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Environmental Science: Physics & Chemistry Emphasis

BS in Environmental Sciences

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Environmental science is the scientific investigation of human interactions with natural systems. The goals of the Bachelor of Environmental Science Degree are to: 1) Offer a rigorous science-based preparation for careers in environmental science 2) Prepare students for graduate studies in environmental science 3) Facilitate assuming a leadership role in academia, business, government, private organizations, or other career venues. 4) Provide the academic tools needed to address fundamental and applied problems related to human inhabited parts of the Earth.

Major Details

College: College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
CHEM 151 4
ENGL 101 3
ENVS 210 3
MATH 122A 1
MATH 122B 4
ENVS 195A 1
2nd Semester
CHEM 152 4
ENGL 102 3
ENVS 200 3
ENVS 201 1
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
Tier I General Education 3
MCB 181R 3
MCB 181L 1
CHEM 241A 3
CHEM 243A 1
ENVS 418 3
4th Semester
ECOL 182R 3
PHYS 102 3
PHYS 181 1
GEOS 251 4
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
Tier II General Education 3
MIC 205A 3
HWR 250 3
Emphasis Required Course 3
ENVS 420 3
6th Semester
Tier II General Education 3
ENVS 305 3
Emphasis Required Course 3
Statistics 3
Technical Writing 3
7th Semester
Internship, Teaching Workshop, or Independent Study 3
Emphasis Required Course 3
ECOL 302 4
Emphasis Required Course 3
Tier I General Education 3
8th Semester
ENVS 430R 3
ENVS 430L 1
Tier II General Education 3
Emphasis Optional Course 3
ENVS 462 3
Emphasis Optional Course 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge gained of environmental pollution problems, pollution and remediation laws and policies, mathematics, chemistry and biology gained from a degree in environmental science provides a strong career foundation. The physics and chemistry concentration prepares students with knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of water and soil quality as they relate to human health, sustainable soil-plant systems and the preservation of the natural environment. Graduates in this concentration may work as researchers, consultants, project managers, communications officers, educators, or environmental activists. This concentration is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in chemistry, geography, or environmental health. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Research
  • Consulting
  • Policy analysis and design
  • Regulation and enforcement
  • Conservation/restoration
  • Development
  • Public Relations
  • Activism

Sample Employers

  • Government agencies
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Public awareness campaigns
  • Research institutes
  • Municipal councils
  • Water treatment facilities
  • Development firms

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Chemist $33,944 - $54,622
Environmental Activist $30,000 - $40,000
Environmental Chemist $41,080 - $57,190
Environmental Compliance Specialist $40,000 - $70,000
Environmental Educator, Non-school Setting $18,000 - $45,000
Environmental Health and Safety Officer $31,610 - $94,460
Environmental Health Inspector $34,000 - $65,000
Environmental Planner $35,610 - $86,800
Environmental Protection Agency Special Agent $27,705 - $72,391
Environmental Protection Technician $26,330 - $41,240
Hazardous Waste Management Specialist $62,278 - $94,416
Pollution Control Technician $21,500 - $35,800
Public Information Officer $30,000 - $65,000
Research Associate $21,000 - $61,000
Soil/Water Conservationist $38,350 - $61,100