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Interdisciplinary Social Science Program

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

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Undergraduate Major in Social Sciences with a Concentration in Environmental Studies

This concentration is designed to provide an introductory view of humans as related to our environment and the problems arising therefrom. Although it does not constitute a major or a full-scale program in environmental science, it is a useful background for agency employment, teaching in the social sciences and employment related to the social sciences generally. Biology BSC 1005 is required.

To fulfill the concentration, 6 listed courses, selected from a minimum of 4 of the following 7 categories, must be taken for a minimum of 18 hours. In some cases, by consent of the instructor, prerequisites for the following courses can be waived for students in this concentration (this does not apply for BSC 2011).

  • BSC 1005 General Biology for Non-Majors (required)
    BSC 2011 Biological Science II (Prerequisites: BSC 2010, CHM 1045)
    BCS33052 Conservation Biology (Bio. 1 and 2 and Chem. 1 and 2 and their labs)
  • ANT 2410 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    ANT 3212 Peoples of the World
  • ECP 3113 Economics of Population (Prerequisites: ECO 2013 and 2023)
    ECP 3302 Economics of Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment (Prerequisites: ECO 2000 or equivalent)
    ECP 4312 Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (Prerequisites: ECO 2013 and 2023)
  • GEO 1330 Environmental Science
    GEO 2210 United States and Canada
    GEO 2200C Physical Geography
    GEO 4372 Natural Resource Assessment & Analysis
    GEO 4251 Climate Change & Storms
    GEO 4280 Geography of Water Resources
    GEO 4300 Biogeography
    GEO 4355 Geography of Food and Environment
    GEO 4357 Environmental Conflict & Economic Development
    GEO 4376 Landscape Ecology
    ENV 4314 Energy & Society
  • URP4423 Introduction to environmental planning and resource management
    URP4404 River Basin Manag. and Planning
    URP4408 Food Systems Planning
    URP4936* (Spec. Topics)Coastal Planning
    URP4936* (Spec. Topics)Planning for Climate Change
  • SYD 3020 Population and Society
    SYD 4510 Environmental Sociology
  • PUP4203 Environmental Politics and Policy
  • *Special Topics classes have a standardized course number in each department but different content. It is important to identify the following classes by the course title, not the course number.
    URP4936
    GEO4930
    SYA4930
    CPO 3930
    INR3933
    PUP4931