Please note: The Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education and in Elementary Education, the Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Early Childhood and in Elementary Education, the Graduate Certificate in Special Education (K-12) initial licensure track, the Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education initial licensure track no longer hold specialized accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as of December 31, 2018.

The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications voluntarily withdrew from specialized accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

Bachelor of Science in Environment and Society

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.

Graduation Requirements

Major Requirements

BIOL A271Principles of Ecology3
BIOL A473Conservation Biology3
CEL A292Introduction to Civic Engagement3
COMM A241Public Speaking3
ECON A210Environmental Economics and Policy3
ENGL A478Public Science Writing3
Environmental Science: Systems and Processes
and Environmental Science: Systems and Processes Laboratory
ENVI A212Living on Earth: Introduction to Environmental Studies3
ENVI A280Professional Preparation in Environmental Fields I1
ENVI A370Environmental Field Methods3
ENVI A395Environmental Studies Internship3
ENVI A470Environmental Planning and Problem Solving4
ENVI A480Professional Preparation in Environmental Fields II1
ENVI A490Topics in Environment and Society3
GEOG/ENVI A111Earth Systems: Elements of Physical Geography3
GEOG A375Environmental Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3
WRTG A212Writing and the Professions3
or WRTG A213 Writing and the Sciences
Complete one of the following 100-level math options: *3-7
College Algebra for Managerial and Social Sciences
College Algebra for Calculus
and Trigonometry
MATH A221Applied Calculus for Managerial and Social Sciences3-4
or MATH A251 Calculus I
PHIL A303Environmental Ethics3
STAT A253Applied Statistics for the Sciences4
Total Credits62-67

Students planning on taking the Spatial Concentration below should not take MATH A121 to fulfill this requirement. Fulfilling this requirement with MATH A121 might require additional prerequisites when completing the spatial concentration.

Complete one of the following concentrations:

Biology Concentration
BIOL A108Principles and Methods in Biology6
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM A106General Chemistry II3
Complete 9 credits from the following upper-division courses:9
Plant Diversity and Evolution
Wildlife Population Dynamics and Management
Tundra and Taiga Ecosystems
Biological Oceanography
Marine Biology
Spatial Ecology
Exploration Ecology
Experiential Learning: Exploration Ecology Field Study
Total Credits22
Geology Concentration
BIOL A102Introductory Biology3
CHEM A103Introduction to General Chemistry3
Complete one of the following:4
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory
Physical Geology for Science and Engineering Majors
GEOL A221Historical Geology4
Complete 10 credits of the following with at least 6 credits from upper-division courses:10
Fundamentals of Oceanography
Fundamentals of Oceanography Laboratory
Environmental Geology
Environmental Geology Laboratory
Earth Resources and Society
Geothermal Energy
Glacial and Quaternary Geology
Advanced Topics in Geology (with environmental topic)
Total Credits24
Social Science Concentration
BIOL A102Introductory Biology3
CHEM A103Introduction to General Chemistry3
Complete 6 credits from the following:6
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Sociology
Complete 9 credits from the following upper-division courses:9
Applied Anthropology
Field Methods in Archaeology and Bioanthropology
Culture and Ecology
City and Regional Planning
Social Science Research Methods
Urban Sociology
Environmental Sociology
Social Science Statistics
Complete one additional course from any of the courses listed in this concentration.3
Total Credits24
Spatial Concentration
BIOL A102Introductory Biology3
CHEM A103Introduction to General Chemistry3
GIS A101Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
GIS A201Intermediate Geographic Information Systems3
Complete 9 credits from the following upper-division courses:9
Spatial Data Structures
Remote Sensing
GIS and Remote Sensing for Natural Resources
Spatial Data Management
Spatial Analysis
Total Credits21

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper-division. 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Environment and Society will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental role of natural/living systems in supporting life and social well-being, enabling beneficial relationships between people and the natural world, and underpinning the key human threats to the environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to employ the following liberal education skills in a disciplinary and professional setting: critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making; conceptual engagement with ethics and civic issues; use of the scientific method; and technical writing skills.
  • Apply the following skill sets to address environmental problems and develop solutions in professional, academic, and civic settings: communication and teamwork, stakeholder engagement, field research techniques, environmental assessment, survey design, data collection and analysis, mapping techniques, knowledge of key environmental laws and policies, environmental planning.