Improving the environment for future generations: you’ll do that here.

An environmental science degree is an inter-departmental, interdisciplinary degree with a diverse, hybrid field of study based on strong training in the natural sciences, mathematics, law, economics, and health.

What You’ll Do

The curriculum includes science-intensive, interdisciplinary coursework. It prepares you to work in the environmental field, in emergency preparedness, or continue to graduate school.

  • Immerse yourself in coursework that provides a foundation to address environmental issues of today and the future.
  • Gain hands-on experience with a required internship or research that addresses real-world challenges.
  • Become a leader in efforts to develop a sustainable society.

Hands-on Learning

You’ll gain hands-on real-world experience through a required internship or research project as part of your coursework. The Department of Biology also uses resources such as Miller Reserve Wetlands Restoration Project, the Kelso Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Reis Biological Research Station to offer students experiential learning activities.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 97%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Biology report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $89k

    Biological Scientist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a biological scientist is $89,100.

  • $86k

    Environmental Scientist

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an environmental scientist and geoscientist is $85,790.

  • $54k

    Environmental Science Technician

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an environmental science and geoscience technician is $54,220.

What You'll Study

The environmental science curriculum includes coursework to prepare you to study and solve environmental problems. Students are required to take two Environmental Science seminars. These seminars assist the students in integrating the science courses with application toward environmental issues. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Environmental Science – 64-68 Hours

  • BI163 Evolution & Ecology (4)
  • BI332 General Ecology (3)
  • BS105 Environmental Biology (3)
  • CH184 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • CH185 General Chemistry I (3)
  • CH186 General Chemistry II (3)
  • EC344 Environmental Economics (3)
  • EN190 Writing & the Environment (3)
  • EV201 Environmental Science Seminar I (1)
  • EV400 Health Physics (3)
  • EV401 Environmental Science Seminar II (1)
  • EV454 Risk Assessment Applications (3)
  • EV481-483 Internship (3)
    OR
  • EV491-493 Research (3)
  • EVxxx Course (300-500 level) (3)
  • GO110 Physical Geology (3)
  • GO365 Environmental Soil Science (3)
  • GO460 Environmental Hydrology (3)
  • MA139 Applied Calculus (3)
    OR
  • MA140 Analytical Geometry & Calculus I (5)
  • MA223 Elementary Probability & Statistics (3)
  • PH106 Physical Concepts (3)
    OR
  • PH120 Introductory Physics I (5)
  • UI429 Environmental Ethics (3)

Choose 6 Hours From:

  • UI331 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
  • UI360 Recycling & Waste Management (3)
  • UI370 Media Ethics (3)
  • UI373/073 Earth and Life Through Time (3)
  • UI386 Environmental Health (3)
  • UI387 Environmental Law & Public Policy (3)

Biology Option Courses

  • BI173 Cellular & Organismal Biology (4)

Choose 2 Courses From:

  • BI310 General Microbiology (4)
  • BO310 Plant Biology (4)
  • ZO310/010 Zoology (4)

Choose 6 Hours From:

  • Students may select from a list of more than 20 courses with a BI, BO, or ZO prefix at 3xx to 5xx level

Additional Required Courses: 9 Hours

  • CH187 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
  • CH341 Foundations of Organic Chemistry (4)
  • CH342 Organic Chemistry Lab I (1)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (13 Hours)     

  • UI100 (1)
  • EN100 (3)
  • BS105 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (14 Hours)     

  • BI163 (4)
  • CH184/CH185 (4) 
  • GO110/010 (3) 
  • EN190 (3)

Milestone: maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)  

  • BI173 (4) 
  • CH186 (3) 
  • CH187 (1) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (1)

Spring Semester (16-18 Hours)    

  • BI/BO/ZO310 (4) 
  • CH341 (4) 
  • CH342 (1)
  • EV201 (1)
  • PH106 or PH120 (3-5)
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

(summer courses are encouraged to avoid semesters exceeding 15 hours)

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (16-18 Hours)    

  • BI/BO/ZO310 (4) 
  • EC344 (3)
  • EV454 (3)
  • GO365 (3)
  • MA139 or MA140 (3-5)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)     

  • BI332 (3)
  • EV400 (3)
  • GO460 (3)
  • MA223 (3)
  • General Education (3)

Milestone: maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)     

  • BI or BO or ZO elective (3) 
  • EV Intern/Research (3) 
  • Required UI3XX (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Semester (16 Hours)  

  • BI or BO or ZO elective (3)
  • EV401 (1)
  • EV elective (3) 
  • Required UI3XX (3)
  • UI429 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: maintain 2.0 cumulative GPA

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

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How Do Students Gain Experience?

At Southeast, a biology education goes beyond the classroom. Our students are gaining valuable experience to complement their classroom work with internships and field experiences at:

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • U.S. Green Building Council
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

Alumna

"My education taught me not only how to speak and read science but also how to actually do science. I am a hands-on learner, so these experiences outside the classroom prepared me well for graduate school and beyond."

Donna Kridelbaugh

A portrait of Southeast Alum, Donna Kridelbaugh.

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