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2022-2023 Bradford Campus Catalog 
  Feb 28, 2024
2022-2023 Bradford Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Environmental Studies, BA

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Contact: Dr. Stephen Robar

Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary academic program that explores the relationships between humankind and its environment. Because the environment is complex and consists of many different environments, including the natural, constructed, and cultural environments, the environmental studies program fundamentally integrates the bodies of knowledge of the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities. A degree in environmental studies provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary education that gives students the ability to analyze complex environmental problems and generate solutions.

Our environmental studies program focuses on:

  • teaching students how to describe and analyze ecosystems;
  • generating sound scientific understandings of biological, chemical, and geologic systems;
  • evaluating the legal, political, and policy systems that impact ecosystems;
  • appreciating the influence of artistic and literary explorations of the environment;

Note: Please visit the Environmental Studies Web page for more information on faculty and student research activities, internships, and the region in general.

Degree Requirements

Three Lab sections:

Students must complete three lab sections in biology and/or chemistry approved by their advisor.

One course in statistics

One course in statistics, choose one of the following:


Many of the courses in the core, as well as the electives, can be utilized to satisfy your general education requirements. You should consult with your primary advisor as soon as possible to set up a program of study.

Environmental Studies Elective Requirements

In addition to the core requirements, five additional classes, two of which must be upper-level, must be taken from an approved list of environmental studies electives. You should consult with your advisor as to which classes would best serve your professional interests and career goals.

Total Elective Credits: 15-20

Please be advised

Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

Suggested Course of Study

Third Year

Fourth Year

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