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.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (bS)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

English

9

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

and/or

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Fine Arts
FINE 1306 - Introduction to Fine Arts

3

Foundations for Excellence

1

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.)

History

6

Choose two:

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I

HIST 2302 - World Civilization II

Kinesiology

2

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.

Religion

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

and

three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment

Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

6

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

39

Environmental Science Major

32

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
BIOL 1406 - Modern Concepts in Biology II

8

CHEM 1401 - General Chemistry I
CHEM 1402 - General Chemistry II

8

PHYS 1401 - General Physics I
PHYS 1402 - General Physics II

8

MATH 1303 - College Algebra
MATH 2301 - Elementary Probability and Statistics

6

Recommended Electives

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

Electives

Upper-Level

Lower or Upper-Level

20

0

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED

121

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required, including 42 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.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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