School of the Environment

Undergraduate Program

Environmental and Ecosystem Sciences Major Requirements

Addressing environmental problems requires more than a good general science degree. Your major in Environmental and Ecosystem Sciences includes opportunities for both experiential learning with field trips, internships and study abroad as well as capstone courses to apply your scientific knowledge in a problem-solving atmosphere.

You will study subject matter from a range of disciplines that includes the social sciences as well as natural sciences. All majors complete core requirements and, in consultation with an academic advisor, choose an area of specialization and complete a minimum of 18 semesters credits related to the chosen topic. Students may choose from a diverse range of fields in environmental science, including natural resource sciences, geology, biology, environmental regulatory compliance, occupational and environmental health science, health science, hazardous waste management, or agricultural ecology.


Full course descriptions can be viewed at the WSU Tri-Cities Catalog website:
Program catalog description

  • 101 [B] Environment and Human Life
  • 310 Modeling the Environment
  • 335 Environmental Policy
  • 402 Human Health and the Environment
  • 403 Environmental Geology
  • 404 The Ecosystem
  • 406 Introduction to Radiological Science
  • 409 Applied Radiological Physics
  • 411 Limnology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management
  • 416 Radiation Biology
  • 424 Environmental Health Assessment
  • 435 Resolving Environmental Conflicts
  • 444 Environmental Assessment
  • 445 Hazardous Waste Management
  • 486 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • 490, 492, and 493 Special Topics
  • 491 Senior Seminar