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    Apr 04, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Environmental Science and Policy B.S.

(CIP = 03.0104) (ESP) Track 1 of 2

The environmental industry is a growing arena for employment for degree holders at all levels. Students completing the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Science and Policy have found employment with government agencies (city, county, state, and federal), private industry, and non-profit organizations. Examples of careers include field scientist, research scientist, policy analyst, lobbyist, conservationist, and educator. Some also go on to attend graduate or law school. This interdisciplinary major spans multiple programs within the School of Geosciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. All majors in the program must complete the required courses including two introductory courses in environmental science and policy, one semester of calculus, two semesters each of general biology and general chemistry, environmental ethics, global conservation, statistics and physical science (either geology or geography). In addition, majors take 6-7 courses that allow them to sub-specialize in environmental science or in environmental policy. Students choosing to sub-specialize in environmental science take a second semester of calculus, one semester of organic chemistry and lab, and four electives within designated tracks. Students choosing to sub-specialize in policy take environmental regulation and economic geography and four electives within designated categories. Finally, all majors must complete an upper division seminar and an internship or project.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses 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.

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

  • BSC X010C* or (BSC X010 and BSC X010L) or BOT X010C or (BOT X010 and BOT X010L) - 4 credit hours
  • MCB X013C or BSC X011C or (BSC X011 and BSC X011L) or ZOO X010C or (ZOO X010 and ZOO X010L) or CHM X046C or (CHM X046 and CHM X046L) - 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
  • PHY X020 or PHY X025 or PHY X053C or (PHY X053 and PHY X053L) or PHY X048C or (PHY X048 and PHY X048L) - 4-5 credit hours
  • (PHY X054 and PHY X054L) or PHY X049 and PHY X049L) or PHY X054C or PHY X049C - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X311* or MAC X233 or MAC X140 or MAC X105 - 4 credit hours
  • STA X023* or STA X122 or STA X024 or STA X032 - 3 credit hours
  • GLY X010C or (GLY X010 and GLY X010L) - 4 credit hours

*This is a requirement for the University of South Florida. If the footnote is attached to a particular course found within a group of alternatives then the course is accepted as meeting the requirement. If the footnote is attached to the whole group, then students have the choice of common prerequisites.

Total Major Hours: 61-69

Major Core (43-44 Credit Hours)

Major Electives (18-25 Credit Hours)

The ESP Undergraduate Program has two tracks (Science and Policy). Students should choose one of these tracks and follow the course requirements:

Policy Track (18 Credit Hours)

Grading Requirement

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

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students 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 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDS 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options (

Advising Information

Please see and/or contact Teresa Ippolito, the Environmental Science and Policy Academic Advisor. She may be contacted via email at:; by phone at (813) 974-3250; office location is Science Center (SCA) 207.

All students majoring in Environmental Science and Policy are required to see the advisor (Teresa Ippolito- see above for contact information) each semester prior to registration for the following term. Students who are eligible for an internship must see the internship coordinator (Dr. Connie Mizak; (813) 974-3101; six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which they will complete the internship.

Environmental Science and Policy Faculty

Chairperson: M. Rains; Associate Chairperson: J. Firat; Professors: A. Njoh, G. Tobin; Associate Professors: F. Akiwumi, K. Alsharif, M. Bosman, J. Collins, J. Firat, R. Pu, S. Reader, P. van Beynen; Senior Instructor: C. Mizak; Instructors: L. Walker, E. Walton.

Plan of Study

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