The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Environmental Science (IES) is designed for students who are interested in careers that focus on environmental issues, particularly large-scale issues that require an interdisciplinary approach to their study and solution. The program is designed to provide the scientific core necessary for understanding environmental systems, plus coursework in supporting disciplines and integrative methods in preparation for work with multifaceted environmental topics. Coursework will include methodological courses, integrative courses, significant laboratory and field work, and research in association with IES faculty (much of which is service-based). Upon completion of the B.S. degree, the student will have met the minimum course requirements for admission to graduate and professional schools in environmental disciplines, or for entry-level environmentally-related positions in government, industry, or non-profits.
Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLO’s)
PSLO1 - Students will demonstrate knowledge of the structure and function of ecological systems
PSLO2 - Students will demonstrate knowledge of the structure and function of geochemical systems
PSLO3 - Students will demonstrate knowledge of the structure and function of human systems
PSLO4 - Students will demonstrate knowledge of the role and impact of humans on/within biological, geochemical, and human systems as pertains to environmental concerns
PSLO5 - Students will demonstrate knowledge and ability with regard to the control of human impacts from an environmental perspective
Admission to the Integrated Environmental Science (IES) Program
The B.S. degree program in IES is a restricted major with special admission requirements. Students who wish to enter the IES program are considered to be IES Candidates until they have:
- Completed their Freshman year of General Education courses at BCU (or transferred in a year of General Education coursework) with a grade point average of 2.5 on a four-point scale or great, and
- Passed the Gateway Course for the IES program, ES241, Principles of Environmental Science, with a grade of “C” or better in both the lecture (ES241) and the laboratory (ESL241) sections
Once completed, the students can declare a Major in IES, take other IES course offerings, and access any available research or field opportunities (including potential associated funding).