The environmental studies major serves as a bridge between the natural sciences, social sciences, the humanities and biblical and religious studies. It continually seeks to create a conversation between disciplines related to natural history, human history and religious values.


  • Students studying in this major experience a broad range of disciplinary methods, all focused upon the character and nature of human existence within natural and human environments.

Career opportunities

Because of its highly-interdisciplinary structure, the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies can benefit almost any career field. Specific opportunities can be found in public affairs, environmental consulting, conservation and preservation and graduate study in any of the related sciences.

Course listing

Required Courses (19-21 Units)

ENV-150Introduction to Environmental Studies4
MATH-311Statistics for the Natural Sciences3
PS-373Nature, Law and Policy3
THEO-425Theological Ethics and the Environment3
ENV-482Environmental Studies Practicum1-3
BIOL-485Senior Seminar in Biology1

Courses from the B.S. in environmental science, electives or other courses approved by the program director to complete 38 units in the major.


BIOL-311Field Botany4
BIOL-321Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOL-322Invertebrate Zoology4
CHEM-310Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM-312LOrganic Chemistry I Lab2
CHEM-311Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM-313LOrganic Chemistry II Lab1
CHEM-351Instrumental Analysis4
GEOG-205Cultural Geography3
KIN-357Analysis of Outdoor Activities1
PHIL-430Wilderness Literature & Philosophy3
or PHYS-110
General Physics
University Physics
PS-425Global Economics & Sustainable Development3
PS-486Energy, Economics & Ethics3
SOC-483Mediation Practicum1
THEO-486Poverty, Injustice & Development3

Approved off-campus programs or field studies such as AuSable Institute