Environmental Studies - BS

The BS degree in Environmental Studies in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences provides students with the opportunity to learn about the major societal forces that influence environmental issues. These include political agreement supporting legal and regulatory requirements, economics and the marketplace, environmental values, and technology. Students gain technical background blended with a solid foundation in economics, political issues, environmental law, ethics, and communications. Technology and the environment are well supported in existing curricula and contribute to the multidisciplinary nature of the Environmental Studies degree. Technical courses focus on biological sciences, natural resources, and assessment of the environment and come from the Agricultural Economics; Bioenvironmental Sciences; Entomology; Forest Science; Rangeland Ecology and Management; Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences; Soil and Crop Sciences; and Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. It is the fusion of these courses with those from the Liberal Arts that make this a truly unique curriculum. This degree is housed within the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology.

Required Courses
BESC 201Introduction to Bioenvironmental Sciences3
BESC 367U.S. Environmental Regulations3
BESC 481Seminar1
BESC 484Field Experience3
BIOL 101Botany4
or BIOL 111   or Introductory Biology I 
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
ESSM 309Forest Ecology3
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
Select one of the following:3
Geographic Information Systems for Resource Management
Geographic Information Systems for Resource Management
Environmental Impact Assessment
GEOG 201Introduction to Human Geography3
GEOG 203Planet Earth3
GEOG 213Planet Earth Lab1
GEOG 304Economic Geography3
RENR 205Fundamentals of Ecology3
RENR 375Conservation of Natural Resources3
SCSC 301Soil Science4
STAT 303Statistical Methods3
WFSC 301Wildlife and the Changing Environment3
American history elective 16
Communication elective 13
Creative arts elective 13
Environmental policy elective15
Select five of the following in consultation with academic advisor:
Food and Agricultural Law
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Agricultural Policy
Energy and Conversion Systems
Pathogens, the Environment and Society
Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts
Principles of Economics
Principles of Economics
Microeconomic Theory
Public Finance
Economics of Resource Scarcity
Global Public Health Entomology
The Science of Forensic Entomology
Political Geography
Geographic Perspectives on Contemporary Urban Issues
Technology and Human Values
Environmental Ethics
Building Better Cities
Sustainable Communities
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to World Politics
Contemporary Political Problems and Issues
Introduction to Public Administration
Politics and Bureaucracy
Politics of Energy and the Environment
Public Policies and Policymaking
Population and Society
Environmental Sociology
Fish and Wildlife Laws and Administration
Government/Political science elective 16
Language, philosophy and culture elective 13
Mathematics elective 16
Natural resources elective12
Select four of the following in consultation with academic advisor:
Systems Analysis in Agriculture
Technology for Environmental and Natural Resource Engineering
Molds and Mushrooms: The Impact of Fungi on Society and the Environment
Water and the Bioenvironmental Sciences
Bioenvironmental Microbiology
Sampling and Environmental Monitoring
General Entomology
Honey Bee Biology
Urban Entomology
Insect Ecology
Urban Forestry
Garden Science
Animal Waste Management
Ecosystem Management
Recreational Management of Wildlands
Tourism Impacts
Nature, Values, and Protected Areas
Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation
Animal Ecology
Urban Wildlife and Fisheries
Ecology of the Coastal Zone
Ecology and Society
Social and behavioral science elective 13
Free electives10
Total Semester Credit Hours120

A minimum of 120 semester hours will be required for a BS degree.