Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

The BA degree in Environmental Studies requires successful completion of 15 courses distributed as described below and the senior capstone/directed research project.

The BS degree course distribution requirements are the same plus three additional studio courses (for a total of 18 courses).

  • Introduction to the field:

UENV 2000 Environment and Society

UENV 2001 Environment and Society

  • Design courses:

PSDS 1660 Ecological Communication Design

PSDS 2660 Sustainable Design Thinking

PSDS 2661 Materials Ecological Impacts

  • Ecology courses:

UENV 2400 Principles of Ecology

UENV 3400 Urban Ecosystems

  • Chemistry course:

LSCI 2502 Chemistry and the Environment

  • One environmental laboratory course, selected from the following options:

UENV 3450 Ecology Lab (recommended)

LSCI 2500 Water Quality Lab

  • Quantitative reasoning course:

LMTH 2050 Math Models in Nature

  • One statistics OR calculus course, selected from the following options:

LMTH 2030 Statistics with SPSS (recommended)

LMTH 2040 Calculus

  • Mapping/GIS Course:

UENV 3200 Mapping the Urban

  • One economics course, selected from the following options:

LECO 2050 Environmental Economics (recommended)

NECO 2002 Introduction to Macroeconomics 

NECO 2004 Introduction to Microeconomics

  • One social science elective related to environmental policy

UENV 3510 Planning the Sustainable City (recommended )

Another social science course may be substituted with permission from a student's advisor.

  • Senior coursework

UENV 3900 Senior Internship/Fieldwork Experience 

UENV 4215 Environmental Leadership  (for students graduating Fall 2012/Spring 2013 or after)

UENV 4210 Directed Research (for students graduating Fall 2012/Spring 2013 or after)


  • BS design courses

PSDS 3661 Sustainable Everyday Practices 

PSDS 3660 Sustainable Business Design


The Environmental Studies program offers three concentrations: Urban Ecosystems, Sustainable Design,and Environment, Society, and Public Policy. 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.

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