Environmental Science

Degrees:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Majors:Environmental Science
Earth and Space Science Teaching
Specializations:Environmental Management
Natural Science
Minors:Environmental Science
Environmental Sustainability
Geographic Information Science
Certificate:Geographic Information Science
Department:Building 13, Room 206
(850) 474-3377
http://uwf.edu/environmental/
College:Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering
CIP Code:03.0104
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

This interdisciplinary program offers a B.S. degree in Environmental Science. Students learn to analyze physical and socioeconomic environments and to reach decisions concerning environmental use and protection. The major allows students to obtain an interdisciplinary background suitable for environmental monitoring and planning. Graduates are prepared for entry- and middle-level positions in governmental agencies in such areas as regional planning and resource management; for positions in industry and the private sector; or to pursue graduate degrees in urban/regional planning, resource management, coastal studies, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and the geosciences.

Two specializations are available under this B.S. program: Environmental Management and Natural Science. According to the departmental Academic Learning Compact, assessment of Student Learning Outcomes includes:

  1. A written exit exam during a student’s last semester of residency.
  2. A portfolio of the two best student projects.
  3. Good performance in GEO 4332 Senior Seminar.

Contact the department for information concerning the Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS).

Program Requirements

In addition to the university’s general requirements, students seeking the B.S. in Environmental Science must meet the requirements listed below.

Students must consult with their academic advisors for courses that may satisfy both the General Studies requirements and common prerequisites.

A grade of “C-” or better is required in all common prerequisites. No grade below a “C-” in a major course may be applied toward graduation.

Environmental Management Specialization

General Education 

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Environmental Management specialization Environmental Science majors should take the following to satisfy perspectives of General Education:

Social Science/Behavioral Perspectives (one of the following):3
Introduction to Anthropology
General Psychology
Social Science/Socio-political Perspectives (one of the following):3
Nations and Regions of the World
Principles of Economics Macro
International Politics
American Politics

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

BSC 1005+LGeneral Biology for Non-Majors (+Lab)4
BOT 2010+LGeneral Botany (+Lab) *4
CHM 2045+LGeneral Chemistry I (+Lab) *4
CHM 2046+LGeneral Chemistry II (+Lab) *4
MAC 1140Precalculus Algebra *3
STA 2023Elements of Statistics *3
Choose one of the following:4
Physical Geology (+Lab) *
Introduction to Earth Science (+Lab) *
Total Hours26

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.0-10

Environmental Core - 31 sh

CORNERSTONE
EVR 2920Foundations in Environmental Science 1
GEO 3210+LGeomorphology (+Lab) +4
TECHNIQUES AND SKILLS
GEO 4280+LBasic Hydrology (+Lab) +4
GEO 4250+LWeather and Climate (+Lab) +4
GEO 4260+LGeography of Soils (+Lab) +4
EVR 3894Environmental Writing +3
or ENC 3455 Writing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Majors
GIS 4043+LGeographic Information Systems (+Lab) +4
GEO 4004Environmental Science, Politics and Policy +3
CAPSTONE
Choose one:3
Internship in Environmental Sciences
Research in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Community Engagement through Environmental Science
GEO 4332Senior Seminar +1
Total Hours31

Major*

Environmental Studies Core31
Environmental Management Content
Choose 12 hours12
Conservation of Natural Resources +
Environmental Law +
Environmental Aspects of Urban Growth +
Urban Planning +
Environmental Management & Planning +
Environment and Economy +
Environmental Management Skills
Choose 12 hours12
Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing (+Lab) +
Applications in Geographic Information Systems +
Methods and Techniques in Environmental Resource Management and Planning +
Environmental Impact Assessment +
Geostatistics
Biostatistics
Any upper-level courses with prefix of EVR, EVS, GEA, GEO, GIS, or GLY, or advisor approved elective +17
Total Hours72

Accelerated Bachelors (B.S.) Environmental Management/Masters (M.S.) in Environmental Science (ABM-EVR)

Minimum Requirements for Admission

In addition to the University's general admission requirements as described in the  Undergraduate Admissions section of the catalog, students seeking the ABM-EVR must meet the following additional requirements at the time of application:

  • Undergraduate overall GPA of 3.25 or better
  • Undergraduate program (major) GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Completion of all Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science Environmental Core  requirements 
  • A grade of B (3.0) or higher in each Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science Environmental Core course
  • Two letters of recommendation 

Process

A prospective student who meets the minimum requirements for admission for the ABM-EVR program must schedule a meeting with their undergraduate faculty advisor and graduate coordinator to discuss and develop a degree plan for the student's ABM-EVR program. The student must then submit an ABM-EVR program application and two letters of recommendation to the graduate advisor.

