Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies prepares students as professionals and citizens of the world for work in environmental careers. Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that instills in students an ability to understand the relationships between humans and environments, and humanity's impact on different environments. Students work individually and collaboratively to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and motivation to seek out solutions to global environmental issues. Through interdisciplinary study in science, the social sciences, and the humanities, the Environmental Studies program encourages students to embrace the interconnections in knowledge and the environment in order to deal with the complexities of environmental, cultural, and social issues that are local, national, and global in scale.

Program Outcomes
Graduates from the Environmental Studies program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate specific knowledge of material, information, and techniques in the natural sciences relating to a career in the environmental fields;
  • Evaluate the specific knowledge of material and information in the humanities and social sciences relating to a career in the environmental fields;
  • Apply critical reading, thinking, and communication skill using language specific to the environmental fields;
  • Implement appropriate current technologies that allow work and knowledge in the field to meet or exceed course expectations; and
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, reading, and interpretation skills in the analysis of complex situations in order to develop descriptions, interpretations, and solutions regarding issues in the environmental fields.

Program Requirements
Total Minimum Credits Required: 120 credits
General Education Requirements: 49 credits
Major Course Requirements: 40 credits

Minor (student's choice): 18-27 credits

Required Electives: 11 credits

Electives: to total 120 credits

Major Course Requirements (40 credits):
ENV 101 Humanity & the Environment (4 credits)
ENV 300 Environmental Biology (3 credits)
ENV 301 Environmental Studies Seminar (3 credits) OR
ENV 108 Introductory Environmental Chemistry OR
ENV 306 Environmental Chemistry (4 credits)
ENV 310 Environmental Policies (3 credits)
ENV 345 Business & the Environment (3 credits)
ENV 498 Senior Thesis I (2 credits)
ENV 499 Senior Thesis II (2 credits)
ANT 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
PHY 103 Weather & Climate (4 credits) OR
PHY 105 Introduction to Physical Science (4 credits)
POL 201 American National Government (3 credits) (prerequisite for ENV 310)
ENG 328 Scientific & Technical Writing (3 credits)
LIB 315 The Environment & the Human Spirit (INTD) (3 credits)

Minor Requirements (18 credits):
Students must complete a minor of their choice; all minors offered by Ashford University are available, except for the Environmental Studies minor. Please click here for the list of available minors.

Required Electives (11 credits):
BIO 103 Principles of General Biology I (4 credits)
BIO 104 Principles of General Biology II (4 credits)
BIO 201 Microbiology (4 credits)
BIO 210/310 Field Techniques Laboratory (4 credits)
CHE 151 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
CHE 152 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
ENV 420 Environmental Internship (variable credits)
LIB 313 Moral Controversies in Technology (INTD) (3 credits)
LIB 318 Peacemaking: A Study of Conflict Resolution (INTD) (3 credits)
LIB 320 Global Socioeconomic Perspectives (INTD) (3 credits)
LIB 332 Science & Culture (INTD) (3 credits)
An introductory statistics course (3 credits)
PHI 310 Franciscanism Yesterday & Today (3 credits)
PHI 402 Business Ethics (3 credits)
SOC 203 Social Problems (3 credits)

Courses included in the minor requirement do not meet the elective requirements.

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Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation

Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation


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