B.A. in Environmental Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies allows students to examine environmental issues through the lens of natural and social sciences. This major enables students to look at the issues of human and environmental topics on the local, regional, and global scale and better understand and help solve these complex issues. Students gain a nuanced view of the world, and are prepared for a future in policy, management, nonprofit engagement, and more.


The B.A. in Environmental Science provides a broad environmental background. Career choices may include positions in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Our graduates are prepared to work in such areas as environmental consulting, laboratory or field research, geology, compliance and environmental education.

Faculty Mentoring

All students receive individual attention and one-on-one mentoring during their entire undergraduate careers. Each student plans a course of study in close cooperation with a faculty advisor and the student's progress is closely coordinated with developing interests.

Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to pursue independent research as an essential part of their educational program. Research permits students to develop an even closer relationship with a faculty research director, who then serves as a mentor during career planning.

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Course Offerings

  • BRDG 100 Research & Info Skills
  • EQ Essential Questions Sem
  • BRDG 105 Intro to Ethical Reas
  • Crit Thinking (BRCT)
  • Cultural Fluen (BRCF)
  • Ethical Reas (BRET)
  • Social & Hist (BRSH)
  • Quant & Scient Reas (BRQS)
  • Comm & Creative Expr (BRCC)
  • One THEO and PHIL course & 3 Writing Intensive courses

Students must take a minimum of 9 credits of general electives.
  • ENGL 302W Scientific Writing 
  • SPRG 105 Seminar: Career Dev. 
  • Experiential Learning
  • ENVI 251 Prin of Envi Science
  • ENVI 291 Intro to Earth Sciences
  • ENVI 472 Env Biology
  • ENVI 452 Env Chemistry
  • ENVI 470 Env Toxicology
  • ENVI Capstone
  • Pick Two
  • PHIL 236 Environmental Ethics OR PHIL 211 Philosophy of the Environment
  • ECON 331 Environmental Economics
  • HIST 141 Environmental History
  • SOCI 220 Environmental Sociology
  • ENGL 204 Literature and the Environment

Students must take a minimum of 9 credits of Environmental concentration courses.
Students must take a minimum of 15 credits of Environmental elective courses.
  • MATH 101/105/115
  • MATH 125/225/301 
  • MATH/CS Electives* (3 CR) 
  • BIOL111/111L Biology I/Lab
  • BIOL 112/112L Biology II/Lab
  • CHEM 121 Gen Chem I
  • CHEM 121L Gen Chem I Lab
  • CHEM 122 Gen Chem II
  • CHEM 122L Gen Chem II Lab