Eligibility and Restrictions

Students must have completed 75 undergraduate credit hours, including credits earned from advanced placement, prior to applying to the ABM-EVR program. Transfer students must have completed a minimum of two semesters and at least 24 credit hours at the University of West Florida prior to application to the ABM-EVR program.

For admission into the ABM-EVR program in the summer semester, application materials must be submitted by March 15. For admission into the ABM-EVR program in the fall semester, application materials must be submitted by June 15. For admission into the ABM-EVR program in the spring semester, application materials must be submitted by October 15.

Admission into the ABM-EVR program does not guarantee admission into the Master’s in Environmental Science program upon completion of the Bachelor’s in Environmental Science. Students must submit an Express Admission application for the Master’s in Environmental Science program. Students who are a part of the ABM-EVR program cannot be provisionally or conditionally admitted into the Master’s in Environmental Science program.

Program Requirements

Upon admission into the Master’s in Environmental Science program, the 12 graduate credit hours completed as an undergraduate student will count for 12 semester hours of coursework for the master’s program. Students in the ABM-EVR program must earn a grade of B (3.0/4.0) or better in each of the graduate level courses that are being applied to both degrees. Courses completed with a grade of B- or below cannot be applied to the master’s degree. 

Students accepted into the master’s program must complete all requirements within 18 months of completing the bachelor’s degree in the non-thesis track (24 months if in the thesis track). If the requirements are not completed within 18 months (24 months for the thesis track); the student is no longer eligible to apply the graduate credit hours toward both degrees (i.e., the student can only apply the graduate credit hours either toward completion of the bachelor’s or toward a future master’s degree) and is automatically terminated from the ABM-EVR program.

If a student in the ABM-EVR program completes the bachelor’s degree requirements with an overall GPA of less than 3.25/4.0, the student is no longer eligible to apply the graduate credit hours to both degrees (i.e., the student can only apply the credit hours towards completion of the bachelor’s degree or toward a future master’s degree) and is automatically terminated from the ABM-EVR program.

A student who becomes ineligible to continue participating in or withdraws from the Accelerated ABM-EVR program cannot apply any graduate credit hours toward both degrees.

Students who are enrolled in the ABM-EVR program are eligible for graduate assistantship positions only after completing the bachelor’s degree.

Undergraduate Degree Program

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

 General Education Curriculum:

Environmental Management specialization Environmental Science majors should take the following to satisfy perspectives of General Education:

Social Science/ Behavioral Perspectives (one of the following):3
Introduction to Anthropology
General Psychology
Social Science/ Socio-political Perspectives (one of the following):3
Nations and Regions of the World
Principles of Economics Macro
International Politics
American Politics

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

BSC 1005+LGeneral Biology for Non-Majors (+Lab)4
BOT 2010+LGeneral Botany (+Lab) *4
CHM 2045+LGeneral Chemistry I (+Lab) *4
CHM 2046+LGeneral Chemistry II (+Lab) *4
MAC 1140Precalculus Algebra *3
STA 2023Elements of Statistics *3
Choose one of the following:4
Physical Geology (+Lab) *
Introduction to Earth Science (+Lab) *
Total Hours26

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.0-10

Environmental Core - 31sh

CORNERSTONE
EVR 2920Foundations in Environmental Science 1
GEO 3210+LGeomorphology (+Lab) +4
TECHNIQUES AND SKILLS
GEO 4280+LBasic Hydrology (+Lab) +4
GEO 4250+LWeather and Climate (+Lab) +4
GEO 4260+LGeography of Soils (+Lab) +4
EVR 3894Environmental Writing +3
or ENC 3455 Writing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Majors
GIS 4043+LGeographic Information Systems (+Lab) +4
GEO 4004Environmental Science, Politics and Policy +3
CAPSTONE
Choose one:3
Internship in Environmental Sciences
Research in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Community Engagement through Environmental Science
GEO 4332Senior Seminar +1
Total Hours31

