Environmental Science (BS) 121A

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.

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.

How is a BS in Environmental Science different than a BS in Geology with the Environmental Geology concentration, or a BS in Environmental Science - Environmental Professional?

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


Curriculum for the Environmental Science program is a science-intensive, cross-disciplinary experience where tudents take a suite of core introductory courses in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Geology, along with 2 semesters of calculus and a statistics course. Students then take another 20 semester hours of advanced environmental topics courses from a variety of disciplines (such as ecology, environmental chemistry, hydrogeology, Geographical Information Systems, etc.), and to complete their major they must choose to concentrate in Chemistry, Geophysical Sciences, and/or Biology.