Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BGS in Environmental Studies. To view the list of courses approved to fulfill KU Core Goals, please visit the KU Core website

Goal 1.2 Quantitative Literacy3Goal 1.1 Critical Thinking3
Goal 2.1 Written Communication (First Course, 2 Crs Required)3Goal 2.1 Written Communication (Second Course, 2 Crs Required)3
EVRN 140 (Goal 3 Natural Science, Major Requirement)55EVRN 142 (Goal 3 Social Science, Major Requirement)55
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 14 14
Goal 2.2 Oral Communication3Goal 4.1 US Diversity3
Goal 3 Humanities3EVRN 320 (Major Requirement)4,53
Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)33EVRN Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)13
Elective (Total Hours)3Required Minor Course (BGS Requirement)33
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 Elective (Total Hours)1
 15 16
Goal 4.2 Global Awareness3Goal 5 Social Responsibility & Ethics3
EVRN 332 (Major Requirement)4,53EVRN Statistics 300+ (Major Requirement)23-4
EVRN Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)13EVRN Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)13
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)33Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)33
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
 15 15-16
EVRN 460 (Major Requirement)53EVRN 615 (Goal 6 Integration & Creativity, Major Requirement)3
EVRN Research Methods 300+ (Major Requirement)23EVRN Elective 300+ (Major Requirement)13
Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)33Required Minor Course 300+ (BGS Requirement)33
Elective 300+ (Total Hours)1Elective 300+ (Total Hours)3
Elective (Total Hours)3Elective (Total Hours)3
BGS Career Prep Course (BGS Requirement)3 
 16 15
Total Hours: 120-121

A total of 12 hours of EVRN 300+ electives are required for the major. Students are encouraged to choose courses based on an emphasis area in consultation with an advisor.


Refer to the Degree Requirements tab for a list of courses that can fulfill this major requirement.


Please note that the Bachelor of General Studies degree requires completion of the requirements of a single BGS major AND a secondary field of academic study (a second major, co-major, or minor).  This sample plan is based on the completion of a minor.  If a second major is selected instead, elective hours on plan will be needed for these additional major requirements.


Pre-requisites for EVRN 320 and EVRN 332 are EVRN 140/GEOG 140/HIST 140 or EVRN 142/GEOG 142/HIST 142, or EVRN 144/GEOG 144/HIST 144 or EVRN 145/GEOG 145/HIST 145, or EVRN 148/GEOG 148, or concurrent enrollment.


EVRN 140, EVRN 332, and EVRN 460 are Fall only courses. 
EVRN 142 and EVRN 320 are Spring only courses. 

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to complete 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.

The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one KU Core Goal. However, overlap of a KU Core course with a major or degree-specific requirement is allowed. Overlapping is recommended to allow more opportunities to explore other majors and/or minors.