Curriculum

A new curriculum for the B.Sc. degree in Environmental Science started in August 2009 and applies to all students that began their studies after that date.

To obtain a B.Sc. degree in Environmental Science, a student must complete a total of 130 credit-hours in courses and complete a CAPSTONE experience. The 130 credits are distributed as follows:

Curriculum (with pre-calculus Semester 1)

Semester I

Semester II

Year 1

 

 

 

ESPA

3

ESPA

3

INGL

3

INGL

3

HUMA o CISO

3

HUMA o CISO

3

MATE 3023

2

MATE 3024

2

BIOL 3102

4

CINA*

2/3

CINA 3005

3__

ARTE

3__

 

18

 

16/17

 

 

 

 

Year 2

 

 

 

LITE

3

LITE

3

MATE3151

4

BIOL 3101

4

QUIM 3001

4

QUIM 3002

4

CINA*

2/3

CINA*

2/3

FREE ELECT

3__

FREE ELECT

3__

 

16/17

 

16/17


 

Semester I

Semester II

Year 3

 

 

 

HUMA or CISO

3

HUMA or CISO

3

CINA 3128

2

CINA 4071

1

QUIM 3015

4

CIAM 4127

3

MATE 3026

3

BIOL 3112

1

CONC ELEC

3

EGCN

3

FREE ELCT

3

ECON 3005

3

 

___

BIOL 3111

3__

 

18

 

17

Year 4

 

 

 

EGCN

3

CINA 4997

3

CINA 4072

1

CONC ELECT

3

CINA 4997

1

FREE ELECT

6

FISI 3011

3

FISI 3012

3

FISI 3013

1

FISI 3014

1

CONC ELECT

3

 

 

FREE ELECT

3__

 

___

 

15

 

16

* CINA 4147 (3 crs.), CINA 4157 (3 crs.) or CINA 4177 (2 crs.)

 

Baccalaureate Degree Program in Environmental Sciences,
Natural Sciences Faculty

The Environmental Sciences Program provides a solid conceptual base in environmental processes and problems, as well as a theoretical and practical domino of methods in the scientific analyses of the environment. The present situation in Puerto Rico is critical because of the increase in population and the need for management and use of the island's natural resources.

In the last 50 years the country has experienced a rapid population increase of 72%, being the second highest population density in America with 428 inhabitants per km2 (Marrero & Coln, 2006). Consequently, Puerto Rico is the second in energy consumption per capita in the Caribbean Region and one of the countries with the highest car traffic with approximately 574 cars per 1,000 inhabitants (Marrero & Coln, 2006). In that context, the Environmental Sciences Program has the goal of educating students to identify present and potential problems regarding the environment, and train them to apply sampling methods and environmental analyses parameters, interpret data and field observations with an environmentally integrated vision and capacitate to recommend conservation and remediation strategies of environmental systems.

Academic Degree: Baccalaureate in Sciences with concentration in Environmental Sciences

Requirements to complete the Bachelors of Science Degree in Environmental Sciences

  • The student must complete a total of 130 credits.
  • This total is composed of 12 concentration courses (33 credits), general education components, concentration electives (9 credits) and free electives (18 credits).
  • Graduation and concentration GPA of 2.00 or greater.
  • Complete the research course (CINA 4997) that provides various This requirement also applies to students of a second concentration.
  • The student can complete the requirements of the degree in four years.

