BA Environmental Studies

Student Learning Outcomes

    Students will understand the interplay of social science, humanities, and natural science in the study of the environment.

    Students will have a fundamental understanding of policy, law, management, and economics applied to environmental problems.

    Students will develop oral and written presentation skill used in a professional setting.

    Students will demonstrate the ability to investigate, evaluate literature, and research an advanced topic in environmental studies and critique ideas and opinions based on advanced study.

    Students will demonstrate an overall knowledge and application of concepts related to Environmental Studies in a professional setting through applied learning.

The environmental studies curriculum is designed to give students the depth of intellectual and analytical skills along with the scholarly background necessary to understand and solve environmental problems. The program is interdisciplinary, drawing upon the resources of many related fields to provide the rigorous analysis necessary to understand environmental problems and formulate decisions that are environmentally sound.

The Bachelor of Arts degree allows students a variety of specialization courses in both social and natural sciences.

A student in environmental studies must complete all requirements for the major [(General Core)+(B.A. or B.S. Core)+(B.A. or B.S. Electives)] with an overall “C” (2.00) GPA to graduate.

Due to the continual addition of new courses, the Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies may consider the substitution of certain courses for those officially listed under the B.A. option.

Computer Competency Requirement: To satisfy the computer competency requirement for the B.A. or B.S. degree in environmental studies, a student must successfully complete CSC 105.

Oral Communication Competency Requirement: To satisfy the oral communication competency requirement for the B.A. or B.S. degree in environmental studies, a student must successfully complete EVS 495.

Applied Learning Requirement: To satisfy the applied learning competency for the B.A. in environmental studies or the B.S. degree in environmental sciences a student must successfully complete one of the following: honors in any science department (6 credits); directed individual study involving hands-on experience in any science department (minimum 1 credit); internship at an approved site that provides experience in the profession (minimum 1 credit); practicum at an approved site that provides experience in the profession (minumn 1 credit); formal student teaching experience (e.g. EDN 411); completion of senior project (EVS 490, 1-6 credits).

General core requirements for all Environmental Studies Majors (25 hours): BIO 201; CHM 101; CSC 105; EVS 195 and EVSL 195; GGY 130 or EVS 120 (GLY 120) and EVSL 120 (GLYL 120); MAT 111 or higher; STT 215 or GGY 222.

All students wishing to become environmental studies majors must successfully complete general core requirements before admittance into the major.

Requirements for a Major in Environmental Studies for the B.A. degree: 68 hours total, comprised of the General Core plus option requirements. The Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental studies emphasizes a combination of social science, humanities and natural sciences. The B.A. in environmental studies prepares students for entry-level positions in many diverse fields, including urban and regional planning, environmental impact analysis, natural resource management, environmental education, conservation administration, energy policy, public interest lobbying, social science law, government and business.

Core Requirements: 24 or 25 Hours. ECN 221; EVS 325 (ECN 325) or 330 (ECN 330), EVS 360, 361, 362 (BLA 362), 364, 495; GGY 328 or EVS 281. A minimum of one hour of applied learning credit is required.

Elective Requirements: 18 hours selected from the following: EVS 205, 325 (ECN 325) or 330 (ECN 330), 370 (PSY 370), 420 (GLY 420) (PHY 420), 430,431, 462, 463, 470, 471, 472, 476, 477, 478, 479, 480, 485, 488, 490, 491, 497, 498 (up to 6 hours total for any combination of EVS 491, 497, and 498), 499.


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