Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies (ENVS) major provides a broad, solid, interdisciplinary perspective on the relationship between humans and nature, focusing on social sciences, policy studies, the humanities, and sustainable design. It is designed for students who are interested in such areas as environmental policy, planning, environmental justice, ethics or philosophy, ecocriticism, ecofeminism, sustainable development, and international environmental issues. The major provides a well-rounded education, preparing students for entry-level positions in business, government, nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations, and for a variety of further degree programs.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Gain a better understanding of the world around you.

  2. Take advantage of hands-on learning experiences.

  3. Develop expertise in issues of global importance.

  4. Prepare yourself for meaningful work in a growing job sector.

  5. Learn how to make positive changes for the environment and for society.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

A degree in Environmental Studies can take you in multiple directions. Students in Environmental Studies may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS), a Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Science (MS), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Environmental Studies provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Federal, state, and local government

State farm bureaus

Environmental research laboratories

Agricultural or environmental consultant firms

Public works departments

Geological surveys

Land trust organizations

Nonprofit organizations

Museums, zoos, and nature centers

Political action committees
Alumni Jobs

Park ranger

Transportation/City planning

Forestry restoration assistant

Environmental consultant

Environmental educator/teacher

Community engagement coordinator

Watershed council coordinator

Laboratory assistant

Green business owner

Peace Corps/Americorps
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
AREA 1: ENVS 201,202,203; AREA 2: 1XX-2XX Natural Science non-sequence (4 creds); MATH 111

2nd Year
AREA 2: Natural Science non-sequence; one from AREA 3B Foundation course; MATH 243

3rd Year
AREA 3A: upper-division Natural Science (8 creds); continuing AREA 3B Foundation courses

4th Year
AREA 3B: Focal Electives; AREA 4; AREA 5

Major Credits
Required 20 credits
Electives 72 credits

Total 92 credits

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Environmental leadership

Land use

Natural resource management

Science policy


Political action

Environmental education

Public and environmental health

Environmental humanities

Sustainable design
Experiential learning opportunities

Environmental Connect

Environmental Leadership Program (ELP)

Research (lab/fieldwork)


Career-oriented courses

Student publications

Student clubs
Specialized Courses

Introduction to Food Studies (ENVS 225)

Allocating Scarce Environmental Resources (ENVS 335)

Environmental Leadership Program (ENVS 429)

Environmental Education Theory and Practice (ENVS 425)

Political Ecology (ENVS 450)

Wetland Ecology and Management (ENVS 465)

Sustainable Agriculture (ENVS 467)

Soil Science (ENVS 477)
Add A Minor Or Certificate

Business Administration

Earth Sciences

Ethics; Food Studies


Landscape Architecture

Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM)

Political Science



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