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Southern Oregon University

A Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies integrates natural sciences and social sciences to address complex environmental issues.  The ES faculty has expertise in multiple disciplines including biology, geology, sociology, economics, geography, and anthropology.

ES Majors learn the fundamentals of those fields in a common ES Core of courses and acquire vital marketable skills including:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  • Remote Sensing
  • Statistics and Environmental Data Analysis

ES Majors choose 1 of the following concentrations of study in addition to the ES Core courses:

ES Core Curriculum Requirements 

Required Lower Division (16 credits):

  • ES 101 Intro to ES: Earth Science (4)
  • ES 102 Intro to ES: Biological Science (4)
  • ES 103 Intro to ES: Social Science (4)

Note: Students may substitute either of the following for ES 101 and ES 102, with advisor approval:

  • G 101 or G102 and G103 (8) or ES 111 and 112 (8)
  • ES 210 Applications in Environmental Studies (4) 

Required Upper Division (14 credits):

  • ES 310 Topics in Environmental Studies (2)
  • ES 351 Environmental Policy (4)
  • ES/GEOG 349 Maps/Carto/Geospatial Tech. (4) 

Select one from the following:

  • ES/GEOG 451 Intro to GIS (4)
  • ES/GEOG 453 Intro to Remote Sensing (4)
  • ES/GEOG 457 Intro to Global Positioning Systems (4)

Upper Division Natural Science

Select two of the following (8 credits):

  • BI 340 Introductory Ecology (4)
  • GEOG 482 Climatology (4)
  • G 360 Environmental Geology (4)
  • G 314 Hydrology (4)

Upper Division Social Science

Select two of the following (8 credits):

  • ES 421 Ecological Economics & Sustainable Development (4)
  • ANTH 451 Cultural Ecology (4)
  • SOC 420 Environmental Sociology (4)
  • GEOG 437 Conservation in the U.S. (4)

Mathematics (8 credits):

  • MTH 243 Introductory Statistics (4)
  • ES/GEOG 386 Environmental Data Analysis (4) or

Students selecting the Earth Science Concentration are required to complete

  • MTH 111 and MTH 112. These courses will substitute for MTH 243 and ES 386.

Capstone (4 to 9 credits):

  • ES 494A, ES 494B, ES 494 C ES Capstone (2)
  • ES 496, ES 497 ES Honors Capstone with advisor approval (5 - 8)

or

  • ES 495, Individual Capstone I (1 to 2)
  • ES 496, Individual Capstone (2 to 3)
  • ES 497, Individual Capstone III (2 to 3)

Students may substitute either of the following for ES 101 and 102 (8 credits) with advisor approval.

  • ES 111 - Psysical Environment I (4)

and

  • ES112 - Physical Environment II (4)