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Majors in Environmental Studies

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Environmental Studies Majors have two Bachelor Degree options:

Requirements and differences between the BS and BA are detailed below... be sure to continue scrolling to read about the unique resume building opportunity known as the Environmental Research Experience for Students (ERES)

Checksheets for each are available in a downloadable PDF beneath the following details.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Environmental Studies

Requirements include: (different from BA due to requirement of at least 6 hours of Research Experience - ERES)

  • 36 hours of Major Requirements (hours from the approved course lists or approved by the department or faculty advisor in Environmentally Related - Natural Sciences-9hrs, Social Sciences-6hrs,  Humanities-6hrs, and Skills-6hrs)
  • A faculty advisor approved capstone course in sciences, humanities or social sciences
  • 6 hours of Environmental Research Experience for Students, ERES (ENST 2940, 2950, 3940, and 3950) in any approved ENST discipline
  • At least 7 total hours of Major Support from 3-4 hours of approved Biology support credits from the approved list or as approved by faculty advisor, and 3-4 hours of either a Chemistry or Physics from those approved support course lists 
  • University-Wide General Education, College of Arts & Sciences Requirements, and Free Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120 including 48 upper-division hours. 

View and print the Environmental Studies Bachelor of Science Checksheet by clicking this link:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Environmental Studies

Requirements include: (No research experience required for the BA, although it is highly recommended and not required to do an Environmental Internship)

  • 36 hours of Major Requirements (from the approved course lists or as approved by the department or faculty advisor in Environmentally Related - Natural Sciences-9hrs, Social Sciences-9hrs,  Humanities-9hrs, and Skills-6hrs)
  • A faculty advisor approved capstone course in sciences, humanities or social sciences
  • At least 7 total hours of Major Support credit based on 3-4 hours of Major Support in Biology credits from the approved course list or approved by faculty advisor, and at least 3-4 hours of Chemistry or Physics credits from the approved course list or approved by faculty advisor 
  • University-Wide General Education, College of Arts & Sciences Requirements, and Free Electives to bring total applicable hours to 120 including 48 upper-division hours. 

View and print the Environmental Studies Bachelor of Arts Checksheet by clicking this link:

ERES - Environmental Research Experience for Students

Although the ERES is only required for the Bachelor of Science program in Environmental Studies it is highly recommended that anyone in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) program participates in this or a similar opportunity. The ERES is extremely valuable as it provides hands-on, one-on-one experience with a faculty mentor in your field of study to help you understand the research process. This will provide priceless research literacy and skills as well as a deeper understanding of your particular STEM field. If you are considering graduate school or possible research related employment this is a tremendously valuable opportunity designed to help you build your resume.

Interested?.. Please view the ERES page on our website as well as the list of Affiliate Faculty with which you could consider working on an ERES before graduation.


Application for the Environmental Research Experience for Students. This is a 6 credit hour requirement for Bachelor of Science majors and recommended for any and all STEM students interested in a possible career linked to environmental studies.