Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences


Course Requirements for the Environmental Studies Concentration

The Environmental Studies concentration provides sound scientific, socioeconomic, and philosophical background for understanding the Earth’s environment and prepares the student for careers in science, education, law, business, public policy, and many other fields.

Corequisites Concentration Requirements
  1. Complete
    • BIOL 250 General Ecology
    • ECON 201 Introductory Economics: A Survey Course
  2. Select one course
    • GEOL 101 The Dynamic Earth
    • GEOL 102 Earth, Life, and Time
    • GEOL 103 The Earth's Environments
    • GEOL 104 Exploring the Planets
  3. Select one course
    • GEOL 202 Earth as an Ecosystem: Modern Problems and Solutions
    • GEOL 206 Sustainability: Reducing our Impact on Planet Earth
  4. Select one sequence
    • BIOL 101–102 Introduction to Biology
    • BIOL 111–112 General Botany
    • BIOL 130–140 Biodiversity; Organization and Function of the Cell
  5. Select one sequence
    • CHEM 100–110 Principles of Chemistry; Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
    • CHEM 120–130 General Chemistry
    • PHYS 221–222 Elements of Physics
  6. Select one sequence
    • MATH 123–125 Finite Mathematics; Basic Calculus
    • MATH 141–142 Calculus
    • MATH 151–152 Mathematics for the Life Sciences
  1. Select 15 hours
    • GEOG 345 People and Environment
    • JREM 451 Environmental Writing
    • PHIL 346 Environmental Ethics
    • SOCI 360 Environment and Resources
    • One course from
      • FWF 250 Conservation
      • FWF 320 Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
    • One course from
      • AREC 445 Economics of Biomass for Renewable Energy
      • AREC 470 Policy Analysis for Environmental and Natural Resource Management
      • ECON 362 - Environmental and Natural Resource Policy
  2. Select one course
    • GEOL 455 Environmental Geology
    • GEOL 456 Global Climate Change
  3. Select one course
    • CBE 481 Green Engineering
    • EEB 484 Conservation Biology
    • GEOG 436 Water Resources
  4. Complete
    • GEOL 493 Independent Study
  5. Select 12 hours
    • 300-level or above in one of the following departments:
      • Chemistry
      • Earth and Planetary Sciences
      • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
      • Economics
      • Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries
      • Geography
      • Plant Sciences
      • Political Science
      • Sociology

Honors Concentration

Students who have completed five upper-division courses in either the Geology or Environmental Studies concentration and have maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 are encouraged to pursue an honors concentration. In addition to fulfilling all requirements for their preferred concentration, an honors concentration requires 3 hours of GEOL 491, GEOL 492, or GEOL 493; 3 hours of GEOL 497, during which students will complete written and oral presentation of thesis results; and an additional 9 hours of honors coursework (including honors-by-contract). A GPA of at least 3.25 must be maintained throughout matriculation. Interested students should consult their academic advisor for details.



 

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