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Environmental Studies B.A.

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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 54 to 57
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This is an interdisciplinary major under the authority of the vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean. The program is administered by the environmental studies program coordinator. The environmental studies major is designed to serve those interested in a broad knowledge of the natural environment and the role of humans in it. Students acquire a foundation of knowledge in economics, policy, science, humanities, and statistics. Carefully chosen electives, a required practical internship or research experience, and a capstone seminar provide depth of experience and help students prepare for graduate and professional programs, as well as for careers in education, government service, and the private sector.
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.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of any second language.
Requirements for the major include successful completion of two elements: Element 1: The Environmental Studies Core Element 2: The Environmental Studies Elective Block Selection of electives must be intentional and done in close consultation with an environmental studies adviser. Students must submit an elective plan (preferably by the end of sophomore year), to be approved by the environmental studies program coordinator. Elective plans must be designed to ensure that there is sufficient depth of coverage in the chosen ENST electives. For many students, a second major (or minor) in a closely related discipline is desirable. Electives often can be selected in such a way that they also count toward the second major. Elective courses, other than those listed below, may be appropriate to add depth and provide more theoretical context for the environmentally focused coursework. Approval of alternative electives requires written consent of the course instructor and the program coordinator. No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Element 1: The Environmental Studies Core
Students must successfully complete each of the following eight courses in order to satisfy this element of the major.
ECON 1111 - Principles of Microeconomics [SS] (4.0 cr)
ENGL 2106 - Topics in Writing: The Environmental Imagination: Reading and Writing about the Natural World [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
or PHIL 2114 - Environmental Ethics [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
ENST 1101 - Environmental Problems and Policy [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
ENST 2101 - Environmental Biology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 1111 - Fundamentals of Genetics, Evolution, and Development [SCI] (3.0 cr)
BIOL 2101 - Evolution of Biodiversity [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
ENST 4901 - Senior Capstone Experience (4.0 cr)
ENST 3988 - Environmental Studies Pre-Internship Seminar (1.0 cr)
ENST 3989 - Environmental Studies Post-Internship Seminar (1.0 cr)
GEOL 1101 - Physical Geology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
STAT 1601 - Introduction to Statistics [M/SR] (4.0 cr)
or STAT 2601 - Statistical Methods [M/SR] (4.0 cr)
Element 2: Environmental Studies Elective Block
Students must successfully complete at least 24 credits from the electives listed below, subject to the following restrictions: 1. Courses used to satisfy this element are exclusive of any used to complete the Core element. 2. At least 16 credits must come from the Upper Division Electives Block. 3. At least 4 credits of the Upper Division Electives must come from Category A. 4. At least 4 credits of the Upper Division Electives must come from Category B.
Lower Division Electives
Take at most 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 2101 - Physical Anthropology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 1101 - General Chemistry I [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 1102 - General Chemistry II [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2106 - Topics in Writing: The Environmental Imagination: Reading and Writing about the Natural World [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENST 2102 - Diversity of Agricultural Production Systems [ENVT] (3.0 cr)
· GEOL 2001 - Natural and Unnatural Geologic Hazards [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 1701 - Global Indigenous History [IP] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 1812 - FIRE!: An introductory Seminar to American Environmental History [IC] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2451 - The American West [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 2114 - Environmental Ethics [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· PHYS 2301 - Atmospheric Physics [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1201 - American Government and Politics [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· ENST 1201 - Mapping the Environment [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
or GEOL 2161 - GIS and Remote Sensing [SCI] (4.0 cr)
Upper Division Elective Courses
Take 16 or more credit(s) from the following:
Category A: Science and Mathematics Electives
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· BIOL 3131 - Ecology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4071 - Flora of Minnesota (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4131 - Vertebrate Natural History (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4151 - Entomology (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4172 - Plant Systematics (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4191 - Freshwater Biology (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4331 - Global Change Ecology (4.0 cr)
· BIOL 4351 - Conservation Biology (4.0 cr)
· CHEM 3101 - Analytical Chemistry [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 3501 - Hydrology [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· Category B: Social Science Electives
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 3204 - Culture, Food, and Agriculture [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3206 - Ecological Anthropology [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ECON 3007 - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics I [ENVT] (2.0 cr)
· ECON 3008 - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics II [ENVT] (2.0 cr)
· ENST 3001 - Water Resources Policy [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENST 3101 - Industrial Ecology (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 3501 - Geographic Information Systems [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3361 - An Environmental and Geographic History of the United States [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3381 - History of American Indian Nationalism and Red Power, 1920-Present [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3272 - Making Environmental Public Policy [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3355 - Environmental Political Theory [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3514 - Pyramids and Politics on the Nile [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3112 - Sociology of the Environment and Social Development [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3131 - World Population [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3204 - Culture, Food, and Agriculture [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· Category C: Humanities Electives
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3169 - The Construction of Nature in British Literature [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4012 - Research Seminar: Imagining the Earth [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENST 3112 - Climate Change and Moral Responsibility [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENST 3201 - Theories of Environmental Justice [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· ENST 3301 - Social Values and Public Perspectives in Environmental Research [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3623 - Seminar: Ecology and Nature in Latin American Literature [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
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