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2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Systems Science, B.S.

Environmental Systems Science (ESS) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in environmental science, focusing on the interactions between the various components of Earth and environmental systems, including the biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, and anthrosphere.

Students earning a B.S. in Environmental Systems Science will

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of interdisciplinary perspective and integrative thinking,
    1. understand physical and biological components of environmental systems, including the human component;
  2. design, conduct, and interpret scientific investigations,
    1. understand the ethics of scientific investigation,
    2. demonstrate proficiency in data collection, statistical analysis, and use of information technology tools and modeling;
  3. apply systems concepts to problems con¬cerning environmental systems and their components, and construct conceptual and quantitative systems models;
  4. examine spatial, temporal, and spatial-temporal patterns in environmental systems, and use information technology tools to depict, project, and communicate such patterns.

Students earning a B.S. degree in ESS complete coursework including:

23+ Credit Hours of Foundations Courses:

Intro to Systems Science

Foundation of Biological Sciences

(Choose one course):

15+ Credit Hours of Spheres Courses:


14+ Credit Hours of Skills & Tools Courses:

18+ Credit Hours in an Approved Minor

18+ credit hours in an approved minor* or concurrent major as an area of specialization: Agroecology, Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Environment & Natural Resources, Geography, Geology, Insect Biology, Land Surveying, Paleoenviron¬mental Studies, Physics, Rangeland Ecology & Watershed Management, Reclamation & Restoration Ecology, Soil Science, Statistics, Sustainability, Wildlife & Fisheries Biology & Management, or Zoology

* other options available; subject to advisor approval

6+ Credit Hours of Haub School Requirements Courses:

  • U.S. Diversity (choose one)
  • Global Awareness (choose one)

Additional Requirements:

Students complete additional credit hours in consultation with advisor if needed to meet minimum 120 credits, including 42 upper division credits, to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming.

Additionally, students must:

  • earn a C or better in all courses fulfilling program requirements - in­cluding Haub School U.S. Diversity and Global Awareness courses, and degree, major, and/or minor courses;
  • earn 12 credits unique to each program when enrolled in multiple Haub School programs;
  • meet University of Wyoming requirements for earning a bachelor’s degree, including, but not limited to, completion of University Studies Program and maintaining minimum 2.0 GPA for good academic standing and graduation.