Majors and More

Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

The BA degree in Environmental Studies will provide students with a broad introduction to the scientific, social, political, cultural, economic, and policy aspects of environmental issues. BA students will minor in a discipline linked to their major and will be prepared to pursue careers with environmental groups, policy groups, and consulting firms and to continue studies in graduate programs in environmental studies and law.

General Education


Semester Hours

ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy


Shared Skills and Proficiencies
Writing and Critical Thinking    
WRIT 101 Composition


HMXP 102      Human Experience 3
CRTW 201 Critical Reading, Thinking & Writing


Oral Communication See approved list; (pdf - 306 KB) may be met by other requirement
(pdf - 306 KB)
Technology Met in major with GEOG/GEOL 305 or GEOG 308 0
Intensive Writing Met in major with ENVS 490 0
Constitution Requirement See approved list (pdf - 306 KB); may be met in major with PLSC 201 0
Physical Activity See approved list; (pdf - 306 KB) 1
Thinking Critically Across Disciplines*    
Global Perspectives Met in major with GEOG 101 or 201


Historical Perspectives See approved list; (pdf - 306 KB) may be met in major


Introducing Students to Broad Disciplinary Perspectives*


Social Science See approved list (pdf - 306 KB); Met in major with ENVS 101 and ECON 103 or 205


Humanities and Arts See approved list; must include 2 designators; may be partially met in major


Quantitative Skills and Natural Science (3 courses) 9-12
Quantitative Skills Partially met in the major with MATH 141 or QMTH 205 (0-3)
Natural Science See approved list (pdf - 306 KB); partially met in the major with BIOL 221/223.  If 2 courses taken, must be in different group:  Physical or Earth


Subtotal   26-44
*Because this is an interdisciplinary major, the two-course rule is not in effect for these areas.
Requirements in the Major  


ENVS 101 Intro to Environmental Issues 3
ENVS 220 Environmental Career Exploration 1
ENVS 350, 375, or 510 Special Topics, Field Studies in the Environment 3
ENVS 490 Senior Seminar in the Environment  3
BIOL 221/223 Principles of Ecology and Evolution/Lab 4
ECON 103 or 215 Intro to Political Economy, Princ of Microeconomics 3
GEOG 101 or 201 Human Geography, Geog of World Regions 3
GEOG 305 or 308 Intro to Geographic Systems, Intro to Geospatial Tech 3
PLSC 201 American Government 3
MATH 141, QMTH 205, PLSC 350 or PSYC 301 Statistics course 3-4
Environmental Experiential Learning:   1-3
   ENVS 461, 462, 463, 495 Internship, Research  
Environmental Electives (select six courses from the following)


ANTH 326 Native Peoples and Environment


ANTH 350 Special Topics (when titled "Food and Culture") 3
ANTH 540 Human Ecology


BIOL 309 Economic Botany 3
ECON 343 Environmental Economics


ENVS 350      Special Topics 3
ENVS 510 Special Topics in the Environment (when different titles) 3
GEOG 305 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOG 308 Introduction to Geospatial Technologies 3
GEOG 315 Global Sustainable Development 3
GEOG 320 Remote Sensing/Environment 3
HIST/PEAC 502 Social Movements since the 1960s 3
PHIL 340 Environmental Ethics 3
PLSC 321 Public Policy and Policy Analysis 3
PLSC 325 Environmental Politics 3
PSYC 311 Ecological Psychology 3
SUST 102 Introduction to Sustainability 3
SUST 300 Topics in Applied Sustainability 3
MGMT 330 Sustainable Business Practices 3
Science and Math Electives 


In addition to courses that fulfill Quantitative Skills and Natural Sciences General Education requirements, select one course in BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, MATH, NUTR, PHYS, or SCIE  
Foreign Language  




General Electives  




§ Students completing the required program in Environmental Studies must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at or above the second semester college-level. This requirement may be met by a satisfactory score or a recognized examination or by passing any foreign language course numbered 102 or any course with 102 as a prerequisite.