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

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:https://www.southernct.edu/academics/egms/programs


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.  

Note: Students can only take one class of ESC 106 or MAR 140 towards this major.

Environmental Systems and Sustainability (25 Credits)
ENV 204 – Principles of Sustainability
ENV 220 – Global Climate Change (T2GA)
GEO 290 – Research Methods in Geography and Environmental Sustainability
GEO 360 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEO 490 – Capstone Seminar
  or ENV 491 – Environmental Problem Solving

Select one:
ENV 200 – Systems Thinking for the Environment
MAR 140 – The World Ocean 

Select one:
ENV 498 – Special Topics in Environmental Science
GEO 470 – Field Techniques
GEO 497 – Internship
MAR 499 – Independent Study

Select one: 

ENV 404 – Applied Sustainability Science
GEO 405 – Environmental Justice
GEO 460 –  GIS II
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)
GEO 357 – Coastal and Marine Geography (T2CC)
MAR 210 – Coastal Marine Studies (T2LE)
MAR 250 – Introduction to Coastal and Marine Pollution
MAR 340 – Coastal Processes
MAR 460 – Field and Laboratory Techniques in Marine Studies

Select one:
BIO 327 – Field Natural History
BIO 430 – Marine Biology
ESC 106 – General Oceanography (T2PR)
ESC 220 – Physical and Chemical Oceanography (T2PR)
ENV 350 – Environmental/ Earth Systems Inquiry
MAR 140 – The World Ocean
MAR 270 – Aquaculture I
MAR 280 – Aquaculture II
MAR 398 – Special Topics: Bermuda
PCH 441 – Water Supply and Waste-Water Treatment


MAT 107 – Elementary Statistics (T1QR)


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultation with their advisor, students may select up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study.