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

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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 Systems
GEO 490 – Capstone Seminar
    or  ENV 491 – Environmental Problem Solving

Select 1 from:
ENV 200 – Systems Thinking for the Environment
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
GEO 460 – GIS II
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)
ENV 350 – Environmental/Earth Systems Inquiry
ENV 400 – Social Science Perspectives on Environment
ENV 401 – Pollution Prevention and Control
   or MAR 250 – Coastal and Marine Pollution
GEO 201 – Physical Geography (T2PR)

Select 1 from:
BIO 202 – Ecology
BIO 210 – Environmental Biology and Conservation
BIO 327 – Field Natural History
ENV 404 – Applied Sustainability Science
ESC 200 – Physical Geology
ESC 201 – History of Earth and Life
GEO 460 – GIS II
MAR 250 – Introduction to Coastal and Marine Pollution
MAR 270 – Aquaculture I
MAR 280 –Aquaculture II
PCH 441 – Water Supply and Water-Waste Treatment


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.