Environmental Studies BS


Students who are interested in a more scientific approach to the environment may pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS).

The BS degree is offered by all natural science areas except human biology, as well as economics and cognitive psychology. With fewer required non-science general education degree requirements, the BS permits more depth in the major. It requires additional work in supporting science areas. View the BS in Environmental Studies degree requirements here. 

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

The BS 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:

 

Requirements for the BS Degree

General Education Requirements

In addition to degree and major requirements, all students must complete the KU Core.

Environmental Studies Prerequisite or Co-requisite Knowledge

Mathematics (0) 

Majors must complete the following: 

Calculus. Satisfied by one of the following:

 

MATH 115
  & MATH 116

Calculus I
   and Calculus II

MATH 121

Calculus I

Statistics. Satisfied by one of the following:

 

MATH 365

Elementary Statistics

GEOG 316

Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data

BIOL 570

Introduction to Biostatistics

Supporting Laboratory Science (0) 

Majors must complete one of the following: 

Principles of Physical Geography and Intro Lab to in Physical Geography. Satisfied by:

 

GEOG 104
  & GEOG 105

Principles of Physical Geography
   and Introductory Laboratory in Physical Geography

Introduction to Geology, Honors and Geological Fundamentals Laboratory. Satisfied by:

 

GEOL 102
  & GEOL 103

The Way The Earth Works, Honors
   and Geology Fundamentals Laboratory

Introduction to Geology and Geological Fundamentals Laboratory. Satisfied by:

 

GEOL 101
  & GEOL 103

The Way The Earth Works
   and Geology Fundamentals Laboratory

Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Laboratory. Satisfied by:

 

CHEM 310
  & CHEM 331

Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
   and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

Biology and Ecology (0) 

Majors must complete the following:  

Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Satisfied by:

 

BIOL 150

Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology

or BIOL 151

Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Honors

Principles of Organismal Biology. Satisfied by:

 

BIOL 152

Principles of Organismal Biology

or BIOL 153

Principles of Organismal Biology, Honors

Principles of Ecology. Satisfied by:

 

BIOL 414

Principles of Ecology

Chemistry (0) 

Majors must complete the following: 

Foundations of Chemistry I. Satisfied by:

 

CHEM 130

General Chemistry I

or CHEM 190

Foundations of Chemistry I, Honors

Foundations of Chemistry II. Satisfied by:

 

CHEM 135

General Chemistry II

or CHEM 195

Foundations of Chemistry II, Honors

Environmental Studies Core Requirements

Environmental Studies Introduction to Science and Culture (10) 

Majors must complete both of the following:10

Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change. Satisfied by one of the following:

 

EVRN 140

Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change

or EVRN 144

Global Environment I: Discovery of Environmental Change, Honors

Global Environment II: The Ecology of Civilization. Satisfied by one of the following:

 

EVRN 142

Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization

or EVRN 145

Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization, Honors

Environmental Studies Core Knowledge and Skills (12) 

Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas: 

Environmental Policy Analysis. Satisfied by: 

EVRN 320Environmental Policy Analysis3

Environmental Law. Satisfied by: 

EVRN 332Environmental Law3

Field Ecology. Satisfied by: 

EVRN 460Field Ecology3

Capstone Experience. Satisfied by: 

EVRN 615Capstone Project3

Environmental Studies Required Electives/Options (0) 

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 32 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 24 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.