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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Sciences BS, Environmental Geography Specialization

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Environmental Sciences Core and Requirements

The major in environmental sciences provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the natural science of environmental issues as well as the social science context of the intersection of social, cultural, political, and economic factors that contribute to policy and planning decisions. Through this major, students will gain the necessary professional and technical skills for entry into successful environmental careers or for graduate studies in environmental fields. The major offers six specialization options in environmental anthropology, environmental biology, environmental chemistry, environmental geology, environmental geography, and environmental policy.

Requirements for Major (BS) in Environmental Sciences

The requirements for the major in environment sciences have three parts:

  • Foundational courses in supporting disciplines. Some of these courses also serve as prerequisites for courses within the specializations. These foundational courses must be completed before students enroll in ENST 400.
  • A core requirement consisting of seven interdisciplinary ENST courses, two upper-level electives, and a culminating experience outside of the classroom (research, internship, service learning, or study abroad).
  • A specialization consisting of 6-8 courses that focus on a specific area of study.
  • A minimum 2.25 GPA for program credits, earning at least a C- in all ENST core courses.

Requirements for a double major with BS in environmental sciences
The following double major combinations will have the environmental sciences specialization course requirements waived for the BS degree in environmental sciences; all environmental sciences foundation and core course requirements must be completed. Required courses for the first degree major may not be used to fulfill upper-division environmental sciences elective requirements (7-10 credits).

Bachelor Degree (Disciplinary)
Bachelor Degree (Environmental Sciences)

BS Anthropology
BS Environmental Sciences: Environmental Anthropology Specialization

BS Biology
BS Environmental Sciences: Environmental Biology Specialization

BS Chemistry
BS Environmental Sciences: Environmental Chemistry Specialization

BS Environmental Geological Sciences
BS Environmental Sciences: Environmental Geology Specialization

BA Geography
BS Environmental Sciences: Environmental Geography Specialization

BS Public Policy
BS Environmental Sciences: Environmental Policy Specialization

The interdisciplinary major in public policy (BS) may be combined with the environmental sciences specialization in environmental policy by completing the specific course requirements for both majors. Students who combine majors in public policy and environmental sciences with a specialization in environmental policy will earn a BS degree in public policy and a BS degree in environmental sciences. As some public policy requirements and electives count toward both degrees or majors, the additional coursework needed to fulfill the requirements of the second degree or major may be as low as 19 credits.

Students may complete more than one specialization within the environmental sciences major. To be eligible for a second specialization, a minimum of 20 unique credits must be completed; unique means credits that have not already been used towards another environmental sciences specialization.

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate interdisciplinary and disciplinary knowledge of current environmental issues;
  • collect, synthesize, and critically evaluate data;
  • use effective oral and written communication to explain current environmental issues; and
  • evaluate environmental problems from diverse stakeholder perspectives to develop sustainable solutions.

Culminating Experience Credits: (3-5)

Select one or a combination of the following (internship, research, service-learning, or study abroad experience):

Department-Approved Upper-Level Electives: Credits: 7-10

Select two of the following courses. Major advisor may approve alternative upper electives not included on this list to fulfill this requirement. Note: these courses cannot be used to fulfill specialization requirements.

Total Core Credits: 45-50

Environmental Geography Specialization

Foundational Courses Credits: 20

Required Courses Credits: 33-35

Note: GEOG 107 is required as foundational courses for this specialization. GEOG 107 is a prerequisite to most courses listed below. Additional prerequisites are noted with asterisks.

Physical Geography Courses Credits: (10)

Choose two of the following:

Techniques Courses Credits: (10)

Choose two of the following:

Geography Electives Credits: (5)

Choose one from the following:

Total Specialization Credits: 53-55

Total Credits: 98-105

College and Department Information

Environmental Studies Program  
College of the Sciences  

Program Codes
Major plan codes: ENVSCI, ENVSCIP
Specialization plan code: ESGEOG

Online Availability
The program does not have a designated online only option.

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