Environmental Science

The major in environmental sciences is an interdisciplinary program among the departments of geology, biology, and chemistry at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Rutgers-Newark. The goal of the program is to give students a well-rounded background in science as it relates to the environment. The program is rigorous and is designed either to prepare graduates for technical positions in the environmental industry or to allow them to continue their education in graduate studies. The program also prepares students to pursue an environmental career through the fields of law, business, sociology, health, or political science.

The environmental science major requires at least 64 credits in the following courses:

Foundation Courses (26 credits)
  21:120:200 Concepts in Biology (4)
  21:120:201-202 Foundations of Cell & Molecular Biology and Lab (3,1)
  21:160:113-114  General Chemistry Laboratory I,II (1,1)
  21:160:115-116  General Chemistry I,II (4,4)
  21:460:103  Planet Earth (3)
  21:460:104  Planet Earth Laboratory (1)
  21:460:206  Environmental Geology (3)
  21:460:207  Environmental Geology Laboratory (1)

Quantitative Courses (11 credits)
  21:460:375  Quantitative Methods in the Geosciences (4)
  21:640:135  Calculus I (4)
  21:640:327  Probability and Statistics (3)

Field Courses (6 credits)
  21:120:380  Field Ecology (3) or 21:120:475  Ecological Field Methods (3)
  21:460:311  Geologic Field Methods (3)

Senior Seminar (2credits)
  21:460:485/486 Senior Seminar  (1,1)

Advanced Science Courses (19 Credits)
  21:160:223 Analytical Chemistry  (3)
  21:160:227  Experimental Analytical Chemistry (3)
  Chem 360  Environmental Chemistry (3) (NJIT course) or  Chem 361  Environmental Chemistry (3) (NJIT course)
  21:120:205 and 206  Foundations of Ecology and Evolution and Lab (4)
  21:120:280  Ecology (3)
  21:460:400  Introduction to Soil Science or 21:460:427 Hydrogeology (3)
 
Undergraduate Research Experience
21:460:415,416 Undergraduate Research in Geoscience (BA,BA)
The department strongly encourages students to participate in faculty-led research with the approval of the chair. Students may substitute a maximum of 6 credits of electives with undergraduate research experience.

Recommended Electives
Internship in Environmental Sciences Recommended
  21:120:370  Plant Ecology (3)
  21:460:230  Weather and Climate (3)
  21:460:331  Oceanography (3)
  21:460:401  Introduction to Geochemistry (3)
  21:460:406  Applied Geophysics (3)
  21:750:203  General Physics (3)
  21:750:205  Physics Laboratory (1)
  21:920:350  Environmental Sociology (1)
  21:460:309 or 28:460:309 (NJIT course) Geomorphology (3) or 21:460:325 Geographics Information Systems (GIS)
  ENE 560  Chemistry for Engineers (3) (NJIT course)
  STS 418  Environmental Economics (3) (NJIT course)
  STS 560  Ethics and the Environment (3) (NJIT course)