Major+

Environmental Studies Core31
Environmental Management Content
Choose 12 hours12
Conservation of Natural Resources
Environmental Law
Environmental Aspects of Urban Growth
Urban Planning
Environmental Management & Planning
Environment and Economy
Environmental Management Skills
Choose 12 hours12
Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing (+Lab)
Applications in Geographic Information Systems
Methods and Techniques in Environmental Resource Management and Planning
Environmental Impact Assessment
Geostatistics
Biostatistics
Any upper-level courses with prefix of EVR, EVS, GEA, GEO, GIS or GLY or advisor approved elective17
Total Hours72

Graduate Level Electives 

Up to 12 credit hours of advisor approved 5000 level courses with EVS, EVR, GEA, GEO, or GIS prefix allowed to substitute for requirements listed above1-12

Natural Science Specialization

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Natural Science specialization Environmental Science majors should take the following to satisfy perspectives of General Education:

Social Science/Behavioral Perspectives (one of the following):3
Introduction to Anthropology
General Psychology
Social Science/Socio-political Perspectives (one of the following):3
Nations and Regions of the World
Principles of Economics Macro
International Politics
American Politics

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

BOT 2010+LGeneral Botany (+Lab) *4
CHM 2045+LGeneral Chemistry I (+Lab) *4
CHM 2046+LGeneral Chemistry II (+Lab) *4
ESC 2000+LIntroduction to Earth Science (+Lab)4
or GLY 2010L
GLY 2010
Physical Geology Laboratory
and Physical Geology
MAC 2311Analytic Geometry and Calculus I *4
PHY 2048+LCalculus-Based Physics I (+Lab) *4
or PHY 2053L
PHY 2053
Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
and Algebra-Based Physics I
STA 2023Elements of Statistics *3
Total Hours27

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4999) to meet this elective requirement.0-10
Total Hours0-10

Environmental Studies Core

CORNERSTONE
EVR 2920Foundations in Environmental Science +1
GEO 3210+LGeomorphology (+Lab) +4
TECHNIQUES AND SKILLS
GEO 4280+LBasic Hydrology (+Lab) +4
GEO 4250+LWeather and Climate (+Lab) +4
GEO 4260+LGeography of Soils (+Lab) +4
EVR 3894Environmental Writing +3
or ENC 3455 Writing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Majors
GIS 4043+LGeographic Information Systems (+Lab) +4
GEO 4004Environmental Science, Politics and Policy3
CAPSTONE
Choose one:3
Internship in Environmental Sciences
Research in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Community Engagement through Environmental Science
GEO 4332Senior Seminar +1
Total Hours31
Environmental Studies Core31
Natural Science Content
Choose 15 hours15
Coastal Morphology and Processes (+Lab) +
Advanced Climatology and Climate Change +
Coastal and Marine Environments +
Geochemistry +
Biogeochemistry +
Environmental Soil Science +
Natural Science Skills
Choose 9 hours9
Geostatistics
Biostatistics
Methods and Techniques in Environmental Resource Management and Planning +
Analytical Chemistry (+Lab)
Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing (+Lab) +
Applications in Geographic Information Systems +
Any upper-level course with prefix of EVR, EVS, GEO, GIS, or GLY11
Total Hours66

Accelerated Bachelor's (B.S.)in Natural Science/Master's (M.S.) in Environmental Science (ABM-EVR)

Minimum Requirements for Admission 

In addition to the University's general admission requirements as described in the  Undergraduate Admissions section of the catalog, students seeking the ABM-EVR must meet the following additional requirements at the time of application:

  • Undergraduate Overall GPA of 3.25 or better
  • Undergraduate Program (major) GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Completion of all Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science Environmental Core requirements 
  • A grade of B (3.0) or higher in each Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science Environmental Core course
  • Two letters of recommendation 

Process

A prospective student who meets the minimum requirements for admission for the ABM-EVR program must schedule a meeting with their undergraduate faculty advisor and graduate coordinator to discuss and develop a degree plan for the student's ABM-EVR program. The student must then submit an ABM-EVR program application and two letters of recommendation to the graduate advisor.

