2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Oct 29, 2020  
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Environmental Management (ENVM) Major

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Tom Cheesbrough, Head
Department of Biology and Microbiology
West Hall 115
e-mail: biomicro@abs.sdstate.edu


Professor Cheesbrough, Head; Professors Bleakley, Cochrane, Dieter, Erickson, Gibbons, Granholm, Henebry, Hildreth, Johnston, Kayongo-Male, Larson, Reese, Ruffolo, Sutton, Troelstrup, West, Yen; Professors Emeriti Chen, Evenson, Haertel, Hugghins, McMullen, Morgan, Myers, Peterson, Pengra, Whalen; Associate Professors Brozel, Gibson, Gilmanov, Krueger, Li, Pedersen, Wake, Wang, Young; Associate Professor Emeritus Morrill; Assistant Professors Auger, Kaushik, Xu; Instructors Ellis, Hill, Ladonski, Lenertz, McCutcheon, Warren; Adjunct faculty G. Bush (Identity Genetics), E. Butler (Igne), J. Butler (USFS), Chase (Vet.Sci.), Diggins (Augustana), Fennell (HFLP), Francis (Vet.Sci.), German (WRI), Henry (USDSU), Johnson (PS), McFarland (ARS), Matzner (Augustana), Nelson (Vet.Sci.), Reidel (NGIRL-USDA), Rietz (Brookings Medical Clinic), Steece (CUC), Specker (FFS), Todd.


The Environmental Management Major is designed to prepare students for careers in government, industry, consulting and graduate study in environmental science or management. Students receive a strong background of core courses in biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, mathematics, physics, soils, and statistics. During the sophomore year, students participate in discussions with working professionals. These discussions serve to guide students toward a particular area of environmental science. Students work closely with their adviser to design a program of study leading toward a particular career objective. A broad selection of elective courses provides flexibility for development of specialization within a particular focus area. A senior seminar and capstone course in integrated natural resource management provide work related experience for graduating senior students. Students are strongly encouraged to cultivate working relationships with prospective employers throughout their program. A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be maintained in the major and chemistry courses.

Requirements for Environmental Management Major - Bachelor of Science in Biological Science:

Freshman Year:


  • SGR Goal 3: Social Sciences 3*
  • IGR Goal 3: Social Responsibility/Cultural and Aesthetic Awareness Credits: 3 **
Choose from the following:


Sophomore Year:


  • SGR Goal 3: Social Science Credits: 3 *
  • SGR Goal 4: Humanities and Arts Credits: 3 *
  • IGR Goal 1: ENVM 275, Introduction to Environmental Science2 Credits: 3 ** (G)
  • IGR Goal 2: Personal Wellness, any course listed except BIOL 105 Credits: 2 **
  • Emphasis and Elective course Credits: 3


  • SGR Goal 4 : Humanities and Arts Credits: 3 *
  • Emphasis and Elective course Credits: 3

Junior Year:

Fall and Spring

Organic Chemistry: Choose from the following:


  • Chemistry Elective Credits: 4
    (Fall and Spring)

Senior Year:


  • Emphasis and Elective Courses Credits: 12
    See note two below


  • Emphasis and Elective Courses Credits: 8
    See note two below

Environmental Management Majors - Electives:

Environmental Management Majors are required to take 15 hours from the following list of approved electives:

  • Total Required Electives Credits: 15
    See note two below
  • Optional Elective Credits Credits: 14
    See note two below


Note One: This option is recommended for all Environmental Management majors.

Note Two: Students interested in the Environmental Engineering emphasis should take ENVM 225, ENVM 460, and ENVM 461 instead of ENVM 275 and ABS 475.


Senior Seminar may be elected in Animal Science and Range Science, Biology and Microbiology, Plant Science, or any other second major department.

Curriculum Notes:

* The 30 credit Board of Regents System General Education Requirements (SGRs) must be completed as part of a student’s first 64 credits.

** South Dakota State University has an 8-9 credit Institutional Graduation Requirement (IGRs).

(G) Globalization Requirement.

(AW) Advanced Writing Requirement.

Students must take the proficiency examination after completing 48 credits. English 101, and a course in each of the General Education areas of social science, mathematics, natural science, and humanities and arts must be taken prior to taking this exam.

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