Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies

  • Overview

    William Peace University’s Environmental Studies program provides a strong interdisciplinary foundation in the scientific, economic, cultural and policy elements of the environment.

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 10% of new jobs by 2033 will be “green” jobs. As an Environmental Studies (ENV) major at WPU, you will tailor the program to your own professional interests with a small, focused core of required courses combined with a menu of courses from several disciplines, including Biology, Chemistry, Anthropology, Political Science, Business Administration, Global Studies and Communication. You will be able to extend your learning beyond the classroom through internships and opportunities to do research related to environmental issues with the Biology Department.

    Environmental Studies is an excellent starting point if you’re interested in pursuing an advanced degree in the environmental disciplines, law or medicine. Alternatively, you will be qualified for an entry-level career position in diverse fields like environmental safety, education, risk assessment, environmental planning, ecotourism and many more.

    WPU students and faculty conduct experiments in Crabtree Creek.
    WPU students conduct research in the field and get hands-on instruction from experienced faculty and industry experts
  • Courses

    The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.

    Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

    Liberal Education Curriculum49 credit hours
    Environmental Studies Core Courses20 credit hours
    Environmental Studies Elective Courses24 credit hours
    General Electives27 credit hours
    Total credit hours for B.A. in Environmental Studies120 credit hours

     

    Environmental Studies Core Courses
    20 credit hours
    BIO 101: Principles of Biology (taken in Liberal Education)3
    BIO 131: Environmental Biology3
    BIO 231: Environmental Lab1
    ENV/GST 300: Global Environmental Issues3
    BIO 330: Ecology4
    ENV/LST 400: Senior Capstone Seminar3

     

    Environmental Studies Elective Courses

    Choose at least one (1) course from each of the five areas and additional courses to equal twenty-four (24) credit hours.

     24 credit hours
    Biodiversity
    BIO 210: Botany4
    BIO 320: Vertebrate Zoology4
    BIO 321: Invertebrate Zoology4
    Chemistry
    CHE 111: General Chemistry I4
    CHE 112: General Chemistry II E4
    CHE 211: Organic Chemistry I4
    CHE 212: Organic Chemistry II4
    Global Studies
    ANT 214: Cultural Anthropology3
    ANT 315: Globalization, People, and Culture3
    BSA 160: Global Business Environment3
    BSA 212: Principles of Macroeconomics3
    COM 410: International Communication3
    Political Science
    PSC 260: Political Economy for Public Policy3
    PSC 280: Introduction to Public Policy3
    PSC 310: Lobbying and Advocacy3
    PSC 340: Nonprofit Administration3
    PSC 360: Public Policy Research Methods3

     

    General Electives
    27 credit hours
    Must complete 27 elective credit hours27

     

    Minor
    Minor in Environmental Studies
    19 Credit Hours
    BIO 131: Environmental Biology3
    BIO 231: Environmental Topics and Analysis3
    ENV/GST 300 Global Environmental Issues3
    Choose one course from each of the following areas
    Biodiversity, Ecology, and Chemistry
    BIO 210: Botany4
    BIO 320: Vertebrate Zoology4
    BIO 321: Invertebrate Zoology4
    BIO 330: Ecology4
    CHE 111: General Chemistry I4
    CHE 112: General Chemistry II4
    CHE 211: Organic Chemistry I4
    CHE 212: Organic Chemistry II4
    Global Studies
    ANT 214: Cultural Anthropology3
    ANT 315: Globalization, People, and Culture3
    BSA 160: Global Business Environment3
    BSA 212: Principles of Macroeconomics3
    COM 410: International Communication3
    Political Science
    PSC 260: Political Economy for Public Policy3
    PSC 280: Introduction to Public Policy3
    PSC 310: Lobbying and Advocacy3
    PSC 340: Nonprofit Administration3
    PSC 360: Public Policy Research3
  • Faculty
    Lisa Bonner, Ph.D.
    Department Chair of Science and Mathematics; ​Professor of Biology
    Patrick Myer, Ph.D.
    ​Associate Professor of Biology
    Vinnie Melomo, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Anthropology & Department Chair of Culture, History, and Politics
    Xandra Daniels, WPU Professor
    Assistant Professor of Anthropology
    Rhonda Brown, WPU Professor.
    Assistant Professor of Biology
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