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Environmental Studies B.A.

Geography, Urban, Environmental & Sustain Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2011
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 81 to 83
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The environmental studies program (housed in the geography department) provides a sound interdisciplinary grounding in the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, producing graduates who understand and think creatively about the complex issues of our natural, naturalized, and artificial environments. The curriculum encourages multidisciplinary thinking and problem-solving skills at the nexus of the natural sciences and social sciences. Coursework develops skills in research, writing, creative thinking, and sound policy making, as students draw upon a range of disciplines to understand and solve specific issues and problems. Honors Requirements: Candidates must be environmental studies majors with a 3.00 overall GPA and 3.30 in the major. Students must complete an honors project supervised by a faculty member and approved by the program director. In some cases the project may develop out of the environmental studies internship. Students must notify the director of their intent to participate in the honors program by the end of the first week of the semester of graduation and the completed project must be approved by the faculty adviser and the director at least 30 days before the end of the term. The project is presented orally or by exhibition.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Environmental Studies Core (16-17 cr)
ES 1001 - Introductory Seminar (2.0 cr)
ES 2803 - Issues in Global Ecology [LE CAT5, LEIP CAT05, SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
ES 4010 - Seminar (4.0 cr)
ES 4090 - Internship Preparation (1.0 cr)
ES 4097 - Internship (3.0 cr)
GEOG 2306 - Environmental Conservation [LE CAT8, SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
or GEOL 1130 - Introduction to Environmental Science [LE CAT4, LEIP CAT04, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
Natural Science Core (27 cr)
BIOL 1011 - General Biology I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
BIOL 1012 - General Biology II [SUSTAIN] (5.0 cr)
BIOL 2801 - General Ecology (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1153 - General Chemistry I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1154 - General Chemistry Lab I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1155 - General Chemistry II (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1156 - General Chemistry Lab II (1.0 cr)
GEOG 1414 - Physical Geography [LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
or GEOL 1110 - Geology and Earth Systems [LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
Social Science Core (18-19 cr)
ES 3500 - Ecological Economics (3.0 cr)
POL 1011 - American Government and Politics [LE CAT6, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
ECON 1023 - Principles of Economics: Micro [LE CAT6, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
or ECON 1022 - Principles of Economics: Macro [LE CAT6, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
ECON 3721 - Natural Resource and Energy Economics (3.0 cr)
or ECON 3777 - Environmental Economics (3.0 cr)
POL 3080 - Environment and Politics (3.0 cr)
or POL 3170 - Political Interest Groups and Individuals (3.0 cr)
or POL 3570 - Politics of Developing Nations (3.0 cr)
SOC 3901 - Social Change and Social Policy (3.0 cr)
or SOC 4860 - Environmental Sociology [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
or SOC 4862 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
Supporting Core (9 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement
WRIT 31xx
Math Requirement
May also take a math course above 1160
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MATH 1160 - Finite Mathematics and Introduction to Calculus [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
Statistical requirement
STAT 2411 preferred, if GEOG 3585 or SOC 2155 is taken neither can apply to the ES elective area
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ECON 2030 - Applied Statistics for Business and Economics [LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
· ECON 3030 - Econometrics I (3.0 cr)
· GIS 4585 - Applied Statistics in GIS (4.0 cr)
· POL 2700 - Methodology and Analysis [LOGIC & QR] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3020 - Statistical Methods (4.0 cr)
· SOC 2155 - Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis (4.0 cr)
· STAT 2411 - Statistical Methods [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
· STAT 3xxx
· STAT 4xxx
Environmental Studies Electives (10 cr)
Students propose five different elective courses. Courses already taken may or may not be accepted. Since the environmental studies major does not require a second field of study, only two proposed courses can be applicable to a second major or minor. See the Geography Department for the application for environmental studies electives. Students are encouraged to consult with their adviser before selecting their elective courses.
Take 5 or more course(s) totaling 10 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ES 2xxx
· ES 3xxx
· ES 4xxx
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