Environment, Society & Sustainability Major

College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) – Department of Environment, Society, and Sustainability

The General Education Requirement

All students must satisfy a general education requirement consisting of ten (10) courses outside of the major department. The General Education Domain III.C (Global Competency, Ethical Reasoning, and/or Human Diversity) requirement is satisfied through the completion of the Environmental Studies and Sustainability major.


Requirements for Major in Environmental Studies and Social Justice (U_EJ):

This major and concentration consists of seventeen (17) courses.

Required Department Core Courses (5):

  • EASC 201 Principles of Earth System Science
  • ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy
  • ENVS 272 Global Environmental Issues
  • GEOG 216 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems


  • EVSS 460 Thesis in Environment, Society, and Sustainability

Required Major courses (12):

Core Courses (8 Courses):

  • ENVS 246 Sustainability and Social Justice
  • GEOG 110 World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 235 Environmental Law and Policy
  • GEOG 240 Land Use Law and Policy
  • GEOG 260 Introduction to Urban Studies and Planning in the United States
  • GEOG 375 Sustainable Management of Natural Resources or
    • GEOG 380 Making Places Sustainable
  • GEOL 208/208L Principles of Physical Geology with Lab
  • STAT 117 Introduction to Statistics or
    • STAT 208 Statistics for the Natural Sciences or
      • ENVS 202 Data Analysis for Scientists


Concentration in General Studies (UEJG)

Required Concentration Core (4 courses):

Choose two (2) courses from the following Policy options, only one (1) of which may be at the 100-level:

  • EASC 308 Climatology and the Future of Human Society
  • ENVS 218 Energy Science and Policy: The Pursuit of Sustainability
  • EVSS 490 Independent Study in Environment, Society, and Sustainability
  • EVSS 495 Internship in Environment, Society, and Sustainability
  • GEOG 180 Native Americans: The Original Injustice on American Soil
  • GEOG 201 Money, Power, and Space: Introduction to Economic Geography
  • GEOG 208 The Environment, Health, and Disease
  • GEOG 225 Population Food and Development
  • GEOG 390 Special Topics in Regional Geography
  • PHIL 234 Environmental Ethics
  • POSC 229 Public Policy Analysis
  • POSC 325 Public Management

Choose two (2) courses from the following Geospatial options:

  • ENVS 333 Digital Field Methods: Drones, Data, & Artificial Intelligence
  • GEOG 111 Visualizing Social and Environmental Justice
  • GEOG 214 Spatial Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 300 Geospatial Applications Using Python
  • GEOG 316 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 328 Introduction to Remote Sensing

Effective as of the 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog