Degree Requirements

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

Environmental Studies Introduction to Science and Culture. Majors must complete both of the following:

  • Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change. Satisfied by EVRN 140 (EVRN 144).
  • Global Environment II: The Ecology of Civilization. Satisfied by EVRN 142/EVRN 145.

Research Methods. Satisfied by UBPL 538, ECON 550/EVRN 550, EVRN 433/GEOG 433, EVRN 410, EVRN 510, GEOL 351, or GEOG 510.

Statistics. Satisfied by: MATH 365, GEOG 316, or BIOL 570.

Environmental Studies Core Knowledge and Skills. Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:

  • Environmental Policy Analysis. Satisfied by EVRN 320.
  • Environmental Law. Satisfied by EVRN 332.
  • Field Ecology. Satisfied by EVRN 460.
  • Capstone Experience. Satisfied by EVRN 615.

Environmental Studies Required Electives/Options. Majors must select an option or design their own. Self-designed emphases must be approved in their entirety by an environmental studies advisor and the undergraduate studies director before implementation. Each option requires 4 courses at the 300+ level.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 40 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 30 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.


Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Please work with your major advisor to discuss a 4-year plan in environmental studies.

Contact Info

Environmental Studies Program

Snow Hall
1460 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 252
Lawrence, KS 66045-7514
J. Christopher Brown, Director
Cindy Thompson, Undergraduate Advisor
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