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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 21, 2024
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Environmental Science, BS

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Environmental science is a multidisciplinary field that focuses on documenting the impacts that people have on our environment, on reducing the harmful effects of these impacts, and on restoring aspects of the environment to benefit both nature and people. Our program focuses on air, water, and the Earth’s solid surface, and it includes an emphasis on their interactions with life.

The environmental science degree is a multidisciplinary program that combines physics, chemistry, math, biology, and geology to give you the skills and know-how needed to understand environmental impacts. Careers range from the assessment, remediation, and protection of air and water resources to the restoration of disturbed landscapes to helping to ensure that major industries comply with environmental regulations. In addition, the environmental science program provides fine intellectual training in the tradition of a liberal arts education, which means that you will be exceptionally well-qualified to compete for they diverse jobs on offer at Pitt’s career fairs.

The Environmental Science major requires completion of at least 63 credits, as follows.

Core courses required for the major

Co-requirements for the major

Geology additional requirements

Grades: Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in departmental courses to graduate with a BS degree in Environmental Science

Satisfactory/No Credit: No GEOL course that counts toward the major can be taken on an S/NC basis. No more than two of the non-geological science courses that count toward the major may be taken on an S/NC basis.

Writing requirement: Students must complete at least one writing-intensive (W) course in the major.

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