Degree Requirements

Requirements for the B.S. Degree

General Education Requirements

Written Communication - Core Skills and Critical Inquiry

Composition. Satisfied by ENGL 101; ACT English score of 27 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above; AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above; or equivalent transfer course. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.

  • Critical Reading and Writing. Satisfied by ENGL 102, or ENGL 105 (Honors); AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above; or an equivalent transfer course. Requirement must be completed within the first academic year at KU.
  • Sophomore Reading and Writing II. Satisfied by ENGL 203, ENGL 205 (Honors), ENGL 209, ENGL 210, ENGL 211, or ENGL 362; or AP English Literature & Composition score of 5 or above; or an equivalent.

Argument & Reason - Core Skills and Critical Inquiry. Satisfied by COMS 130, COMS 131 (Honors), COMS 230, PHIL 148, PHIL 149, PHIL 310, or 1 year of high school speech or debate with B-level performance or above. Entering freshmen should consider 100-level options.

Western Civilization - Exploration of One's Own and Diverse Cultures. (Advising Alert: Requires sophomore-level standing. Courses at other universities may have the same title but may not meet this requirement.)

  • Western Civilization I - Ancient, Medieval & Early Modern Periods of Western Civilization. Satisfied by HWC 204 or HWC 114 (Honors).
  • Western Civilization II - Modern Western Civilization. Satisfied by HWC 205 or HWC 115 (Honors).

Principles of Microeconomics. Satisfied by ECON 142.

Principal Courses. Satisfied by completing 3courses from the following categories:

  • Humanities - Understanding the Human Condition. Satisfied by completing a course with the requirement code HT, HL or HR. Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences - Understanding Society and Behavior. Satisfied by a course with the requirement code SC, SI, or SF. Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.
  • Second Language Course. Satisfied by a world language proficiency course.

Environmental Studies Prerequisite or Co-requisite Knowledge

Mathematics. Majors must complete the following:

Supporting Laboratory Science. Majors must complete one of the following:

  • Principles of Physical Geography and Intro Lab to in Physical Geography. Satisfied by GEOG 104/GEOG 105
  • Introduction to Geology, Honors and Geological Fundamentals Laboratory. Satisfied by GEOL 102/GEOL 103
  • Introduction to Geology and Geological Fundamentals Laboratory. Satisfied by GEOL 101/GEOL 103.
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Laboratory. Satisfied by CHEM 310/CHEM 331.

Biology and Ecology. Majors must complete the following:

Chemistry. Majors must complete the following:

Environmental Studies Core Requirements

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.

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 68 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.

 

Contact Info

Environmental Studies Program

Snow Hall
1460 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 252
Lawrence, KS 66045-7514
785-864-8902
http://www2.ku.edu/~kuesp/
J. Christopher Brown, Director
785-864-8902
jcbrown2@ku.edu
Cindy Thompson, Undergraduate Advisor
785-864-3500
c029t529@ku.edu
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