Eligibility and Restrictions

Students must have completed 75 undergraduate credit hours, including credits earned from advanced placement, prior to applying to the ABM-EVR program. Transfer students must have completed a minimum of two semesters and at least 24 credit hours at the University of West Florida prior to application to the ABM-EVR program.

For admission into the ABM-EVR program in the summer semester, application materials must be submitted by March 15. For admission into the ABM-EVR program in the fall semester, application materials must be submitted by June 15. For admission into the ABM-EVR program in the spring semester, application materials must be submitted by October 15.

Admission into the ABM-EVR program does not guarantee admission into the Master’s in Environmental Science program upon completion of the Bachelor’s in Environmental Science. Students must submit an Express Admission application for the Master’s in Environmental Science program. Students who are a part of the ABM-EVR program cannot be provisionally or conditionally admitted into the Master’s in Environmental Science program.

Program Requirements

Upon admission into the Master’s in Environmental Science program, the 12 graduate credit hours completed as an undergraduate student will count for 12 semester hours of coursework for the master’s program. Students in the ABM-EVR program must earn a grade of B (3.0/4.0) or better in each of the graduate level courses that are being applied to both degrees. Courses completed with a grade of B- or below cannot be applied to the master’s degree. 

Students accepted into the master’s program must complete all requirements within 18 months of completing the bachelor’s degree in the non-thesis track (24 months if in the thesis track). If the requirements are not completed within 18 months (24 months for the thesis track); the student is no longer eligible to apply the graduate credit hours toward both degrees (i.e., the student can only apply the graduate credit hours either toward completion of the bachelor’s or toward a future master’s degree) and is automatically terminated from the ABM-EVR program.

If a student in the ABM-EVR program completes the bachelor’s degree requirements with an overall GPA of less than 3.25/4.0, the student is no longer eligible to apply the graduate credit hours to both degrees (i.e., the student can only apply the credit hours towards completion of the bachelor’s degree or toward a future master’s degree) and is automatically terminated from the ABM-EVR program.

A student who becomes ineligible to continue participating in or withdraws from the Accelerated ABM-EVR program cannot apply any graduate credit hours toward both degrees.

Students who are enrolled in the ABM-EVR program are eligible for graduate assistantship positions only after completing the bachelor’s degree.

Natural Science Specialization

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum

Natural Science specialization Environmental Science majors should take the following to satisfy perspectives of General Education:

Social Science/ Behavioral Perspectives (one of the following):
Introduction to Anthropology
General Psychology
Social Science/ Socio-political Perspectives (one of the following):3
Nations and Regions of the World
Principles of Economics Macro
International Politics
American Politics

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

BOT 2010+LGeneral Botany (+Lab) *4
CHM 2045+LGeneral Chemistry I (+Lab) *4
CHM 2046+LGeneral Chemistry II (+Lab) *4
ESC 2000+LIntroduction to Earth Science (+Lab)4
or GLY 2010L
GLY 2010
Physical Geology Laboratory
and Physical Geology
MAC 2311Analytic Geometry and Calculus I *4
PHY 2048+LCalculus-Based Physics I (+Lab) *4
or PHY 2053L
PHY 2053
Algebra-Based Physics I Lab
and Algebra-Based Physics I
STA 2023Elements of Statistics *3
Total Hours27

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4999) to meet this elective requirement.0-10

Environmental Studies Core

CORNERSTONE
EVR 2920Foundations in Environmental Science +1
GEO 3210+LGeomorphology (+Lab) +4
TECHNIQUES AND SKILLS
GEO 4280+LBasic Hydrology (+Lab) +4
GEO 4250+LWeather and Climate (+Lab) +4
GEO 4260+LGeography of Soils (+Lab) +4
EVR 3894Environmental Writing +3
or ENC 3455 Writing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Majors
GIS 4043+LGeographic Information Systems (+Lab) +4
GEO 4004Environmental Science, Politics and Policy +3
CAPSTONE
Choose one:3
Internship in Environmental Sciences
Research in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Community Engagement through Environmental Science
GEO 4332Senior Seminar +1
Total Hours31

