The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science


The recent environmental challenges on the local, regional and global levels are making environmental issues a major concern in our professional and social lives. Exponential population growth, industrialization and the tapping of energy resources are polluting our environments and depleting our resources. Environmental Science provides an understanding of ecological systems, of environmental components like air, water and soil, and of pollution sources and environmental degradation. Environmental scientists are equally prepared for problem solving, pollution prevention, environmental protection and conservation of natural resources.

Holders of a BS degree in environmental science will be ideally suited for careers in:

  • Public agencies : Ministries of environment, water resources, electricity, oil and urban planning.
  • Industry : Emission and waste monitoring, pollution clean-up.
  • Engineering : Environmental impact assessment, remediation techniques.
  • Environmental and health agencies : Performing laboratory analysis.
  • Teaching and research .

Admission Requirements
For admission requirements to the degree of BS in environmental science, refer to the section entitled “Undergraduate Admission" of this catalog.

Graduation Requirements
To receive the degree of BS in environmental science, a student must fulfill all requirements of the degree program, complete all required courses, accumulate a total of 92 credits with an overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0/4.0 and a minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0 in both the core and major requirements, and clear all accounts with the university. Candidates for degrees are reminded that grades of “I” assigned during the last semester to courses required for graduation will result in delaying of graduation.

General Education Requirements (27 cr.)

Communication Skills in English and Arabic (9 cr.)
Communication Skills in English, Two courses from: ENL 213 & ENL 223 or ENL 230 (6 cr.)
Communication Skills in Arabic, One course from: ARB 211, ARB 212, ARB 224, ARB 231, ARB 317 (3 cr.)

Philosophy and Religion (6 cr.)
Religion, One course from: REG 212, REG 213, REG 215, REG 313, REG 314 (3 cr.)
Philosophy, One course from: PHL 211, PHL 311, POS 345 (3 cr.)

Cultural Studies & Social Sciences (3 cr.)
Cultural Studies & Social Sciences, one course from: ARP 215, COA 315, COA 359, FAP 215, HUT 305, HUT 306, MUS 210, NTR 215, PSL 201, SOL 201, SOL 301, SOL 313, BAD 201, ECN 200, ECN 211, ECN 212 (3 cr.)

Citizenship (3 cr.)
One course from: HIT 211, IAF 301,POS 201, POS 210, POS 240, POS 319, POS 337 (3 cr.)

Science & Technology (6 cr.)
Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science, One course from:CSC 201, CSC 202, MAT 201, MAT 202, MAT 204, MAT 211, STA 202, STA 210, MIS 201 (3 cr.)
Natural Sciences, One course from: AST 201, BIO 201, BIO 202, BIO 203, CHM 201, CHM 202, CHM 211, HEA 201, HEA 204, NTR 201, PHS 207(3 cr.)

Students majoring in Environmental Science are not allowed to count ENS courses within the pool of required GER courses.

Core Requirements (38 cr.)

BIO 211, BIO 212, CSC 318, CHM 215, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 272, ENS 203, ENS 321, GEO 201, GEO 311, STA 203.

Major Requirements (21 cr.)

ENS 201, ENS 322, ENS 323, ENS 430, ENS 450, ENS 490.

and also one freely chosen 3 credits Environmental Science course.

Free Electives (6 cr.)

Suggested Program

Fall Semester I (16 Credits)
ENS 201 Introduction to Environmental Science 3 cr.
CHM 211 Principles of Chemistry (GER) 3 cr.
BIO 211 General Biology I 4 cr.
ARB ___ GER 3 cr.
ENL 213 Sophomore English Rhetoric (GER) 3 cr.
       
Spring Semester I (16 Credits)
GEO 201 Physical Geology 3 cr.
CHM 221 Organic Chemistry I 3 cr.
CSC 201 Computers and Their Use (GER) 3 cr.
BIO 212 General Biology II 4 cr.
ENL 223 / 230 GER 3 cr.
       
Fall Semester II (14 Credits)
ENS 303 Ecology 3 cr.
ENS 321 Soil Pollution 3 cr.
CHM 222 Organic Chemistry II 3 cr.
CHM 272 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
       
Spring Semester II (16 Credits)
ENS 322 Water Pollution 3 cr.
GEO 311 Hydrogeology 3 cr.
CHM 215 Quantitative Analysis 4 cr.
STA 203 Biostatistics 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
       
Fall Semester III (15 Credits)
CSC 318 Geographical Information Systems 3 cr.
ENS 323 Air Pollution 3 cr.
ENS 430 Solid Waste Management 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ Free Elective 3 cr.
       
Spring Semester III (15 Credits)
ENS 450 Environmental Impact Assessments 3 cr.
___ ___ Free elective in Environmental Science 3 cr.
ENS 490 Seminar or Senior Project 3 cr.
___ ___ Free Elective 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.