Environment and Sustainability, B.A.

Overall Requirements

  • 120 credit hours, to include at least 36 credits at or above the 300 course level
  • ​A minimum of 65 credits toward the major, comprised of core courses (37 credits) and concentration-specific options (28 credits).
  • Only grades of C- or higher will count toward completion of the required core courses in the major as well as BIO 105/105L, BIO 111/111L, and BIO 112/112L used toward completion of the concentration requirements.

Degree Program Requirements

University Requirements
General Education Core Requirements (GEC)
College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements (LEC)

Major Requirements 

Core Courses37
Geography, Environment, and Sustainability
Introduction to Earth Science
and Earth Science Laboratory
Introduction to Sustainability
Introduction to Environment
Introduction to Spatial Analysis
Environment and Experience
Topics in Ethics & Aesthetics
Topics in Development & Economics
Topics in Equity and Society
Topics in Environmental Sciences
Chemistry
Chemistry and the Human Environment
Philosophy
Environmental Ethics
Select 3 credits from the following GES courses3
Sustainable Campus Operations
Seminar in Sustainability
Seminar in Environment
Senior Seminar in Environment & Sustainability

Concentrations 

Students must select one of the concentrations as detailed following the major requirements. 

  • Natural Sciences
  • Equity, Development, and Ethics

Electives

Electives sufficient to complete the 120 credit hours required for degree.

Natural Sciences Concentration Requirements

In addition to the required 28 credits of Options and Electives specified below, all students in the Natural Sciences concentration are required to have a minor in Biology. All courses in the Biology minor already on the Environmental Science Options and Elective lists below will count toward the requirements for the Natural Sciences concentration.

A grade of C- or higher is required in BIO 111/111L and BIO 112/112L.

Environmental Science13
Select 13 credits from the following:
Principles of Ecology
Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles
Marine Biology
Plant Diversity
Landscape Ecology Laboratory
Conservation Biology
Landscape Ecology
Aquatic Ecology
The Biosphere
Aquatic Ecology Lab
Animal Behavior
Invertebrate Zoology
Entomology
Vascular Plant Systematics
Vertebrate Zoology
Essentials of Toxicology
Introductory Organic Chemistry
Quantitative Analysis
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Environmental Hazards Assessment
Weather and Climate
and Climatology Laboratory
Geomorphology of North America
Natural Resource Regions of North America
Physical Geography: Landscape Processes
Physical Geography Laboratory
The Water Planet
Elements of Hydrology
Geographic Information Systems
Remote Sensing of Environment
Biogeography
Advanced Weather and Climate-Synoptic Climatology
Equity and Society3
Select 3 credits from the following:
Methods in Cultural Anthropology
Disaster, Self, and Society
Economic Anthropology
Food and Culture in a Global Context
Environmental Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Urban Geography: Land Use
World Population Problems
Introduction to Transportation Analysis
Research Methods in Geography
Sustainable Tourism and Transportation
Sustainable Urban Planning in an Entrepreneurial Environment
National Parks and Protected Areas
Geography of Livable Cities
Global Health
Epidemiology
Environmental Health
American Indians and Nature
United States Environmental History
Environmental Justice
Environmental Law and Policy
Natural Resources Law and Policy
Social Movements
Urban Society
Population Problems
Environmental Sociology
Green Criminology
Disaster, Self, and Society
Sem in Populatn / Urbn Studies
Development and Economics 3
Select 3 credits from the following:
Entrepreneurship in a Sustainable Global Environment
Social Entrepreneurship
Economics of a Global Sustainable Society
Introduction to Sustainable Development
Sustainable Food and Beverage
Greening Hotel Facilities
Sustainable Tourism and Transportation
Sustainable Destination Planning and Management
Ethics and Aesthetics3
Select 3 credits from the following:
Art, Education, and Social Practice
Environmental Communication
Literature and the Environment
Introduction to Sustainable Design
Global Green: Cultures of Production and/or Consumption
Music and Environment
Ethics and International Affairs
Ethical Issues in Business
Philosophy of the Arts
Religious Traditions and Care of the Earth
The Arts as Social Change: Theory and Practice
Ecofeminism
Topics in Native American and Indigenous Studies
Free Electives6
Select 3 credits from the following:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Introduction to Biological Anthropology Laboratory
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology I Laboratory
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Biology II Laboratory
Internship in Biology
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
The International Economy
Philosophy of Education
Public Advocacy and Argument
Writing for Professionals and Entrepreneurs
Environmental Change: Its Nature and Impact
Internship in Environment & Sustainability
Individual Study in Environment & Sustainability
Applied Physical Geography
Seminar in Regional Geography
Honors Work
History and Theory of Design I
History and Theory of Design II
Introduction to Food Science
Conceptual Physics
Conceptual Physics Laboratory
Introduction to Public Policy
Social Problems in Global Context
Corporate Social Responsibility and Change Management

