Lake Superior State University

Environmental Science: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


Environmental science is the study of human interaction with the environment. By seeking solutions for such environmental problems as water pollution, hazardous wastes and acid rain, environmental scientists help ensure a safe, healthful environment for all living things.

Graduates with a bachelor of science in Environmental Science work in many disciplines and industries including Environmental Health and Management positions, and many proceed on to graduate school in natural sciences, medicine, law, engineering.  Internships in Environmental Science are encouraged where students can gain valuable real-world experience while gaining college credit.  In addition, students pursuing the ACS certified degree will participate in an applied research project in close collaboration with faculty member to address meaningful environmental-based problems.  These projects, through the excellent preparation they provide our students, are often cited as important factors in successful job searches and entry into graduate programs.

The LSSU chemistry program has been approved by the American Chemical Society, and may provide certified degrees in Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Biochemistry Pre-Professional, and Environmental Chemistry if a student chooses this track.   Graduates completing the prescribed requirements are awarded an ACS certificate signifying their completion of the approved degree and can qualify for membership in the Society upon graduation.

American Chemical Society
Committee on Professional Training
155 Sixteenth Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20036



Degree Requirements


Program Core (59 credits)

Environmental Science (16 cr)

Biology (15 cr)

Earth Science (8 cr)

  • GEOL121 Physical & Historical Geology I 4
  • NSCI116 Introduction to Oceanography 4 or
  • GEOL108 Physical Geography: Meteorology & Climatology 4

Chemistry (10 cr)

Mathematics (7-8 cr)

  • MATH112 Calculus for Business and Life Sciences 4 or
  • MATH151 Calculus I 4
  • BUSN211 Business Statistics 3 or
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistics 3

Hydrology (3-4 cr)

  • GEOL411 Hydrologic Systems: Surface and Groundwater 4 or
  • BIOL286 Principles of Watersheds 3


Students will select a Concentration from:  Physical Sciences, Chemistry, or Policy and Management.


CONCENTRATION: Physical Sciences (40 cr)

  • CHEM225 Organic Chemistry I 4
  • CHEM231 Quantitative Analysis 4
  • CHEM332 Instrumental Analysis 4
  • EVRN317 Environmental Health App 4
  • EVRN341 Environmental Chemistry 4
  • EVRN425 Environmental Systems Analysis 4
  • PHYS221 Principles of Physics I 4 and
  • PHYS222 Principles of Physics II 4 or
  • PHYS231 App Phys Engineer/Scientist I 4 and
  • PHYS232 App Phys Engineer/Scientist II 4
Directed Electives (at least 8 credits from the following)

  • BIOL126 Interpretation of Maps and Aerial Photographs 2
  • BIOL230 Introduction to Soils 4
  • BIOL304 The Human Environment 3
  • CHEM226 Organic Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM261 Inorganic Chemistry 4
  • CHEM351 Introductory Biochemistry 4
  • FIRE312 Hazardous Materials Management 4
  • GEOL122 Physical and Historical Geology II 4
  • ECON307 Environmental Economics 3
  • Any 300 or 400 level BIOL, CHEM, or EVRN


CONCENTRATION:  Chemistry (50 cr)

  • CHEM225 Organic Chemistry I 4
  • CHEM226 Organic Chemistry II 4
  • CHEM231 Quantitative Analysis 4
  • CHEM261 Inorganic Chemistry 4
  • CHEM332 Instrumental Analysis 4
  • CHEM341 Environmental Chemistry I 4
  • CHEM351 Introductory Biochemistry 4
  • CHEM353 Introductory Toxicology 3
  • CHEM361 Physical Chemistry I 4 or
  • CHEM362 Physical Chemistry II 3
  • EVRN425 Environmental Systems Analysis 4
  • PHYS221 Principles of Physics I 4 and
  • PHYS222 Principles of Physics II 4 or
  • PHYS231 App Phys Engineer/Scientist I 4 and
  • PHYS232 App Phys Engineer/Scientist II 4
  • MATH152 Calculus II 4 or
  • EGNR140 Linear Algebra Numerical Methods Engineers 2 and
  • EGNR265 Calculus Applications for Technology 3

For American Chemical Society certified degree, additionally required (total lab hours must be at least 400 hours).  See Department Chair for special rules regarding ACS certification:


CONCENTRATION:  Policy and Management (46 cr)

  • BIOL203 Fundamentals of Natural Resources 3
  • BIOL287 Conservation Biology 3
  • BIOL304 The Human Environment 3
  • EVRN317 Environmental Health App 4
  • EVRN325 Geospatial Analysis 3
  • EVRN345 Advanced Spatial Statistics 4
  • EVRN355 GIS Programming and Applications 4
  • ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  • ECON307 Environmental Economics 3
  • POLI342 International Environmental Policy 3

Directed Electives (13 credits from the following):

  • BIOL126 Interpretation of Maps and Aerial Photographs 2
  • BIOL230 Introduction to Soil Science 4
  • BIOL284 Principles of Forest Conservation 4
  • BIOL470 Restoration Ecology 3
  • BUSN308 Managing Cultural Differences 3
  • COMM302 Argumentation and Advocacy 3
  • COMM320 Public Relations 4
  • CSCI105 Introduction to Computer Programming 3
  • EVRN495 Senior Project 2
  • FIRE312 Hazardous Materials Management 4
  • GEOG302 Economic Geography 3
  • GEOG306 Cultural Geography 3
  • POLI110 Introduction to American Government and Politics 4
  • POLI201 Introduction to Public Administration 3
  • POLI301 Policy Analysis and Evaluation 4
  • SOCY227 Population and Ecology 3

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher. The Environmental Science, Chemistry Concentration requires a minimum of 132 credits. A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Core Requirements.


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