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BA in Environmental Studies


The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Environmental Studies provides students with a solid interdisciplinary foundation in environmental issues. The program emphasizes the interconnections between physical, biological, and social processes as they affect the environment. As such, students will develop a strong capacity for understanding the scientific basis for environmental topics, and will take courses from Political Science, Philosophy and Religion, Biology, and other departments. Skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication will culminate in a senior project.

Writing-intensive course requirement

The writing-intensive course requirement is met with ENVR 300 Research Methods.


ENVR 101 Introduction to Environmental Science
ENST 301 Geographic Information Systems
ENVR 202 Conservation Biology
BIOL 208 Principles of Biology
ENST 220 Data Analysis for Natural Sciences
POLS 340 Environmental Politics
ENST 300 Research Methods
ENST 460 Environmental Science Seminar
ENST 320 Environmental Economics
ENST 325 Environmental Philosophy
ENST 490 Senior Project

Plus choose one of the following:

ENVR 201 Physical Geography
ENVR 302 Soil and Water Science

Plus choose two courses from the following:

BIOL 304 Ecology
ANTH 201 Cultural Anthropology
SOCI 203 Principles of Sociology
BIOL 311 Botany
BIOL 320 Zoology
ENVR 102 Introduction to Geology
ENVR 204 Tropical Island Systems

Total: 43-45 credit hours

General Education Requirements

Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.

  • The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program. 
  • The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.

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