Environmental Studies BA

Students interested in a more humanities-oriented approach to the environment may pursue a BA or BGS. Degree, which has an Environment & Culture emphasis.

The majority of students in the College earn a BA degree. The BA is the traditional baccalaureate degree, structured to ensure both breadth and depth of knowledge by extensive general education degree requirements and approximately ¼ of total course work in the major. The BA requirements  include exposure to world languages and cultures, ever more important as the world’s global community becomes central in our lives. 

The primary distinction between the BA and the BGS degree is the study of a foreign language, which is required for the BA but not for the BGS. Other general education requirements are limited as well, allowing maximum flexibility in course selection. See the KU Core for full CLAS degree requirements.

The interdisciplinary nature of the Environmental Studies Program ensures a multitude of options for students. Explore our 10 Learning Pathways or view a sample 4-year BGS in Environmental Studies plan in the curriculum tab below.

The BA in Environmental Studies is also offered at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, with flexible course formats available to accommodate the needs of non-traditional students, part-time students and working professionals.


The Environmental Studies Program is within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students may declare an interest in Environmental Studies or a major in Environmental Studies by filling out the appropriate forms. CLAS Interest Code and Major Declaration forms are available from College Student Academic Services, 109 Strong Hall. Students are strongly encouraged to declare an Environmental Studies major as soon as possible.

Additional university admission requirements:

Curriculum for a B.A. in Environmental Studies