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2012 - 2013

BS in Environmental Science
(59–60 hours*)


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  1. Complete the following environmental science core courses:
      PWS 150 : Environmental Biology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PWS 150 : Environmental Biology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Conservation and management of natural resources concurrent with increasing socioeconomic and human population demands; factors such as soil, water, and air pollution, resources management, bioremediation, nutrient cycles, and global climate changes
      NOTE: This course is part of a GE Mosaic. See ge.byu.edu/mosaic-list for more information.

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      PWS 282 : Introduction to Soil Science. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PWS 282 : Introduction to Soil Science. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: PWS 283 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Physical, chemical and microbiological properties of soils that affect plant growth in natural, agricultural, and urban environments.

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      PWS 283 : Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PWS 283 : Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: PWS 282 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Laboratory techniques in determining soil physical, chemical, and fertility properties.

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      PWS 305 : Soils and Water Quality. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PWS 305 : Soils and Water Quality. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: PWS 282 & CHEM 105; or PWS 282 & CHEM 101; PWS 100 or equivalent; Math 110 or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION: Principles and practices of safe management of agricultural and urban wastes; amendments and nutrients including remediation methods for conservation of soils and water quality.

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      PWS 345 : Air Quality and Pollution. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PWS 345 : Air Quality and Pollution. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Origin, effects, ecology, and management of major atmospheric pollutants - current topics in air quality, methods for quantifying pollutants and assessing air quality, and policy and management principles governing air as a natural resource.

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      PWS 365 : Environmental Microbiology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PWS 365 : Environmental Microbiology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      RECOMMENDED: Chem 101 or 105; PDBio 120; PWS 150.
      DESCRIPTION: Environmental microbiology in aquatic and terrestrial systems. Detecting, enumerating, and identifying microorganisms. Bioremediation of organic and metal pollutants. Microbial-mediated transformations in nutrient cycling. Spread of pathogens.

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      PWS 366 : Environmental Microbiology Lab. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PWS 366 : Environmental Microbiology Lab. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: PWS 365 or concurrent enrollment.
      RECOMMENDED: Chem 101 or 105; PDBio 120; PWS 150.
      DESCRIPTION: Laboratory and field techniques. Detecting, enumerating, and identifying microorganisms via microscopic and cultural assays. Microbial transformation and responses to pollutants. Detecting techniques evaluating coliforms and fecal coliforms, viruses, and parasites.

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      PWS 375 : Environmental Policies and Laws. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PWS 375 : Environmental Policies and Laws. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Inception, current state, and future directions of seminal environmental policies and laws established in the US to improve environmental quality. Application of policies and laws in resource conservation and management, including a National Environmental Policy Act certification program.

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  2. Complete the following biology courses:
  3. Complete one course from the following:
      BIO 450 : Conservation Biology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      BIO 450 : Conservation Biology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: BIO 220A & BIO 350; or BIO 220B & BIO 350
      DESCRIPTION: Scientific principles of conservation: applying population genetics, and phylogenetic and ecological theory to preservation of biological diversity; developing sustainable ecological systems compatible with human resource use.

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      PWS 199R : Academic Internship. (.5-3:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Consent of both department chair and internship coordinator.
      DESCRIPTION: Work experience evaluated by supervisor and posted on student's transcript.

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        (2 hours required).
      PWS 494R : Mentored Learning Experience. (1-6:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PWS 494R : Mentored Learning Experience. (1-6:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Topics vary.
      NOTE: Registration required for mentored experiences.

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      : Biotechnology Laboratory.
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      : Plant Physiology Laboratory.
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      : Environmental Science Laboratory.
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      : Soil, Plant, and Water Science Laboratory.
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      : Environmental Science Field Techniques.
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      : Plant and Soil Science Field Techniques.
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      : Plant Breeding Field Techniques.
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      : Plant Tissue Culture and Transformation Techniques.
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      : Plant Cytogenetics Laboratory.
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      : Animal Cytogenetics Laboratory.
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      : Plant Cell Biology Laboratory.
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      : Analytical Techniques in Plant Biology.
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      : Environmental Science Computation Laboratory.
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      : Molecular Genetics and Gene Mapping Laboratory.
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      : Plant and Animal Genomics Laboratory.
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      : Analytical Techniques in Soil Science.
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      : Animal Genetics and Breeding Techniques.
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      : Soil Physical Properties Laboratory.
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      : Soil and Water Chemistry Laboratory.
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      : Animal Reproductive Research Laboratory.
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      : Field Techniques in Environmental Soil Research.
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      : Soil Microbiology Laboratory.
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      : Plant ID / URME Team.
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        (2 hours required).
  4. Complete at least 6 hours from either of the two following groups:
    • CHEM 105 : General College Chemistry. (4:5:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 105 : General College Chemistry. (4:5:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Math 110 (or equivalent) or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Atomic and molecular structure including bonding and periodic properties of the elements; reaction energetics, electrochemistry, acids and bases, inorganic and organic chemistry.
      NOTE: Primarily for students in engineering and biological sciences. Three lectures and two recitation sections per week.

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      CHEM 106 : General College Chemistry. (3:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 106 : General College Chemistry. (3:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: CHEM 105; or CHEM 111
      DESCRIPTION: Continuation of Chem 105 but covering most of the topics in a more quantitative way. Detailed treatment of thermodynamics and equilibria.
      NOTE: Three lectures and one recitation section per week.

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      CHEM 107 : General College Chemistry Laboratory. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 107 : General College Chemistry Laboratory. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Chem 106 or Chem 112 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Chemical properties, chemical reactions, collection and interpretation of data, preparation of reports.
      NOTE: Required for most students needing one year of general chemistry.

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      CHEM 351 : Organic Chemistry. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 351 : Organic Chemistry. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: CHEM 105; or CHEM 111
      DESCRIPTION: Chemical bonds and molecular structure, conformation and configuration, functional classes, reactions and mechanisms, syntheses.
      NOTE: Primarily for majors in chemical engineering and the biological sciences.

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    • CHEM 101 : Introductory General Chemistry. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 101 : Introductory General Chemistry. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Math 97 or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION: Atomic and molecular structure, periodic relationships, states of matter, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, acids and bases.
      NOTE: Primarily for nonscience majors who require a broad introduction to general chemistry.

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      CHEM 103 : Introductory Chemistry Laboratory. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 103 : Introductory Chemistry Laboratory. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PREREQUISITE: Chem 101 or concurrent enrollment or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION: Introductory laboratory techniques required for simple classical experiments in chemistry.

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      CHEM 285 : Introductory Bio-organic Chemistry. (4:4:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 285 : Introductory Bio-organic Chemistry. (4:4:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Chem 101 or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION: Principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry relating to biomolecule structure and function.

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    • Note: Recommended courses for graduate school and for toxicology, soil, and water tracks: Chem 105, 106, 107, 351, 352, 353.

  5. Complete 25 hours from the following list of general electives. The list is organized into suggested career tracks that students may find useful, but students may choose any combination of the courses listed below to fulfill their 25 hours.



Federal Register Requirements

The federal register requirements for environmental science ecology or physical science emphasis can be met by choosing appropriate electives. Ecology requires 30 semester hours of basic and applied biology, including at least 9 semester hours of ecology and 12 hours of physical and mathematical sciences. Physical science requires 25 semester hours of physical sciences (chemistry, physics, math, etc.)



*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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