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The Major

The Environmental Studies program provides a holistic approach and a framework of sustainability that recognizes the necessity of meeting current resource needs without compromising the environment and the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The major provides students with versatile skills to work across disciplines and to be competitive, marketable professionals. Students acquire a broad-based education in the physical, biological, and social sciences. And they develop competency in a specific discipline.

Core Courses

ENVR 101: Environmental Studies Orientation

ENVR 201: Science, Systems, Environment, and Sustainability

ENVR 249: Individual and Cultural Perspectives on the Environment

ENVR 319: Environmental Engagement in the Community

ENVR 499A: Senior Thesis

ENVR 499B: Senior Thesis II

Our Environmental Studies course curriculum is designed to meet the needs of both the student and the working world they hope to enter. We have built in real-world applications and activities from ENVR 101 all the way to the final ENVR 499a & b thesis courses. ENVR 319, specifically, is an entire semester dedicated to real-world experience where students are matched with community clients. You may view one of our most recent student ENVR 319 presentations here: Carbon Sequestration & Forestry

Collateral Courses

Earth Systems: Climate, Earth and Energy Resources, Soil Resources, Water Resources

Geospatial Science: GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing Statistics

Human Dimensions: Sociology, Anthropology, Ethics and Law, Resource Management and Leadership, Economics and Policy

Minor Options

The Environmental Studies program offers various minor options through the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). The purpose of these minors is to allow you to create an emphasis that serves the needs of your future education and career prospects. Explore the full extent of our minor options and their respective completion requirements.

The Minor

Students interested in obtaining a minor in environmental studies need to visit with the Environmental Studies academic advisor to establish a course of study plan that consists of work relevant to their interests and goals. The minor requires 18 credit hours, 6 of those hours at the 300 level or above.

Core Courses

7 credit hours

  • ENVR 101 Environmental Studies Orientation
  • ENVR 201 Science, Systems, Environment, and Sustainability
  • ENVR 249 Individual and Cultural Perspectives on the Environment

A minimum of 11 additional hours will be selected for the course of study. A senior thesis is encouraged.