1. Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  2. Environmental Science

Environmental Science| Major

Because Environmental Science is closely tied to environmental challenges in the natural world, several of the courses required for this major will have field or laboratory components.

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science

The environmental science major at Lake Erie College prepares students for a wide variety of environmental careers, including environmental regulations, and policy, environmental management, wildlife or fisheries management, ecology, pollution abatement, and soil or plant science, as well as for graduate studies in a related field such as environmental law, agronomy, or ecotoxicology. Environmental science is a holistic and multidisciplinary field integrating biology, physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Students majoring in this field will study in all of these areas as part of the major. Because environmental science is closely tied to environmental challenges in the natural world, several of the courses required for this major will have field or laboratory components.

Lake Erie College has formal partnerships with several conservation-minded organizations including The Nature Conservancy and The Holden Arboretum.  Students majoring in Environmental Science have the opportunity to work with these and other organizations that are on the cutting edge of environmental science in the northeast Ohio region.

General Requirements for Admission into the Environmental Science Major

Students applying to the environmental science major must have a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or better and earn no grade of D+ or lower in the following required courses:

  • BI 101 / BI 101L Introductory Biology I And Lab

  • BI 102 / BI 102L

  • CH 101 / CH 101L Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I and Lab* OR CH 103 / CH 103L General Chemistry I and Lab

  • CH 102 / CH 102L Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry II and Lab*

  • CH 104 / CH 104L General Chemistry II and Lab

  • MT 109 (or higher as placed)

  • SC 101 Methods of Science I

  • SC 102 Methods of Science II

The student's overall GPA must be 3.0 or higher at the end of their third semester on the LEC campus. The details of the process for admission to the environmental science major will be provided during extended orientation and accessible via LEO. Transfer students must meet with a department advisor to request admission to the program.

For graduation, all chemistry majors must achieve a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.7 major GPA. Students who are determined to be not making good progress in the major may be dismissed from the major.

Requirements for the Major

Students are required to take 68 semester credits including:

  • BI 101 Introductory Biology I (3 SH)

  • BI 101L Introductory Biology I Lab (1 SH)

  • BI 102 Introductory Biology II (3 SH)

  • BI 102L Introductory Biology II Lab (1 SH)

  • BI 201 Botany (3 SH)

  • BI 201L Botany Lab (1 SH)

  • BI 212 Zoology (3 SH)

  • BI 212L Zoology Lab (1 SH)

  • BI 231 Introduction to Geographic Information System (3 SH)

  • BI 330 Evolutionary Biology (3 SH)

  • ES 210L Field Biology (2 SH)

  • ES 215 Environmental Policy and Regulation (3 SH)

  • ES 220 Environmental Management (2 SH)

  • ES 220L Environmental Management Lab/Field (1 SH)

  • ES 240 Ecotoxicology (3 SH)

  • ES 317 Soil Science (3 SH)

  • ES 317L Soil Science Lab (1 SH)

  • ES 318 Aquatic Ecology (3 SH)

  • ES 318L Aquatic Ecology Lab (3 SH)

  • ES 319 Ecology & Conservation Biology (3 SH)

  • ES 350 Internship in Environmental Science (2 SH)

  • ES 490 Environmental Science Senior Capstone (2 SH)

  • CH 103 General Chemistry I (3 SH)

  • CH 103L General Chemistry I Lab (1 SH)

  • CH 104 General Chemistry II (3 SH)

  • CH 104L General Chemistry II Lab (1 SH)

  • MT 207 Probability and Statistics (3 SH)

  • PC 220 Physical Geology (3 SH)

  • PC 220L Physical Geology Lab (1 SH)

  • PR 301 Environmental Philosophy and Ethics (3 SH)

  • SC 101 Methods of Science I (1 SH)

  • SC 102 Methods of Science II (1 SH)

For more information about Environmental Science…

Johnathan Tedesco, Ph.D.

Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Associate Professor of Chemistry

1 (440) 375-7352

jtedesco@lec.edu

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Austin Hall


Environmental Science Faculty