Computer Science and Environmental Science, BS

The computer science and environmental science combined major focuses on geological processes that greatly impact the earth, atmosphere, and water in oceans, lakes, and rivers. Understanding these processes requires acquisition and computational analysis of large amounts of data—underscoring the natural relationship between computer science and environmental science.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Computer Science Courses

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Computer Science/Information Science Overview 11
CS 1210Computer Science/Information Science Overview 2: Co-op Preparation1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required:
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
5
or CS 1801 Recitation for CS 1800
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
5
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
5
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 3800Theory of Computation4
CS 4500Software Development4
CS 4800Algorithms and Data4
Computer Science Senior Seminar
THTR 1170The Eloquent Presenter1
Computer Science Elective Courses
With advisor approval, a directed study, project study, or appropriate graduate-level course may also be taken as a computer science elective.
Complete one course in the following ranges:4
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900
DS 2000 or higher, except DS 4900

Environmental Science Courses

Environmental Science Required Courses
ENVR 1200
and ENVR 1201
Dynamic Earth
and Lab for ENVR 1200
5
ENVR 5210Environmental Planning4
or ENVR 5250 Geology and Land-Use Planning
ENVR 4900Earth and Environmental Science Capstone1
or ENVR 4997 Senior Thesis
Complete one of the following sequences:5
History of Earth and Life
and Interpreting Earth History
Earth Materials
and Lab for ENVR 2310
Environmental Science Integrative Courses
Complete at least two of the following:8-10
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
Geophysics
Applied Hydrogeology
and Lab for ENVR 4500
Environmental Science Electives
If you complete more than two environmental science integrative courses (above), they will count as environmental science electives.
Complete four of the following:16-20
Environmental Science
Earth Landforms and Processes
and Lab for ENVR 2340
Field Geology
Environmental Geochemistry
Coastal Processes
and Lab for ENVR 4106
Environmental Pollution
Wetlands
Advanced Spatial Analysis
Soil Science
Geologic Field Seminar
Structural Geology
and Lab for ENVR 5230
Sedimentary Basin Analysis
and Lab for ENVR 5240
Ancient Marine Life
and Lab for ENVR 5242
Marine Geology
Glacial and Quaternary History
and Lab for ENVR 5270

Supporting Courses

Calculus
MATH 1251Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 14
or MATH 1341 Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering
MATH 1252Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 24
or MATH 1342 Calculus 2 for Science and Engineering
MATH 3081Probability and Statistics4
Chemistry
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
and Recitation for CHEM 1211
5
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
and Recitation for CHEM 1214
5
Computing and Social Issues
Complete one of the following:4
Technology and Human Values
The 21st-Century Workplace
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks

Computer Science English Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
or ENGW 1102 First-Year Writing for Multilingual Writers
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
Complete one course from the following:4
Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions
Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Required General Electives

Complete six general electives.24

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS and IS courses

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Analyzing and Using Data
  • Writing in the First Year
  • Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
  • Writing-Intensive in the Major
  • Demonstrating Thought and Action in a Capstone

Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience is satisfied through co-op.

Program Requirement

137 total semester hours required

Sample Patterns:

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004Vacation
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5ENVR 1202 or 23104Elective4 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5ENVR 1203 or 23111  
ENVR 1200 (ENVR 1201 (Lab if offered))4CS 32004  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
 19 18 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 4800 or ENVR 52504CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5MATH 1252 or 13424Co-op
ENVR 52104MATH 1251 or 13414Elective4 
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5ENVR elective4  
Elective4CS elective4  
 CS 12101  
 17 18 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCS 38004MATH 30814Co-op
 ENVR elective4ENGW 33024 
 ENVR elective4  
 ENVR integrative (take lab if offered)4  
 THTR 11701  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Co-opCS 45004Elective4 
 ENVR 4900 (or ENVR 4997 (if short of credit hours))1Elective4 
 ENVR integrative4  
 ENVR elective4  
 Computing and social issues4  
 0 17 8 
Total Hours: 138

Five Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5Vacation0Vacation0
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 32004  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5Elective4  
ENVR 1200 (ENVR 1201 (if offered))4ENVR 1202 or 23104  
ENGW 11114ENVR 1203 or 23111  
 19 18 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004CS 48004Vacation0Co-op0
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
and CHEM 1216
5  
ENVR 5210 or 52504ENVR elective4  
Elective4CS 12101  
 CS elective4  
 17 18 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0MATH 1251 or 13414MATH 30814Co-op0
 ENVR integrative (take lab if offered)4Elective4 
 ENVR elective4  
 THTR 11701  
 Elective4  
 0 17 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CS 38004Elective4Co-op0
 MATH 1252 or 13424Elective4 
 ENGW 33024  
 ENVR integrative4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opCS 45004  
 ENVR 4900 ( ENVR 4997 (if short of credit hours))1  
 ENVR elective4  
 ENVR elective4  
 Computing and social issues4  
 0 17  
Total Hours: 138