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2013-2014 General Catalog (Summer, Fall 2013) 
2013-2014 General Catalog (Summer, Fall 2013) [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Environmental Studies - BS

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S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

Department of Environment and Society

The Environmental Studies major consists of 77-79 credits. This total includes the disciplinary foundation, professional courses, and an emphasis area of 15 or more credits.

Students must complete the General Education Requirements :

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements :

  •  , plus another course having CI designation (such as   or  ), will fulfill the Communication Intensive requirement
  •   will fulfill the Quantitative Intensive requirement
  • Complete at least 2 credits in approved 3000-level or above courses from each of the following two categories: Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) and Life and Physical Sciences (DSC).   or PHIL 3510  and ENVS 3600  or  , will fulfill this requirement.


E. Policy Course (select 3 credits)

The course chosen from this section cannot also be applied toward the emphasis area.

F. Area of Emphasis (15 credits)

In addition to completing the courses listed above, students majoring in Environmental Studies are required to select an emphasis of at least 15 credits to complement their general professional foundation. Students must file an approved emphasis plan prior to applying for graduation, but it is recommended that they meet with their advisor to develop and gain approval for the emphasis no later than midway through the first semester of their junior year.

Complete 15 credits chosen from one of the following seven emphasis areas:

Environmental Stewardship

In consultation with his or her advisor, a student may develop a custom emphasis of at least 15 credits. Students pursuing this option must fill out an emphasis form describing educational goals and specific courses to be taken. A University-approved minor may be used to meet this requirement, subject to approval by the student’s advisor and department head.

G. Electives

Students may take the remainder of the 120 credits from any department. The guidelines described under “Breadth Requirements ” and “Depth Education Requirements ” should be consulted to ensure meeting University Studies Requirements.

Minimum University Requirements

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (30 USU credits, 20 of which must be upper-division courses, 10 of which must be courses required for student’s major)

30 USU credits

Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 )


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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