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Undergraduate Catalog 2019 - 2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019 - 2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Studies, B.A.


Environmental Studies majors learn to analyze the problems of urban areas, develop solutions, build in more sustainable ways, explore policy issues, and understand the social context of environmental conflicts. Areas of study include groundwater protection, wetlands, pollution prevention, Geographic Information Systems, toxic land contamination, and the treatment of wastewater. Students learn analytical and management skills applicable to employment in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

What careers can this major prepare you for?

Graduates hold sustainability-focused managerial and administrative roles in governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private companies. You may go on to hold positions including: Community Engagement Manager, Communications Officer, Environmental Advocacy, Environmental Health and Safety, Executive Director, GIS Specialist, Grant Manager, Land Use Planning, Planning Manager, Program Specialist, Research Assistant, Recycling Coordinator, Sustainability Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator.

What skills are developed within this major?

Skills developed within this major include: analytical skills; problem-solving; critical-thinking; communication; management; and passion for public service.


  • Environmental Planning and Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Management

Hours Required for Degree

Minimum hours required for the degree: 120

Minimum hours required for major: 35-36

Major-Field Requirements

In addition to the major requirements listed below, students must fulfill all College of Urban Affairs Undergraduate Degree requirements, including completion of UST 200 , UST 404 , UST 405 , and UST 490 .

Environmental Studies majors are required to take the following courses or their transfer equivalents:

B. Natural Science Courses

Students choose two sequences from 1, 2 and 3 below (14-15 credit hours)

C. Tracks

Students choose one track from below and select four courses (12-13 credit hours).

Accelerated 4+1 Program

See the Environmental Studies, Accelerated 4+1 BA/MA  page.