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Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Arts

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The B.A. in Environmental Studies focuses on human-environment interactions and environmental policy with coursework that combines topical, methods, theoretical and field-based instruction and encourages the understanding of environmental issues from the regional (Southwest US) to global scales.   Course choices include social science and policy courses on water, land use, food, energy, the built environment, environmental history, gender and the environment, and climate-related issues in both urban and rural contexts.  Students are expected to take selected courses in environmental science that provide a basis for understanding environmental policy. Methods training will cover basic statistical and qualitative analysis as well as geographic information science and remote sensing, with the option to take advanced courses in this area.  Core courses will introduce students to a variety of social science theories for understanding human-environment interactions with options for advanced coursework in areas such as political ecology, risk assessment, institutions, and environmental economics. 

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
General Strand Math 3
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
First Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education* 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education* 3
3rd Semester
EVS Science 3
EVS Science 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education* 3
General Elective 3
4th Semester
EVS Social Science 1 3
EVS Social Science 2 3
EVS GIS/Remote Sensing 3
Tier II General Education 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
5th Semester
EVS Methods 3
EVS Non-US 3
EVS Social Science & Policy 3
Tier II General Education 3
Minor 3
6th Semester
EVS Social Science & Policy 3
EVS Social Science & Policy 3
Tier II General Education 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
7th Semester
EVS Social Science & Policy 3
General Elective 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
8th Semester
EVS Science & Physical GEOG 3
Minor 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

A major in Environmental Studies provides students with interdisciplinary coverage of natural resources and climate science, social science, geographic information science (GIS) and remote sensing technology, research methods, a regional or international focus, and policy issues related to human-environment interactions. Graduates may work as researchers, communications specialists, educators, advocates, or policy developers. This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in geography, arid lands or natural resources science, environmental law, public policy, landscape architecture, or ecology. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Policy development
  • Communications
  • Journalism
  • Advocacy
  • Research
  • Planning
  • Education
  • Environmental regulation

Sample Employers

  • Government agencies
  • Park and forest services
  • Schools
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Planning/development firms
  • Research institutes
  • Outdoor education programs
  • Alternative energy companies

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Science Policy Analyst $39,000 - $108,000
Environmental Science Teacher, Secondary $25,000 - $49,000
Public Information Officer $30,600 - $52,100
Sustainability Specialist $33,800 - $62,400
Field Education Coordinator $30,000 - $50,000
Environmental Economist $48,300 - $89,400
Environmental Activist $18,000 - $47,000
National Park Service Employee $27,431 - $33,979
Environmental Protection Specialist $26,600 - $41,400
Alternative Energy Products Sales Representative $36,700 - $73,700
Environmental Restoration Planner $37,900 - $61,700
Science Reporter $19,180 - $73,880