Jul 09, 2020  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
Academic Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science, Biology Emphasis, BS

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Program Learning Outcomes:

A student completing a major in Environmental Science, Biology Emphasis, shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • Apply the scientific method and quantitative techniques to describe, monitor and understand environmental systems.
  • Use interdisciplinary approaches such as ecology, economics, ethics and policy to devise solutions to environmental problems.
  • Be proficient in ecological field methods such as wildlife survey, biodiversity assessment, mathematical modeling and monitoring of ecological systems.
  • Use technology, such as geographical information systems and computer programming, to assist in problem solving.
  • Effectively understand and convey scientific material from peer-reviewed sources.


In order to receive an Environmental Science degree with an emphasis in Biology from Pacific University, a student must complete ENV 490 - Capstone Experience , and at least 3 upper-division courses. Students cannot receive a degree in both Environmental Science (biology emphasis) and Biology.


It is strongly recommended that students include the following courses as part of their curriculum in order to have a solid environmental biology foundation:

  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Plant Biology
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Microbiology, Cell Biology, or Molecular Biology

Additionally Recommended:

  • Introductory Physics or General Physics
  • An introductory statistics course
  • Calculus I and II

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