Environmental Science Major

Course Title Credits
ENVS 3000Environmental Science3
One the following options (plus all accompanying labs):
Rose Hill:
Introductory Biology I
Introductory Biology II
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
General Physics I
Lincoln Center:
General Biology Lecture I
General Biology Lecture II
Global Ecology Lecture
General Chemistry Lecture I
General Chemistry Lecture II
Organic Chemistry Lecture I
General Physics Lecture I
One of the following: 13 to 4
Applied Calculus I
Calculus I
Calculus II
One of the following:3 to 4
Applied Statistics
Mathematical Modelling
Four advanced Environmental Science Elective courses, below
Two Environmental Policy/Law/Economics courses, below7 to 8
Two semesters of Research or Internship8
Environmental Science Internship
Environmental Science Research

MATH 12AB or MATH 12BC (transfer credit from AP Calculus AB or BC) also fulfills this requirement.

Students should take two semesters of research or two semesters of internship; they may take one of each with the permission of the program director.

Advanced Environmental Science Elective courses

The four advanced environmental science elective courses to complete the major are listed below. The list includes only the lecture course code for each of the required courses. Students should must also complete the lab co-requisite for courses that have one (e.g., BISC 2539 General GeneticsBISC 3643 MicrobiologyCHEM 2522 Organic Chemistry IICHEM 3622 Physical Chemistry IINSCI 2142 Paleoecology Lecture, NSCI 3122 Organic Chemistry Lecture II, NSCI 4143 Advanced Microbiology Lecture).

Students who plan to enroll in a graduate science program are strongly encouraged to complete Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 2522 / NSCI 3122) with the appropriate lab as one of their science electives.

Courses with the code BISC or CHEM are offered at the Rose Hill campus, while courses with the code NSCI are offered at the Lincoln Center campus. Students may not receive credit for taking equivalent/mutually exclusive courses on each campus.

Courses in this group have the ENSE attribute.

Course Title Credits
BISC 2539General Genetics3
BISC 3244Evolutionary Biology3
BISC 3466Urban Ecology & Evolution3
BISC 3643Microbiology3
BISC 4575Conservation Biology4
BISC 4642Animal Behavior4
CHEM 2522Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 3622Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 3721Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 3722Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 4340Environmental Chemistry3
NSCI 2020An Introduction to Geology3
NSCI 2142Paleoecology Lecture3
NSCI 3101Biological Modeling4
NSCI 3121Organic Chemistry Lecture I4
NSCI 3122Organic Chemistry Lecture II4
NSCI 3133Genetics Lecture3
NSCI 4112Human and Comparative Physiology Lecture3
NSCI 4143Advanced Microbiology Lecture3
NSCI 4153Biological Chemistry Lecture3

Environmental Policy/Law/Economics courses

Two courses are required from the list below.

Courses in this group have the EPLE attribute.

Course Title Credits
ANTH 4373Environment and Human Survival4
ECON 3850Environmental Economics4
HIST 3990North American Environmental History4
NSCI 2060Environment: Science, Law, and Policy3
NSCI 4222Science, Technology, and Society Values4
PHIL 3109Environmental Ethics4
PJST 3200Environmental Justice4
POSC 4040Seminar: Sustainable Development4
THEO 4008Religion and Ecology4
VART 2050Designing the City4
VART 2055Environmental Design4


The major in environmental science is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Students in Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies may major in environmental science only if they receive the approval of their advising dean and/or department, and their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill or Lincoln Center campuses.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum and any additional electives that may be required to earn a minimum of 124 credits.

CIP Code

03.0104 - Environmental Science.

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