Environmental Studies and Sustainability Major

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences – Department of Geography

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 (UERG):

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

Six (6) Required Core Courses:

  • ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • GEOG 110 World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 135 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • GEOG 203 Introduction to Physical Geography
  • GEOG 216 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
  • MATH 117 Introduction to Statistics (Gen. Ed. Domain II-A)

Five (5) Required - Policy Courses:

  • 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:

  • COMM 107 Effective Speaking
  • CSCI 138 Information Technology and the Environment
  • EASC 101 Conversations With the Earth: An Introduction to Earth Systems
  • GEOG 111 The Digital Earth
  • 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
  • GEOL 108 Physical Geology with Lab
  • PHIL 234 Environmental Ethics
  • POSC 229 Public Policy Analysis
  • POSC 325 Public Management


Effective as of the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog