Environmental Systems and Sustainability, B.S. - Sustainability Science and Environmental Policy

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: https://www.southernct.edu/academics/environment-geography-marine-sciences/programs

120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


40 Credits Required

Environmental Systems and Sustainability Requirements
25 Credits Required

ENV 220 - Global Climate Change
GEO 204 - Principles of Sustainability
GEO 290 - Research Methods in Geography
GEO 360 - Introduction to Geographic Information System
ENV 491 - Environmental Problem Solving
  or GEO 490 - Seminar in Geographic Thought

Select 1 From:
ENV 200 - Environmental Studies II 
  or MAR 140 - The World Ocean  

Select 1 From:
ENV 498 - Special Topics in Environmental Science
GEO 470 - Field Techniques
GEO 497 - Internship
MAR 499 - Independent Study

Select 1 From: 
GEO 405 - Environmental Justice
HIS 359 - American Environmental History
LIT 303 - Literature of the Sea
PHI 321 - Philosophy of Science
SOC 235 - Environmental Sociology

Environmental Policy and Management Concentration
15 Credits Required

GEO 304 - Sustainability and Public Engagement
GEO 404 - Applied Sustainability Science
MGT 425 - Managing for People, Planet, and Profit
PSC 351 - Analysis of Public Policy  OR ENV 400 - Environmental Policy

Select 1 From: 
ENV 100 - Environmental Studies I
GEO 273 - Land use Planning
GEO 305 - Environmental Economic Geography
MGT 400 - Business and Society
MGT 418 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
PSC 310 - Comparative Public Policy
PSC 314 - Urban Politics
PSC 325 - U.S. Politics and Economic Policy


3 Credits Required

MAT 107 - Elementary Statistics


Take remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).