Jan 16, 2022  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 

Interdisciplinary Environmental Science and Society (IESS)

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Revised Program, effective Fall 2015

The Interdisciplinary Environmental Science and Society (IESS) program is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide broad knowledge of the interaction between humans and the environment from various points of view. Students can tailor their curriculum by following one of several concentrations and sub-concentrations to gain a deeper understanding of an environmental issue depending on their interest. All IESS students will learn how population growth and increased economic activity affect our environment and how GIS can be used as a tool to present environmental data. Students choosing the Environmental Science concentration learn the concepts needed to understand the “Grand Challenges in Environmental Science” as identified by the National Academies of Science including biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, climate variability, hydrologic forecasting, land-use dynamics, and biogeochemical cycles. Students choosing the Environment and Society concentration learn how environmental policies and regulations have economic, political, and social impacts.

Students completing the program will be competitive to enter careers such as environmental technician, environmental advocate, hydrologist, resource manager, and environmental lobbyist. Research institutions, regulatory agencies, nonprofit organizations, and consulting firms will be the main source of employment for graduates of the program. Although, as with many science baccalaureate degrees, many of the jobs available to students who complete the Environmental Science concentration are entry-level, experience and graduate work can allow students to advance to environmental management positions. The environmental science degree, in consultation with an advisor, prepares students to enter a graduate degree or graduate certificate program in a specific environmental science such as atmospheric scientist, ecologist, or hydrogeologist.

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .

Advisor Information:

Tom Kovacs, Ph.D., Professor

303D Mark Jefferson Science Complex
(734) 487-8591

Major Requirements: 63-94 hours

Concentration: 44-75 hours

Select one of the following concentrations

Atmosphere and Climate Concentration: 60-62 hours

Environmental Biology Concentration: 62-65 hours

Restricted Electives: 18 hours

Choose 18 credit hours from the following, students must take a minimum of 15 credit hours in Biology courses from these electives.

Environmental Chemistry Concentration: 63-71 hours

Required Concentration Courses: 55-63 hours

Environmental Geoscience Concentration: 65-68 hours

Environmental Hydrology Concentration: 74-75 hours

Environment and Society Concentration: 44-45 hours

Minor Requirement:

This program does not require a minor.

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Critical Graduation Information:

Each undergraduate student will be responsible for the fulfillment of the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of their initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog including the one in effect at the time of their graduation.

In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of their original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have their credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of their major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of their graduation.

The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (WI)  Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credits for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor, will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:

EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. Please see General Education  for a detailed description of requirements.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.

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