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Major in Environmental Sciences

Bachelor of Arts (BA) & Bachelor of Science (BS) Options

Students who declared their major prior to fall 2020, will fall under the BA and BS requirements that were in place before the fall 2020 semester.  The audit sheet for pre-fall 2020 majors is available here:  Major Audit Sheet

BEGINNING FALL 2020, students declaring a major in ENVS have the following options:

If you’re thinking about a degree in Environmental Sciences (ENVS), you first have to decide if you want to pursue the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS). Both majors stress the importance of understanding how the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities intersect in terms of scientific processes and complex environmental issues. For students declaring the BS major, you’ll also have to select a track concentration in which to build your knowledge and skillsets. We want to note that there is NOT a “better” degree to choose! It really depends on what your academic and career interests are, and should be discussed with your ENVS advisor.

The ENVS Bachelor of Arts

The ENVS Bachelor of Arts major allows students to build a solid foundation in the interdisciplinary field of environmental sciences, with elective flexibility to study topics in the department based on interest. Generally, we recommend the BA degree for students that have not yet determined which field of environmental science they want to pursue a career path in as it provides a broad overview of content and skills. The BA may also be a good fit for students doing double majors in the college who do not have room in their schedules to pursue the additional courses required of the BS.

The ENVS Bachelor of Science

The ENVS Bachelor of Science major tracks allow students to still have the same foundation in environmental science while building depth in their knowledge and skillsets to prepare them for graduate work, specified jobs, or data-intensive careers. The BS degree has the same intermediate breadth requirements as the BA, but has more specified elective options in the department for each track, along with courses outside the department that enhance foundational knowledge related to the field.