College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2013-2014

School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Science

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Globalization and Environmental Change - Emphasis (ending Summer 2019)
  • Sustainability, Community and Biocultural Diversity - Emphasis (ending Summer 2019)
  • Southwest Environment - Emphasis (ending Summer 2014)

Students who are interested in the environment and the issues at its crux will enjoy the pursuit of this degree. Crucial issues of sustainability, diversity, and change are interwoven through the program


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies?

Issues of sustainability, climate change adaptation and mitigation, environmental justice, biodiversity, and increasing demand for finite food, water, and energy resources become more critical every day. To better understand-and improve-our relationship with the natural world, consider the environmental studies program at Northern Arizona University.

Here, you will study ecosystems and the ways humans interact with them using the perspectives of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. You will work extensively with full-time professors who have practical experience in the environmental sciences and sustainability. You'll have many opportunities for field study and research; our faculty members include undergraduate students in all research projects, and you will be required to complete an undergraduate research project or internship. You will learn how to develop solutions for these issues and prepare for a career in research, industry, education, government, or public service.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Sustainability coordinator
  • Conservation biology
  • Community-supported agriculture
  • Environmental education and communication
  • Resource management, assessment, and protection
  • Air, water, and soil quality monitoring
  • Renewable energy design and construction

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Communicator/journalist/educator
  • Community organizer
  • Researcher
  • Resource, park or forest manager
  • Environmental administrator
  • University professor

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 32 units of major requirements
  • At least 24 units of emphasis requirements
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with an ENV prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.0
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, or Certificate Required Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Research Optional
University Honors Program Optional
Progression Plan Link Not Available


Major Requirements
    • Sustainability, Community, and Biocultural Diversity (24 units)
    • The Southwest Environment (24 units)
    • Globalization and Environmental Change (24 units)
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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