Environmental Systems and Sustainability, B.S. - Coastal Marine Systems

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: https://www.southernct.edu/academics/environment-geography-marine-sciences/programs

120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


44 Credits Required

Environmental Systems and Sustainability Requirements
25 Credits Required

ENV 220 - Global Climate Change
GEO 290 - Research Methods in Geography
GEO 204 - Principles of Sustainability
GEO 360 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
ENV 491 - Environmental Problem Solving
  or GEO 490 - Seminar in Geographic Thought

Select 1 From:
ENV 200 - Environmental Studies II 
MAR 140 - The World Ocean 

Select 1 From:
ENV 498 - Special Topics in Environmental Science
GEO 470 - Field Techniques
GEO 497 - Internship
MAR 499 - Independent Study

Select 1 From: 
GEO 405 - Environmental Justice
HIS 359 - American Environmental History
LIT 303 - Literature of the Sea
PHI 321 - Philosophy of Science
SOC 235 - Environmental Sociology

Coastal Marine Systems Concentration
19 Credits

MAR 210 - Coastal Marine Studies
MAR 250 - Introduction to Coastal and Marine Pollution
MAR 340 - Coastal Processes
MAR 460 - Field and Laboratory Techniques in Marine Studies
GEO 357 - Coastal and Marine Geography

Select 1 From:
BIO 327 - Field Natural History
BIO 430 - Marine Biology
ESC 106 - General Oceanography
  or MAR 140 - The World Ocean 
ESC 220 - Physical and Chemical Oceanography
ENV 350 - Environmental/ Earth Systems Inquiry
MAR 398 - Special Topics: Bermuda
PCH 441 - Water supply and Waste-Water Treatment


3 Credits Required

MAT 107 - Elementary Statistics


Take remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).