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:
- Calculus. Satisfied by MATH 115 and MATH 116 or Math 121.
- Statistics. Satisfied by MATH 365, GEOG 316 or BIOL 570.
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:
- Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Satisfied by BIOL 150/BIOL 151.
- Principles of Organismal Biology. Satisfied by BIOL 152/BIOL 153.
- Principles of Ecology. Satisfied by BIOL 414.
Chemistry. Majors must complete the following:
- Foundations of Chemistry I. Satisfied by CHEM 130/CHEM 190
- Foundations of Chemistry II. Satisfied by CHEM 135/CHEM 195.
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:
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.