Environmental Science (BS)

A B.S. in Environmental Science is for students desiring a broad and interdisciplinary approach to studies in the environmental sciences and capitalizes on the cross-disciplinary expertise available at Appalachian.  We offer two degree tracks for incoming students: the Earth Systems Science degree track, and the Life Sciences degree track.

How is a BS in Environmental Science different than the other environmental concentrations at Appalachian State University?

For more information, see our What should I major in? page about the difference between all the environmentally-based degree options at Appalachian.

Degree Tracks and Classes

  • Environmental Science (BS) 121B - Life Science degree track

Students who complete the Life Science degree track will have completed a majority of the requirements necessary to become a Wetland Professional in Training (WPIT), which is the first step in gaining PWS (Professional Wetland Scientist) certification.  This track will begin in the 2019-2020 academic year. 

 

  • Environmental Science (BS) 121C - Earth System Science degree track

The Earth System Science degree track is a flexible, interdisciplinary earth sciences track. Students who complete specific coursework within the Earth System Science degree track will have completed a majority of the requirements necessary to become a Geologist in Training, which is the first step in gaining  Professional Geologist (PG) license. This track will begin in the 2019-2020 academic year.

 

  • Environmental Science (BS) 121A (discontinued for 2019-2020 and later)

The Environmental Science Program was merged into the Department of Geology in 2017, forming the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences. See our explanatory page for more information about this merger.  A review of industry needs after the merger led the Department to completely revise the BS in Environmental Science degree and divide it into two tracks: a life science track, and an earth system science track.  These new BS Environmental Science tracks will begin in the 2019-2020 academic year, and are described above. This track is now discontinued.