Environmental Studies - B.A.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies prepares students to integrate concepts and knowledge on environmental issues from across multiple disciplines and to communicate about these in important ways. Basic scientific knowledge about environmental processes is used to inform different social goals. Students develop a set of key competencies in earth systems science, environmental social science, human-natural systems and sustainability science to be able to solve specific environmental problems.
Environmental Studies students may apply early to the M.S. degree in Geography and double count 9 credit hours of graduate courses toward both degree programs. See the Combined Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program policy in the University Catalog for more information.
The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.
First-Year Students on the Kent Campus: First-year admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon cumulative grade point average, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. Students not admissible to the Kent Campus may be administratively referred to one of the seven regional campuses to begin their college coursework. For more information, visit the admissions website for first-year students.
First-Year Students on the Regional Campuses: First-year admission to Kent State’s campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent. For more information on admissions, contact the Regional Campuses admissions offices.
International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency unless they meet specific exceptions. For more information, visit the admissions website for international students.
Transfer Students: Students who have attended any other educational institution after graduating from high school must apply as undergraduate transfer students. For more information, visit the admissions website for transfer students.
Former Students: Former Kent State students or graduates who have not attended another college or university since Kent State may complete the reenrollment or reinstatement form on the University Registrar’s website.
Admission policies for undergraduate students may be found in the University Catalog.
Some programs may require that students meet certain requirements before progressing through the program. For programs with progression requirements, the information is shown on the Coursework tab.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the environment and how it relates to human activity, human resource needs and human cognition.
- Analyze the interconnections between environmental and human systems and how those play out in particular problem areas.
- Evaluate how environmental problems are framed and how public attitudes and policies can be harnessed to provide solutions to environmental degradation.
Course List Code Title Credit Hours Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA) BSCI 10110 BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (ELR) (KBS) (KLAB) 4 ENVS 22070 NATURE AND SOCIETY (KSS) 3 ENVS 30105 CAREER PATHWAYS IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 1 ENVS 32091 ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND SUSTAINABILITY 2 ENVS 42099 INTEGRATIVE SENIOR PROJECT (ELR) (WIC) 1 2 ESCI 21062 ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE (KBS) 3 Biological Sciences Elective, choose from the following: 2-4BSCI 30274 FORESTRYBSCI 30275 LOCAL FLORA (ELR)BSCI 30277 ECONOMIC BOTANYBSCI 30360 GENERAL ECOLOGYBSCI 30361 BIOGEOGRAPHYBSCI 30362 INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY OF THE TROPICSBSCI 30370 CLIMATE CHANGE BIOLOGYBSCI 40170 STREAM BIOLOGYBSCI 40222 INVASION BIOLOGYBSCI 40365 FIELD METHODS IN ORNITHOLOGY (ELR)BSCI 40375 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY AND MANAGEMENTBSCI 40525 WILDLIFE RESOURCES (ELR)BSCI 40558 MAMMALOGYBSCI 40560 HERPETOLOGY Geography Elective, choose from the following: 3GEOG 41051 NATURAL DISASTERS AND SOCIETYGEOG 41066 GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGEGEOG 41074 RESOURCE GEOGRAPHYGEOG 41082 GEOGRAPHY OF SOILSGEOG 41195 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY Earth Science Elective, choose from the following: 3ESCI 33025 WATER AND THE ENVIRONMENTESCI 42065 WATERSHED HYDROLOGYESCI 42066 PHYSICAL HYDROGEOLOGY Methods Elective, choose from the following: 3-4BSCI 40224 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN BIOLOGYESCI 42030 REMOTE SENSINGESCI 42035 DATA ANALYSIS IN THE EARTH SCIENCESGEOG 49070 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCEGEOG 49073 ENVIRONMENTAL DATA ANALYSIS IN RGEOG 49230 REMOTE SENSINGSOC 32210 RESEARCHING SOCIETY (ELR) (WIC) 1 Social Sciences Electives, choose from the following: 15ARCS 30421 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPERATIVESECON 32084 ECONOMICS OF THE ENVIRONMENTENG 35105 LITERATURE, CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENTENVS 30000 