Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Environmental and Sustainability Studies B.A.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Candelaria Hall 2200

Email: HSS@unco.edu

Website: www.unco.edu/hss/geography-gis-sustainability

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The Environmental and Sustainability Studies program is built on the “three pillars” of sustainability: environment, economics, and equity. Environmental sustainability is the ability of the environment to support a defined level of environmental quality and natural resource extraction rates indefinitely. Economic sustainability is the ability of an economy to support a defined level of economic production indefinitely. Equity or social sustainability refers to the ability of a social system to provide equitable access for all groups to well-being and harmony indefinitely. Students in the program are interested in developing environmental solutions that incorporate environmental, economic, and equity concerns so that policies and practices are sustainable for the long-term.

Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

Students may take 3 of the credits outside the program with advisor approval.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum— 31 credits

To complete the degree in 120 credits as outlined, the program recommends the below LAC courses which also count toward the 46 required major credits. 

Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list of LAC courses may extend the length of the program of study.

Written Communication — 6 credits

SCI 291 (3) is recommended to fulfill Intermediate Writing Course requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

STAT 150 (3) is recommended to fulfill Mathematics requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

BIO 111 (4) and ENST 100 (3) are recommended to fulfill Natural & Physical Sciences requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 63 credits

Core Credits — 26 credits:

ENST 205Environment, Politics and Law

3

ENST 209International Sustainable Development

3

ENST 265Conservation of Natural Resources

3

ENST 270Professional Development

3

or

GEOG 270Professional Development

3

ENST 315Nature & Society

3

or

GEOG 315Nature and Society

3

ENST 335Environmental and Resource Economics

3

or

ECON 335Environmental and Resource Economics

3

ENST 490Capstone Proposal

2

or

GEOG 490Capstone Proposal

2

ENST 491Senior Capstone

2

or

GEOG 491Senior Capstone

2

Take one of the following courses:
ESCI 200Introduction to Environmental Earth ScienceLAS1LASL

4

GEOL 100General GeologyLAS1LASL

4

MET 205General MeteorologyLAS1LASL

4

Choose from the following courses — 12 credits:

Choose 12 credits from the following courses among the Social Dimensions, Natural Resource Sciences, and Economic & Policy Dimensions. A minimum of 9 credits must be chosen with prefix ENST or GEOG above the 199.

Social Dimensions:
BAMG 355Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

3

ENST 201Food Systems and Agrarian Change

3

ENST 215Human Behavior and Environment

3

ENST 249Controversies in Agriculture, Food, and Farming

3

or

GEOG 249Controversies in Agriculture, Food, and Farming

3

ENST 272Environmental Conflict Resolution

3

ENST 283The Psychology of Sustainability

3

ENST 326Africa

3

or

GEOG 326Africa

3

ENST 331Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems

3

or

ANT 331Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems

3

ENST 360Environmental Justice

3

or

SOC 360Environmental Justice

3

ENST 375Literature and the Environment

3

or

ENG 375Literature and the Environment

3

ENST 385Art and the Environment

3

ENST 460Sociology of Disasters

3

GEOG 200Human GeographyLAB2

3

PHIL 311Environmental Ethics

3

ENST 495Special Topics in Environmental Studies/Sustainability

1- 3

Natural Resource Sciences:
ENST 225Energy and the EnvironmentLAS1

3

ENST 235Chemistry and the EnvironmentLAS1

3

ENST 261Water Quality Management

3

ENST 321Introduction to Environmental Impact Assessment

3

ENST 340Agroecology and Food Sovereignty

3

ENST 341Permaculture and Urban Farming

3

ENST 345Environmental Geography: Earth at Risk

3

or

GEOG 345Environmental Geography: Earth at Risk

3

ENST 355Introduction to Environmental Health

3

ENST 380Sustainable Geographies

3

or

GEOG 380Sustainable Geographies

3

ENST 440Biogeography

3

or

GEOG 440Biogeography

3

ENST 444Global Climate Change

3

and/or

GEOG 444Global Climate Change

3

GEOG 445Landscape Ecology

3

GEOL 464Glacial and Quaternary Geology

3

GEOG 325Advanced Physical Geography: Topics

3

MET 205General MeteorologyLAS1LASL

4

BIO 360Ecology

4

BIO 462Conservation Biology

3

MET 451Climatology

3

GEOL 464: has a prerequisite (GEOL 100 or GEOL 201)

Economic & Policy Dimensions:
ENST 320American Environmental Worldviews

3

ENST 356Water Resource Economics

3

or

ECON 356Water Resource Economics

3

ENST 378Energy Policy and Economics

3

or

ECON 378Energy Policy and Economics

3

ENST 382Sustainability and Capitalism

3

ENST 389Human Perception of the Built Environment

3

ENST 390Building Materials for a Sustainable Environment

3

ENST 391The Built Environment and Sustainability

3

ENST 495Special Topics in Environmental Studies/Sustainability

1- 3

GEOG 310Urban and Regional Planning

3

GEOG 312Economic Geography of the Industrialized World

3

Applied Studies & Methods — 12 credits:

Take the following course:
GEOG 210Introduction to GIS and GPS

3

Choose at least 9 credits from the following courses:
BIO 329Field Botany

3

BIO 411Field Techniques in Biology

2

ENST 178Food Preparation and Preservation Techniques

3

ENST 364Leadership and Community Building

3

ENST 411Conservation Project Design and Planning

3

ENST 422Directed Studies

1- 3

ENST 451Food Systems Field Learning

2- 3

ENST 492Internship in Environmental Studies

1- 4

ESCI 472Industrial Safety

3

ESCI 491Geoscience Field Issues

1- 6

GEOG 302Cartography

3

GEOG 307Geographic Information Science

3

GEOG 327Fundamentals of Geospatial Programming

3

GEOG 375Quantitative Techniques in Geography

3

GEOG 390Geographic Inquiry: Applying Spatial Thinking

3

GEOG 391Western Colorado Rivers

3

GEOG 392Field Course in Geography

1- 6

GEOG 412Web Mapping

3

GEOG 449Remote Sensing of the Environment

3

GEOL 390Colorado Geology

3

ESCI 330Earth Science Statistical Analysis

3

NOTE: ENST 492 - Only 3 credits may count towards this category.

Required Supporting Credits — 13 credits:

BIO 111, ENST 100, SCI 291, and STAT 150 are required in the major and these credits are recommended to be taken as part of the LAC. Any additional coursework completed outside of the recommended list of LAC courses may extend the length of the program of study.

BIO 111Biology: Organisms to EcosystemsLAS1LASL

4

ENST 100Introduction to Environmental StudiesLAS1

3

SCI 291Scientific WritingLAW2

3

STAT 150Introduction to Statistical AnalysisLAX1

3

3. University Wide Credits — 26 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 26 credits.

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.

A student may consider pursuing a minor in another area pertinent to their career perspectives or may consider a second major, in conjunction with advisor input, to increase expertise in a selection of career choices.