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Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary field fostering understanding of the natural physical and biological setting in which life on Earth exists. It integrates scientific study of ecosystems, pollution, climate, energy, and other environmental and natural resource matters on a global, regional or local scale with cultural and policy-related study of politics, economics, sociology, history, and law.

The Environmental Studies concentration is designed to provide students with a broad exposure to topics related to the environment and to provide knowledge and skills to address major environmental issues. Students interested in the major should work closely with the Environmental Studies advisor, Dr. William Markham, to ensure that they meet prerequisites for upper division courses.

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level.

Major Requirements

I. General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

See complete GEC requirements and approved course listings for all categories.

GLT—Literature (6 semester hours)

Student selects 6 semester hours from GLT list.

GFA—Fine Arts (3 semester hours)

Student selects 3 semester hours from GFA list.

GPR—Philosophical, Religious, Ethical Principles (3 semester hours)

Student selects 3 semester hours from GPR list.

GHP—Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (3 semester hours)

Student selects 3 semester hours from GHP list.

GNS—Natural Sciences (6-7 semester hours)

Student selects 6-7 semester hours from GNS list. One must include a laboratory course. Each must have a different course prefix.

GMT—Mathematics (3 semester hours)

Student selects 3 semester hours from GMT list.

GRD—Reasoning and Discourse (6 semester hours)

ENG 101 College Writing I


FMS 115 Freshman Seminar in Reasoning and Discourse I


RCO 101 College Writing I

Student selects additional 3 semester hours from GRD list.

GSB-Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 semester hours)

Student selects 6 semester hours from GSB list.



II. General Education Marker Requirements

See details and courses. It is possible to meet all GE Marker Requirements while completing the GE Core requirements or courses required by the major/concentration.

Students may select courses for:

Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)

four (4) courses carrying GL/GN markers, at least one course must carry the GN marker

One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course

In addition to this SI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second SI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Speaking Intensive.

One Writing Intensive (WI) Course

In addition to this WI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second WI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Writing Intensive.


III. College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements (CAR)

See requirements and approved courses.

Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (GHP)

Studenet selects 3 semester hours from GHP/GPM or GMO list.

Natural Sciences (GNS)

Student selects 3-4 semester hours GNS/GLS or GPS list.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)

Student selects 3 semester hours from GSB list.

Foreign Language (GFL)

Intermediate-level proficiency in one language, demonstrated by placement test, or completeion of course work through course number 204.

Writing Intensive Courses (WI)

a total of four WI courses

IV. Major Requirements

A. Core courses (minimum of 25 semester hours)


BIO 111 (Principles of Biology I)


2. Choose one of the following:


CHE 101 (Introductory Chemistry)

b. Strongly Recommended

CHE 103/CHE 110 (General Descriptive Chemistry I & Introductory Chemistry Laboratory)


CHE 111/CHE 112 (General Chemistry I & General Chemistry I Laboratory)



ENV 100 (Introduction to Environmental Studies)



ENV 110 (Introduction to Sustainability Studies)


5. Choose one of the following options:


GEO 103 (Introduction to Earth Science)

b. Strongly Recommended

GEO 106/GEO 106L (Geosystems Science & Geosystems Science Laboratory)


6. STA 108 (Elementary Introduction to Probability and Statistics)


STA 271 (Fundamental Concepts of Statistics)


7. Two courses from the following:

ECO 201 (Principles of Microeconomics)

PSC 210 (Introduction to Public Policy)

May not count in both the Core and Group B below:

ATY 213 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology)

SOC 202 (Social Problems in Global Context)


B. Additional ENV and Related Area Courses (30 semester hours)

Choose a minimum of 30 additional semester hours. BIO 112 may be included among theseĀ 30 hours, but all other courses must come from the four groups below with at least six (6) hours from each of the Groups 1, 2, and 3 and at least three (3) hours from Group 4. Students may choose a maximum of 12 hours in any one department, except that BIO 112 does not count toward the 12 hour limit for Biology. At least 18 hours of theĀ 30 hours must be at the 300 level or above. Students may count a maximum of two (2) internships toward these requirements.

