Earth & Environmental Sciences - Environmental Science Emphasis, A.S.


Program Description

The Associate's of Science degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences (ENVS) is an interdisciplinary study of the relevant natural science disciplines, with content including the geosciences, geography, and environmental sciences. This program provides knowledge and experience through lecture, laboratory, and field courses that immerse the students into the world around them, preparing them for entry level positions in the discipline and bringing them one step closer to a Bachelor's degree. Students will analyze and solve problems associated with use of energy, water, and mineral resources; in protection of the environment; in planning for the impact of natural hazards; and in sustainable approaches to societal development. The region and ecosystems that surround Dixie State University provide the ideal laboratory to apply concepts to the earth, energy, and environmental issues that impact the future of humanity. This program naturally feeds into the Bachelor's of Science degree in Earth, Energy, and Environmental science. 


Program Curriculum

60 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
 
Earth and Environmental Sciences Core Requirements
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
5
ENER 2310Energy and the Environment3
ENGL 2201Literature and the Land (HU, GC)3
ENVS 1210
ENVS 1215
Introduction to Environmental Science
and Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory
4
ENVS 2210Environmental Pollution and Remediation Techniques3
GEO 1110
GEO 1115
Physical Geology (PS)
and Physical Geology Lab (LAB)
4
GEO 2050Earth Materials4
GEOG 2410Paleoclimatology3
MATH 1210Calculus I (MA)4
PHYS 2210
PHYS 2215
Physics/Scientists Engineers I (PS)
and Physics/Scientists Engineers I Lab (LAB)
5
Environmental Science Emphasis Requirements
ENVS 2700RField Methods in Environmental Science1
ENVS 2990RSeminar in Environmental Science1

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 20 lower-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  3. Grade of C- or higher and cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher in all required courses.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENVS 1210
ENVS 1215
Introduction to Environmental Science
and Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory
4
GEO 1110
GEO 1115
Physical Geology (PS)
and Physical Geology Lab (LAB)
4
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
MATH 1210 Calculus I (MA) 4
 Hours15
Spring Semester
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
5
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
PHYS 2210
PHYS 2215
Physics/Scientists Engineers I (PS)
and Physics/Scientists Engineers I Lab (LAB)
5
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
 Hours16
2nd Year
Fall Semester
ENVS 2210 Environmental Pollution and Remediation Techniques 3
GEOG 2410 Paleoclimatology 3
CHEM 1210
CHEM 1215
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
5
ENVS 2700R Field Methods in Environmental Science 1
General Education (Social & Behavioral Science) 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ENER 2310 Energy and the Environment 3
GEO 2050 Earth Materials 4
ENGL 2201 Literature and the Land (HU, GC) 3
ENVS 2990R Seminar in Environmental Science 1
General Education (American Institutions) 3
 Hours14
 Total Hours60

Earth and Environment Sciences Degree Program Learning Outcomes 

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate the interdisciplinary nature of the issues related to environmental and energy sciences.
  2. Formulate sustainable approaches to energy and earth science issues that integrate environmental, economic, and sociopolitical perspectives.
  3. Distinguish between Earth’s surface and deep energy sources and the processes they power and appraise how we depend on and harvest those energy resources to sustain our society.
  4. Use appropriate methodological tools to analyze and address questions in the energy and environmental sciences.