Environmental Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies is a stand-alone interdisciplinary major that requires students to develop and articulate a focus or focus area of study, which will be designated on their transcript and diploma. Example focus areas of study include but are not limited to “Sustainable Entrepreneurship”, “Technical Environmental Analysis”, and “Environmental Justice”, and students are required to work closely with their team of advisors to develop their focus area. All proposed focus areas require final approval from their primary academic advisor and an ENSS department chair. Skills classes and electives must define and support the focus area and must be approved by the faculty advisor prior to taking the classes.

The major requires a minimum of 40 credit hours (ten courses).

ENVS 101Environmental Science, Policy and Thought: Introduction to Environmental Studies4
ENVS 380Junior Seminar: Socio-Ecol.4
ENVS 480Senior Seminar4
Skills course (one course from the following list or other approved courses of data analysis, presentation, computer analysis, etc.) 4
GEOL 340Images of the Earth: GIS and Remote Sensing4
GEOL 215Data Wrangling4
ECON 301Research Methods4
JPS 338Research Methods-CMJS4
PSY 301Research Methods and Analysis4
SOAN 337Social Research Methods4
SPST 445Research Methods in Sport Studies4
Required off-campus internship or study abroad at approved program4
Total Credits48

Elective courses include those listed below and other approved courses. At least two courses must be in natural sciences and at least two courses must be in social sciences or humanities. At least two of the five electives must be at the three- or four-hundred level. Skills courses can fulfill the natural science or non-science requirement for electives. Students must clearly articulate to their advisor how their chosen, coherent group of courses defines and supports and represents their focus area. The chosen focus area must be approved by the student’s academic advisor and the department chair, and the group of supporting electives must be approved by the academic advisor prior to taking the courses – 20 credits


Natural Science Elective Courses

BIOL 201Intro Biol: Form and Function4
BIOL 202Intro Biol: Ecol and Evolution4
BIOL 212Environmental Science4
BIOL 224Field Botany4
BIOL 233North Carolina Freshwater Fishes4
BIOL 235Vertebrate Field Zoology4
BIOL 332Invertebrate Zoology4
BIOL 334Animal Behavior4
BIOL 336Ornithology4
BIOL 438General Ecology4
CHEM 105Chemistry of Recycling4
CHEM 110Real World Chemistry4
CHEM 111Chemical Principles I4
CHEM 115Chemistry of Food and Cooking4
CHEM 341Instrumental Analysis4
GEOL 121Geology and the Environment4
GEOL 141Oceanography4
GEOL 230Environmental Pollution4
GEOL 223Hydrology4
GEOL 230Environmental Pollution4
GEOL 340Images of the Earth: GIS and Remote Sensing4
IDS 472Environmental Planning4
MATH 112Elementary Statistics4

Social Science and Humanities Elective

ECON 222Microeconomic Principles: Public Policy4
ECON 301Research Methods4
ECON 344Environmental and Resource Economics4
ENGL 225American Literature Survey I4
ENGL 228American Nature Writing (REL 120)4
ENVS 220The American Landscape (ART 220)6
ENVS 350Special Topics8
GEOL 230Environmental Pollution4
HIST 227Urban Environmental History4
HIST 324American Rivers4
IDS 418Science, Sex and Nature4
IDS 428Agricultural Revolutions4
INTR 350Special Topics1-8
JPS 103Community Problem Solving4
JPS 245Social & Envt Just Field Study4
PHIL 242Environmental Ethics4
PPS 211Change, Innovation and Impact4
PSCI 318Environmentalism in Early America4
PSCI 319Modern Environmental Problems4
PSY 243Environmental Psychology4
SFS 110Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture2
SOAN 322Environmental Anthropology4

Total credits hours required for A.B. degree in environmental studies is 40 credits.