Environmental Studies and 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 & Sustainability (U_ER):

This major and general concentration consists of fifteen (15) courses.

Six (6) Required Core Courses:

  • EASC 101 Conversations with the Earth: An Introduction to Earth Systems
  • ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy
  • GEOG 110 World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 135 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • GEOG 216 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
  • MATH 117 Introduction to Statistics

Concentration in General Studies (UERG)

Five (5) Required:

  • GEOG 235 Environmental Law and Policy
  • GEOG 238 Environmental Geography
  • GEOG 240 Municipal Land Use
  • GEOG 260 Introduction to Urban Studies and Planning in the United States
  • GEOG 375 Resource Management

Choose four (4) courses from the following, at least one of which must be at the 300-level or above, and only one 100-level course may count toward this requirement:

  • GEOG 111 The Digital Earth
  • GEOG 180 Native Americans: A Geographical and Legal Perspective
  • GEOG 201 Economic Geography
  • GEOG 208 The Environment, Health, and Disease
  • GEOG 214 Spatial Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 316 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 328 Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 380 Making Places Sustainable
  • GEOG 490 Independent Study in Geography
  • GEOG 495 Internship in Geography
  • POSC 229 Public Policy Analysis
  • POSC 325 Public Management


Effective as of the 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog