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

4YR Progression Plan-Classic Environmental Communication - Emphasis

Campus Availability

  • Flagstaff
  • Yuma

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 2015 Summer 2015
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 2015 Summer 2015
3. COM150 Environmental Communication 3
Description: Analytical research and writing skills for public dissemination of environmental information via the media. Letter grade only.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
4. CST111 Fdmtls Of Public Speaking 3
Description: Development of basic skills for creation and delivery of oral messages in public and in small groups. Emphasizes organization and reasoning. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Requirement Designation: Social and Political Worlds
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
5. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies 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.
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 2015 Summer 2015
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 2015 Summer 2015
3. 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: NOT for Mathematics majors. (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+)).
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
-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. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: MAT 131 or MAT 136 with grade of C or better
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
4. 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 107))
Requirement Designation: Foundation Requirement
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 4

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: Spring 2015
2. 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.. Course fee required. Prerequisites: high school algebra, biology, and chemistry.
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
3. 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 2015 Summer 2015
4. COM131 Writing For Comm Channels 3
Description: Fundamentals of style, grammar, and structure in writing for specific communication channels. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015 Summer 2015
5. JLS104 Grammar & Style 1 JLS104 Notes
Description: A review of basic English grammar as well as an overview of the AP writing style. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Currently Scheduled: Winter 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Notes: ** JLS 104 is not required for this major, but is a pre-requisite for JLS 131.
6. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Notes: * Major electives include 17 units of coursework. See catalog for a list of approved courses.
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. ENV326 Essential Ecology 3
Description: Introduces ecological principles, including the distribution and abundance of organisms, population dynamics, community organization, energy flow, and nutrient cycling. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: ENV 230 Corequisite: ENV 326L
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
2. ENV326L Essential 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 2015
3. 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 2015 Summer 2015
4. 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 2015 Summer 2015
5. COM200 Basic Communication Theory 3
Description: Introduces the nature, elements, concepts, and processes of communication in its many settings; examines vocabulary and research methods of communication studies. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: ENG 105 or HON 190 with grade of C or better or English Placement Test Results (PLACE 60+)
Currently Scheduled: Winter 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
6. JLS131 Basic Reporting 3
Description: An introduction to the elements of reporting: gathering information and interviewing people in order to create a compelling nonfiction story. Covers editing. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: COM 131 and JLS 104
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015

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
2. JLS231 Field Reporting Topics 3
Description: This content development course focuses on increased reporting skills in writing and critical thinking as students create a blog and engage in real-world reporting around a specific topic. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 9 units of credit with different topics. Course fee required.
Prerequisite: JLS 131
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
3. 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: Winter 2014 Spring 2015
4. GLG101 Physical Geology 3
Description: Fundamental physical aspects of the earth's crust; rocks and minerals, structures, landforms and their origin. Letter grade only.
Corequisite: GLG 103
Requirement Designation: Science and Applied Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
5. GLG103 Physical Geology Lab 1
Description: 3 hrs. lab plus field trips. Letter grade only. Course fee required.
Corequisite: GLG 101 or GLG 101H
Requirement Designation: Lab Science
Currently Scheduled: Spring 2015
Meet with your advisor to discuss internship or research options
Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. 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: Winter 2014 Spring 2015
-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 2015
2. 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 2015
3. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Notes: * Major electives include 17 units of coursework. See catalog for a list of approved courses.
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 4

Year 4

Course # Course Description Units Notes
1. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Notes: * Major electives include 17 units of coursework. See catalog for a list of approved courses.
2. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Grade Required: Grade of "C" or better
Notes: * Major electives include 17 units of coursework. See catalog for a list of approved courses.
3. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
4. DIVELECTIVE Diversity Elective 3
5. GECOURSE General Elective Course 4 GECOURSE Notes
Notes: General electives are needed to reach the 120 units total. You may need more or less than 4 units depending on previously taken courses.
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 2015
2. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 3 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Notes: * Major electives include 17 units of coursework. See catalog for a list of approved courses.
3. MAJORELECTIVE Major Elective 2 MAJORELECTIVE Notes
Notes: * Major electives include 17 units of coursework. See catalog for a list of approved courses.
4. LIBSTCOURSE Liberal Studies Course 3
5. DIVELECTIVE Diversity Elective 3

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) STA 270 (3), STA 275 (3)
Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (AHI) (6 units) Student Choice (6)
Social and Political Worlds (SPW) (6 units) COM 150 (3), CST 111 (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 major courses listed in the catalog.

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

*Major electives include 17 units of the following.  Many of these courses have pre-requisites.  Check with the course catalog or your advisor.

  • One additional upper-division ENV course (3 units)
  • One 200-level or higher BIO (excluding BIO 326/ 326LW), CHM, GLG, or PHY course (3 units)
  • Related coursework chosen with your advisor¿s approval, from COM 250 and 400; EMF 223 and 229; GSP 239; JLS 232, 431C; PHO 281, 381, and 481; PR 332; and SC 323, 361, 472, and 477 (11 units)
** JLS 104 is not required for this major, but is a pre-requisite for JLS 131.
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.