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Environmental Sustainability / Program of Study

The environmental sustainability program connects scientific, social, economic and political aspects to environmental concerns. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to integrate the knowledge and skills they develop from different areas of study to issues of sustainability. Students learn to think critically about existing assumptions, information quality, and data interpretation when identifying, addressing, and creating solutions to problems related to sustainability, and are able to communicate effectively with people from diverse perspectives.

Major in Environmental Sustainability
Students majoring in environmental sustainability are required to complete 43-45 credit hours, which include 17-19 hours of prescribed major courses and 19 hours of electives chosen from approved courses focusing on the science and math, social, and economics and communication foundations on which the program is based.

Minor in Environmental Sustainability
Students minoring in Environmental Sustainability are required to complete 23 credit hours, which include 10 hours of core curriculum and 13 hours of electives chosen from approved courses focusing on the science and math, social, and economics and communications foundations on which the program is based.

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From the General Education Requirements

MAT-175 - Statistics I (3.00 cr.)

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One Lab Science

BIO-105 - Modern Biological Concepts (3.00 cr.)

BIO-145 - Modern Biological Concepts Laboratory (1.00 cr.)

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CHE-111 - General Chemistry I (3.00 cr.)

CHE-141 - General Chemistry I Laboratory (1.00 cr.)

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GEO-200 - Earth Science (3.00 cr.)

GEO-240 - Earth Science Laboratory (1.00 cr.)


Required Major Courses

BIO-225 - Environmental Science (4.00 cr.)

GEO-326 - Environmental Resources (3.00 cr.)

RES-345 - Environmental Ethics (3.00 cr.)

POL-331 - Environmental Politics & Policy (3.00 cr.)

ECO-311 - Environmental Economics (3.00 cr.)

A 299, 399, 498, or 499 internship, research seminar, or honors thesis (1.00 - 3.00 cr.)


Electives

Students must choose 19 credits of electives with at least 4 credits in the Science and Math Foundation, 3 credits in the Social Foundation, and 3 credits in the Economics and Communication Foundation


Science and Math Foundation Courses

BIO-211 - Plant Biology (3.00 cr.)

BIO-241 - Plant Biology Laboratory (1.00 cr.)

BIO-222 - Animal Biology (2.00 cr.)

BIO-242 - Animal Biology Laboratory (2.00 cr.)

BIO-215 - Tropical Ecosystems (3 - 4.00 cr.)

BIO-326 - Principles of Ecology (3.00 cr.)

BIO-346 - Principles of Ecology Laboratory (1.00 cr.)

BIO-358 - Aquatic Field Studies (2.00 cr.)

BIO-359 - Terrestrial Field Studies (2.00 cr.)

CHE-112 - General Chemistry II (3.00 cr.)

CHE-142 - General Chemistry II Laboratory (1.00 cr.)

GEO-203 - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3.00 cr.)

GEO-206 - Meteorology (3.00 cr.)

PHS-301 - Biostatistics (3.00 cr.)

Additional lab science

BIO-105 - Modern Biological Concepts (3.00 cr.)

BIO-145 - Modern Biological Concepts Laboratory (1.00 cr.)

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CHE-111 - General Chemistry I (3.00 cr.)

CHE-141 - General Chemistry I Laboratory (1.00 cr.)

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GEO-200 - Earth Science (3.00 cr.)

GEO-240 - Earth Science Laboratory (1.00 cr.)


Social Foundation Courses

ART-160 - Ceramics I (3.00 cr.)

FN-250 - Perspectives in Nutrition (2.00 cr.)

GEO-205 - World Regional Geography (3.00 cr.)

HIS-300 - Introduction to Public History (3.00 cr.)

ID-246 - Interior Design Products (3.00 cr.)

POL-210 - International Politics (3.00 cr.)

POL-340 - State & Local Political Systems (3.00 cr.)

POL-370 - Model United Nations (1 - 3.00 cr.)

PSY-410 - Social Psychology (3.00 cr.)

SOC-231 - Social Problems (3.00 cr.)

SOC-430 - Population Dynamics (3.00 cr.)


Economic and Communication Foundation Courses

COM-225 - Public Speaking (3.00 cr.)

COM-310 - Introduction to Public Relations (3.00 cr.)

COM-360 - Writing for the Media (3.00 cr.)

ECO-100 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3.00 cr.)

ECO-101 - Principles of Microeconomics (3.00 cr.)

ENG-358 - Professional Writing (3.00 cr.)

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