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Environmental Science: Soil, Air, & Water Emphasis

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Environmental Science: Soil, Air, & Water 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 Science in Environmental Science Degree are to:1) Offer a rigorous science-based preparation for careers in environmental science2) Prepare students for graduate studies in environmental science3) 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:


    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
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

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 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
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
MATH Calculus 3
ENVS 210 Fundamentals of Environmental Science 3
Tier I General Education 3
MCB 181R Introductory Biology I 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 English Composition II 3
ENVS 270 Critical Zone Science 3
General Chemistry I 4
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
ENVS 200 Introduction to Soil Science 3
ENVS 201 Introdcution to Soil Science laboratory 1
General Chemtry II 4
ENVS 195A Careers in Environmental Science 1
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
Physics I 4
MIC 205A Microbiology 3
Tier I General Education 3
Soil, Air, and Water Emphasis Core Course 3
Internship, Teaching Workshop, or Independent Study 1
5th Semester
ECOL 182R Introductory Biology II 3
ENVS 275 Quantitative Skills in Natural Sciences 3
Tier II General Education 3
Scientific Writing 3
Soils 3
6th Semester
ENVS 305 Pollution Science 3
Statistics 3
Soil, Air, and Water Emphasis Core Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
Soil, Air, and Water Emphasis Elective 3
Soil, Air, and Water Emphasis Elective 3
7th Semester
Environmental Chemistry 3
ENVS 420 Environmental Physics 3
Ecology 3
Tier II General Education 3
ENVS 480 Environmental Assessment 3
Second Language 4
8th Semester
ENVS 430R Environmental Monitoring/Remediation 3
ENVS 430L Env. Monitoring/Remediation Laboratory 1
Second Language 4
Soil, Air, and Water Emphasis Core Course 3
Soil, Air, and Water Emphasis Elective 2
General Elective 1

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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