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Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BS - Environmental Studies Concentration - Program Requirements

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC)

203 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670
716-645-2245 x0
716-645-3640
sscidp.buffalo.edu
Susan L. Smith, PhD
Director
(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Completing the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BS - Environmental Studies Concentration Program

Academic Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.33 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

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 Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs.

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs does not support joint majors. 

Students pursuing a double major may use a maximum of two advanced courses towards both majors. For example a student completing a double major between an SSC major and geography may take only two advanced level geography courses for completion of the SSC major.

The Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs reserves the right to disallow any double major based on excessive course duplication between the two majors. The Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs reserves the right to disallow any double major based on excessive course duplication between the two majors.

Transfer Credit Policy

All transfer courses officially articulated to UB courses used in the SSC/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 Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs.

Residency Requirement

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

Prerequisite Courses

SSC 118 Introduction to Environmental Studies

Required Courses

Three social science core courses
Seven or eight natural science core courses (depending on chemistry class)
One statistics course
One spatial analysis course
Five specialized track courses
One internship course

Social Sciences Core - 3 courses

END 212 Urban and Environmental Planning
ENG 263 Environmental Writings
PHI 234 Environmental Ethics
SSC 238 Science, Religion and Nature
SSC 442 Environmental Movements

Natural Sciences Core (all required for BS students)

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology (offered fall only)
GLY 309 Ecology (offered fall only)
GLY 310 Ecological Methods (offered fall only)
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
SSC 217 Environmental Chemistry: Principles and Applications or CHE 101-102 General Chemistry 1 & 2
SSC 315 Field Ecology

Statistics - One course

PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Sciences
STA 119 Statistical Methods

Spatial Analysis - One course

GEO 481 Geographic Information Systems
END 356 Computing for Environmental Analysis

Specialized Tracks - Five courses from one track

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND EDUCATION

END 301 Perspectives on Land Use and Development (prerequisite: END 212)
GEO 444 Advanced Earth Science Systems
SSC 317 Environmental Politics
SSC 326 Great Lakes Ecology
SSC 385 Energy, Environment and Society
SSC 406 Law and Environment
SSC 414 Grantwriting for Nonprofits
SSC 419 Wilderness
SSC 479 Environmental Education Field Studies (offered summer only)
SSC 493 Ecology of Unique Environments

ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND MANAGEMENT

APY 344 Animal Communication
APY 444 Ethology Practicum (prereq: APY 344, SSC 448 or permission of Instructor)
GEO 345 Water Resources
GEO 350 Landform Field and Lab Techniques
GEO 352 Introduction to Soils
GEO 356 Forest Ecology
GEO 435 Conservation Biogeography
GEO 445 Restoration Ecology
GEO 470 Integrated Environmental Management
SSC 360 Environmental Impact Statements
SSC 441 Wildlife and Wildlands Management
SSC 448 Animals, Zoos and Ecology
SSC 493 Ecology of Unique Environments

ENVIRONMENTAL INTERNSHIP - One course

SSC 496 ENV Environmental Internship

Departmental Honors Requirements

A student in the SSC/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 3.25 to 3.49, High Distinction with a GPA of 3.50 to 3.74 and Highest Distinction with a GPA of 3.75 or higher. A minimum of 50% of credits for the major must be completed at UB to be eligible for departmental honors.

Total Credit Hours Required

Credits Required for Major 68
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 32
Additional Credits Required for Electives 20
Total Credits Required for Degree 120


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

Curricular Plan / Degree Map

View the Curricular Plan for Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BS - Environmental Studies Concentration which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Published: November 17, 2017 09:59:33 AM