Information Science and Environmental Science, BS

The information science and environmental science combined major provides a foundational study of geological processes before focusing on environmental planning, environmental ethics, and sustainability. Since it examines the relationship between human decisions and actions to the environment, the program aligns with the orientation of information science, which utilizes an integrated, people-centered curriculum combining concepts and skills from computer science, behavioral and social science, and system design.

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.

Information Science Courses

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Leadership Skill Development1
CS 1210Professional Development for CCIS Co-op1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required in computer science fundamental courses:
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
5
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 3000Algorithms and Data4
CS 3200Database Design4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
Information Science Required Courses
IS 2000Principles of Information Science4
IS 3500Information System Design and Development4
IS 4800Empirical Research Methods (Integrative course)4
Computer Science Elective Courses
With advisor approval, a directed study, research, project study, or appropriate graduate-level course may also be taken as a computer science elective.
Complete 4 credits of CS, IS, or DS classes that are not already required. Choose courses within 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

Required Environmental Science Courses
ENVR 1101Environmental Science4
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
Sustainability Focus Courses
PHIL 1180Environmental Ethics4
Complete two of the following:8
Environmental Economics
Sustainable Development
Environmental Science Field Seminar Abroad
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Environmental Politics and Policy
Environment and Society
Environmental Science Electives
Complete three of the following:12
History of Earth and Life
and Interpreting Earth History
Geophysics
Applied Hydrogeology
and Lab for ENVR 4500
Environmental Pollution
Geologic Field Seminar
Ancient Marine Life
and Lab for ENVR 5242

Integrative Course

ENVR 3300
and ENVR 3301
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
5

Supporting Courses

Mathematics and Statistics
ECON 2350Statistics4
MATH 1251Calculus and Differential Equations for Biology 14
or MATH 1341 Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering
Chemistry
Complete one of the following:5
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
and Recitation for CHEM 1211
General Chemistry for Engineers
and Lab for CHEM 1151
and Recitation for CHEM 1151
Economics
ECON 1116Principles of Microeconomics4
Computing and Social Issues
Complete one of the following:4
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks
Technology and Human Values
The 21st-Century Workplace
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society

Computer Science Writing Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Required General Electives

Complete five general electives.20

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
  • Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation
  • Understanding Societies and Institutions
  • Analyzing and Using Data
  • Employing Ethical Reasoning
  • 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

136 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
5IS 20004Vacation
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5ENVR 1200 (ENVR 1201 (Lab if Offered))4Elective4 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5CS 32004  
ENVR 11014ECON 11164  
ENGW 11114   
 19 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 35004IS 35004Elective4Co-op
PHIL 11804CS elective4CS 30004 
ENVR elective4ENVR 3300
and ENVR 3301
5  
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5ECON 23504  
 CS 12101  
 17 18 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opIS 48004Elective4Co-op
 ENVR elective4MATH 1251 or 13414 
 ENVR sustainability4  
 ENVR 5210 or 52504  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1Hours 
Co-opENVR 4900 (ENVR 4997 (if short of credit hours))1Elective4 
 Computing and social issues4ENGW 33024 
 ENVR elective4  
 Elective4  
 ENVR sustainability4  
 0 17 8 
Total Hours: 136

Five Years, Three 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
5ENVR 1200 (ENVR 1201 (Lab if offered))4  
ENGW 11114ECON 11164  
ENVR 11014   
 19 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
IS 20004ENVR 3300
and ENVR 3301
5Elective4Co-op0
CS 35004CS 30004Elective4 
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
and CHEM 1213
5ECON 23504  
ENVR elective4PHIL 11804  
 CS 12101  
 17 18 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0IS 35004Elective4Co-op0
 CS elective4ENGW 33024 
 MATH 1251 or 13414  
 ENVR elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0IS 48004Vacation0Co-op
 ENVR elective4  
 ENVR sustainability4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opENVR 4900 (or ENVR 4997 (if short of credit hours))1  
 ENVR sustainability4  
 ENVR 5210 or 52504  
 Elective4  
 Computing and social issues4  
 0 17  
Total Hours: 136