Description

Website: esp.unl.edu

The environmental studies major is designed for students who want to make a difference and contribute to solving environmental challenges on a local to global scale. Solutions to challenges such as climate change, pollution, and resource conservation require individuals who have a broad-based knowledge in the natural and social sciences, as well as strength in a specific discipline. The environmental studies major will provide the knowledge and skills needed for students to work across disciplines and to be competitive in the job market. The environmental studies program uses a holistic approach and a framework of sustainability. This framework recognizes the necessity of meeting current resource needs without compromising the environment or the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Options in the Major

Students may choose to focus their advanced coursework in ways that meet their specific interests and career goals. All students complete a core set of requirements and can determine in consult with faculty and their academic advisor which specific option to follow. The option will be documented on the final transcript.

Policy, Advocacy, and Social Justice Option

Within the context of the environment, this option provides disciplinary knowledge and proficiency as well as social research skills related to negotiation, advocacy, and discourse; human behavior change; public policy; and social justice and diversity.

Biosphere and Earth Systems Studies Option

Within the context of the environment, this option provides disciplinary knowledge and proficiency in collection, synthesis, and interpretation of information/data in one of four science-based subdiscipline areas—Earth Systems, Climate, Ecological Systems, and Geospatial technologies.
 

Additional minor program opportunities: Students interested in environmental studies may choose to minor in it through the College of Arts and Sciences or through the environmental education minor or sustainability solutions minor in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, both of which are available to CAS students.

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), including any of the majors or minors offered through the college, are the same as the UNL General Admission Requirements. In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of one foreign language in high school. Four years of high school coursework in the same language will fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level at UNL and provide more opportunity to study abroad.

ACADEMIC AND CAREER Advising

Academic and Career Advising Center

The Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall is the undergraduate hub for CAS students in all majors. Centrally located and easily accessed, students encounter friendly, knowledgeable people who are eager to help. Students visit the Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall to:

  • Choose or change their major, minor, or degree program.
  • Check in on policies, procedures, and deadlines.
  • Get a college approval signature from the Dean's representative, Sr. Director of Advising and Student Success.

While the assigned academic advisor should be the student's primary contact, there are daily walk-ins from 12-3 where a general academic advisor can answer a quick question. In addition, the CAS Career Coaches are located here. They help students explore majors and minors, gain experience, and develop a plan for life after graduation. Not sure where to go or who to ask? The Advising Center team can help.

Assigned Academic Advisors

Academic advisors are critical resources dedicated to students' academic, personal, and professional success. Every CAS student is assigned an academic advisor based on their primary major. Since most CAS students have more than just a single major, it is important to get to know the advisor for any minors or additional majors. Academic advisors work closely with the faculty to provide the best overall support and the discipline-specific expertise.

Assigned advisors are listed in MyRED and their offices may be located in or near the department of the major for which they advise or in the Academic and Career Advising Center. Students who have declared a pre-health or pre-law area of interest will also work with advisors in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center) in 127 Love South, who are specially trained to guide students preparing to enter a professional school.

For complete and current information on advisors for majors, minors, or pre-professional areas, contact the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall, 402-472-4190, http://cas.unl.edu/advising.

Career Coaching

The College believes that Academics + Experience = Opportunities and encourages students to complement their academic preparation with real-world experience, including internships, research, education abroad, service, and leadership. Arts and sciences students have access to a powerful network of faculty, staff, and advisors dedicated to providing information and support for their goals of meaningful employment or advanced education. Arts and sciences graduates have unlimited career possibilities and carry with them important career competencies—communication, critical thinking, creativity, context, and collaboration. They have the skills and adaptability that employers universally value. Graduates are not only prepared to effectively contribute professionally in the real world, but they have a solid foundation to excel in an increasingly global, technological, and interdisciplinary world.

Students should contact the career coaches in the Arts and Sciences Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather, or their assigned advisor, for more information. The CAS career coaches help students explore career options, identify ways to build experience, and prepare to apply for internships, jobs, or graduate school, including help with resumes, applications, and interviewing.

ACE Requirements

 Students must complete one course for each of the ACE Student Learning Outcomes below. Certified course choices are published in the degree audit, or visit the ACE website for the most current list of certified courses.

