Environmental Studies & Sustainability

Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS)

 

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS) is for students seeking rigorous multi­disciplinary exploration of the natural systems and processes of the Earth and the role of humans who both depend on and influence these systems and processes.  With a strong foundation in the natural sciences and a broad understanding of the policy implications of environmental science, students with this degree will be well prepared for graduate study in this field and for employment with both public agencies and private businesses working toward a more sustainable future.  Students will become well informed about natural history and ecology, as a context in which to embed their scientific study.  Students will also consider ethics and policy as they build strong, meaningful applications for scientific endeavor.

Required Courses

Completion of the following courses: Natural History and Ecology of the Southwest, Calculus, Foundations of Chemistry, Foundations of Physics. 

Biological Sciences (select at least three courses)

Physical and Earth Sciences (select at least two courses)

Analytical Methods (select at least two courses)

Advanced Science-based Courses (select at least two additional courses)

One Distribution Course from each of the following areas: 1. Personal Values and 2. Social Systems

Senior Project (UD) must demonstrate analytical techniques

Additional courses will be selected from areas such as Applied Ecology and Policy, Place­based Field Studies, or other areas as driven by student’s interest.  The Bachelor of Science Degree will most likely require 18 courses of the student’s total program. (LD = Lower Division; UD = Upper Division)

Biological Sciences (select at least three courses)

Anatomy and Ecophysiology of Plants (UD)

Animal Behavior (UD)

Animal Biology (LD)

Behavior and Conservation of Mammals (UD)

Biological Principles (LD)

Botany (LD)

Coastal Ecology of the Gulf of California (UD)

Herpetology/Ectotherm Biology (UD)

Human Ecology, Introduction to (LD)

Human Evolution, Ecology of (UD)

Marine Biology I, II (LD)

Organic Evolution (UD)

Ornithology, Introduction to (LD)

Tropical Biology: The Natural History of Costa Rica (UD)

Earth and Physical Sciences (select at least two courses)

Earth Science, Introduction to (LD)

Earth System Science and Policy (UD)

Geological Evolution of the Southwest (LD)

Geology of Arizona (LD)

Geomorphology, Topics in (UD)

Global Environmental Change (LD/UD)

Soil Science, Introduction to (LD)

Weather and Climate (LD)

Analytical Methods (select at least two courses)

Environmental Problem Solving: Spatial Solutions (UD)

Ethnographic Field Methods (UD)

Field Biology Studies: Colorado Plateau (UD)

Field Methods in Geology (UD)

Field Methods for Plant Ecology (UD)

Geographic Information Science (LD)

Geographic Information Science, Advanced (UD)

Marine Biology III: Field Methods in Intertidal Ecology (UD)

Statistics for Research (UD)

Summer Studies in Agroecology: Field Methods for Agroecology (UD)

Advanced Science-based Courses (select at least two courses)

Agroecology (LD)

Coastal Ecology of the Gulf of California (UD)

Conservation Biology (UD)

Environmental Perspectives and Whitewater Rafting (LD/UD)

Marine Conservation: Global and Regional Perspectives I, II, III (12 credits) (LD/UD)

Wilderness Explorations and Landscape Studies (3 courses) (LD/UD)

Wetland Ecology and Management (UD)

Wildlife Management: Applied Conservation Biology (UD)

Applied Ecology and Policy

Alpine Ecology (UD)

Conservation Biology (UD)

Ecological Economics, Principles of (LD)

Energy and the Environment (LD)

Environmental Law (LD/UD)

Environmental Politics (UD)

Environmental Problem Solving; Spatial Solutions (UD)

Fire Ecology (UD)

Issues of Global Food Production (LD)

Land Stewards (UD)

Park and Wilderness Management (UD)

Restoration Ecology: Watersheds of the Southwest (UD)

Water in the West (LD)

Wetland Ecology and Management (UD)

Wildlife Management: Applied Conservation Biology (UD)

Place-based Field Studies

Agroecosystems of the Arid Southwest (UD)

Coastal Ecology of the Gulf of California (UD)

Environmental Perspectives and Whitewater Rafting (LD/UD)

Explorations of Norway: Nature and Culture (LD/UD)

Sea Kayaking and Marine Landscapes (LD)

Summer Studies in Alaska: Contemporary Issues (UD)

Summer Studies in Alaska: Natural History of Alaska (LD)

Summer Studies in Alaska: Topics in Geography: Alaska (UD)

Wilderness Explorations and Landscape Studies (3 courses, 12 credits) (LD/UD)

Sample Sequence of Courses for Bachelor of Science Degree

Year 1: Natural History and Ecology of the Southwest, Calculus, Foundations of

     Chemistry, Biological Principles

Year 2: Foundations of Physics, Earth Sciences, Energy and the Environment, Botany,

     Water in the West

Year 3: Marine Biology I, II, III, Fire Ecology

Year 4: Wetland Ecology and Management, Organic Evolution, Field Methods for

     Geology, Senior Project

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