2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    May 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Physical Sciences, BS, Concentration: Environmental Science

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About the Program

Apply Now Provides the chemical and physical training needed for students to work in environmental monitoring and remediation, global policy, or meteorology and oceanography.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C- required for all College of Engineering and Sciences courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
  • Certain courses may only be available at one campus location

PNW General Education Core (31-32 Credits)

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C- required for all College of Engineering and Sciences courses; 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 3 (14 or 16 Credits)

Semester 5 (15 or 16 Credits)

Semester 6 (13 or 16 Credits)

Semester 8 (14 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Upper division chemistry and physics courses are offered on a two year rotation. Contact an advisor to determine the specific semester a particular course will be offered. Certain courses may only be available at one campus location (See Note 3 below)

Any individual course within CES must be a C- or better, but the avg. G.P.A. for all disciplinary courses (CHM or PHYS courses) must be at least 2.50. At least 4 credit hours of Free Electives must be 30000 level or higher.

Note 1: Take two Gen Ed English Composition courses, COM 11400, a Gen Ed Technology course, a Gen Ed Social Science course, and a Gen Ed Humanities course in any order.

Note 2: Students who take MA 16031 may count SCI 20200 as an additional Gen Ed course to meet the 30-credit minimum.

Note 3: CHM 32100, 32400, and 42400 are on a two-year rotation; Swap CHM 32100 & 32400 (S5) with EAS 11000 and the restricted elective (S7) as needed; Swap CHM 42400 (S6) with a restricted elective (S8) as needed; CHM 32100 and 2400 may be offered off sequence at the Westville campus.

Note 4: Students who take MA 16031/16032 instead of MA 16300/16400 and PHYS 22100 instead of PHYS 25100 will need an additional 5 credits of free electives between semesters 3 and  6.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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