College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Progression Plans are for planning purposes
only; see the catalog for official details.

Environmental Sciences, Bachelor of Science

Four Year Progression Plan Biology - Emphasis

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Year 1

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CHM151 General Chemistry I 4
Description: Fundamental chemistry principles presented at a level appropriate for preprofessional, science, and engineering majors, including students proceeding to CHM 235 and 238. Prerequisites: high school chemistry or CHM 100 plus intermediate algebra; recommended: CHM 151L. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 108 or MAT 114 w/ a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS 50+)
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
2. CHM151L General Chemistry I Lab 1
Description: Introduces important lab practices, stoichiometry, and the analysis of chemical unknowns. 2 hrs. lab including lecture time when appropriate. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Pre- or Corequisite: CHM 151
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
3. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MAT114 Quantitative Reasoning 3 MAT114 Notes
Description: Contemporary quantitative methods, especially descriptive statistics, elementary probability, examples of statistical inference, linear and exponential models of growth and decay, and applicable discrete models. Fulfills liberal studies foundation requirement. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 35+; MATHC 30+; PLACE 43+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
Notes: * Complete MAT 136 OR MAT 114, 119 and 131.
-Option B-
MAT136 Calculus I 4 MAT136 Notes
Description: Calculus of one variable; basic concepts, interpretations, techniques, and applications of differentiation and integration. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 125 or MAT 125H with a grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 65+; MATHC 65+; PLACE 70+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
Notes: * Complete MAT 136 OR MAT 114, 119 and 131.
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
6. NAU100 Transition To College 1
Description: Interactive course designed to facilitate student success through exploration of academic, navigation, and life skills, familiarize students with campus resources and services, and assist students in forming a support network. Letter grade only.
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. CHM152 General Chemistry II 3
Description: Continuation of CHM 151. Recommended: CHM 152L. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CHM 151
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
2. CHM152L General Chemistry II Lab 1
Description: Lab introduction to analytical chemistry, thermochemistry, pH and buffers, chemical kinetics, and spectrophotometry. 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CHM 151L and (CHM 130 or CHM 151) and Prerequisite or Corequisite: CHM 152
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
3. BIO181 Unity Of Life I: Cell Life 3
Description: Introductory course for biology majors. Emphasizes the unifying molecular and cellular principles of all life on earth. 3 hrs. lecture. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: high school algebra, biology, and chemistry.
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
4. BIO181L Unity Of Life I Lab 1
Description: Introduces experimental techniques in cellular and molecular biological sciences. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIO 181 or BIO 181H
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
5. ENG105 Critical Read/Writng In Univ 4
Description: Writing skills for completing university coursework. Fulfills the liberal studies requirement for English composition. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ((English Placement Test Results (ACT 17+; Accuplacer WR 4-7; IELTS 6+; PLACE 30+; SATI 340+, TOEFL PB 525+/CB 193+/IB 70+)) or (Test Results (ACT < 7; AccuplacerWR < 4; PLACE 10; SATI < 340) and Corequisite: ENG 100))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
6. DIVELECTIVE Diversity Elective 3

Year 2

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. ENV230 Fndtns Env Sci: Humans & Env 4
Description: Introduces scientific methods of investigating and solving environmental problems. Interdisciplinary analysis of interactions among living and nonliving environmental components, focusing on human interactions. Lab emphasizes experimental design and presentation. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. BIO182 Unity/Life II: Multicellular 3
Description: Introductory course for biology majors. Emphasizes the unifying organismal principles of life on earth. 3 hrs. lecture. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: BIO 181 Corequisite: BIO 182L
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
3. BIO182L Bio 182 Lab 1
Description: Hands on experience with concepts introduced in BIO 182. Letter grade only.
Corequisite: BIO 182 or 182H
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
4. GSP239 Intro To Geographic Info Sys 4
Description: Basic concepts, theory, and multidisciplinary applications in GIS. 3 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
5. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MAT119 Finite Mathematics 3 MAT119 Notes
Description: Concepts, techniques and applications of systems of linear equations, geometric linear programming, mathematics of finance, combinatorics and probability. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: (MAT 114 with a grade of C or better or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 50+; MATHC 50+; PLACE 55+)) or International Exchange Student Group
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
Notes: * Complete MAT 136 OR MAT 114, 119 and 131.
-Option B-
GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. ENV326 Ecology 3
Description: Introduces ecological principles, including the distribution and abundance of organisms, population dynamics, community organization, energy flow, and nutrient cycling. Cross-listed with BIO 326. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: ENV 230 Corequisite: ENV 326L
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Fall 2014
2. ENV326L Environmental Ecology Lab 1
Description: Introduces the application of ecological science in environmental management. Focus on land and resources management issues and hypothesis testing using data collected from the field. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ENV 230 and Corequisite: ENV 326
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Fall 2014
3. BIO205 Microbiology 3
Description: Fundamental microbiology emphasizing structure and function of organisms, aspects of microbial diversity, pathogenic microorganisms, disease mechanisms and immune response. For students majoring in microbiology and those in the health professions. Recommended: CHM 130 or CHM 151. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (BIO 181 or BIO 181H) Corequisite: BIO 205L
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
4. BIO205L Microbiology Lab 1
Description: Examines the function of organisms, aspects of microbial diversity, pathogenic microorganisms, disease mechanisms and immune response. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: (BIO 181 or BIO 181H) and Pre- or Corequisite: BIO 205
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
5. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
MAT131 Topics In Calculus 3 MAT131 Notes
Description: Introductory topics in differential and integral calculus with applications. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: (MAT 108 or MAT 110 or MAT 119 with grade of C or better) or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 60+; MATHC 60+; PLACE 65+) or International Exchange Student Group
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Notes: * Complete MAT 136 OR MAT 114, 119 and 131.
-Option B-
GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
6. CHM230 Fundamental Organic Chemistry 3
Description: Introduces the chemistry of aliphatic, aromatic, and bio-organic compounds. For students needing only one semester of organic chemistry. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: CHM 130 or (CHM 151 and CHM 152)
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014
Meet with your advisor to discuss internship or research options

