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

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: https://www.southernct.edu/academics/egms/programs


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


Up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements and will be indicated below; no more than two courses in the same subject may be used towards LEP Explorations.  

Environmental Systems and Sustainability (25 Credits)
ENV 204 – Principles of Sustainability
ENV 220 – Global Climate Change (T2GA)
GEO 290 – Research Methods in Geography and Environmental Sustainability
GEO 360 – Introduction to Geographic Information System
 GEO 490 – Capstone Seminar
    or ENV 491 – Environmental Problem Solving

Select 1 From:
ENV 200 – Systems Thinking for the Environment
  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: 

ENV 404 – Applied Sustainability Science
GEO 405 – Environmental Justice
GEO 460 –  GIS II
HIS 359 – American Environmental History
LIT 303 – Literature of the Sea
PHI 321 – Philosophy of Science
SOC 235 – Environmental Sociology


Sustainability Science and Environmental Policy Concentration (15 Credits)
ENV 304 Sustainability and Public Engagement
ENV 333 – Environmental Impact Assessment & Management
ENV 400 – Environmental Policy  or PSC 351 – Analysis of Public Policy  
ENV 404 – Applied Sustainability Science

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


MAT 107 – Elementary Statistics (T1QR)


Students with an overall 3.0 GPA may be approved to complete an accelerated pathway. Graduate courses may be completed during their senior year when a student has earned at least 90 credits. Courses successfully completed with a grade of 'C' or higher will earn dual credit to be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate transcript. Approval to start graduate coursework does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Accelerated Pathway to Graduate Program
In consultation with their advisor, students may select up to 12 credits of graduate level coursework (500-level or higher) appropriate to their intended graduate program of study.