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Environmental Studies BA - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 04.20 ECOLOGY, CIP: 03.0103 Environmental Studies)

Department of Environment and Sustainability

602 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670

Dr. Nicholas Henshue
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Environmental Studies BA Program

Academic Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.330 in the major. All courses taken by a student that are included in a student's chosen curriculum within the major will be used in calculation of the major GPA. For example, if a curriculum requires a student to select two courses from a particular section and the student completes three courses from that section, all three courses would be used to calculate a student's major GPA.

Academic Advice

The EVS program is very proud of our ability to meet individually with you as you need counsel. Each of our students receive a 30 minute time slot (or more) to review every detail of their academic requirements. Advisors know each of the students individually, and take pride in assisting in their successes. Students considering any EVS major or minor can obtain advice by scheduling an appointment by contacting our department at 716-645-6777 or by email.

The department often encourages students to pursue a minor or complete both tracks in the program.

Transfer Credit Policy

All transfer courses officially articulated to UB courses used in the EVS/Environmental Studies major will be accepted to meet major requirements.

Students should consult with a departmental advisor to determine how any non-articulated transfer courses or exam credit may be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

For students not continuously registered at UB or who are newly admitted transfer students, courses taken more than 10 years prior to the date of admission or readmission to the University may constitute no more than 20% of a major program in the Environment and Sustainability Degree Programs.

Residency Requirement

At least 50 percent of coursework toward the major must be completed at UB.

Prerequisite Courses

There are no prerequisite courses required for admission into the Environmental Studies BA program.

Required Courses

EVS 118 Introduction to Environmental Studies
Three social science core courses
Five natural science core courses
One statistics course
Five specialized track courses
One internship course

Social Sciences Core: (Three Courses)

Natural Sciences Core: (A total of five courses required for BA students)
BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology (offered fall only)
EVS 309 Ecology (offered fall only)
EVS 310 Ecological Methods (offered fall only)
EVS 315 Field Ecology
GEO 101 Earth Systems Science, GEO 106 Global Climate Change and GEO 105 Earth, Environment and Climate Laboratory OR GLY 101 Natural Hazards, GLY 102 Climate Change and GLY 105 Natural Hazards and Climate Change: Past, Present and Future Laboratory

Statistics: (One Course)

Specialized Tracks - Five courses from one track


  • END 301 Perspectives on Land Use and Development (prerequisite: END 212)
  • EVS 317 Environmental Politics
  • EVS 321 Environmental Impact of War
  • EVS 326 Great Lakes Ecology
  • EVS 330 Sustainability and Community
  • EVS 345 Water & Society
  • EVS 385 Energy, Environment and Society
  • EVS 417 Sustainability and American Culture
  • EVS 419 Wilderness
  • EVS 424 Env. Sustainability in Prac.
  • EVS 460 Leadership in Sustainability
  • EVS 479 Environmental Education Field Studies (offered summer only)
  • EVS 493 Ecology of Unique Environments
  • GEO 444 Advanced Earth Science Systems
  • SSC 406 Law and Environment
  • SSC 414 Grantwriting for Nonprofits



  • EVS 496 ENV Environmental Internship

Departmental Honors Requirements

A student in the Environmental Studies major is eligible for departmental honors based on her/his University at Buffalo grade point average. Honors levels are Distinction with a GPA of 3.250 to 3.490, High Distinction with a GPA of 3.500 to 3.740 and Highest Distinction with a GPA of 3.750 or higher. A minimum of 50% of credits for the major must be completed at UB to be eligible for department honors.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Environmental Studies BA degree
Credits Required for Major52
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum32
Additional Credits Required for Electives36
Total Credits Required for Degree120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Aug 02, 2021 11:30:03