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  • This page outlines requirements for the major in Environmental Studies. Students can also study this subject as a minor or as part of a self-designed major (BA or BS Liberal Arts).

    Requirements for the major in Environmental Studies

    The curriculum below applies to the BA degree in Environmental Studies. To view degree requirements for the BS degree from prior years, visit the Academic Catalogs archive

    The BA degree in Environmental Studies requires successful completion of 13 courses, an internship, and the senior thesis/directed research project. Credit for a concentration is earned by completing three 3000- or 4000-level courses approved for that concentration. Students are encouraged, but not required, to choose a concentration. Only specific courses satisfy the major requirements, including electives. Not all courses are offered each semester. Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the chair of the program.  

    Required Courses: 
    Choose 3 core courses:

    • UENV 2000 Environment and Society 
      or UENV 2100 Environmental History and Race (4 credits)
    • UENV 2400 Urban Ecology (4 credits)
    • LSCI 2500 Chemistry of the Environment (4 credits)  

    Advanced core courses: 

    • UENV 3200 Spatial Thinking with GIS (4 credits)
    • UENV 3400 Urban Resilience (4 credits)

    Economics and math courses:

    • LMTH 2050 Math Models in Nature (4 credits)
    • LMTH 2030 Statistics with SPSS (4 credits)
    • UENV 3501 Economics of the Environment (4 credits)

    Choose 1 lab course (4 credits):

    • LSCI 3029 Water Quality Lab (4 credits)
    • UENV3450 Ecology Lab (4 credits)

    Choose 1 social science elective (3-4 credits):

    • UENV 2530 Environmental Justice
    • UENV 3510 Planning Sustainable Cities
    • UENV 4703 Social Justice in Sustainable Food Systems 

    Choose 3 design electives:

    • PSDS 2510 Visualizing Urban Change (3 credits) — recommended
    • PUDM 2101 Economics and Ethics of Sustainable Design (3 credits) — recommended
    • PSDS 2100 Research and Developmental Methods (3 credits) — recommended
    • PSDS 2532 Urban Interventions (3 credits)
    • PUDM 1100 Intro to Design and Management (3 credits) 
    • PUDM 1101 Design Strategies and Everyday Experience (3 credits) 

    Internship requirement:

    • UENV 3901 Professional Internship — recommended summer before senior year (0-2 credits)

    Senior Capstone (7-8 credits):

    • UENV 4210 Directed Research (Pre-Thesis; 4 credits)
    • UENV 4211 Directed Research (Senior Thesis; 3-4 credits) or an approved advanced course

    BA total credits: 55-59
    with optional concentration electives (12 credits): 67-71

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