Year 3

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. ENV360 Atmosphere & Hydrosphere 4
Description: Integrated approach to Earth's atmosphere and hydrosphere, emphasizing composition, chemical processing, physical transport, and aspects of human impacts and policy. Lab includes experimental design, statistics, and writing. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ENV 230 and CHM 151 and CHM 151L and CHM 152 and CHM 152L
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Fall 2014
2. ENV440 Conservation Biology 3
Description: Scientific basis for conserving and managing biological diversity, emphasizing applications of ecology, drawing on other scientific disciplines, and integrating public policy and sociological issues. Co-convened with ENV 540. Cross-listed with BIO 441. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: ENV 326 or FOR 313
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Fall 2014
3. ENV440L Conservation Biology Lab 1
Description: Combines class field studies and independent research investigating the scientific basis for conserving and managing biological diversity. Requires several extended weekend field trips. Co-convened with ENV 540L. Cross-listed with BIO 441L. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Corequisite: ENV 440
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Fall 2014
4. CHM360 Fundamental Biochemistry 3
Description: Principles of biochemistry emphasizing biologically important compounds and their functions and metabolism in living cells. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: BIO 181, 181L and (CHM 230 or CHM 235)
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
5. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
STA270 Applied Statistics 3
Description: Graphical and quantitative description of data; binomial, normal, and t distributions; one- and two-sample hypothesis tests and confidence intervals; simple linear regression and correlation. Credit cannot be earned in both STA 270 and STA 275. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: (MAT 100 with a grade of P taken Fall 2013 or later) or (MAT 102X or MAT 108 or MAT 114 or higher w/ grade of C or better or Math Placement Test Results (ALEKS/MATHA 40+; MATHC 40+; PLACE 46+)). Non-mathematics major.
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
-Option B-
STA275 Statistical Analysis 3
Description: A calculus-based applied statistics course. Descriptive statistics; discrete and continuous random variables; probability distributions including binomial, Poisson, normal and t-distributions; one- and two-sample hypothesis tests and confidence intervals; simple linear regression and correlation. Credit cannot be earned in both STA 270 and STA 275. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: MAT 131 or MAT 136 with grade of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Fall 2014
6. Choose one of the options below:
-Option A-
ENV408 Field Work Experience 3
Description: Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. Department consent required. Pass-fail only. No repeat limit. Course fee required.
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014
-Option B-
ENV485 Undergraduate Research 3
Description: Original research under the supervision of a research adviser. Department consent required. Pass-fail only. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Fall 2014
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. ENV385W Energy, Resources And Policy 4
Description: Origins and exploitation of energy and mineral resources, and the policies that control how we obtain and use them. This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement. 3 hrs. lecture, 3 hrs. lab. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ENV 280 or 360 and (ENG 105 or HON 190 or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+)) Pre- or Corequisite: POS 359
Requirement Designation: Junior Writing Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Fall 2014
2. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Notes: ** Complete four or more non-repeating ENV, BIO, CHM, FOR, or GLG courses; excluding ENV 101, 101L, BIO 100, 100L, 171, 326, 326LW, GLG 100, 100L, CHM 130 or recitations (14 units; including 7 units at the 300 level or above)
3. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Notes: ** Complete four or more non-repeating ENV, BIO, CHM, FOR, or GLG courses; excluding ENV 101, 101L, BIO 100, 100L, 171, 326, 326LW, GLG 100, 100L, CHM 130 or recitations (14 units; including 7 units at the 300 level or above)
4. POS359 Environmental Policy 3
Description: Political aspects of environmental problems, policy responses to those issues, and their impact on the human and natural environment. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Summer 2014 Fall 2014
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Notes: ** Complete four or more non-repeating ENV, BIO, CHM, FOR, or GLG courses; excluding ENV 101, 101L, BIO 100, 100L, 171, 326, 326LW, GLG 100, 100L, CHM 130 or recitations (14 units; including 7 units at the 300 level or above)
2. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 2 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Notes: ** Complete four or more non-repeating ENV, BIO, CHM, FOR, or GLG courses; excluding ENV 101, 101L, BIO 100, 100L, 171, 326, 326LW, GLG 100, 100L, CHM 130 or recitations (14 units; including 7 units at the 300 level or above)
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 3
Submit graduation application this term.
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. ENV490C Senior Sem In Enviro Sciences 3
Description: Presentation of internship results in scientific meeting format. Participation in weekly seminar and cooperative project with a team of student colleagues is required. You must receive a 70% grade to be awarded the B.S. in environmental sciences. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: ENV 408 or ENV 485
Requirement Designation: Senior Capstone
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2014 Fall 2014
2. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Notes: ** Complete four or more non-repeating ENV, BIO, CHM, FOR, or GLG courses; excluding ENV 101, 101L, BIO 100, 100L, 171, 326, 326LW, GLG 100, 100L, CHM 130 or recitations (14 units; including 7 units at the 300 level or above)
3. DIVELECTIVE Diversity Elective 3
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 2 GECOURSE Notes
Notes: General electives are needed to reach the 120 units total. You may need more or less than 2 units depending on previously taken courses.

