Why Environmental Studies?

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on human interactions with the environment, especially on how humans can create a sustainable relationship between the  two.  It includes, but is not limited to, the study of ecology, environmental science, history, ethics, economics, political science, geography, and sociology. 


Careers in Environmental Studies

Federal, State and Local Government Agencies
Natural Resource Conservation Services
State Farm Bureaus
Environmental Research Laboratories
Agricultural or Environmental Consultant Firms
Privately Owned Farms and Ranches
Non-Profit Organizations

Requirements for Majors

Environmental Studies (B.S.)- The major requires 39 hours, of which 31 hours are upper-level.  Courses must be selected from the groupings listed below.  Students are encouraged to carefully select applicable electives in the groups shown below to complement their minor and avoid course overlap between their major and minor. Up to 4 hours from the Biology group and up to 4 hours from the Physical Science Group may be used to fulfill 8 hours of the physical science and science elective requirements in the general education core of the B.S. degree.

      Biology Group - four hours from:
                BIOL 1400 – Life Science
                BIOL 1401– General Biology I

      Physical Science Group - four hours from:
                GEOL 1401 – Physical Geology

                CHEM 1400 – Chemistry of Life
                CHEM 1401 – General Chemistry I

      Environmental Science Group - seven hours from:
                ENVS 3401 – Environmental Science

                ENVS 4101 – Environmental Science Seminar
                ENVS 4302 – Environmental Laws and Regulations
                ENVS 4303 – Natural Resource Management

      Twenty-one hours from:
                GEOG 3305– Human Geography
                GEOG/HIST 3318 – Environmental History of US

                POLS 3303 – Public Administration
                ECON 3331 – Environmental Economics

                JUAD 3312 – Law and Society
                JUAD 3319 – American Legal System
                JUAD 4313 – Alternative Dispute Resolution

                SOCI 3303 – Urban Sociology
                SOCI 3314 – Rural Society
                MGMT 3304 – Principles of Management

      Three hours from:
                RSWR 3345 – Research Writing Methods
                GEOL 3408 – Geographic Information Systems
                COMS 3301 – Communication in Small Groups
                COMS 3306 – Argumentation and Debate