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

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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.

Tier 2 – Natural World I : Physical Realm:
GEO 201 - Physical Geography

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

Select 1 from:
ENV 200 - Environmental Studies II 
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 Systems Concentration
15 Credits
GEO 201 - Physical Geography (T2PR)*
ENV 350 - Environmental/Earth Systems Inquiry
ENV 400 - Social Science Perspectives on Environment
ENV 401 - Pollution Prevention and Control

Select 1 from:
BIO 202 - Ecology
BIO 210 - Environmental Biology and Conservation
BIO 237 - Field Natural History
ESC 200 - Physical Geology
ESC 201 - Historical Geology
GEO 404 - Applied Sustainability Science
GEO 460 - GIS II
MAR 250 - Introduction to Coastal and Marine Pollution
PCH 441 - Water Supply and Water-Waste Treatment


3 Credits Required

MAT 107 - Elementary Statistics


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