Equity, Development, & Ethics Concentration Requirements

A grade of C- or higher is required in BIO 105/105L, BIO 111/111L and BIO 112/112L.

Select 4 credits of the following, with a minimum grade of C- in both lecture and lab:
Major Concepts of Biology
and Major Concepts of Biology Laboratory
Principles of Biology II
and Principles of Biology II Laboratory
Environmental Science3
Select 3 credits from the following:
Principles of Ecology
Ecology and Evolution Laboratory
Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles
Marine Biology
Plant Diversity
Landscape Ecology Laboratory
Conservation Biology
Landscape Ecology
Aquatic Ecology
The Biosphere
Aquatic Ecology Lab
Animal Behavior
Invertebrate Zoology
Entomology
Vascular Plant Systematics
Vertebrate Zoology
Essentials of Toxicology
Introductory Organic Chemistry
Quantitative Analysis
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Environmental Hazards Assessment
Weather and Climate
and Climatology Laboratory
Geomorphology of North America
Natural Resource Regions of North America
Physical Geography: Landscape Processes
Physical Geography Laboratory
The Water Planet
Elements of Hydrology
Geographic Information Systems
Remote Sensing of Environment
Biogeography
Advanced Weather and Climate-Synoptic Climatology
Equity and Society6
Select 6 credits from the following:
Methods in Cultural Anthropology
Disaster, Self, and Society
Economic Anthropology
Food and Culture in a Global Context
Environmental Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Urban Geography: Land Use
World Population Problems
Introduction to Transportation Analysis
Research Methods in Geography
Sustainable Tourism and Transportation
Sustainable Urban Planning in an Entrepreneurial Environment
National Parks and Protected Areas
Geography of Livable Cities
Global Health
Epidemiology
Environmental Health
American Indians and Nature
United States Environmental History
Environmental Justice
Environmental Law and Policy
Natural Resources Law and Policy
Social Movements
Urban Society
Population Problems
Environmental Sociology
Green Criminology
Disaster, Self, and Society
Sem in Populatn / Urbn Studies
Development and Economics6
Select 6 credits from the following:
Entrepreneurship in a Sustainable Global Environment
Social Entrepreneurship
Economics of a Global Sustainable Society
Introduction to Sustainable Development
Sustainable Food and Beverage
Greening Hotel Facilities
Sustainable Tourism and Transportation
Sustainable Destination Planning and Management
Ethics and Aesthetics 6
Select 6 credits from the following:
Art, Education, and Social Practice
Environmental Communication
Literature and the Environment
Introduction to Sustainable Design
Global Green: Cultures of Production and/or Consumption
Music and Environment
Ethics and International Affairs
Ethical Issues in Business
Philosophy of the Arts
Religious Traditions and Care of the Earth
The Arts as Social Change: Theory and Practice
Ecofeminism
Topics in Native American and Indigenous Studies
Free Electives3
Select 3 credits from the following:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Introduction to Biological Anthropology Laboratory
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology I Laboratory
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Biology II Laboratory
Internship in Biology
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
The International Economy
Philosophy of Education
Public Advocacy and Argument
Writing for Professionals and Entrepreneurs
Environmental Change: Its Nature and Impact
Internship in Environment & Sustainability
Individual Study in Environment & Sustainability
Applied Physical Geography
Seminar in Regional Geography
Honors Work
History and Theory of Design I
History and Theory of Design II
Introduction to Food Science
Conceptual Physics
Conceptual Physics Laboratory
Introduction to Public Policy
Social Problems in Global Context
Corporate Social Responsibility and Change Management