B.A. Degree Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sciences requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 63 s.h. of coursework for the major. Students complete requirements in in Science and Mathematics Foundation and Environmental Science Foundation similar to the B.S. degree program, but rather than focusing additional coursework in one of the four Environmental Science Tracks, students gain breadth via coursework in all four tracks.

For help planning your courses, please contact your faculty advisor or the ES Program's undergraduate academic advisor, Hannah Whitcomb: hannah-whitcomb@uiowa.edu 

Science and Mathematics Foundation (27 s.h.)

ALL of the following:

BIOL:1411 Foundations of Biology 4 s.h.
BIOL:1412 Diversity of Form and Function 4 s.h.
CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry I 4 s.h.
CHEM:1120 Principles of Chemistry II 4 s.h.
EES:1050 Introduction to Geology (Available Fall only) 4 s.h.

and ONE of these courses:

MATH:1460 Calculus for the Biological Sciences 4 s.h.
MATH:1850  Calculus I 4 s.h.

and ONE of these:

CHEM:2021 Fundamentals of Chemical Measurements 3 s.h.
STAT:3510 Biostatistics 3 s.h.
STAT:4200 Statistical Methods and Computing 3 s.h.


Environmental Sciences Foundation (21 s.h.)

ALL of the following:


Fundamentals of Environmental Science*
*in special circumstances, ENVS:1080 may be substituted. Students should contact their academic advisor if they think they have a need to make this substition

4 s.h.
ENVS:2673 Ecology (Available Fall only) 3 s.h.
ENVS:2010 Interdisciplinary Environmental Seminar:Discovering Research, Exploring Careers, Building Connections (take sometime during FIRST 2 years of degree; the old seminar course, ENVS:3000:0001, will also count here) 1 s.h.
ENVS:3010 Interdisciplinary Environmental Seminar: Presenting Research, Preparing for Careers, Strengthening Connections (take sometime during LAST 2 years of degree; the old seminar course, ENVS:3000:0002, will also count here) 1 s.h.
ENVS:3020 Earth Surface Processes (Available Fall only) 3 s.h.

and ONE of these:

ENVS:3100 Intro to Applied Remote Sensing 4 s.h.
GEOG:1050 Foundations of GIS 3 s.h.
GEOG:3500 Intro to Environmental Remote Sensing 3 s.h.

and TWO of these:

BIOL:1260 Plants and Human Affairs 3 s.h.
ECON:3330 Environmental and Nat Resource Economics 3 s.h.
GEOG:1070 Contemporary Environmental Issues 3 s.h.
GEOG:1115 The History and Science of Oil 3 s.h.
GEOG:2910 The Global Economy 3 s.h.
GEOG:2930 Water Resources 3 s.h.
GEOG:3760 Hazards and Society 3 s.h.
GEOG:3780 U.S. Energy Policy in Global Context 3 s.h.
GEOG:4750 Environmental Impact Analysis 4 s.h.
GEOG:4770 Environmental Justice 3 s.h.


Environmental Sciences Field Study (3-4 s.h.)

3-4 s.h. from this list:

CEE:4103 Water Quality 3 s.h.
EES:4680 Field Methods in Hydrologic Science 3 s.h.
EES:4831 Geologic Field Methods 3 s.h.
ENVS:3095 Field Ecology (available fall only) 3 s.h.
ENVS:3096 Winter Ecology (available spring only) 2 s.h.
ENVS:3097 Introduction to Bird Study (available spring only) 2 s.h.
ENVS:3230 Special Topics (when topic involves field work / field trips) 1-4 s.h.
GEOG:4010 Field Methods in Physical Geography 3 s.h.
IALL:3103 Aquatic Ecology 4 s.h.
IALL:3105 Plant Taxonomy 4 s.h.
IALL:3117 Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms 4 s.h.
IALL:3126 Ornithology 4 s.h.
IALL:3142 Watershed Hydrology and Surficial Processes 4 s.h.
IALL:3163 Conservation Biology 4 s.h.


Environmental Sciences Tracks (at least 12 s.h.)

ONE course from each of the four tracks (Biosciences, Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Hydrosciences):

Biosciences (Green) Track:

BIOL:1261 Introduction to Botany 4 s.h.
BIOL:2374 Biogeography 3 s.h.
BIOL:2246 Entomology Lab 3 s.h.
EES:3030 Conservation Paleobiology 3 s.h.
EES:3070 Marine Ecosystems and Conservation 3 s.h.
EES:3220 Evolution of the Vertebrates 3 s.h.
GEOG:2950 Environmental Conservation 3 s.h.
GEOG:3315 Ecosystem Ecology 3 s.h.
GEOG:3350 Urban Ecology 3 s.h.
IALL:3105 Plant Taxonomy 4 s.h.
IALL:3117 Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms 4 s.h.

Chemical Sciences (Yellow) Track:

BIOC:3110 Biochemistry 3 s.h.
CEE:5440 Fundamentals of Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology  3 s.h.
CHEM:2210 Organic Chemistry I 3 s.h.
CHEM:3120 Analytical Chemistry II 3 s.h.
CHEM:3250 Inorganic Chemistry 3 s.h.
CHEM:4431 Physical Chemistry I 3 s.h.
CHEM:4873 Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry 3 s.h.

Geosciences (Brown) Track:

EES:2310 Introduction to Climatology 3 s.h.
EES:2410 Mineralogy 4 s.h.
EES:3300 Sedimentary Geology 4 s.h.
EES:3360 Soil Genesis and Geomorphology 3 s.h.
EES:3380 Fluvial Geomorphology 3 s.h.
EES:3390 Integrated Watershed Analysis 3 s.h.
EES:3840 Structural Geology 4 s.h.
EES:3500 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 4 s.h.
EES:4490 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4520 Isotope Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4720 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology 3 s.h.
EES:4790 Engineering Geology 3 s.h.
EES:4800 Solid Earth Geophysics 3 s.h.
ENVS:3110 Chemical Evolution of the Oceans 3 s.h.

Hydrosciences (Blue) Track:

CEE:3371 Principles of Hydraulics & Hydrology 3 s.h.
EES:3300 Sedimentary Geology 3 s.h.
EES:3390 Integrated Watershed Analysis 3 s.h.
EES:4490 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4630 Hydrogeology 3 s.h.
EES:4640 Contaminent Hydrogeology 3 s.h.
EES:4790 Engineering Geology 3 s.h.
GEOG:3320 Wetlands: Function, Geography and Management 3 s.h.
GEOG:4470 Ecological Climatology 3 s.h.