Programmatic Requirements: Environmental Studies (B.A.)

General and University Requirements:

ENGL 110 Critical Reading and Writing (minimum grade C-) 3
First Year Experience (FYE) 0-4
Breadth Requirements 12
Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) 3
Multi-cultural Courses 3

Program Requirements:

Second Writing Course(ENSC450 fulfills this requirement) 3

A second writing course involving significant writing experience including two papers with a combined minimum of 3,000 words to be submitted for extended faculty critique of both composition and content. This course must be taken after completion of 60 credit hours. Appropriate writing courses are designated on the registrar's course search page.

Foreign Language (minimum grade of D-) 0-12

Completion of the intermediate-level course (107 or 112 or 214) in an ancient or modern language. The number of credits needed and initial placement will depend on the number of years of high school study of foreign language. Students with four or more years of high school work in a single foreign language, or who have gained proficiency in a foreign language by other means, may attempt to fulfill the requirement in that language by taking an exemption examination through the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.

Mathematics requirement: (one of the following four options with a minimum grade of D-) 0-4


MATH 113 Contemporary Mathematics (designed for students who do not intend to continue the study of mathematics)
MATH 127 Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning


MATH 114 College Mathematics and Statistics (designed for students who do not intend to continue the study of mathematics)
MATH 115 Pre-Calculus (designed for students who intend to continue the or study of mathematics)
MATH 117 Pre-Calculus for Scientists and Engineers


Successful completion of any mathematics course at or above the 200-level except MATH 201, MATH 202, MATH 205, MATH 250, MATH 251, MATH 252, MATH 253, MATH 266, MATH 300 or MATH 450.


Successful performance on a proficiency test in mathematics administered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences. (0 credits awarded)

The math requirement must be completed by the time a student has earned 60 credits. Students who transfer into the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment with 45 credits or more must complete this requirement within two semesters.

Program Breadth Requirements:

At least 2 different areas must be represented in each group.

Group A: Creative Arts and Humanities 6
Group B: History and Cultural Change 6
Group C: Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
Group D: Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology 7

Program Core Requirements:

ENSC 101 Introduction to the Environment 3
BISC 104 Principles of Biology with Laboratory 4
CHEM 100 Chemistry and Human Environment 3
GEOL 105 Geological Hazards 3
GEOL 115 Geological Hazards Laboratory 1
FREC 100 Sustainable Development 3
ECON 151 Introduction to Microeconomics  


FREC 150 Economics of Agriculture & Natural Resources 3
ECON 343/FREC 343 Environmental Economics 3
GEOG 235 Conservation of Natural Resources 3
GEOG 236 Conservation: Global Issues 3
MAST 200 The Oceans 3
POSC 240 Introduction to International Relations 3
POSC 350 Politics and the Environment 3
PHIL 448 Environmental Ethics 3
STAT 200 Basic Statistical Practice 3

Field Experience: An approved 3-6 credit studies field experience in which the student integrates the components of his or her concentration in an experiential learning environment. This requirement could be fulfilled by an internship, study abroad experience and/or a research experience.

Studies Concentrations: 5-6 courses clustered in concentrations that are distributed throughout the colleges and across disciplines (see listings below).

Capstone Course: ENSC 450: Proseminar: The Environment

This 3 credit capstone course serves as a culminating experience and is to be completed during the last semester of the senior year. This course will engage students in an exploration and discussion of the history and state of environmental studies and its connection to local, regional, national and global scale environmental issues. Students will develop and refine critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary problem-solving strategies. It serves to be a culminating experience for students on the “science-side” and the “studies-side” to collaboratively solve problems and discuss issues in the current environmental literature.

Electives: After required courses are completed, sufficient credits must be taken to meet the total minimum credits required for the degree.


International Environmental Law, Policy, and Politics Concentration

Environmental Economics and Resource Policy Concentration

Environmental Law, Policy, and Politics Concentration

Environment, Society, and Sustainability Concentration

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