Environmental Studies Major / Minor
Environmental studies is a field of study that crosses the boundaries of traditional disciplines (including the sciences, social sciences, and humanities as well as management, policy, design, and law), challenging faculty and students to look at the relationship between humans and their environment from a new perspective.
Environmental Studies majors have considerable latitude in designing a course of study that combines theory and practice, that invites active involvement, and that fits their specific interests, needs, and aptitudes. The Environmental Studies major provides a well-rounded basic education to prepare students for entry-level positions in business, government, or non-governmental organizations.
Students should plan their programs as early as possible in their undergraduate careers with the aid of an environmental studies undergraduate adviser.
The program leads to a B.A. or B.S. in Environmental Studies.
With the exception of ENVS 401 (Research), 403 (Senior Thesis), 404 (Internship), 406 (Field Studies), 408 (Workshop), and 409 (Practicum), all courses applied to the major or minor must be graded. Grades of C- or better must be earned in all graded courses. Students may petition to substitute other courses. The Student Initiated Project and Honors options are available to majors only.
Check out these examples of possible four-year course plans below. Please note that these are just two examples of many possible course plans!
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The interdisciplinary minor in Environmental Studies includes three (3) lower-division required courses and five (5) upper-division required courses, for a total of 32 credits. Letter grades of C- or better must be earned in all courses applied to the minor. At least 16 of the 32 credits must be taken at the University of Oregon. Students can count up to two upper division courses from their major department. Students may submit a petition to the undergraduate adviser to substitute an upper division ENVS course for one of the lower division requirements.