Bachelor of Science in Environment and Society

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Programs.

Graduation Requirements

Major Requirements

BIOL A473Conservation Biology3
CEL A292Introduction to Civic Engagement3
COMM A241Public Speaking3
ECON A210Environmental Economics and Policy3
ENGL A478Public Science Writing3
ENVI A211
A211L
Environmental Science: Systems and Processes
and Environmental Science: Systems and Processes Laboratory
4
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 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
Precalculus
MATH A221Applied Calculus for Managerial and Social Sciences3-4
or MATH A251 Calculus I
PHIL/ENVI A303Environmental Ethics3
STAT A253Applied Statistics for the Sciences4
Total Credits56-61
*

 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
BIOL A271Principles of Ecology3
CHEM A105
A105L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM A106General Chemistry II3
Complete 6 credits from the following upper-division courses:6
Biogeography
Ecotoxicology
Tundra and Taiga Ecosystems
Biological Oceanography
Marine Biology
Spatial Ecology
Exploration Ecology
Experiential Learning: Exploration Ecology Field Study
Total Credits22
Geology Concentration
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
Geomorphology
Hydrogeology
Permafrost
Geoarchaeology
Advanced Topics in Geology (with environmental topic)
Total Credits18
Social Science Concentration
Complete 6 credits from the following:6
Cultural Anthropology
Fundamentals of Archaeology
Introduction to Sociology
Complete 9 credits from the following upper-division courses:9
Applied Anthropology
Field Methods in Archaeology
Culture and Ecology
City and Regional Planning
Social Science Research Methods
Social Science Statistics
Demography
Urban Sociology
Environmental Sociology
Complete one additional course from any of the courses listed in this concentration.3
Total Credits18
Spatial Concentration
ENGR A161Engineering Practices II3
GIS A101Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
GIS A201Intermediate Geographic Information Systems3
Complete 6 credits from the following upper-division courses:6
Spatial Data Structures
Remote Sensing
GIS and Remote Sensing for Natural Resources
Spatial Data Management
Spatial Analysis
Total Credits15

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.