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


Chemistry (30 credits)

 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:

  • CHEM251 Introductory Biochemistry 4
  • CHEM261 Inorganic Chemistry 4
  • CHEM Electives 300 level or higher (4 cr min)
  • EVRN495 Senior Project 2
  • MATH152 Calculus II or
  • EGNR140 Linear Algebra Num Methods 2 and
  • EGNR245 Calculus Applications for Technology 3

Environmental Science (24 credits)

  • NSCI103 Environmental Science 3
  • EVRN131 Introduction to GIS/GPS 3
  • EVRN231 Intermediate GIS 2
  • EVRN311 Environmental Law 3
  • EVRN313 Solid & Hazardous Waste 3
  • EVRN317 Environmental Health Applications 4
  • CHEM/EVRN395 Junior Seminar 1
  • CHEM/EVRN499 Senior Seminar 1
  • EVRN425 Environmental Systems Analysis 4

Biology (19 credits)

Other Departments (22 credits min)

  • BUSN211 Business Statistics 3 or
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistics 3
  • GEOL121 Physical & Historical Geology I 4 or
  • NSCI102 Introduction to Geology 4
  • GEOL411 Hydrologic Systems: Surface and Groundwater 4 or
  • BIOL286 Principles of Watersheds 3
  • MATH112 Calculus for Business and Life Sciences 4 or
  • MATH151 Calculus I 4
  • Two semesters of College Physics with laboratory (8 cr min)

Directed Electives (select from the following: minimum 3 credits)

  • Any EVRN not listed above
  • Any 300-level or higher BIOL not listed above
  • Any 300-level or higher CHEM not listed above
  • ECON307 Environmental Economics 3
  • FIRE312 Hazardous Materials Management 4
  • GEOL122 Physical and Historical Geology II 4
  • INTD399 Intern. in Environmental Science 4

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 2.50 or higher.  A gpa of 2.50 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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