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

and ONE of these courses:

MATH:1460 Calculus for the Biological Sciences (Fall and Spring) 4 s.h.
MATH:1850  Calculus I (Fall and Spring) 4 s.h.

and ONE of these:

CHEM:2021 Fundamentals of Chemical Measurements (Fall and Spring) 3 s.h.
STAT:3510 Biostatistics (Fall and Spring) 3 s.h.

 

Environmental Sciences Foundation (21 s.h.)

ALL of the following:

ENVS:1085

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

4 s.h.
ENVS:2673 Ecology (Spring 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, Fall only) 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; Spring only) 1 s.h.
ENVS:3020 Earth Surface Processes (Fall only) 3 s.h.

and ONE of these:

GEOG:1050 Foundations of GIS (Fall and Spring) 3 s.h.
GEOG:3500 Intro to Environmental Remote Sensing (Fall only) 3 s.h.

and TWO of these:

BIOL:1260 Plants and Human Affairs (Fall only) 3 s.h.
ECON:3625 Environmental and Nat Resource Economics (Fall only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:1070 Contemporary Environmental Issues (Fall and Spring) 3 s.h.
EES:1115 The History and Science of Oil (Fall only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:2910 The Global Economy (Fall and Spring) 3 s.h.
GEOG:2930 Water Resources (Fall only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:3760 Hazards and Society (Spring only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:3780 U.S. Energy Policy in Global Context (Spring only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:4770 Environmental Justice (Fall only) 3 s.h.

 

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

3-4 s.h. from this list:

EES:4680 Field Methods in Hydrologic Science (Summer only) 3 s.h.
EES:2831 Geologic Field Methods (Summer only) 3 s.h.
ENVS:3095 Field Ecology (Fall only) 3 s.h.
ENVS:3096 Winter Ecology (Spring only) 2 s.h.
ENVS:3097 Introduction to Bird Study (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 (Spring only) 3 s.h.
IALL:3103 Aquatic Ecology (Summer only - Lakeside Labs) 4 s.h.
IALL:3105 Plant Taxonomy (Summer only - Lakeside Labs) 4 s.h.
IALL:3117 Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms (Summer only - Lakeside Labs) 4 s.h.
IALL:3126 Ornithology (Summer only - Lakeside Labs) 4 s.h.
IALL:3163 Conservation Biology (Summer only - Lakeside Labs) 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 (Spring only) 4 s.h.
BIOL:2374 Biogeography (Fall only) 3 s.h.
BIOL:2246 Entomology Lab (Fall only) 3 s.h.
EES:3070 Marine Ecosystems and Conservation (Spring only) 3 s.h.
EES:3220 Evolution of the Vertebrates (Spring only) 4 s.h.
GEOG:2950 Environmental Conservation (Spring only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:3315 Ecosystem Ecology (Fall only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:3350 Urban Ecology (Spring only) 3 s.h.
IALL:3105 Plant Taxonomy (Summer only - Lakeside Labs) 4 s.h.
IALL:3117 Ecology and Systematics of Diatoms (Summer only - Lakeside Labs) 4 s.h.

Chemical Sciences (Yellow) Track:

BIOC:3110 Biochemistry (Fall and Spring) 3 s.h.
CEE:4150 Environmental Chemistry (Fall only) 3 s.h.
CEE:5440 Foundations of Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology (Fall only)  3 s.h.
CHEM:2210 Organic Chemistry I (Fall and Spring) 3 s.h.
CHEM:3120 Analytical Chemistry II (Spring only) 3 s.h.
CHEM:3250 Inorganic Chemistry (Spring only) 3 s.h.
CHEM:4431 Physical Chemistry I (Fall and Spring) 3 s.h.
CHEM:4873 Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry (Every other Spring) 3 s.h.

Geosciences (Brown) Track:

EES:2200 Historical Geology (Spring only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:2310 Introduction to Climatology (Fall only) 3 s.h.
EES:2410 Mineralogy (Fall only) 4 s.h.
EES:3070 Marine Ecosystems and Conservation (Spring only) 3 s.h.
EES:3300 Sedimentary Geology (Fall only) 4 s.h.
EES:3360 Soil Genesis and Geomorphology (Every other Spring) 3 s.h.
EES:3380 Fluvial Geomorphology (Every other Fall) 3 s.h.
EES:3390 Integrated Watershed Analysis (Every other Fall) 3 s.h.
EES:3840 Structural Geology (Spring only) 4 s.h.
EES:3500 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (Spring only) 4 s.h.
EES:4490 Elements of Geochemistry (Every other Fall) 3 s.h.
EES:4520 Isotope Geochemistry (Currently on hiatus) 3 s.h.
EES:4720 Paleoclimatology (Every other Spring) 3 s.h.
EES:4790 Applied Environmental Geology (Fall only) 3 s.h.
ENVS:3110 Chemical Evolution of the Oceans (Every other Spring) 3 s.h.

Hydrosciences (Blue) Track:

CEE:3371 Principles of Hydraulics & Hydrology (Spring only) 3 s.h.
EES:3300 Sedimentary Geology (Fall only) 3 s.h.
EES:3390 Integrated Watershed Analysis (Every other Fall) 3 s.h.
EES:4490 Elements of Geochemistry (Every other Fall) 3 s.h.
EES:4630 Hydrogeology (Spring in 2022, then Fall only) 4 s.h.
EES:4640 Contaminant Hydrogeology (Every other Spring) 3 s.h.
EES:4790 Applied Environmental Geology (Fall only) 3 s.h.
GEOG:4470 Ecological Climatology (Every other Fall) 3 s.h.