Environmental destruction, exploitation, unprecedented loss of species diversity, and global climate change all have potentially catastrophic long-term ramifications for human health and social justice. The environmental studies major provides a multi-disciplinary and in-depth education of the ecology of natural ecosystems and the processes by which humans influence, exploit, evaluate, value, mitigate and restore their environment.

Be versatile.

Society needs professionals who understand the environment and the political, social, economic and ethical issues related to protecting it. Environmental Studies students benefit from the combined strengths of multiple departments including biology, chemistry, economics, history, philosophy, English, social and cultural sciences, and political science.

 

Choose your path.

Students who major in environmental studies have the freedom to shape their degree by choosing 15 of their courses from a list of electives. Select courses to match your interests like tropical ecology, global aid and humanitarianism, environmental history, philosophy of the environment, development economics and biological anthropology.

 

To solve pressing environmental problems, society needs professionals who understand the science of the environment and the political, social, economic, philosophical, and ethical issues related to restoring and protecting the environment. Students who minor in Environmental Studies receive an overview of environmental studies, including the study of the ecology of natural ecosystems and the processes by which humans influence, exploit, evaluate, value, mitigate and restore their environment. Students learn to understand and address pressing environmental issues through an interdisciplinary approach.

 


ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES BA: PROGRAM OF STUDY

 
Students complete 16 required courses (48-49 credits) and two elective courses (6-7 credits) that cover subjects from the sciences, social sciences and humanities.  

 

Credit Hours

Required Core Courses (27-28 credits):
BIOL 1001, General Biology 1 

3

BIOL 1002, General Biology 2 3
BIOL 2401, Ecology 3
MATH 1700, Modern Elementary Statistics 1 3
Environmental Studies Internship (NEW 2017) or approved research experience  3
Environmental Studies Capstone course (NEW 2017) 3
   
Choose one of the following:  
BIOL 3402, Experimental Ecology and Field Biology 3
BIOL 3802, Experimental Microbiology 3
   
Choose one of the following:  
CHEM 1080, Chemistry in the World 4
PHYS 1009, Earth and Environmental Physics 3
   
Choose one of the following:  
PHIL 3350, Philosophy of the Environment 3
THEO 4440, Foundations of Ecological Ethics  3
   
Required Content Area courses
Economics (9 credits)  
ECON 1103, Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 1104, Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON 4016, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics  3
   
Political Science (6 credits)  
Choose one of the following:  
POSC 2601, International Politics 3
POSC 2201, American Politics 3
and  
POSC 4193, Environmental Politics and Policy 3
   
Environment and Society (6 credits)  
ANTH 2203, Human Geography 3
and  
Choose one of the following:  
SOCI 3720, Environment and Society 3
SOCI 3750, Food, Water and Society 3
HIST 3800, Environmental History: Ecology and Society in the Modern World  3
   

Electives (6-7 credits)

Choose two courses not already completed as required courses from the following, including at least one upper division course. 2

   
Environment and Society  
SOWJ 4700, Global Aid and Humanitarianism 3
COMM 4330, Health, Science and Environmental Communication 3
ENGL 4775, Literature and Place 3
ENGL 4765, Material Cultures  3
HIST 3800, Environmental History: Ecology and Society in the Modern World  3
   
Can choose one of the following:  
PHIL 3350, Philosophy of the Environment 3
THEO 4440, Foundations of Ecological Ethics 3
   
Can choose one of the following:  
SOCI 3720, Environment and Society   3
SOCI 3750, Food, Water and Society  3
   
Economics  
ECON 3003, Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis 3
ECON 4012, Urban and Regional Economics 3
ECON 4047, Development Economics  3
   
Political Science  
POSC 4221, Interest Group Politics  3
POSC 4331, Politics and Regulation  3
POSC 4661, The Political Economy of Development 3
   
Environmental Science and Anthropology  
BIOL 3401, Advanced Ecology   3
BIOL 3404, Evolutionary Biology  3
BIOL 3406, Plant Biology  3
BIOL 3801, Microbiology  3
PHYS 1007, Survey of Meteorology  3
ANTH 3153, Demography  3
ANTH 4144, The Rise of Agriculture  3
ANTH 4245, Archaeology of Complex Societies  3
ANTH 4316, Culture, Change and Development  3
   
Can choose one of the following:  
CHEM 1080, Chemistry in the World  4
PHYS 1009, Earth and Environmental Physics  3
   
Can choose one of the following:  
ANTH 2201, Human Evolutionary Process   3
ANTH 1201, Introduction to Biological Anthropology  3

 

Total Credit Hours for major 54-56

 

Notes:

1 MATH 4720, MATH 4740, PSYC 2001 or SOCI 2060 can be substituted to fulfill this requirement.

2 Additional courses may be counted as electives with permission of the program director

 

 

 

 

 

SUGGESTED ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES MAJOR CURRICULUM

Freshman

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Term Sem. Hrs.
BIOL 1001
ENGL 1001
Foreign Language
SOCI 1001$
3
3
3-4
3

BIOL 1002
ENGL 1002
Foreign Language

THEO 1001
CHEM 1080 or PHYS 1009

3
3
3-4

3
3-4

  12-13   15-17

Sophomore

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Term Sem. Hrs.
PHIL 1001
Foreign Language or Elective
ECON 1103
ANTH 2203
MATH 17001
3
3-4
3
3
3

PHIL 2310
UCCS-Theology

BIOL 2401

ECON 1104

POSC 2201 or POSC 2601

3
3
3
3
3
  15-16   15

Junior

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Term Sem. Hrs.

BIOL 3802 or BIOL 3402

UCCS-Hist of Cult. & Soc.

Major and Electives

3
3

9


Major and Electives

UCCS-Lit./Performing Arts

12

3

  15  

15

 

Senior

First Term Sem. Hrs. Second Semester Sem. Hrs.

Environmental Studies Capstone

Environmental Studies Internship

Major and Electives

UCCS-Diverse Cultures

3

3

6-9

3

Major and Electives

15

  15-18   15

Notes:
$ SOCI 1001 is recommended for students who are considering upper-division SOCI courses as electives towards this major
1 MATH 4720, MATH 4740, PSYC 2001 or SOCI 2060 can be substituted to fulfill this requirement.
Courses selected from Elective Courses list cannot also be used to fulfill the Required Courses requirement or the Content Area requirement of the major.
Total of 120 credits (minimum) required for graduation

 

 



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