must not overlap for both degrees.  All other areas of the degree audit may have overlapping credit hours applied.
  • Maximum of 20 hours of S/U option. S/U contracts must be negotiated in writing within the first three (3) weeks of the term. None of the 20 credits may be taken in the student’s major unless S/U is the only grading option. Coursework fulfilling the General Education Core Curriculum Requirements and the State Communication Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Writing) and State Computation Requirement (formerly known as Gordon Rule Math) may not be taken S/U.
  • The Audit option is available only during the first 5 days of classes.
  • “D” grades are not acceptable in the major and supporting sciences for all natural sciences majors (Biomedical Sciences; Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology; Integrative Biology; Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences; Medical Technology; Chemistry; Geology; Math; Physics, and Physical Sciences). “D” grades are not acceptable for the major area in Anthropology, Communication, English, Geography, History, Humanities, Mass Communications, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology.
  • Complete all major course requirements.
  • College of Arts and Sciences students are expected to complete a minimum of 50% of their major and/or minor coursework in residence at USF. Some College of Arts and Sciences Departments/programs/majors have established additional major course hours to be taken in residency at USF. See the major or program section of the catalog for these credit-hour requirements.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites - Environmental Science and Policy B.S.


Following Florida BOG Regulation 8.010, state mandated common course prerequisites are lower-division courses that are required for progression into the upper division of a particular baccalaureate degree program. 

Transfer students should complete the State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Successful completion of the common prerequisites alone does not guarantee a student admission into the degree program. 

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • BSC X010C or (BSC X010 and BSC X010L) - 4 credit hours
  • CHM X045C or (CHM X045 and CHM X045L) - 4 credit hours 
  • CHM X046C or (CHM X046 and CHM X046L) - 4 credit hours
  • GLY X010C or (GLY X010 and GLY X010L) - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X311  - 4 credit hours
  • MCB X013C - 4 credit hours
  • STA X023  - 3 credit hours

Required Courses: (44 credit hours)


Major (Restricted) Electives Courses


Students complete an Environmental Science and Policy program of study to include one of three Concentrations as follows:  Environmental Analysis, or Environmental Policy and Sustainability, or Environmental Science.

Environmental Science Concentration: 7 courses; 21 credit hours


Environmental Science and Policy B.S. - Additional Information


GPA Requirements


Major GPA (All USF courses which are applied to major requirements):  2.0 
General Education GPA (All USF courses which are applied to General Education requirements):   2.0
USF GPA:  2.0
Overall GPA 2.0

Grading Requirements


A C- or better to meet major course requirements unless specified elsewhere. Will vary by area.

Note:  Some USF courses have higher grade criteria to meet prerequisite knowledge necessary for progression into higher level courses.

Residency Requirements - College of Arts and Sciences


Department and College of Arts and Sciences Major Academic Residency Requirement - 50% of major must be completed at USF.

USF Academic Residency Requirement - 30 of the last 60 hours earned must be from USF.

Internship Opportunities - Environmental Science and Policy B.S.


All students are required to complete an internship or research project as a part of the major.  EVR 4910  and EVR 4940  fulfill this requirement and are included in the Major Course Courses above. Speak to the undergraduate advisor concerning internship opportunities. See advising information below.

Research Opportunities - College of Arts and Sciences


Undergraduate students in any degree program are able to participate in undergraduate research. Several options exist to show mentored undergraduate research activity on a student’s official transcript. Those who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 4914  course. This course will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of High Impact Practices and Undergraduate Research is able to assist with further inquiries.

Advising Information - College of Arts and Sciences


USF students schedule advising appointments online through USF Archivum Platform.   Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss courses planning, degree progression, and career preparation. 

Tampa campus website:  https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/students/academic-advising/index.aspx
For questions, email GeoAdvise@usf.edu.

St. Petersburg campus websitehttps://www.stpetersburg.usf.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-advising/about/index.aspx
For questions, email usfsp-advising@usf.edu.

4 Year Plan of Study - Environmental Science and Policy B.S.


NOTES:

 
Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Policy Analyst
  • Environmental Protection Specialist 
  • Environmental Consultant

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

  • $32,000 - $57,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • General/Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 8 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 9 (Summer)


  • Concentration Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 11 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

2 Year Plan of Study - Environmental Science and Policy B.S.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 13

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 3 (Summer)


  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Upper-Level Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 14

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 13

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