Environmental Science, Policy & Geography

Environmental Science Policy & Geography
USF St Petersburg Dav 100
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Ph: 727-873-4156

Maintained by Dr. Bob Wang
Last updated 11/6/13


Undergraduate Degrees

B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy (EVR)

The status of the earth’s environment has been a major concern since the 1960s. As we enter the 21st century, it represents one of the most critical issues facing nearly all nations individually as well as the earth community as a whole. Increased population, technology, globalization and diminishing natural resources all play an important role in the changing environment. As a consequence, governments at all levels are devoting resources to help understand the problems that we are facing and to aid in their mitigation. This includes everything from public education to cleaning up toxic waste sites.

The environmental industry is a growing arena for employment for degree holders at all levels. Students completing the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Science and Policy have found employment with government agencies (city, county, state, and federal), private industry, and non-profit organizations. Examples of careers include field scientist, research scientist, policy analyst, lobbyist, conservationist, and educator. Some also go on to attend graduate or law school.

The B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy was approved in 1995. This interdisciplinary program is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences. All students must complete the University’s General Education Requirements. All majors in the program must complete the required core courses and select among the elective courses from the lists below. Please note that the core and elective courses differ between the policy track and the science track. Finally, all majors must complete an upper division seminar and an internship or project. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of "C-" is the minimum acceptable grade.

Students wishing to transfer to USFSP should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses re-quired for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this degree program. The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university. Transfer students are encouraged to complete the following required supporting major courses prior to entering the university. Unless stated otherwise, a grade of "C-" is the minimum acceptable grade.

Environmental Science and Policy Major Requirements

The major in Environmental Science and Policy consists of either an Environmental Policy Track or an Environmental Science Track.

Environmental Policy Track-Total minimum required hours: 45

ESP bachelors degree offers 3 concentrations i) Science, ii) Policy and iii) Sustainability.  Please click Environmental Science and Policy (EVR) Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 for more details.


Minor in Environmental Policy

Requirements for the Minor in Environmental Policy

A total of 19-20 credits are required for the minor in Environmental Policy, 12 of which must be completed at USF. The Minor in Environmental Policy consists of the following program outline:

Required core courses:

  • EVR 2001 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • EVR 2001L Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
  • EVR 2861 Introduction to Environmental Policy

Three of the following four courses:

  • PUP 4203 Environmental Politics and Policy
  • PHI 3640 Environmental Ethics
  • ECO 3302 Environmental Economics (prerequisite: ECO 2023 Microeconomics)
  • POS 3697 Environmental Law
  • Plus on approved policy-related elective. Please contact the department office for a current list of electives under this category.

Minor in Geospatial Science

Introduction to Geospatial Sciences

Geospatial Science is the quantitative and analytical study of relationships of events and processes in space and time. In recent years, powerful new technologies and techniques have emerged that greatly improve our ability to acquire, archive, analyze and communicate information regarding people, places and other processes on or near the Earth’s surface. These same technologies and analytical frameworks allow us to combine this information into multi-tiered databases describing complex and inter-related aspects of our physical and social world. Such databases can then be analyzed in novel ways that take the spatial nature of disparate phenomena and processes into account. The insights produced by these analyses are revolutionizing many fields of science, decision making, government operations and business, and through now-commonplace consumer products such as web-based mapping systems and Global Positing Systems (GPS) units, are directly impacting the everyday lives of ordinary individuals.

The mission of the minor in Geospatial Science is to offer students a broad understanding of the fundamental theories and concepts underlying spatial analysis, hands-on experience with contemporary Geospatial Science hardware and software, and experience in the application of geospatial analysis to contemporary problems in environmental management, urban planning, business management, disease and health management, crime analysis and other fields.

Requirements for the Minor in Geospatial Science: A minor in Geospatial Science consists of 16 credit hours. To be admitted in the minor a student must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5. To earn a minor in Geospatial Sciences a student must earn a C or above for all required courses for this minor. The required courses are:

  • EA 2000 World Regional Geography (3), 
  • GEO 2200 and 2200L  Physical Geography and lab (4)
  • GIS 3006C Computer Cartography (3)
  • GIS 4035C Remote Sensing of the Environment (3)
  • GIS 4043C Geographic Information Systems (3)

Students transferring credit hours toward a minor in Geospatial Science must complete 12 credit hours within the Department, regardless of the number of credit hours transferred. Up to eight (8) hours can be transferred toward the minor only if students have earned C or higher in the transfer courses.

Currently, two courses for this minor can be completed online: GEA 2000 and GIS 3006.

More details on Requirements for the Minor in Geospatial Science (PDF file)


Minor in Geography

Requirements for the Minor in Geography

A minor in Geography consists of 20 credit hours, with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0. Eight (8) hours for minor must be USF coursework.

The required courses are:

Also, take one of the following:

  • GEO 3180 Digital Thematic Mapping (4)
  • GEO 3164C Quantitative Methods (4)
  • GEO 3602 Urban Geography (4)
  • GEO 4502 Economic Geography (4)
  • GEO 4604 Advanced Urban Geography (4)
  • GEO 4700 Transportation Geography (4)
  • GEO 4470 Political Geography (4)
  • URP 4052 Urban and Regional Planning (4)
  • GEO 4421 Cultural Geography (4)
  • GEO 4340 Natural Hazards (4)
  • GEO 4201C Advanced Physical Geography (4)
  • GEO 4210 Process Geomorphology (4)
  • GEO 4280C Hydrology (4)
  • GEO 4340 Natural Hazards (4)
  • GEO 4372 Global Conservation (4)
  • MET 4002 Climatology (4)
  • MET 4010C Meteorology (4)
  • MET 4532C Tropical Meteorology (4)
  • GEO 4300 Biogeography (4)
  • GEO 4114C Geographic Techniques and Methodology (4)
  • GEO 4131C Remote Sensing of the Environment (4)
  • GEO 4151C Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (4) 


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