Department of Environmental Science and Policy

BS in Environmental Science: Secondary Science Education Certification Concentration

The Department of Environmental Science & Policy offers a BS in Environmental Science with the option of choosing 7-12 certification in either the life science or physical science track or both. Environmental Science majors study topics such as terrestrial ecology, wetland ecology, soil and water quality, energy, and sustainability.

As sample curriculum and schedule is outlined below. More information on teacher certification in the College of Science, Technology, and Health can be found at http://usm.maine.edu/csth/teachercertification.

Pathway for  BS in Environmental Science with secondary science education certification (physical science, life science, or dual)     

bold = required     
 last revision - 10/19/13 
  Fall Spring
1st year

ENG 100 English Composition (3)
EYE 1xx (EYE 108 recommended) Entry Year Experience (3)
ESP 101 Fund. Env. Science (3)
ESP 102 Fund. Env. Sci.  lab (1)
ESP 150 Field Immersion (3) 
MAT 120 Intro to Statistics (4), meets DES tools requirement and core Quantitative Methods requirement

17 credits

ESP 125 Environmental Ecology (3)
ESP 126 Environ. Ecology Lab (1)
HRD 200 Multicult. Human Growth (3)
Sociocultural analysis core: 
ESP 197 Research Skills Lab (1)
Cultural Interpretation general education course (3)
BIO 105 (3) or PHY 111 Physics I (3) 
BIO 106 (1.5) or PHY 114 Phys. Lab (1) 

15 or 15 ½ credits

PRAXIS 1
2nd year

CHY 113 General Chem Lecture (4)
CHY 114 General Chem Lab (1)
Free Elective (3)
ESP 340 Environmental Regulations (3, online)
Creative Expressions general education course (3)

14 credits

ESP 203 Env. Communication (3)
CHY 115 General Chem II (3)
CHY 116 Gen. Chem Lab II (1)
Free Elective (3)
EDU 305 Cultural Diversity (3), part of Cluster, and meets Core Diversity) 
MAT 152 Calculus I (4) 

17 credits

3rd year

CHY 231 Analytical Chemistry (3)
CHY 232 Analytical Chemistry Lab (1)
ESP 250 Soils (4)
ESP 280 Research Methods (4)
SED 335 Students with Exceptionalities in General Ed (3), part of Cluster

15 credits

ESP 260 Soil and Water Conserv. (3) 
ESP 360 Water Quality Assess. (4)
EDU 310 Schooling in a Democracy (3), meets Ethical Inquiry/International core 
SED 420 Multi-tiered Systems of Educ Support (3), part of Cluster

13  credits

Admission to Professional Year

4th year

EDU xxx/ESP 400 Internship (3)
ESP 2xx or higher (3), [recommend ESP 445 Env. Education & Interp.]
ESP 412 Field Ecosystem (4) or ESP 413 Forest Ecology (4)
EDU XXX Content Methods (3)
EDU XXX STEM seminar (3)

16 Credits

ESP 401 Environmental Impact Assessment (4) meets core capstone
STEM Seminar/ESP 475 Senior Seminar (3)
Education Internship (6), substitutes for ESP 400

13 Credits

Total ≥ 120 credits