ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE AND POLICY - Dept. Code: ECS
www.cesp.miami.edu

INTRODUCTION

The undergraduate program in Ecosystem Science and Policy (ECS) is offered by the Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. The goal of the program is to educate the next generation of environmental leaders.  The ECS program provides students with a broad background in environmental issues from a variety of perspectives, along with in-depth education in an area of specialization. 


EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

The ECS major offers a series of problem-based learning courses, culminating in a capstone course in the senior year. Courses emphasize integration of science and policy approaches to real-world environmental issues. This preparation gives students both the theoretical background and technical skills to pursue environmental careers in, teaching and research, as well as for careers in government and private industries concerned with the environment. 


DEGREE PROGRAMS

The Ecosystem Science and Policy program offers two undergraduate degree major programs: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).  The ECS degree is a double major program.  Students earning a B.S. in ECS must also complete a second major from one of the following disciplines: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geological sciences, mathematics, microbiology, or physics.  Students earning a B.A. in ECS must also complete a second major in a non-science area or the B.A. major in either geological sciences or in biology.  Students are required to complete either an environmentally related internship or a research project with the Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy or with other UM faculty. Students earning dual degrees, for example from the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences, must complete the ECS major and a minor in another area.

Only those courses passed with a grade of “C-” or better in the ECS core may be applied to the major or minor.  All ECS majors are required to maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better in order to graduate with a double major in ECS.


MAJOR

Bachelor of Science Degree:  The B.S. degree is recommended for students intending to attend graduate or professional schools in pursuit of research or academic careers (including secondary or higher education).  It is also suitable for those preparing for technical careers in government and private industries concerned with the environment. In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements, the B.S. requirements are as follows:

ECS Core:
ECS 111, 112, 113, 201 or 202, 301, 302, 403, and either ECS 401 (internship) or 402 (research)

In addition, students must take the following courses, which may fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences general education or second major requirements:

Science Core:
Biology: BIL 160, 161 and 235
Chemistry: CHM 111/113, and 112/114
Environmental Pollution: CAE 240
Geological or Marine Sciences: One of GSC 110/114, or GSC 111 or MSC 111
Physics: PHY 101/106 or PHY 205, 206/208
Environmentally-related science or engineering electives to total 6 credits (at least 3 credits of which must be at the 300-level or above). 

Mathematics:
As required by the College, all B.S. degree candidates must pass two semesters of calculus (MTH 151-162, MTH 161-162, or MTH 171-172) and one semester of a statistics course (e.g. ECS 204).

Social Science Core:
Economics ECO 211 and 212 or two of Political Science (POL 201, 202 or 203).
Environmentally-related social science electives to total 3 credits

Students with their second major in the College of Engineering should follow the general education and mathematics requirements of the College of Engineering.

Bachelor of Arts Degree:  The B.A. degree is recommended in preparation for careers in law, government and business*, including professional schools and careers in government and private industries concerned with the environment.  In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements*†, the B.A. requirements are as follows:

ECS Core:
ECS 111, 112, 113, 201 or 202, 301, 302, 403, and either ECS 401 (internship) or 402 (research)

In addition, students must take the following courses, which may fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences general education or second major requirements:

Science Core:

Ecology: ECS 232
Chemistry: CHM 101 or 111/113
Environmental Pollution: CAE 240
Geological Sciences: One of GSC 102, 103, 106 or GSC 110/114 or GSC 111
Marine Science: MSC 101 or 111
Environmentally-related science elective(s) to total 3 credits. 
Mathematics*:
As required by the College, all B.A. degree candidates must satisfactorily complete a MTH course numbered 108, or higher. All ECS majors must complete one semester of a statistics course (e.g., ECS 204).

Social Science Core:
Economics ECO 211 and 212 or two of Political Science (POL 201 and 202 or 203)
Environmentally-related social science* electives to total 9 credits (at least 3 credits of which must be at 300 level or above)

* Students with their second major in the School of Business Administration should follow the general education and mathematics requirements of the School of Business Administration. Environmentally-related business electives may be substituted for environmentally-related social science electives. See listing under the School of Business Administration for further information.

† Students with their second major in the School of Communication should follow the general education requirements for the School of Communication.


MINOR

Minor in Ecosystem Science and Policy:
A minor in ECS is 15 credits and includes:
ECS 111, 113, and 9 more credits in ECS (6 of which are at the 300-level or above)


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