1. Natural Sciences (at least 6 hours):

ATY 253 (Introduction to Biological Anthropology)

ATY 253L (Introduction to Biological Anthropology Laboratory)

BIO 277 (Human Physiology)

BIO 301 (Principles of Ecology)


BIO 302 (Introductory Ecology Laboratory)

BIO 322 (Plant Diversity)

BIO 341 (Invertebrate Zoology)

BIO 354 (Plant Systematics)

BIO 361 (Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles)

BIO 420 (Marine Biology)

BIO 430 (Biological Evolution)

BIO 431 (The Biosphere)

BIO 438/PSY 438(Animal Behavior)

BIO 477 (Animal Physiology)

BIO 526 (Conservation Biology)

BIO 529 (Aquatic Ecology)

CHE 205 (Introductory Organic Chemistry)

CHE 206 (Introductory Organic Chemistry Laboratory)

CHE 252 (Chemistry and the Human Environment)

CHE 331 (Quantitative Analysis)


CHE 333 (Quantitative Analysis Laboratory)

CHE 351(Organic Chemistry I)

CHE 352 (Organic Chemistry II)

ENV 399 (Environmental Studies Internship)

GEO 205 (Environmental Change: Its Nature and Impact)

GEO 305 (Environmental Hazards Assessment)

GEO 311 (Weather and Climate)


GEO 311L (Climatology Laboratory)

GEO 314 (Physical Geography: Landscape Processes)

GEO 314L (Physical Geography Laboratory)

GEO 330 (Elements of Hydrology)

GEO 511 (Advanced Weather and Climate - Synoptic Climatology)

HEA 314 (Public Health Diseases)


2. Applied Social Sciences (at least 6 hours)

ATY 213 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology)

ATY 450 (Anthropology in the Environment: Culture, Environment and Adaptation)

ATY 465 (An Overview of Medical Anthropology)

ATY 520 (Economic Anthropology)

ATY 526 (Anthropological Perspectives on Food and Agriculture)

CST 420 (Environmental Communication)

ENV 493 (Honors Work)

GEO 105 (Cultural Geography)

GEO 303 (World Population Problems)

GEO 313 (Natural Resource Regions of North America)

GEO 331/STH 331 (Sustainable Tourism and Transportation)

GEO 358 (Geographic Information Systems)

GEO 359 (Remote Sensing)

HEA 207 (International Health)

HEA 316 (Environmental Health)

STH 232 (Tourism Impacts and Alternatives)

STH 311 (Sustainable Food and Beverage)

STH 312 (Greening Hotel Facilities)

STH 332 (Sustainable Destination Planning and Management)


3. Policy and Humanities (at least 6 hours)

ECO 100 (Economics of a Global Sustainable Society)

ECO 380 (Environmental and Natural Resource Economics)

ENG 219 (Journalism I: Fundamentals of Newswriting)

ENG 318 (Journalism IV: Advanced Reporting and Writing)

ENG 323 (Literary Nonfiction)

ENG 380 (Literature and the Environment)

ENV 312/PSC 312 (Environmental Law and Policy)

ENV 313/PSC 313 (Natural Resources Law and Policy)

ENV 314/PSC 314 (Wildlife Law and Policy)

ENV 399 (Environmental Studies Internship)

ENV 401 (Individual Study)

ENV 493 (Honors Work)

HIS 334 (United States Environmental History)

IAR 124 (Introduction to Sustainable Design)

IAR 221 (History and Theory of Design I)

MST 326 (News Analysis)

MUS 223 (Music and Environment)

PHI 363 (Environmental Ethics)

HEA 318 (Conflict Resolution and Facilitation Skills)

REL 250 (Religious Tradition and Care of the Earth)

SOC 202 (Social Problems in Global Context)

SOC 370 (Environmental Sociology)

SOC 377 (Disaster, Self, and Society)


4. Research Methodology (at least 3 hours)

ATY 362 (Methods in Cultural Anthropology)

CTR 418 (Research and Evaluation in Recreation and Parks)

ECO 250 (Economic and Business Statistics I)

ENG 327 (Writing in the Professions)

GEO 322 (Research Methods in Geography)

HEA 315 (Epidemiology)

HEA 325 (Public Health Data Analysis)

HEA 340 (Community Observation and Assessment)

PSC 301 (Research Methods in Political Science)

PSY 311 (Research and Statistical Methods in Psychology II)

SOC 301 (Introduction to Research and Methods)

STA 291 (Statistical Methods)


C. Capstone Seminar (3 hours)

ENV 400 (Capstone Seminar in Environmental Studies)


D. Environmental Studies as a Second Major

Students who wish to declare a second major in Environmental Studies must complete all requirements listed above.