Required Courses

Introduction to the Environmental Sciences (CINA 3005, 3 credits)

Capstone Proposal (CINA 4997, 1 credits)

Related to the Management and Conservation of the Environment (CIAM 4127, 3 credits)

Capstone Experience (CINA 4997, 2- credits)

Land and Aquatic Resources of Puerto Rico, their Management and Maintenance
(CINA 4157, 3 credits)

Introduction to Economics (ECON 3005, 3 credits)

Seminar courses: Environmental Management
(CINA 4071 y CINA 4072)

Introduction to Ecology (BIOL 3111, 3 credits)

Air Resources, their Management and Maintenance
(CINA 4177, 2 credits)

Ecology Laboratory (BIOL 3112, 1 credit)

Planning and Regulation of Natural Resources
(CINA 3128, 2 credits)

Organic Chemistry Condensed (QUIM 3015, 4 credits)

Geophysics
(CINA 4147, 3 credits)

Electives:

Free Electives

The students must take at least 18 credits in free electives (approved by the Program) and 9 credits in concentration electives in the following possibilities:

Land Use and Management
(CINA 4167, 2 credits)

Population, Resources and Environment (CINA 3126, 2 credits)

Economy of the Natural Resources of Puerto Rico
(CINA 3127, 2 credits)

Production of Energy, its Technology and the Environment
(FISI 3017, 3 credits)

Geographic Information Systems I
(CINA 4995, 3 credits)

Geographic Information Systems II

(CINA 4995, 3 credits)

Remote Sensing
(CINA 4995, 3 credits)

The Environment: Integration of Human and
Scientific Aspects
(CINA 4995, 3 credits)

Environmental Regulations and Permits
(CINA 4995, 3 credits)

Solid Waste Management
(CINA 4995, 3 credits)

Marine Resources
(CINA 4995, 3 credits)

Environmental Emergencies
(CINA 4995, 3 credits)

Ecology of Puerto Rico
(CINA 4995, 3 credits)

Analytical   Chemistry
(CINA 4995, 3 credits)

Environmental Sciences Courses

Techniques for Environmental Management and Conservation: Methods and techniques for sampling and analyses for the determination of physical, chemical and microbiological parameters in water, air and land.

Maintenance and Management of Land and Aquatic Resources: Study of the aquatic ecosystems and their physical, chemical and biological properties.

Legal Planning of the Natural Resources: Puerto Rico's laws related to the environment and natural resources, and environmental agencies and programs.

Environmental Sciences Seminar: Discussion of environmental problems and situations.

Maintenance and Management of Air Resources: Study of the main atmospheric contaminants, sources of contamination and their effects.

Geophysics: Study of the internal processes that determine the geological characteristics of the Earth.

Research course: Planning and developing of a laboratory or field research project, in topics related to the management and environmental conservation.

Population, Resources and Environment: General demographic theories; population growth and distribution; age and sex distribution and ethnic composition of populations.

Land Use and Aquatic Resources of Puerto Rico, Management and Maintenance: Planning, zonation and determination of land use.

Introduction to Environmental Sciences: Study of the interaction and impact of human activities on natural resources.

Economy of the Natural Resources of Puerto Rico: Application of economic principles to development, management and policy formulation problems in the environmental resources.

Geographic Information Systems (Basic and Advanced): Theoretical and practical course where the student learns to use Geographical Information System software.

Remote Sensing: Theoretical and practical course where the student learns to use remote sensors applied to Puerto Rico.

Environmental Regulations and Permits: The study and application of regulations and permits based on the US in Puerto Rico's laws.

Evaluation and Management Techniques of Coastal Resources of Puerto Rico: The systematic study of biological, physiological, chemical and human factors affecting the coastal zone of Puerto Rico.

Solid Waste Management: Study of the domestic waste management flux from its generation to its final disposition.

Environmental Emergencies: Theoretical and practical course where several types of environmental emergencies and the procedures to amend these are examined.

Applied Environmental Geology: Study of the interaction of human activities with their environment integrating theoretical and practical of environmental geology aspects.

Current Problematic of the Natural Resources of Puerto Rico: Presentation and discussion of environmental issues and controversies in Puerto Rico.

Global Positioning System: Study of important concepts of the Global Positioning System and the operating techniques of the Pathfinder System from TRIMBLE.

Biodiversity Monitoring Techniques: Course oriented to providing theoretical and practical experience in the evaluation of ecological, genetic and taxonomic biodiversity.