University of South Florida - Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) Program
4202 E Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33620
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 03.0104 (Track 1 of 2)
College of Arts & Sciences
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.
This interdisciplinary program spans multiple colleges within the university but is housed in the Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences. All majors in the program must complete the required courses including two introductory courses in environmental science and policy, one semester of calculus, two semesters each of general biology and general chemistry, environmental ethics, environmental politics and policy, statistics and physical science (either geology or physics).
In addition, majors take 6-7 courses that allow them to sub-specialize in environmental science or in environmental policy. Students choosing to sub-specialize in environmental science take a second semester of calculus, one semester of organic chemistry and lab, and four electives within designated tracks. Students choosing to sub-specialize in policy take environmental law and environmental economics and four electives within designated categories. Finally, all majors must complete an upper division seminar and an internship or project. The department advisor advises ESP majors.