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Undergraduate Majors and Minors in Environmental Studies

The Department of Geography offers two separate majors reflecting the discipline's position straddling the social and natural sciences: the Geography major and the Environmental Studies major. While these programs overlap to some extent, they differ in their substantive focus:

  • The Geography major is oriented more towards social and global concerns, using geographic information science and spatial statistics, while,
  • The Environmental Studies major revolves more explicitly around human interactions with the natural, physical, and biological environment, with a stronger interdisciplinary focus.

Students may double major in Geography and Environmental Studies; a maximum of 11 credit hours may be double counted toward both majors.

Note that the Geography department, like most in the College of Social Sciences, requires a minor approved by the department undergraduate advisor. The requirements for minors vary, but generally consist of 12 credit hours in a given discipline. Minors are not listed on diplomas. Up to 7 credits can overlap between the Geography major and the Environmental Studies minor. Up to 7 credits can overlap between an Environmental Studies major and a Geography minor.

Major in Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study that provides an in-depth understanding of the social and institutional context of contemporary environmental concerns, including topics such as ecosystem management, resource conservation, land use planning, natural hazards, and the policy dimensions of environmental issues.

The major in Environmental Studies requires 41 hours (beyond Liberal Studies) with a grade of C- or better in each course; at least 18 credit hours must be taken in upper level (3000 and 4000) courses.

I. Basic Core Curriculum: 14 credit hours.
BSC 2010, 2010L (3, 1) Biological Science I and lab (note: CHM 1045 is a prerequisite)
CHM 1045, 1045L (3,1) General Chemistry I and lab
GEO 1330 (3) Environmental Science
GEO 2200C (3) Physical Geography

II. Natural Science Courses : 12 credit hours. at least four courses from the following list.(Note: some courses listed below may have prerequisites.)
BOT 3015 (3) Plant Biology
BOT 3143 (3) Field Botany
BSC 2011 (3) Biological Science II
BSC 3052 (3) Conservation Biology
BSC 3312 (3) Marine Biology
BSC 4514 (3) Aquatic Pollution Biology
BSC 4934 (3) Selected Topics in Applied Biology
CHM 1046, 1046L (3,1) General Chemistry II and lab
CHM 4080 (3) Environmental Chemistry I
CHM 4081 (3) Environmental Chemistry II
EES 2205C (3) Environmental Engineering Chemistry
EES 3040 (3) Introduction to Environmental Engineering Science
ENV 4001 (3) Environmental Engineering
ENV 4041 (3) Environmental Systems Analysis
ENV 4405 (3) Water Reuse Engineering
ENV 4341 (3) Solid & Hazardous Waste
GEA 4213 (3) U.S. National Parks
GEO 4300 (3) Biogeography
GEO 4376 (3) Landscape Ecology
GEO 4930r (3) Special topics course if approved by advisor GLY 1030 (3) Environmental Issues in Geology
GLY 1070 (3) Living on the Water Planet
GLY 2010C (3) Physical Geology
ISC 2003 (3) Global Change, Its Scientific and Human Dimensions
MET 2101 (3) Physical Climatology
MET 2502 (3) Weather Analysis and Forecasting
MET 2700 (2) General Meteorology
MET 3300 (3) Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics
OCE 4011 (3) Principles of Oceanography
OCE 4017 (3) Current Issues in Environmental Science
OCE 4930 (3) Studies in Oceanography (topics vary)
PCB 3043 (3) General Ecology

III. Social Science Elective Courses :(9 hours) at least three of the following courses. (Note: some courses listed below may have prerequisites.)
AMH 4630 (3) North American Environmental History
AMH 4634 (3) Florida Environmental History
ECP 3113 (3) Economics of Population
ECP 3302 (3) Economics of Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment
ECS 4013 (3) Economics of Development
GEO 3502 (3) Economic Geography
GEO 4340 (3) Living in a Hazardous Environment
GEO 4357 (3) Environmental Conflict and Economic Development
GEO 4372 (3) Natural Resources Assessment and Analysis
GEO 4403 (3) Global Change, Local Places
GEO 4421 (3) Cultural Geography
GEO 4450 (3) Medical Geography
GEO 4471 (3) Political Geography
GEO 4700 (3) Transport Geography
GEO 4930r (3) Special topics course if approved by advisor
PAD 3003 (3) Public Administration in American Society
PAD 4603 (3) Administrative Law
PHI 2620 (3) Environmental Ethics
PUP 3002 (3) Introduction to Public Policy
PUP 4203 (3) Environmental Politics and Policy
SYD 3020 (3) Population and Society
SYD 4510 (3) Environmental Sociology
URP 3000 (3) Introduction to Planning and Urban Development
URP 4022 (3) Collective Decision Making
URP 4318 (3) Growth Management and Environmental Planning
URP 4402 (3) Sustainable Development Planning in the Americas
URP 4404 (3) River Basin Planning
URP 4423 (3) Environmental Planning and Resource Management
URP 4618 (3) Planning for Developing Countries
URP 4710 (3) Transportation Planning
URP 4936 (3) Special topics course in Planning if approved by advisor

IV. Methods Electives: (6 hours or more) two of the following: (Note: some courses listed below may have prerequisites.)
ENV 4611 (3) Environmental Impact Analysis
GEO 4114 (3) Environmental Field Methods
GEO 4162 (3) Spatial Data Analysis (or SYA 4400, or STA 2122, or STA 2171)
GIS 3015 (3) Map Analysis
GIS 4006 (3) Computer Cartography
GIS 4035, GEO 4035L (3, 1) Remote Sensing and lab
GIS 4043 and lab (3,1) Geographic Information Systems (lab is currently offered as GEO 4905)
GEO 4930r (3) Special topics course if approved by advisor
STA 3024 (3) Intermediate Applied Statistics
SYA 4300 (3) Methods in Social Research


Minor in Environmental Studies

A minor in Environmental Studies consists of 15 hours, including GEO 1330 (3) Environmental Science and GEO 2200C (3) Physical Geography, and one course each from Groups II Natural Science Electives, III Social Science Electives, and IV Methods Electives (total 9 credit hours). A total of 7 hours may overlap between the geography major and the environmental studies minor.


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