Major

Environmental Studies Core31
Natural Science Content
Choose 15 hours15
Coastal Morphology and Processes (+Lab) +
Advanced Climatology and Climate Change +
Coastal and Marine Environments +
Geochemistry +
Biogeochemistry +
Environmental Soil Science +
Natural Science Skills
Choose 9 hours9
Geostatistics
Biostatistics
Methods and Techniques in Environmental Resource Management and Planning +
Analytical Chemistry (+Lab)
Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing (+Lab) +
Applications in Geographic Information Systems +
Any upper-level course with prefix of EVR, EVS, GEO, GIS, or GLY11
Total Hours66

 Graduate Level Electives

Up to 12 credit hours of advisor approved 5000 level courses with EVS, EVR, GEA, GEO, or GIS prefix allowed to substitute for requirements listed above1-12

Earth and Space Science Teaching

Program Requirements

In addition to the university’s general requirements, students seeking the B.A. in Earth and Space Science Teaching must meet the requirements listed below.

Students must consult with their academic advisors for courses that may satisfy both the General Studies requirements and common prerequisites.

Students entering UWF or declaring a major in the Earth and Space Science Teaching degree program will automatically be placed in a pending status until they are fully admitted to the program. While in the pending status, students may not take 3000/4000 level education coursework, but should work closely with their advisor to plan an appropriate course of study in preparation for application to the program.

To be admitted, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all previously attempted college work;
  • A passing score on the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam;
  • Completion of EDG 2041 Exploring Inquiry Teaching or equivalent with a grade of "C-" or higher.

The admission process requires students to complete the Application for Admission to Teacher Education (which includes a self-rating on dispositions toward teaching) and complete the orientation requirement.

General Education Requirements

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

BSC 1005+LGeneral Biology for Non-Majors (+Lab)4
BOT 2010+LGeneral Botany (+Lab)4
CHM 2045+LGeneral Chemistry I (+Lab)4
CHM 2046+LGeneral Chemistry II (+Lab)4
MAC 1147Precalculus with Trigonometry4
STA 2023Elements of Statistics3
Choose one of the following4
Physical Geology (+Lab)
Introduction to Earth Science (+Lab)
Total Hours27

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.

Environmental Science Core

ENC 3455Writing for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Majors +3
ECP 3301Principles of Environmental Economics +3
EVR 4023Coastal and Marine Environments +3
GEO 3210Geomorphology +3
GEO 4250+LWeather and Climate (+Lab) +4
GEO 4260+LGeography of Soils (+Lab) +4
GEO 3372Conservation of Natural Resources +3
GEO 4280+LBasic Hydrology (+Lab) +4
GEO 4221+LCoastal Morphology and Processes (+Lab) +4
GEO 4332Senior Seminar +1
GIS 3015+LCartographic Skills (+Lab) +4
GIS 4043+LGeographic Information Systems (+Lab) +4
Advisor approved elective1
AST 1002Descriptive Astronomy3
Total Hours44

Teaching Core

EDG 2041Exploring Inquiry Teaching3
EDF 3234Applied Foundations of Education +3
EDG 4323Methods of K-12 Literacy Instruction +3
TSL 4080ESOL Principles and Practices +3
ESE 4322Instruction, Management, and Assessment: Secondary Education +3
SCE 4320Teaching Science in Middle and Secondary Schools +3
ESE 4940Secondary Practicum +3
EDG 4948Apprenticeship Teaching +6
Total Hours27

Environmental Science

The minor in Environmental Science is offered as a micro-version of the B.S. in Environmental Science degree. The required courses represent a cross section of the departmental offerings.

An Environmental Science Minor consists of 19-20 sh; of the 12-13 upper-level hours, at least 9 of which must be taken at UWF. Directed studies may not be used. Environmental Science majors may not earn this minor.

