Environmental Studies - B.A.

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Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies prepares students to integrate concepts and knowledge on environmental issues from across multiple disciplines and to communicate about these in important ways. Basic scientific knowledge about environmental processes is used to inform different social goals. Students will develop a set of key competencies in earth systems science, environmental social science, human-natural systems and sustainability science to be able to solve specific environmental problems.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus
  • Stark Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Understand the environment and how it relates to human activity, human resource needs and human cognition.
  2. Grasp the interconnections between environmental and human systems and how those play out in particular problem areas.
  3. Articulate how environmental problems are framed and how public attitudes and policies can be harnessed to provide solutions to environmental degradation.

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[AS-BA-ENVS]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
BSCI 10110BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB) 4
ENVS 22070NATURE AND SOCIETY 3
ENVS 32091ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND SUSTAINABILITY 2
ENVS 42099INTEGRATIVE SENIOR PROJECT (WIC) 12
GEOL 21062ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE (KBS) 3
Biological Sciences Elective, choose from the following:2-4
FORESTRY
ECONOMIC BOTANY
GENERAL ECOLOGY
WILDLIFE RESOURCES (ELR)
Geography Elective, choose from the following:3
PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY (KBS)
NATURAL DISASTERS AND SOCIETY
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS IMPACT
CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES
RESOURCE GEOGRAPHY
Geology Elective, choose from the following:3
WATERSHED HYDROLOGY
INTRODUCTORY HYDROGEOLOGY
Methods Elective, choose from the folloiwng:3-4
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE
REMOTE SENSING
SCIENTIFIC METHODS IN GEOLOGY
PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS
RESEARCHING SOCIETY (ELR) (WIC) 1
Social Sciences Electives, choose from the following:15
ECONOMICS OF THE ENVIRONMENT
POPULATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT
URBAN TRANSPORTATION
URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING
URBAN SUSTAINABILITY
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICT RESOLUTION
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICIES
POLITICS OF DEVELOPMENT (DIVG)
SOCIOLOGY OF FOOD
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language (see Foreign Language College Requirement below)14-16
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
Kent Core Additional6
College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Basic Sciences) 23
College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences) 33
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)29
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Basic Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Biology (BSCI), Chemistry (CHEM), Geography (GEOG), Geology (GEOL) or Physics (PHY). Students may take the courses listed in the "introductory" sequences with the restrictions noted above in the Kent Core Basic Sciences section. The course may not be from the student's major.

3

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (CRIM), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC). The course may not be from the student's major.

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000

Foreign Language College Requirement

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 14-16 credit hours of foreign language.1

To complete the requirement, students have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, plus one of the following options:

  1. Intermediate I and II of the same language 2
  2. Elementary I and II of a second language
  3. Any combination of two courses from the following list:
1

All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses.This may be accomplished by (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level; (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP); or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining credit hours with general electives.

2

Certain majors, concentrations and minors may require specific languages, limit the languages from which a student may choose or require coursework through Intermediate II. Students who plan to pursue graduate study may need particular language coursework.

Roadmap

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
ENVS 22070 NATURE AND SOCIETY 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours13
Semester Two
BSCI 10110 BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB) 4
GEOL 21062 ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE (KBS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
Geography Elective 3
Social Sciences Elective 3
Foreign Language 4
College General Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
Biological Sciences Elective 2-4
Methods Elective 3-4
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 4
 Credit Hours16
Semester Five
Geology Elective 3
Social Sciences Elective 3
Foreign Language 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
College General Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
ENVS 32091 ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND SUSTAINABILITY 2
Social Sciences Elective 3
Foreign Language 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Seven
Social Sciences Elective 3
General Electives 12
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
ENVS 42099 INTEGRATIVE SENIOR PROJECT (WIC) 2
Social Sciences Elective 3
General Electives 10
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120