Environmental Science Track


Environmental Science Track

The Environmental Science track features ENVS 1123k Environmental Science I and ENVS 1124k Environmental Science II for a total of eight credit hours. Wyoming and the surrounding states serve as an excellent outdoor classroom where students can experience a wide aspect of environments ranging from alpine tundra and montane forests to high deserts and canyonlands. In this field-based course, students will be immersed in the various environments and experience first-hand the forces affecting and shaping them.   

The Environmental Science track combines an interdisciplinary study integrating principles of the natural sciences and non-science disciplines as they apply to the environment with a focus on current global concerns. Topics will include renewable and nonrenewable energy issues, land use and the urban environment, climate change, water resources, air and water pollution, and mineral resources. Biodiversity, species endangerment and extinction, conservation biology, agriculture and the future of food, world food security, environmental pollution and human health, and the benefits and problems with pesticides will also be woven into the outdoor classroom environment. 

In this field-based track, students will experience first-hand the environmental concerns that are shaping the American West. 

Environmental Science track students will have the option of adding PHED 1130 (Walking/Jogging) for 2 credit hours and/or GHSC 2901 (Dinosaurs) for 2 credit hours to their summer schedule as well.

The GHSC 2901: Dinosaurs special topics course investigates how we approach the study of Dinosaurs and have come to understand their role in ancient ecosystems, and why studying them is important. This course can’t be taken alone, it must be taken along with the Ecology course.

The PHED 1130 course option focuses on improving Fitness Walking/Jogging skills while integrating them into daily work and leisure. This course can’t be taken alone, it must be taken along with the Ecology course.

Student and faculty hiking.
Moose on trail.
Faculty driving a boat.

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” Rachel Carson