EVR 2001Introduction to Environmental Science3
GEO 3372Conservation of Natural Resources3
Choose one:4
Physical Geology (+Lab)
Introduction to Earth Science (+Lab)
Choose one:3-4
Geography of Soils (+Lab)
Basic Hydrology (+Lab)
Choose one:3
Environmental Law
Environmental Impact Assessment
Urban Planning
Any 3000/4000-level EVR, EVS, GEO, GIS, or GLY course3
Total Hours19-20

Environmental Sustainability

The minor in Environmental Science is offered as a micro-version of the B.S. in Environmental Science degree. The required courses represent a cross section of the departmental offerings.

An Environmental Science Minor consists of  15 sh; of the 12 upper-level hours, at least 9 of which must be taken at UWF. Directed studies may not be used. Environmental Science majors may not earn this minor.

EVR 2001Introduction to Environmental Science3
Choose 4 from the following list of courses12
Environmental Law
Conservation of Natural Resources
Environmental Science, Politics and Policy
Environmental Management & Planning
Community Engagement through Environmental Science
Environmental Aspects of Urban Growth
Environmental Impact Assessment
Urban Planning
Total Hours15

Geographic Information Science

Geographic Information Science is a computerized system that allows users to work with, interrelate, and analyze virtually all forms of spatial data for decision making. The program represents the latest technologies that are revolutionizing many disciplines, including geography, environmental sciences, archaeology, business, defense and intelligence, and public health/safety in the information age. Required courses have been carefully combined to reflect the real-world requirements needed for careers in the geospatial sciences.

GIS 4035+LPhoto Interpretation and Remote Sensing (+Lab)4
GIS 4043+LGeographic Information Systems (+Lab)4
GIS 4048Applications in Geographic Information Systems3
GIS 4102GIS Programming3
GIS 4930Special Topics in Geographic Information Science3
Plus choose one from the following two3
GIS 4905
Directed Study
GIS Internship
Total Hours20

Geographic Information Science Certificate

Department: Environmental Science

Veterans Affairs (VA) Certified? Yes

Semester Hours: 24

This GIS Certificate Program offered through UWF Online is designed to teach students, from novice to working professionals, both the highly in-demand technical skill of using industry-standard geospatial software as well as a strong conceptual foundation in Geographic Information Science. Geographic Information Systems is a computerized system that allows users to work with, interrelate, and analyze virtually all forms of spatial data for decision making. The program provides a solid background in the fundamentals of geography and geospatial science that extends beyond the software. Students can expect to learn the latest geospatial technologies that are revolutionizing many disciplines, including geography, urban planning, environmental sciences, archaeology, business, defense and intelligence, information technology services, and public health/safety.  Required courses and GIS internship have been carefully combined to reflect the real-world requirements needed for careers in the geospatial sciences. Students who successfully complete the 24-credit program with a 3.0 overall GPA will be awarded a certificate in Geographic Information Science. Students completing this program can expect to be marketable as GIS Technicians, GIS Analysts, and GIS Managers within various industries.

Offered completely online, our undergraduate GIS Certificate program is designed for non-degree seeking working professionals seeking part-time education from a distance.

Two specializations are available including: Traditional GIS and Archaeology for GIS. Six semester hours are devoted to each specialization. See the Course Catalog for course descriptions.  Students accepted into program of their choice should schedule to meet with a program advisor to receive a detailed course plan.  

Admission Requirements

  • Submission of GIS Certificate Program application
  • Submission of letter of intent describing the candidate’s work experience and reasons for pursuing the certificate program including how the certificate relates to career goals
  • Admission to UWF as a degree or non-degree seeking student

Students may transfer one class (3 or 4 credits) into the undergraduate certificate program providing the transfer criteria are met. The class must be an upper level undergraduate class from a regionally accredited U.S. university.

Course Requirements

Required Courses:
GIS 4043+LGeographic Information Systems (+Lab)4
GIS 4006+LComputer Cartography (+Lab)4
GIS 4035+LPhoto Interpretation and Remote Sensing (+Lab)4
GIS 4102GIS Programming3
Choose from the following (3hr):3
Applications in Geographic Information Systems
GIS Applications for Archaeology
Choose from the following (3hr)3
Special Topics in Geographic Information Science
Special Topics in GIS for Archaeology
Choose from the following (3 sh):3
GIS 4905
Directed Study (1-3sh)
GIS 4944
GIS Internship (1-3 sh)
Total Hours24