This program is designed to provide educational opportunities leading to rewarding careers in the field of environmental science. The SHSU Environmental Science program is an interdisciplinary program consisting of coursework from the departments of Agricultural Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Geography and Geology.
The program consists of two tracks – an Environmental Pollution Abatement track and a more general Environmental Sustainability track. The former is geared for students seeking employment in the more technical areas of environmental science, such as those pertaining to air and water pollution, and waste management. Accordingly, it requires more chemistry than the Sustainability track. The latter includes more social science coursework. Both tracks contain a common set of core courses to serve as a strong foundation for the degree, and both have 11-12 hours of electives to choose from, depending upon the track.
Department Contact: Ross Guida
Location: Lee Drain Building, Room 336
The Core Curriculum at Sam Houston State University (to be used by all incoming students as of fall 2014) contains 42 semester credit hours, encompassing nine component areas. Each component area has a minimum credit hour requirement and a selection of specific courses that may be used to satisfy the requirement. The Core Curriculum details Sam Houston State University courses and their Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) equivalents for college transfer students which comprise SHSU’s core curriculum.
Many SHSU disciplines including the sciences, business, and education require specific courses from the SHSU core as degree specific graduation requirements. To minimize cost and time to complete degree requirements always select SHSU/transfer core courses specified as degree requirements in your intended major. If you have not decided on a major, select core courses supporting your intended area of academic concentration.
Prior to enrolling in core classes, students are encouraged to review specific degree requirements for their major. Selection of major-specified core courses reduces the total number of hours required for graduation.
If you do not see a Texas Common Course Number (TCCN) mapping a specific core course to your transfer institution, please go to Transfer Course Equivalency Guide and select your institution from the drop-down menu. The result will list all currently mapped transfer courses from your institution to SHSU courses.