Sep 25, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Integrated Environmental Science, B.S.

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.

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below 2.0 will be given a grace period of one retake or one semester to correct the deficiency, or the student will be withdrawn from the degree program.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.

Integrated Environmental Science = 129 Credit Hours

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

Total: 15

Second Semester

Total: 13


All students MUST see a Student Success Coach to review the details of the vertical curriculum and prerequisites requirements.

GE = General Education Courses

*Based on your placement testing scores, these courses may require prerequisites which may extend the number of semesters needed to complete degree requirements. These prerequisites do not count towards the degree for graduation.

**Marching Band Members ONLY substitute PE Activity with MUB 110 - Marching Band . ROTC Member ONLY substitute PE Activity with MY 104 - Basic Military Science  and MYL 104 - Basic Military Science Laboratory . ​