University Requirements Specified by Major

University requirements includes 35 units of liberal studies and 6 units of diversity coursework. The courses listed below are required for the major, but may also be used to satisfy liberal studies and/or diversity. Know that if a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement it is only counted once in the cumulative totals. The sections that are blank can be satisfied with any course from the approved list of liberal studies or diversity.
Foundation Requirements:English (FNRQ:ENG) (4 units) ENG 105 (4)
Foundation Requirements:Math (FNRQ:MAT) (3 units) MAT 136 (4)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) POS 359 (3)
Cultural Understanding (CU) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Science/Applied Science (SAS/LAB) (7 units) CHM 151 (4), CHM 151L (1), CHM 152 (3)
Liberal Studies Elective (3 units) BIO 181 (3)
Diversity:U.S. Ethnic (DIV:ETHN) (3 units) Student Choice (3)
Diversity:Global (DIV:GLBL) (3 units) Student Choice (3)

Program Information

PROGRAM INFORMATION

A minimum of 120 units are required for this degree.

A grade of C or better is required for all ENV courses, POS 359, and STA 270 or STA 275.
An average overall GPA of 2.0 or better is required for all math, science and geography courses.

Recitations are available and strongly encouraged for CHM 151, CHM 152, BIO 181 and BIO 182, however they are not required.

*Math requirement is satisfied by taking either: MAT 136 OR MAT 114, 119 and 131.

**Major electives include four or more non-repeating ENV, BIO, CHM, FOR, or GLG courses; excluding ENV 101, 101L, BIO 100, 100L, 171, 326, 326LW, GLG 100, 100L, CHM 130 or recitations (14 units; including 7 units at the 300 level or above)

CONTACT INFORMATION

Environmental Sciences
Building 19, Room 119
Phone: 928-523-9333
http://www.cefns.nau.edu/Academic/CSE/

Debbie Wildermuth
Academic Services Coordinator
College of Engineering, Forestry & Natural Sciences
Building 21, Room 132
Phone: 928-523-3842
EMAIL: cefnsacademic@nau.edu

General Information

Progression Plans are intended to provide a general road map related to the sequencing of courses. 

For a full description of degree requirements, review the Academic Catalog.  To determine what requirements you may have already met through transfer credits, AP/IB courses, or test credits review your Academic Requirements, advisement report.

Some courses may have prerequisites and/or require appropriate placement scores in Mathematics and English.  If you do not have the appropriate placement or prerequisite courses, you may have to take more courses than are presented on the Progression Plan. 

Not all classes are offered every term so use caution when changing the sequencing of courses.

For further clarification, refer to the catalog (link provided at the top of this page) or speak with an academic advisor.