The Bachelor’s Degree

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, students must complete four core courses and seven elective courses (22 credit hours of electives) with a minimum of two courses from each focus area. Of the elective courses, a minimum of four must be at the 400 level; two of the remaining electives must be either 300 or 400 level. In addition, students must complete all general education requirements in the UIS undergraduate curriculum. Up to nine semester hours of lower-division courses may be transferred from an accredited institution; the decision to accept transferred hours will be made on an individual basis by the department. Students are expected to meet with an ENS advisor soon after declaring the major.

Degree Requirements

Core Course Requirements
ENS 251 Introduction to Environmental Sciences 3
ENS 271 Introduction to Sustainability 3
ENS 451 Undergraduate Capstone 3
ENS 476 Environmental Ethics 1 3-4
List of thematic categories and appropriate electives
The 100- to 300-level elective courses listed below are each three credit hours. Undergraduate students enrolling in 400-level courses listed as “three or four hours” must enroll in the three-credit hour section. 400-level courses counted toward an undergraduate degree cannot be taken again and counted for credit toward a graduate degree. 22
Environmental Policy/Law/Planning
ENS 301
Mapping our Physical and Social World
Foundations of Environmental Policy
ECCE: Environmental Justice: Science, Policy, and Activism
Transportation: Problems and Planning Procedures
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
Environmental Law
ENS 420
Population and Public Policy
Agricultural Politics & Policy
Introduction to Environmental Consulting
Environmental Policies: National Environmental Policy Act
Environmental Policies: Water Quality
Environmental Social Sciences/Humanities
Women and the Environment
Literature and the Environment
ECCE: Global Change in Local Places
ECCE: Evolution and Creationism
ECCE: Introduction to Environmental Education
World Environmental Thought
ECCE: American Environmental History
Environmental Economics
Environmental Sociology
Sustainable Food Systems
Geopolitics: Geographical Aspects of International Affairs
Culture and Conservation
Political Ecology AKA The Political Life of Trees, Trash, & Turtles
Writing and the Environment
Forest Policy & Management
China’s Environment and the World
Environmental Sciences
Principles Of Ecology
CHE 361
CHE 363
Earth Science
Environmental Physical Geography
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
Ecological Issues
Aquatic Ecology
Biology Of Water Pollution
Environmental Chemistry
Our Changing Climate
Water Resources and Society
Environmental Geology
Urban Environments
Renewable Energy
Total Hours 34

With approval of a Student Petition that specifies the elective category, students may count up to four hours of ENS 440 Topics in Environmental Studies.

The Department offers an Integrated BA/MS program in Environmental Studies.  Students who complete a BA in Environmental Studies at UIS with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in ENS courses and a GPA of 3.5 in cumulative undergraduate course work can be accepted into our MS in Environmental Studies with 8 credit hours of course work waived. This requires approval by the Department Chair, College Dean, and campus Associate Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education.