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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree Requirements

Requirements for a BA in Environmental Sciences Advising checklist

EVSC Courses

A total of 30 hours of graded coursework in Environmental Sciences is required with a cumulative GPA ≥ 2.000.  Each of the four core courses and their associate laboratories (EVSC 2800/2801, EVSC 3200/3201, EVSC 3300/3301, and EVSC 3600/3601) must be passed.  It is strongly recommended that each core class and lab be taken concurrently.  Majors are very strongly encouraged to complete their core courses by the end of the third year so they can take full advantage of our advanced offerings and the interdisciplinary aspect of the major.

Of the additional 14 required hours, up to 3 credits may be taken from 1000- or 2000-level courses (excluding EVSC 2800/2801), so long as the course was taken prior to declaration of the major.  The remaining credits must be taken at the 3000-, 4000-, or 5000-level.

For all EVSC courses, a passing grade is considered a D minus. The 2.000 GPA refers to the average of all EVSC courses, not to each, individual course. According to College requirements, if a course is failed and repeated, both courses and grades appear on the transcript, the credits from the passed course count toward the required credits, and both course grades are factored into the GPA.

Related Work

The Department also requires related work in math and science.  The required related work includes one semester of calculus and two semesters of college-level chemistry, biology, or physics with laboratories.  These two semesters need not be from the same department.  Courses recommended to fulfill this requirement include:  MATH 1190, 1210 or MATH 1310, and any two of the following:  CHEM 1410 (1411 lab), CHEM 1420 (1421 lab), BIOL 2100, BIOL 2200, PHYS 1425 (1429 lab), PHYS 2010 (2030), PHYS 2415 (2419 lab), PHYS 2020 (2040 lab).

Valuable additional non-EVSC related courses (not required) include computing and statistics.  Please consult your adviser for specific recommendations.

 

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Requirements

Requirements for a BS in Environmental Sciences Advising Checklist

EVSC Courses

A total of 40 hours of graded coursework in Environmental Sciences courses is required with a cumulative GPA ≥ 2.000.  Each of the four core courses and their associate laboratories (EVSC 2800/2801, EVSC 3200/3201, EVSC 3300/3301, and EVSC 3600/3601) must be passed.  It is strongly recommended, and in many cases required, that each core class and lab be taken concurrently.  Majors are very strongly encouraged to complete their core courses by the end of the third year so they can take full advantage of our advanced offerings and the interdisciplinary aspect of the major.

Of the additional 24 required hours, up to 3 credits may be taken from 1000- or 2000-level courses (excluding EVSC 2800/2801), so long as the course was taken prior to declaration of the major.  The remaining credits must be taken at the 3000-, 4000-, or 5000-level, and at least one course must include a lab (computational labs such as GIS do not meet this additional lab requirement).  For a list of courses that fulfill this additional lab requirement, click here.

For all EVSC courses, a passing grade is considered a D minus. The 2.000 GPA refers to the average of all EVSC courses, not to each, individual course.   In general, only courses that were failed may be re-taken.

Related Work

The required related work includes MATH 1310 and either MATH 1220 or 1320 (MATH 1220 is recommended to students who do not anticipate taking any additional math courses).

Course work in the related sciences includes one semester each from chemistry, biology, and physics, along with the associated labs.  Courses that may be used to fulfill this requirement include CHEM 1410 (1411 lab), CHEM 1420 (1421 lab), BIOL 2100, BIOL 2200, PHYS 1425 (1429 lab), PHYS 2415 (2419 lab).

In addition, two more semesters of related science/math must be taken, with at least one of these being a science with a lab.  These additional courses do not necessarily need to be selected from the above list as long as they are advanced courses in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.

(Note that the PHYS 2010/2030 sequence is NOT a higher-level physics course than PHYS 1425 because it is not calculus-based and is therefore not suitable for the B.S. degree.)

Planning for the B.S.

Because this is a coursework-intensive program, it is essential that work toward the major be initiated immediately upon entry to UVa.  Occasionally students enroll in the B.A. and decide in the 3rd or 4th year to switch to the B.S.  In many cases this is difficult to accomplish because of the related science credits.  It is much easier for students who are uncertain of their career path to start working toward the B.S., as it is very easy to switch to the B.A. later.

Absent advanced placement credits, below is a typical strategy for the B.S. degree:

Fall Spring
“Year 1” CHEM 1410 (1411), MATH 1310 CHEM 1420 (1421), MATH 1220 or 1320
“Year 2” BIOL 2100, PHYS 1425 (1429) one additional MATH, CHEM or PHYS; EVSC core course
“Year 3” two EVSC core courses one EVSC core course; advanced EVSC courses

This plan would allow for easy completion of the B.S. degree by finishing all of the related work in the first two years and the core courses by the end of the third year while taking no more than two labs in any given semester.

 

Minor in Environmental Sciences

Minor declaration Form

The Environmental Sciences minor is an excellent addition to any liberal arts, pre-professional, or science graduate-school oriented major.  The minor is suitable for students who are interested in legal, business, foreign policy, or other applications in natural resources, in writing and communicating about science, in analytical methods, or simply in understanding how their natural environment works.

The minor consists of at least 16 hours of Environmental Sciences graded coursework in a program chosen by the student and approved by the Department.  This program must include at least two core courses with labs (EVSC 2800/2801, EVSC 3200/3201; EVSC 3300/3301; EVSC 3600/3601) and at least one advanced, non-core course at the 3000-, 4000-, or 5000-level.  No more than six hours of non-core course credits below the 3000-level may be counted toward the minor.

To declare the minor, download the attached form, complete the top section, and make arrangements to meet with Prof. Robert Davis, Director of Undergraduate Programs:

386-B Clark Hall
phone:  924-0579
email:  red3u@virginia.edu


The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.


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