Program Information

The ES major requires 120 credit hours, consisting of the General Education Progam requirements, ES core courses, External Learning Experience, a Focal area, and advised and free electives. For more information on the major please visit the ES Programs webpage.

The ES minor requires 3 ES core courses (ES 100, ES 200, and ES 300), and 2 electives that relate to the environment. For more information on the ES minor please visit the ES Minor page or email Erin Champion.

Focal Area
The focal area allows each student to focus on a specific an area within ES that embodies their interests, values, and professional goals.  The focal area is It is 15 credit hours of either:
a) An existing minor on campus, or
b) A collection of 15 credit hours of courses that form a cohesive body of study, and no minor is available. 
Students must propose a focal area by the Fall of the student’s junior year.
External Learning Experience
The external learning experience allows students learn about Environmental Sciences outside of the classroom.  Students have 3 credit hours dedicated to the external learning experience, which can be an internship, undergraduate research, an undergraduate thesis, or a professional development project.
Advised Electives
Advised electives support the student’s focal area and enhance the program of study. There are 9 credit hours for advised electives in the program of study for Environmental Sciences, please consult with your advisor about your course selection.