Department of Environmental Science

Degree Planning Information and Curriculum

The DES curriculum is composed of three parts as discussed below and presented in the Curriculum Checklist (be sure to use the checklist that matches your matriculation year). To help you plan, we have a four-year planning document for the B.S. in Environmental Science and the B.A. in Environmental Planning & Policy. Finally, there is a two-year DES Course Rotation List, which is the list of DES courses tentatively scheduled to be offered over the next two years by semester.

  1. USM Core Curriculum Requirements - students must complete the university's Core Curriculm. As part of the core curriculum, students must either (a) take three courses contained within a Thematic Cluster or (b) complete a minor. We recommend students complete a minor that compliments their degree, which, depending on your major, can include DES minors such as Environmental Sustainability, Applied Energy, Environmental Policy (for B.S. students and non-majors only), Environmental Science (for B.A. students and non-majors only), or other minors such as Economics, Biology, ChemistryNature Tourism, or other minors.
  2. DES Common Core Courses - all DES majors are required to complete the DES Common Core, which is a mix of courses designed to develop the minimum set of skills in environmental science, environmental policy, and land use planning expected of all environmental professionals.
  3. Degree Specific Courses - these courses are the specialized courses unique to the B.A. and B.S. and include required courses and DES elective courses (these are specialized electives different from university general electives).