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2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Studies, B.A.

Advisement for the major is available from the Environmental Studies  Department

Environmental Studies, B.A. Curriculum Guide  (Suggested 4-Year Plan of Study)

Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary major housed in the Fulton School of Liberal Arts. The major focuses on how the environment is defined and understood from the perspectives of the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Students learn to evaluate and respond comprehensively to environmental issues. Students are provided with the skills to analyze and think critically about environmental problems and solutions from a broad range of perspectives. This major emphasizes “lateral rigor” across the disciplines, instead of “vertical rigor” within a single discipline. Please note this is not an environmental science program.

  • The Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies requires a minimum of 120 credit hours of which 14 courses are requirements for the major.

  • At least 30 of the 120 credits must be 300-400 level courses completed with grades of C or better.

  • Students must also complete a minor in an area other than environmental studies.

  • Courses taken to satisfy requirements for the major and the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

University Undergraduate Major Policies

  • Refer to the program page for this major and the Courses  section of this catalog for approved prerequisites and General Education courses.
  • Requirements may not equal 120 credit hours. Students must register for additional electives to complete 120 credits required for graduation.
  • All graduates must have a minimum of 30 credits of 300/400-level courses with C grade or above; at least 15 of those credits must be taken at SU.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for graduation.
  • Students must complete at least 30 credit hours by direct classroom instruction and/or laboratory experience.
  • Students must take 30 of the last 37 credit hours at SU.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy graduation requirements. Please refer to the program page of this catalog for detailed major requirements.
  • Students must apply online for graduation by November 15 for May and by May 15 for December.

General Education Requirements

Please Note: Check Major Requirements section below for a list of General Education requirements that are fulfilled by the major.

Group I: English Composition and Literature (2 Courses)

A. C or Better in One of the Following

B. Select One Course From:

Literature course (from either ENGL or MDFL Depts.) 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group II: History (2 Courses)

A. Select One Course From:

B. Select One Course From:

Group III: Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Courses)

A. Select One Course from One of the Following 7 Areas:

B. Select One Course from One of the Following 10 Areas:

C. Select One Course from Either Group IIIA or IIIB (Course must be from a different area than previously selected)

Group IV: Natural Science, Math and Computer Science (4 courses)

A. Select Courses with Laboratories from at Least Two of the Following Four Areas:

BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or Physical GEOG, PHYS 4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

  • Course:

B. Select One Course (Need Not be a Lab) from One of the Following Areas:

C. Select One Course From:

MATH 3-4 Hour(s) Credit:

  • Course:

Group V: Health Fitness (1 Course)

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements Fulfilled by Major

IVA (Lab Science), IVB (Non Lab Science)

Complete 1 of the Following:

Environmental Electives (Choose at Least 3)

* Courses have required prerequisites.

# Courses fulfill General Education requirements.

Additional Requirements

  • Students must also complete a minor in an area other than in environmental studies. Courses used to fulfill minor requirements may be double-counted for major requirements.

  • Demonstrate 102-level proficiency in a foreign language (See Appendix E in the Appendices .)