The BA in Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major intended to prepare students for a wide variety of career options. The variety of courses expose the students to different world views and to consider different ethical arguments. Students will have a broad understanding of the science behind climate change and the environment, allowing them to develop informed solutions. All courses used to fulfill requirements for the Environmental Studies major must be a grade of C or higher.

Summary of Degree Requirements

All students take a series of core courses (41-43 credits). These courses give the students a solid foundation in the basic science needed to understand environmental issues. The core also includes computer, communication, and writing and literature courses, providing students with skills needed for environmental careers. Additionally, all students will complete an internship, giving them hands-on experience in their chosen specialty.

  • A total of 120 credits are required to complete the B.A. degree in Environmental Studies. These credits consist of General Education Curriculum (GEC) courses, Environmental Studies core courses, courses specific to the student’s chosen concentration, and free electives.
  • Environmental Studies majors may repeat a required course no more than three times.


Students will choose between two tracks–a science track and a general track. In total, 65 credits are required for the Environmental Studies major.

Science Track

This track requires additional upper-level courses (16 credits), including Field Ecology which will give the students in-the-field experience with ecological issues. This track also requires Research Seminar I and II, in which students learn to develop, conduct, and present scientific research. The students will have 6-8 credits remaining to use for major electives. The science track prepares students for graduate school, research, or technical jobs.

General Track

Working closely with their advisor, this track provides the student the opportunity to tailor their major to their academic interests. The requirements guide the student to spread their choices (22-24 credits) over 200 and 300 level courses offered through various programs. The general track prepares students for jobs in consulting, activism, lobbying, education, policy, and other fields.

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Core Courses
ES 221 Intro to Environmental Science3
BI 113S Introductory Ecology4
ES 112 Climate Science and Action
CH 111S Intro to Chemistry
BI 221S General Biology I4
BI 222S General Biology II4
BI 201 Pathways to Biology I2
BI 202 Pathways to Biology II2
BI 227 Botanical Sciences4
IX 200 Computer-Based Systems3
CS 221 Persuasion and Argumentation3
CS 443 Public Relations3
EN 285 Literature and the Environment3
BI 442 Special Topics in Biology2
ES 491 Environmental Studies Internship1-3
Total required core credits41-43

Required for General Track
Environmental Studies electives
to fulfill 65 credits for major. Choices
to be tailored to student’s chosen
field of interest.

Required for Science Track
BI 336 Animal Behavior3
BI 337 Evolution3
BI 329 Field Ecology4
BI 443 Research seminar I3
BI 444 Research seminar II3
6-8 elective credits to fulfil 65 credits for major

ES 111S Earth Science3
PY 111S Elements of Physics3
BI 325 Bioinformatics3
BI 329 Field Ecology4
BI 336 Animal Behavior3
BI 337 Evolution3
BI 340 Aquatic Biology3
BI 341 Environmental Toxicology4
CH 221 General Chemistry I4
CH 222 General Chemistry II4
CH 331 Organic Chemistry I4
CH 332 Organic Chemistry II4
CH 330 Analytical Chemistry4
MA 221 Calculus I3
MA 222 Calculus II3
PY 221 General Physics I4
PY 222 General Physics II4
CS 112 Effective Business
Communications: writing and speaking
CS 222 Interpersonal Communication3
CS 266 Global Communication3
CS 227 Documentary Film3
CS 310 Social Media marketing3
PO 337PG World Politics3
PO/SO 320PG Global Interdependence3
PO 112 State and Local Government3
EN 223P American Dream I3
EN 224P American Dream II3
RS 221CG Making of Myths and Cults3
HI 229 History of the American West3
EC 211 Macroeconomics3
PH 221C Discovery of Reason3
RS 332V Social Ethics3