Environmental Studies: Sustainability and Environmental Management, BA

The Environmental Studies major provides graduates with the necessary skills to contribute to society and effectively work on challenging problems that face humanity.  Students acquire knowledge in environmental economics, environmental health, sustainability, renewable resources, and environmental management. In addition, they have an in-depth understanding of the human-environment interconnection, knowledge of international and domestic environmental issues, and are well-versed in environmental policies and how these policies are set and changed.

The Sustainability and Environmental Management concentration is designed to help students understand the nature of environmental constraints which face organizations and individuals in the modern world, and to understand how these constraints can be effectively considered as part of the decision-making process in for-profit and non-profit organizations.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 35. Double majors may entail more course units.

This concentration is for students who have a background in either the Natural or the Social Sciences.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Core Requirements
ENVS 100Introduction to Environmental Science1
Select one of the following:1
Global Climate Change
Introduction to Geology
Natural Disturbances and Disasters
Earth and Life Through Time
Select 1 Data Analysis & Statistics course1
Select 1 Economics & Policy course1
ENVS 301Environmental Case Studies1
or ENVS 400 Environmental Studies Seminar
Select 1 Geographical or Environmental Modeling course1
ENVS 399Environmental Studies Research Seminar for Juniors1
Select 1 Environmental Research - Junior Seminar1
ENVS 498Senior Thesis (Semester I)0.5
ENVS 498Senior Thesis (Semester II)0.5
Sustainability & Environmental Management
EAS 401Energy and Its Impacts: Technology, Environment, Economics, Sustainability1
or EAS 402 Renewable Energy and Its Impacts: Technology, Environment, Economics, Sustainability.
Select 1 Environmental Economics course1
Select 1 Environmental Policy course1
Select 2 Management courses2
Select 2 400 or 500-level Concentration Electives2
Curriculum-Related Practical Experience
Field course or equivalent experience
Total Course Units36


Applicants must have a 3.25 GPA in the major and complete Senior Thesis with a B+ or above.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.