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LSU School of the Coast and Environment

Undergraduate Degree

Concentrations

Coastal Environmental Science students may choose between two concentrations: Environmental Science & Research or Applied Coastal Environmental Science.  ESR (environmental science and research) consists of 21-22 hours, and ACES (applied coastal environmental science) consists of 24-25 hours. Requirements for the two concentrations are described below.

Environmental Science and Research

Directed Undergraduate Research: ENVS 3999/OCS 3999 (2)

General Microbiology: BIOL 2051 (4) or BIOL 2153 (4)

 

Applied Coastal Environmental Science

Design of Environmental Management Systems: ENVS 4149 / GEOG 4047 (3)

General Microbiology: BIOL 2051 (4) or

Hazards, Disasters, and the Environment: DSM 2000/ GEOG 2000 (3) or

Landscape Ecology: LA 2401 (3) or

Introduction to Waves and Beaches: OCS 2010 (3) or

Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources: RNR 2101 (3)

 

Course Requirements

All students are required to take 39 hours of general education courses. These courses cover the areas of English Composition (6 hrs), Analytical Reasoning (6 hrs), Arts (3 hrs), Humanities (9 hrs), Natural Sciences (9 hrs), and Social Sciences (6 hrs).

CES students have basic science and math requirements. These include two years of Chemistry for majors two years of Biology for majors, one year of Physics, and two years of Math.

All CES students are required to take 15 hours of Core courses. These include Introduction to Environmental Science (ENVS 1126/1127H), Introduction to Marine Science Geological/Physical Processes OSC 2007), Introduction to Marine Science Life Processes (OCS 2008), Global Environmental Cycles (OCS3 3103), and CES Capstone (ENVS/OCS 4999)

 

Major Courses

Students are required to take 17-19 CES electives, depending on concentration, at the 3000 & 4000 level.  Upper division courses must consist of at least one course in each of the following areas: Physical Science, Chemistry, Biology, and Policy and Management.

 

Physical Science Area:

OCS 3200 Hurricane and Typhoons (3)

OCS 4021 Weather Analysis and Satellite Meteorology (3)

OCS 4024 Coastal Morphodynamics (3)

OCS 4040 Environmental Pollution Transport Processes (3)

OCS 4060 Introductory Estuarine Dynamics (3)

OCS 4128 Wetland Hydrology and Hydrodynamics (3)

ENVS 4145 Remote Sensing Fundamentals for Environmental Scientists (3)

GEOL 4164 Deltaic Geology (3)

OCS 4170 Physical Oceanography (3)

OCS 4210 Geological Oceanography (3)

ENVS 4900 Watershed Hydrology (3)

 

Chemistry Area:

BIOL 4087 Basic Biochemistry (4)

ENVS 4101 Environmental Chemistry (3)

OCS 4126 Chemical Oceanography (3)

OCS 4165 Environmental Chemistry of Wetlands (3)

CHE 4263 Environmental Chemodynamics (3)

Biology Area:

ENVS 4010 Applied Ecology (2)

ENVS 4035 Aquatic Pollution (3)

ENVS 4477 Environmental Toxicology: Introduction and Applications (3)

ENVS 4500 Health Effects of Environmental Pollutants (3)

OCS 4012 Biology of Marine Vertebrates (3)

OCS 4090 Marine and Environmental Microbiology (3)

OCS 4372 Estuarine Ecology (4)

OCS 4410 Ecosystem Modeling and Analysis (3)

OSCS 4550 Biological Oceanography (3)

BIOL 4087 Basic Biochemistry (4)

RNR 4037 Biology of Fishes (3)

RNR 4106 Techniques in Limnology and Fisheries (2)

BIOL 4262 Marine Communities (3)

RNR 4020 Taxonomy and Ecology of Wetland Plants (4)

RNR 4145 Ichthyology (4)

 

Policy and Management Area:

ENVS 4149 Design of Environmental Management Systems (3)

ENVS 4261 Energy and the Environment (3)

ENVS 4262 Environmental Hazards Analysis (3)

ENVS 4264 Regulation of Environmental Hazards (3)

ENVS 4266 Ocean Policy (3)

OCS 4465 Coastal Zone Management (3)

OCS 4560 Wetland Loss, Restoration, and Management (3)

RNR 4023 Marine Fisheries Resources (3)

EMS 3040 Applied Environmental Management (4)

EMS 3050 Environmental Regulations and Compliance (3)

EMS 4020 Quantitative Risk Assessment (3)

Semester Plan

 

TOTAL SEM. HRS: 120

For environmental science and research area of concentration

2 For applied coastal environmental science area of concentration

 

FRESHMAN YEAR

 

Class Hours
BIOL 1201, 1208, 1202, 1209 8
CHEM 1201, 1202, 1212 8
MATH 1550 5
ENVS 1126 (1127) 3
ENGL 1001 3
General education arts course 3
TOTAL HOURS 30

 

SOPHMORE YEAR

Class Hours
CHEM 2261 3
ENGL 2000 3
OCS 2007,2008 8
General education social science course 3
Areas of concentration courses 12
TOTAL HOURS 29

 

JUNIOR YEAR

Class Hours
PHYS [2101 and 2108]1 or [2001 and 2108]2 4
PHYS [2102 and 2109]1 or [2002 and 2109]2 4
OCS 3103 3
Approved CES elective 3
General education social sciences course 3
Area of concentration courses 9
TOTAL HOURS 34-35

 

SENIOR YEAR

Class Hours
ENVS 4999 (or OCS 4999) 1
Approved CES electives 16-13
OCS 3103 3
Approved elective 3
General education humanities courses 6
Area of concentration courses 0-4
TOTAL HOURS 26-27