2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Earth and Environmental Science - Bachelor of Arts (37+ credits)

The Earth and Environmental Science major prepares individuals for graduate-level training in environmental sciences, or for entry-level employment in a broad and growing spectrum of environmental careers. Students who complete this major will gain scientific literacy and both broad and deep knowledge of biology, earth sciences, or health within the context of the complex environmental challenges facing humanity today. An Integrated Science Track designed specifically for future Middle School, Elementary, Early Childhood, and Special Education teachers allows students to meet teacher licensure requirements for Middle School General Science and leads to comprehensive understanding of environmental issues and the science associated with them. Students wishing to focus on Middle School Mathematics should declare the Mathematics major. A focus on research and field experience in all tracks provides students with first-hand research experiences and helps them develop the essential thinking skills necessary for understanding and studying the environment from multiple perspectives. Student research may involve civic engagement and contribute to the understanding of local urban ecosystems. Immersion in the field will lead to transformative thinking about humans and their complex relations with their environment. The major will lead to the development of a sense of place and a sense of social responsibility informed by a deep understanding of nature, the history of life and humanity, and the complexities of human-environment interactions.

Learning Goals

  • Develop Critical Thinking and Inquiry Skills
  • Develop Scientific Literacy
  • Understand the Application of Science to Issues of Social Concern
  • Understand from Multiple Perspectives (including a historical perspective) the Breadth of Human Diversity
  • Prepare for Future Careers and Learning

Program Tracks

The Earth and Environmental Science major provides students with the opportunity, working with their advisors and science faculty members, to develop concentrations in biology and earth science. A separate track exists for students who want to pursue the growing field of environmental health. Education majors, including Middle School (separate sub-track), Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education Majors, also have a separate track of study. All students will work closely with advisors to choose courses (science, foundation, free elective) that contribute to a comprehensive program of study.

I. Required Core (25 Credits):

Choose ONE:

CNSCI 2100Humans and the Environment

3

CPHYS 3010Our Changing Climate

3

Choose ONE:

CBIOL 1101Biology with Lab

4

CBIOL 2101Biology II with Lab

4

CBIOL 1101: Students who have completed AP Biology with a score of 4 or higher must take CBIOL 2101 in the place of CBIOL 1101

Required:

CPHYS 1104Earth Science and Planetary Geology with Lab

4

CPHYS 1250Physics I with Lab: Forces, Sound, Momentum & Energy

4

CPHYS 1308General Chemistry I with Lab

4

CMATH 1990Concepts and Applications of Calculus I

3

CMATH 3522Inferential Statistics

3

II. Electives (9-12+ Credits):

Choose 4 courses from CPHYS, CBIOL, CNSCI with at least 1 at 3xxx level or above (Education majors MUST take CNSCI 4550 Directed Research Capstone: Science for 3 of the 12 credits).

III. Research/Field (6 Credits):

NOT required of Education Majors (except for CNSCI 4550, which MUST be taken under Category II by education majors).

CNSCI 4550Directed Research Capstone: Science

3

Choose ONE:

CPHYS 4104Physical Geology: A New England Perspective

3

CNSCI 3500New England Field Studies

3

IV. Internship (6 Credits):

NOT required of Education Majors, or students who move from an education licensure program into an education minor.

Non-Education Majors must take CNSCI 4100 for 6 credits

CNSCI 4100Research Internship and Seminar

3-6

Optional Health Track (9 Credits):

Students in this track may replace the 3 courses above in section III with the two courses below plus 1 additional CHLTH course.

CBIOL 2502Essentials of Health

3

CHLTH 4410Health and the Environment

3

CHLTH xxxx(Additional Health Course)

3

Marine Studies Consortium (MSC)

This consortium is an association of 17 Massachusetts higher education and research institutions. MSC courses offer unique learning opportunities in marine and aquatic sciences, environmental policy, and environmental management. The courses are potential choices for Environmental Science majors, as well as Education majors. The Biology of Fishes course, offered at the New England Aquarium, may be the only ichthyology course in the world where students use the resources of a major aquarium at every class meeting. Other courses, such as the Biology of Whales and Water Resources Management, are offered nowhere else in New England at the undergraduate level. Courses, which include an additional consortium tuition fee, are held during the evenings on the campuses of our member institutions. MSC course descriptions can be found in the course descriptions section of this catalog. Students wishing to take MSC courses should contact David Morimoto, Division Director, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at 617.349.8226, or morimoto@lesley.edu. Full information about the MSC can be found at www.assumption.edu/msc/courses.html.