Requirements for the Major
Admission to the Program
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 greater, 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 student can declare a Major in IES, take other IES course offerings, and access any available research or field opportunities (including potential associated funding).
As IES is a restricted major, a student must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average to remain a major. For course credit toward graduation, IES majors and minors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all required courses. An IES student who earns less than a “C” in a listed course and/or receives a GPA below 2.0 will be given a grace period of one retake or one semester to correct the deficiency, or the student will be withdrawn from the degree program. A student may take advantage of a grace period only once during their academic program in IES.
Integrated Environmental Science majors are required to complete all ES Departmental Seminars, including the successful completion, presentation, and defense of a research project in their senior year in association with the department’s Senior Seminar. The defense will include information and questions covering both the research project and program coursework from their studies at BCU.
Refer to the vertical curriculum for all course requirements.