Environment & Society

B.S. STEM degree in Environment & Society program explores how humans affect and are affected by changes in the natural environment. It combines courses from the social sciences and the natural sciences to investigate today’s pressing environmental issues, such as ecosystem management, climate change, natural resource conservation, food production, marine exploitation, urban sustainability, land use planning, severe storm mitigation, and environment health–including how those issues are debated, measured, evaluated and then formulated into public policy.

The program requires 41 hours with a grade of C- or better in each course; with at least 18 credit hours from upper level (3000 and 4000) courses.

Course Lists – Summer & Fall 2023

Course lists are subject to change; courses may be cancelled or added.

FALL 2023 (Admits Fall 2017 – Summer 2023)
FALL 2023 (Admits Fall 2023)

Please see the FSU Registration Guide for Dates and Deadlines

Required Courses

(14 credit hours)

(4) BSC2010 and BSC2010L Biological Science I with Lab
(4) CHM1045 and CHM1045L General Chemistry I with Lab
(3) GEO1330 Environmental Science
(3) GEO2200C Physical Geography

Natural Science Courses

(12 hours required with a minimum of 3 hours from Core Courses)

Core Courses (can also be counted as electives)
GEO4210 Landforms & Landscapes
GEO4251 Climate Change & Storms
GEO4280 Geography of Water Resources
GEO4300 Biogeography
GEO4340 Living in a Hazardous Environment
GEO4376 Landscape Ecology
GEO4392 Geography of Marine Conservation
IDS2471 Glaciers, Geysers & Glades: Exploring US National Parks

Elective Courses
BOT3143C Field Botany
BSC3016 Eukaryotic Diversity
BSC3052 Conservation Biology
BSC3312 Marine Biology
BSC4821C Biogeography
CHM4080 Environmental Chemistry I
CHM4081 Environmental Chemistry II
GEO4930 Special Topics in Geography (Note: content varies)
GLY1030 Environmental Issues in Geology
GLY2010C Physical Geology
GLY3039 Energy, Resources & Environment
IDS3232 Living Green: Theory to Action
ISC2003 Global Change, its Scientific & Human Dimensions
MET1010 Introduction to the Atmosphere
MET1050 Natural Hazards & Disasters: From Hurricanes to Meteorites
MET3101 Physical Climatology
MET3231 Introduction to Thermodynamics & Dynamics
OCB4265 Coral Reef Ecology
OCE1001 Elementary Oceanography
OCE4008 Principles of Oceanography
OCE4017 Current Issues in Environmental Science
OCE4930 (Special Topics Oceanography: Needs Dept Approval)
PCB3043 General Ecology
PCB4402 Ecology of Infectious Diseases

Social Science Courses

(9 hours required with a minimum of 3 hours from Core Courses)

Core Courses (Can also be counted as electives)
GEO3502 Economic Geography
GEO4344 Environmental Disasters & Apocalypse
GEO4355 Geography: Food & Environment
GEO4357 Environmental Conflict & Economic Development
GEO4404 Black Geographies
GEO4412 Environment and Gender
GEO4421 Cultural Geography
GEO4450 Medical Geography
GEO4471 Political Geography
GEO4503 Globalization
GEO4505 Fossil Fuels & Environmental Conflict
GEO4602 Urban Geography
GEO4700 Transport Geography
GEO4804 Geography of Wine
IDH3404 Environmental Justice (honors only)
IDS2180 Dead Cities
IDS2227 Sustainable Society (Honors Only)
IDS2492 Sport: Place, Competition and Fairness (Honors Only)
IDS3336 “Great” Britain? Geography, Imperialism, Industry & Culture 

Elective Courses
AMH2097 Nationality, Race & Ethnicity in the United States
AMH4630 North American Environmental History
AMH4634 Florida Environmental History
CTE4470 Sustainability & Human Rights in the Business World
ECP3113 Economics of Population
ECP3302 Econ of Natural Resources, Energy, & the Environment
EVR4314 Energy and Society
GEO3423 Sports Geography
GEO4930 Special Topics in Geography (Note: content varies)
IDS2240 Sustainable Food
IDS2431 Thinking Beyond Ourselves: Global Perspectives
IDS2460 Global Perspective: Communication
IDS2156 Environment & Society
IDS3164 Media, Culture, & Environment
IDS3169 Art & the Environment
INR2002 Introduction to International Relations
PAD3003 Public Administration in American Society
PAD4382 Disaster Recovery & Mitigation
PAD4391 Foundations in Emergency Management
PAD4393 Emergency Management Programs, Planning & Policy
PAD4603 Administrative Law
PHI2620 Environmental Ethics
PUP3002 Introduction to Public Policy
PUP4203 Environmental Politics & Policy
SYD3020 Population & Society
SYD4510 Environmental Sociology
URP3000 Introduction to Planning & Urban Development
URP4318 Growth Management & Environmental Planning
URP4402 Sustainable Development Planning in the Americas
URP4404 River Basin Planning
URP4423 Environmental Planning & Resource Management
URP4710 Introduction to Transportation Issues & Transportation Planning
URP4936 Special Topics in Planning (if approved by advisor; subjects vary)

Methods Courses

(6 hours required with a minimum of 3 hours from Core Courses)

Core Courses (Can also be counted as electives)
GEO4162 Spatial Data Analysis (cannot take along with SYA4400)
GIS3015 Map Analysis
GIS4006 Computer Cartography
GIS4035 & GIS4035L Remote Sensing with Lab (4 credit hours)
GIS4043 & GIS4043L Geographic Information Systems with Lab (4 credit hours)
GIS4330 Florida GIS Applications
GIS4402 GIS Applications for Social Sciences
GIS4421 GIS & Health
IDS2473 Putting Science into Action: Field Methods for Plant Ecology

Elective Courses
ENV4611 Environmental Impact Analysis
GEO4114 Environmental Field Methods
STA3024 SAS for Data & Statistical Analysis
SYA4300 Methods in Social Research
SYA4400 Social Statistics (cannot take along with GEO4162C)


A minor in Environmental & Society consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours, including GEO1330 Environmental Science; GEO2200C Physical Geography; and one Core or Elective course from each group: Natural Science, Social Science, and Methods (total 9 hours). All courses must be completed with grades of C– or better.

Overlap Policy between The Geography Major and the Environment and Society Minor:

Minors added prior to Fall 2023: 3 hours of GEO2200C will overlap and 3 additional hours.
Minors added Fall 2023 to Present: Only 3 hours of GEO2200C will overlap.