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BA in Environmental Studies

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program shows how the biological, physical, and social sciences are employed to understand complex environmental problems. Required courses present the methodology and conceptual framework. Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge in environmental studies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the human and natural phenomena that impact the environment
  • Identify and analyze the technology and management strategies that prevent, control and remedy the human and natural phenomena that impact the environment.
  • Demonstrate and communicate knowledge of environmental, socioeconomic and political implications of human interactions with the environment.
  • Explain environmental problems, analyze risks to humans and the environment, and propose alternate solutions to remedy environmental problems
  • Demonstrate awareness of how the scientific method is applied in environmental studies research

BA in Environmental Studies Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
    SOS-110: Critical Information Literacy
B. Civic and Global Learning 9
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Civic Engagement
C. Knowledge of Human Cultures 12
D. Understanding the Physical and Natural World 4-7
E. General Education Electives 17-20
II. Area of Study: Environmental Studies 41
A. Required Courses (All must be included) 26
  • General Biology I with Lab
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Earth's Resources
  • Geology with a Human Emphasis
  • General Chemistry I with Lab
Nine credits chosen from at least three of the following areas: (9)
  • Anthropology of the Environment
  • Economics of the Environment
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Philosophy/Environment
  • Politics of the Environment
  • Sociology/Environment
    B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Environmental Studies Electives* 12
(An additional 15 credits in subjects related to the environment and chosen from field such as biology, ecology, geography, geology, sociology, etc., are required.)  
  • Community and Environmental Action
  • Ecology and Urban Problems
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Environmental Remediation Technologies
  • Environmental Risk Analysis
  • Introduction to Cultural Geography
  • Minerals for Modern Society
  • Population Growth and Environmental Sustainability
  • Principles of Land Use
  • The Biosphere
  • World Energy Resources
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State University are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Electives 19
Total Credits 120

*This list is a guide. Other environmental studies courses my be appropriate for this area of study.

Note: Because this area of study is interdisciplinary, it must be planned closely with a BA degree program advisor.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit – all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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