Environmental Science (BS)
The DBU Environmental Science Program, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, includes a range of courses that prepare graduates for a career in environmentally-related problem-solving vocations. This is a science degree providing a systematic study of God’s created environment. It includes courses in math, chemistry, physics, biology, air, soils, and water pollution to provide an overall understanding of the many factors which lead to environmental issues and their solutions. Since most environmental issues dealing with human activities, a study of economics, Christian ethics, law, and social sciences will be covered in conjunction with the required science topics.
Environmental Science Mission Statement
The Department of Environmental Science will provide an academically enriched environment in order to partner with the students in their intellectual and spiritual development to acquire a sense of personal responsibility for their success in academics and in Christian stewardship of sustainable environmental systems throughout God’s creation. The Department will identify ongoing emerging Environmental Science knowledge, principles, and applications to prepare scientific scholars grounded in spiritual principles and who are thus able to excel and serve in their chosen field.
Goals of the Environmental Science Major
The DBU Environmental Science degree includes a range of courses that prepare graduates for a career in environmentally-related problem-solving fields.
To meet the needs of students who are preparing for vocations in the Environmental Science field.
To provide an adequate foundation for students intending to do graduate work in Environmental Science and related academic fields.
To enable students to make wise and ethical-moral decisions in a Christian context concerning issues that affect humans and their environment.
credit hours (bS)
Developing A Christian Mind
ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I
ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II
ENGL 2301 - World Literature I
ENGL 2302 - World Literature II
Foundations for Excellence
FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence
is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)
HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865
HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865
HIST 2301 - World Civilization I
HIST 2302 - World Civilization II
KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living
and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.
RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey
RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey
three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)
POLS 2301 - American National Government
and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.
TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS
excluding natural science requirements
Environmental Science Major
ENSC 1401 - Introduction to Environmental Science (Lab)
ENSC 2305 - Environmental Science Problems I
ENSC 2306 - Environmental Science Problems II
ENSC 3301 - Water Quality
ENSC 3303 - Solid and Hazardous Waste
ENSC 3305 - Environmental Geology
ENSC 3306 - Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
ENSC 4301 - Environmental Toxicology
ENSC 4305 - Air Pollution (S-L)
ENSC 4403 - Senior Project in Environmental Science (Capstone)
In addition, the following courses are required:
BIOL 1405 - Modern Concepts in Biology I
CHEM 1401 - General Chemistry I
PHYS 1401 - General Physics I
MATH 1303 - College Algebra
CHEM 3401 - Biochemistry
BIOL 3409 - Microbiology
CHEM 3402 - Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3403 - Organic Chemistry II
BIOL 3402 - Ecology (S-L)
BIOL 3407 - General Botany
BIOL 3408 - General Zoology
RELI 3301 - Christian Ethics
Lower or Upper-Level
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED
A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required, including 36 upper-level credit hours
At least 12 credit hours in the major program must be completed at Dallas Baptist University, including nine upper-level course hours.
Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University: DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.
(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.
MINOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
See information about the Environmental Science minor here.
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