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Environmental Studies - B.A.

Incorporating critical social, economic, policy, communications and/or humanities components.

B.A. versus B.S.

The SEOE offers two undergraduate degree programs in Environment and Sustainability. While both programs share similar core requirements, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree places more emphasis on social and behavioral sciences for entry into social science-based graduate programs such as law school.

Students who are interested in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program will receive a broad-based natural science curriculum, preparing those students for further study in natural and environmental research.


The curriculum prepares students to address complex environmental problems requiring knowledge and understanding from multiple social and science disciplines that are framed in an environmental context. Students learn to make sound analyses and judgments about interdisciplinary environmental challenges and to seek and develop sustainable solutions that productively integrate social and economic needs with scientific and technical understanding.

Environmental Studies majors may combine coursework in sustainability, anthropology, political science, geography, history, economics, business, media arts and journalism to create an individually tailored curriculum relative to their career goals.

Impending environmental challenges include climate change, increasing drought and other extreme weather events and their impacts on infrastructure and food, energy and water supply, loss of biodiversity, increases in infectious disease, and invasive species.

Environmental scientists may find themselves conducting field research to quantify such issues, while environmental studies majors may use their skills to incorporate that data into policy, advocacy and sustainable business practices.

Marine Science or Biology
Computer Science

Science and Policy I & II
Environmental Ethics
Environmental Economics
Ecology and Evolution
Environmental Literature
Environmental Policy
Human Impact on the Environment
Green Politics
Environmental issues Seminar

Environmental Attorney

Environmental Engineer

Sustainability Specialist

Environmental Consultant

Environmental Educator

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
US Forest Service
National Parks Service 
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Army Corps of Engineers
Non-profit organizations
Manufacturing Corporations
Energy companies
Waste Management

Environmental Studies Minor

The department offers a minor to students, outside the SEOE major, wanting to expand their options for employment or graduate school or provide you with a more well-rounded education. Students wishing to complete a Minor in Environmental Studies must complete a total of 12 credit hours of Environmental Studies courses.


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