Why study environmental studies?

The Environmental Studies Program at the University of Kansas, established in 1971, is one of the oldest environmental studies programs in the country. The KU Environmental Studies Program provides a rigorous interdisciplinary education and stimulates exchange concerning the environment from natural science, social science, and humanities perspectives. Learning Pathways, thematic areas of study that match student interest to the environmental expertise of our faculty, are a key aspect of our unique program.

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.

Visit the International Support Services for information about international admissions.

Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.

Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admission to the College is a different process from admission to a major field. Some CLAS departments have admission requirements. See individual department/program sections for departmental admission requirements.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

Environmental Studies Introduction to Science and Culture
Majors must complete both of the following:10
Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change. Satisfied by:
Global Environment I: The Discovery of Environmental Change
Global Environment I: Discovery of Environmental Change, Honors
Global Environment II: The Ecology of Civilization. Satisfied by:
Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization
Global Environment II: The Ecology of Human Civilization, Honors
Research Methods. Satisfied by one of the following:3-4
Environmental Planning Techniques
Environmental Economics
Environmental Applications of Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Environmental Applications in Geospatial Techniques
Environmental Geology
Statistics. Satisfied by one of the following:3-4
Elementary Statistics
Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data
Introduction to Biostatistics
Environmental Studies Core Knowledge and Skills
Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:
Environmental Policy Analysis. Satisfied by:
EVRN 320Environmental Policy Analysis3
Environmental Law. Satisfied by:
EVRN 332Environmental Law3
Field Ecology. Satisfied by:
EVRN 460Field Ecology3
Capstone Experience. Satisfied by:
EVRN 615Capstone Project3
Environmental Studies Required Electives/Options
Majors must select an option or design their own. Self-designed emphases must be approved in their entirety by an environmental studies advisor and the undergraduate studies director before implementation. Each option requires 4 courses at the 300+ level.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 40 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 30 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

A sample 4-year plan for the BA degree in Environmental Studies can be found here: Environmental Studies, or by using the left-side navigation.

Sample 4-year plans for the BGS degree in Environmental Studies can be found here: Environmental Studies, or by using the left-side navigation.

Departmental Honors

To graduate with honors in environmental studies, an undergraduate must maintain a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.25 and 3.5 in the major. The student must also complete an individual honors research project in cooperation with a faculty mentor. This project normally represents 2 semesters of original work, the completion of 3 credit hours of EVRN 624 Independent Study, and 3 credit hours of EVRN 625 Honors Research in Environmental Studies. All 6 hours may be applied to the 12 hours of environmental studies electives required for the major. Upon completion of the research project, honors candidates are required to present the results of their work at the department’s Undergraduate Research Colloquium.