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Environmental scientists use their interdisciplinary knowledge to investigate environmental systems and explore their relationship to our everyday lives. While studying environmental science at CMU you will learn to sample, analyze, model, interpret and predict earth system properties and address environmental problems. At CMU you will gain the knowledge and skills to understand and make a difference in the world around you.

Points of Pride

  • CMU's location in the heart of the Great Lakes provides the perfect setting to study the environment, with state-of-the art facilities in Mount Pleasant and at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island.
  • Fieldwork is a key part of the program’s courses, with multiple field trips to CMU-owned Veit's Woods and Neithercut Woodland to assess properties such as soil and water chemistry, streamflow, and erosion.
  • Students in the program have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art software, field instruments and laboratory equipment that are used in industry, government and academic settings.

For More Information

Visit the College of Science and Engineering website​ or contact:

Dr. Wendy Robertson
Brooks Hall 323
Email: rober2w@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-7517

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Environmental Science Major

Students pursuing an Environmental Science major are encouraged to meet with an advisor during the first semester of attendance at CMU. A minor is recommended but not required.
Total: 67-74 semester hours
Core Courses
(15 hours)
ENS 101QR
Of Earth and Us: Introduction to Environmental Science
3
ENS 211
Introduction to Professional Development in Environmental Science
1
ENS 307
Environmental Field Sampling and Laboratory Analytics
4
ENS 323
Biogeochemical Cycling in the Environment
3
ENS 401
Quantitative Environmental Data Analysis
3
ENS 409/GEL 409
Professional Development in the Fields of Environmental Science and Geoscience
1
Required Courses I
(5-8 hours)
Select one of the following options:
MR1A-ENS
Option A
(8 hours)
MR1B-ENS
Option B
(5 hours)
Required Courses II
(27 hours)
ENV 101
Introduction to Environmental Studies
3
GEL 308
Water Resources and Hydrologic Processes
3
GEL 380WI
Hydrogeology
4
MET 301
Climatology & Climate Change
3
MTH 132
Calculus I
4
MTH 133
Calculus II
4
PHY 145QR
University Physics I
4
STA 382QR
Elementary Statistical Analysis
3
Required Courses III
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
ECO 301
Environmental Economics
3
ENV 300
Environmental Justice: Race, Gender, Poverty
3
ENV 310
Environmental Issues Management
3
ENV 360
Water Resources Management
3
ENV 365
Energy and the Environment
3
PSC 516
Environmental Politics and Policy
3
Required Courses IV
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
BIO 500
Biological Statistics
3
ENS 503WI
Environmental Modeling
4
GEL 502
Geochemistry of Natural Waters
3
GEL 509
Applied Hydrologic Modeling
3
GEO 508
Applications of Remote Sensing
3
GEO 528
Environmental Modeling with GIS
3
Electives I
(9-12 hours)
Select from the following:
BIO 111
Foundations of Evolution and Diversity
4
BIO 112
Foundations of Cell Biology
4
BIO 213
Foundations of Ecology
4
CHM 211QR
Quantitative Analysis
4
CHM 331
Inorganic Chemistry
3
CHM 515
Environmental Chemistry of the Great Lakes
2
CPS 180
Principles of Computer Programming
3
EGR 201
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
3
GEL 130QR
Earth Processes
3
GEL 305
Engineering Geology
3
GEL 340
Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
4
GEL 372
Introduction to Geophysics
3
GEL 385
Introductory Petroleum Geology
3
GEO 203QR
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
3
GEO 303
Geographic Information Systems
3
GEO 308
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
3
MTH 232
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
3
MTH 233
Calculus III
4
PHY 146
University Physics II
4
Electives II
(5-6 hours)
Select from the following:
CPS 106
Spreadsheet Concepts
1
ENG 303WI
Technical Writing
3
ENS 313
Special Topics in Environmental Science
1-6
ENS 349
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
1
ENS 353
Phase II Environmental Site Assessment
1
ENS 389/GEL 389
Well Construction and Design
1
ENS 491
Internship in Environmental Science
1-3
ENS 597
Independent Study in Environmental Science
1-3
HNS 425
Hazardous Materials Technology
3