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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 employable skills including:

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

ES Core Curriculum Requirements 

Required Lower Division (24 credits) Upper Division Environmental Studies Core (32 credits) Students must have successfully completed lower division & gateway core classes.
ES 101 Intro to ES: Earth Science (4) Upper Division Natural Science (16 credits)
ES 102 Intro to ES: Biological Science (4) ES 314 Hydrology (4)
ES 103 Intro to ES: Social Science (4) ES 340 Introductory Ecology (4)
ES 104 Intro to ES: Chemical Science (4) ES 360 Environmental Geology (4)
ES 210 Environmental Studies (4) ES 482 Climatology (4)
Required Gateway Core requirements (12 credits) Students must have successfully completed the above lower division core classes to take Gateway Core classes. Upper Division Social Science
Select four of the following (16 credits)
ES 310 Environmental Studies II (4) ES 351 Environmental Policy (4)
ES 349 Maps/Cartography/Geospatial Tech (4) ES 420 Environmental Sociology (4)
ES 386 Environmental Data Analysis (4); OR ES 421 Eco Econ & Sustainable Development (4)
SOC 327 Quantitative Data Analysis (4); OR ES 423 Sustainability & Natural Resources (4)
BI 345 Biostatistics ES 437 Conservation in the U.S. (4)
             Capstone (4-9 credits, advisor approval)
ES 494A ES Capstone
ES 494B ES Capstone
ES 494C ES Capstone
OR
ES 495 Individual Capstone
ES 496 Individual Capstone
ES 497 Individual Capstone
AND
ES 409 Practicum (4)
OR
ES 498 Internship (4)
Upper Division Additional Requirements (28 credits)
All ES majors are required to complete 28 upper division credits in addition to the core.
The can be completed through any one of the following options:
  • Complete at least 28 credits upper division ES coursework (See options below)
  • Complete at least 28 credits of upper division coursework approved by an advisor. Courses can come from ES and/or other SOU disciplines
  • Complete a SOU Certificate. Note that Certificates include lower division courses, which do not apply to the 28 upper division credits required.
  • Complete a minor in an area outside ES. Note that minors include lower division courses, which do not apply to the 28 upper division credits required.
  • Participation in an SOU-approved study abroad program for a full academic year. (Coursework must be pre-approved by the ES faculty prior to departure.) Students who participate in an SOU-approved study abroad program for a shorter period of time may recieve credit toward the ES upper division coursework required in the first option above.
ES Upper Division Courses Suggested Minors
ES 309 Principals of Meteorology (4) Anthropology (28)
ES 315 Hydrogeology (4) Biology (27)
ES 327 Energy & Climate Change (4) Business Administration (24)
ES 353 Oceanography (4) Chemistry (28)
ES 379 Biodiversity (4) Communication Studies (28)
ES 383 Science & Advocacy Env Policy Debates (4) Computer Science (28)
ES 431 Urban Watersheds (4) Conflict Resolution (24)
ES 433 Soil Science (4) Emerging Media and Digital Arts (28)
ES 435 Water Resources (4) Film, Television, & Convergent Media (28)
ES 439 Land Use Planning (4) Land Use Planning (28)
ES 440 Planning Issues (4) Outdoor Adventure Leadership (26)
ES 442 Valuation of Ecosystem Goods & Services (4) Land Use Planning (28)
ES 445 Ecosystem Management & Conservation (4) Outdoor Adventure Leadership (26)
ES 451 Intro to Geographic Information Systems (4) Sociology (24)
ES 452 Adv Geographic Information Systems (4)  
ES 453 Introduction to Remote Sensing (4)  
ES 475 Environmental Modeling (4) Suggested Certificates
ES 479 Biosphere, Ecology & Global Env Change (4) Applied Cultural Anthropology Certificate (36)
ES 480 Fire Ecology (4) Certificate in Conflict Resolution (36)
ES 481 Geomorphology (4) Certificate in Nonprofit Management (24)
    Certificate in Sustainability Leadership (32)
Cultural Resource Management Certificate (36)
Regional Studies & Applied Research Certificate (36)

Interested in what a four year plan in ES would look like? Click here  to see a typical course plan.