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION REGULATIONS AND ASSESSMENTENVS 46092 INTERNSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (ELR)ENVS 49195 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIESFDM 35012 SUSTAINABILITY IN FASHIONGEOG 31070 POPULATION AND THE ENVIRONMENTGEOG 32023 FOOD AND PLACE (ELR)GEOG 41073 CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCESGEOG 41077 WATER AND SOCIETYGEOG 41800 GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUESGEOG 42064 SETTLING THE NORTH AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTGEOG 45085 URBAN TRANSPORTATIONGEOG 46060 FOOD SECURITY AND SUSTAINABILITYGEOG 46070 URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNINGGEOG 46080 URBAN SUSTAINABILITYPACS 35050 ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICT RESOLUTIONPHIL 30025 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS (ELR)PLST 35001 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW FOR PARALEGALSPOL 30350 ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICT RESOLUTIONPOL 40440 U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICIESPOL 40540 POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT (DIVG)RPTM 36082 INTERPRETATION OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCESRPTM 36083 ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND CONSERVATIONSOC 42560 SOCIOLOGY OF FOODSOC 42565 ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA) UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1 Foreign Language (see Foreign Language College Requirement below) 14-16 Kent Core Composition 6 Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3 Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9 Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines) 3 Kent Core Additional 6 General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credits hour, including 39 upper-division credit hours) 37 Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120
A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.
Graduation Requirements Summary Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA 2.000 2.000
Foreign Language College Requirement, B.A.
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 14-16 credit hours of foreign language.1
To complete the requirement, students need the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, plus one of the following options2:
- Intermediate I and II of the same language
- Elementary I and II of a second language
- Any combination of two courses from the following list:
- Intermediate I of the same language
- ARAB 21401
- ASL 19401
- CHIN 25421
- MCLS 10001
- MCLS 20001
- MCLS 20091
- MCLS 21417
- MCLS 21420
- MCLS 22217
- MCLS 28403
- MCLS 28404
All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may start beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses. This may be accomplished by (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level; (2) receiving credit through one of the alternative credit programs offered by Kent State University; or (3) demonstrating language proficiency comparable to Elementary II of a foreign language. When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining credit hours with general electives.
Certain majors, concentrations and minors may require specific languages, limit the languages from which a student may choose or require coursework through Intermediate II. Students who plan to pursue graduate study may need particular language coursework.
This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.
Plan of Study Grid Semester One Credits ENVS 22070 NATURE AND SOCIETY (KSS) 3 UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1 Kent Core Requirement 3 Kent Core Requirement 3 Kent Core Requirement 3 Credit Hours 13 Semester Two BSCI 10110 BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (ELR) (KBS) (KLAB) 4 ESCI 21062 ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE (KBS) 3 Kent Core Requirement 3 Kent Core Requirement 3 Kent Core Requirement 3 Credit Hours 16 Semester Three Geography Elective 3 Social Sciences Elective 3 Foreign Language 4 Kent Core Requirement 3 Kent Core Requirement 3 Credit Hours 16 Semester Four ENVS 30105 CAREER PATHWAYS IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 1 Biological Sciences Elective 2-4 Methods Elective 3-4 Foreign Language 4 Kent Core Requirement 3 General Electives 4 Credit Hours 17 Semester Five Social Sciences Elective 3 Earth Science Elective 3 Foreign Language 3 General Electives 6 Credit Hours 15 Semester Six ENVS 32091 ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND SUSTAINABILITY 2 Social Sciences Elective 3 Foreign Language 3 General Electives 6 Credit Hours 14 Semester Seven Social Sciences Elective 3 General Electives 12 Credit Hours 15 Semester Eight ENVS 42099 INTEGRATIVE SENIOR PROJECT (ELR) (WIC) 2 Social Sciences Elective 3 General Electives 9 Credit Hours 14 Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120
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