ACE Student Learning Outcomes
ACE 1 : Write texts, in various forms, with an identified purpose, that respond to specific audience needs, integrate research or existing knowledge, and use applicable documentation and appropriate conventions of format and structure.
ACE 2: Demonstrate competence in communication skills.
ACE 3: Use mathematical, computational, statistical, logical, or other formal reasoning to solve problems, draw inferences, justify conclusions, and determine reasonableness.
ACE 4: Use scientific methods and knowledge to pose questions, frame hypotheses, interpret data, and evaluate whether conclusions about the natural and physical world are reasonable.
ACE 5: Use knowledge, historical perspectives, analysis, interpretation, critical evaluation, and the standards of evidence appropriate to the humanities to address problems and issues.
ACE 6: Use knowledge, theories, and research perspectives such as statistical methods or observational accounts appropriate to the social sciences to understand and evaluate social systems or human behaviors.
ACE 7: Use knowledge, theories, or methods appropriate to the arts to understand their context and significance.
ACE 8: Use knowledge, theories, and analysis to explain ethical principles and their importance in society.
ACE 9: Exhibit global awareness or knowledge of human diversity through analysis of an issue.
ACE 10: Generate a creative or scholarly product that requires broad knowledge, appropriate technical proficiency, information collection, synthesis, interpretation, presentation, and reflection.

College Degree Requirements

College Distribution Requirements – BA and BS

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are common to both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees and are designed to ensure a range of courses. By engaging in study in several different areas within the College, students develop the ability to learn in a variety of ways and apply their knowledge from a variety of perspectives. All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements, and no course can be used to fulfill both an ACE outcome and a College Distribution Requirement.

  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one College Distribution Requirement, with the exception of CDR Diversity. Courses used to meet CDR Diversity may also meet CDR Writing, CDR Humanities, or CDR Social Science.
  • Independent study or reading courses and internships cannot be used to satisfy distribution requirements.
  • Courses from interdisciplinary programs will be applied in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department.
College Distribution Requirements
CDR: Written Communication3
Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.
CDR: Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences with Lab4
Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, physics, and statistics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology, and physics.
Some courses from geography and anthropology may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement above. 1
CDR: Humanities3
Select from classics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies. 2
CDR: Social Science3
Select from anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. 3
CDR: Human Diversity in U.S. Communities0-3
Select from a set of approved courses as listed in the degree audit.
CDR: Language0-16
Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies or modern languages and literatures. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.
A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement, but encouraged to continue on in their language study.
Credit Hours Subtotal: 13-32

Language Requirement

UNL and the College of Arts and Sciences place great value on academic exposure and proficiency in a second language. The UNL entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or the College’s language distribution requirement (CDR: Language) will rarely be waived and only with relevant documentation. See the main College of Arts and Sciences page for more details.

Scientific Base - BS Only

The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical, and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 100 or BIOS 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, microbiology (excluding MBIO 101), and physics.

See your Degree Audit or your assigned academic advisor for a complete list, including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with approval of the College of Arts and Sciences. See your assigned academic advisor to start the approval process.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.

Grade Rules

Restrictions on C- and D Grades

The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other domestic institutions except for UNO and UNK. All courses taken at UNO and UNK impact the UNL transcript. No transfer of C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No UNL C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. International coursework (including education abroad) with a final grade equivalent to a C- or lower will not be validated by College of Arts and Sciences departments to be degree applicable.

Pass/No Pass Privilege

The College of Arts and Sciences adheres to the University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege with the following additional regulations:

  • Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
  • Most arts and sciences departments and programs do not allow courses graded Pass/No Pass to apply to the major or minor. Students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the catalog for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
  • Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
  • The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at UNL and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.

Grading Appeals

A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:

  1. Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.
  2. Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.
  3. Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.
  4. Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.

Course Level Requirements

Courses Numbered at the 300 or 400 Level

Thirty (30) of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered at the 300 or 400 level. Of those 30 hours, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at UNL.

Residency Requirement

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at UNL. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major coursework, including 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level in their major and 15 of the 30 hours required at the 300 or 400 level, in residence. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement only if students register through UNL.

Catalog to Use

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. Beginning in 1990-1991, the catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of environmental studies will be able to:

  1. Explain and apply appropriately the systemic principle of sustainability for the development of solutions to environmental and natural resource issues.
  2. Organize, plan, and satisfactorily complete a senior project through scholarly creativity and/or in-depth research that uses appropriate technical knowledge, field, laboratory, geospatial, and/or social science research methodologies.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to critically assess environmental and sustainability issues from the local to global scale considering a range of perspectives.
  4. Identify, explain, and evaluate problems/questions/issues using relevant data, resources, and reasoning to form carefully considered conclusions.
  5. Communicate effectively to a range of audiences through the preparation of written documents along with oral and visual presentations that are consistent with professional standards.
  6. Describe the Earth’s four major spheres: land, water, living things, and air in the context of physical, geological, and biological processes; their variability over space and time; and the extent to which humans influence them.
  7. Effectively work in teams and groups from various backgrounds and perspectives to address environmental challenges.
  8. Demonstrate improvement in professional and interpersonal skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, empathy, and teamwork to effectively operate in society and the professional world.

Major Requirements

Environmental studies core requirements plus completion of one of the options: Policy, Advocacy, and Social Justice or Biosphere and Earth Systems Studies.

Core Requirements

Required Courses
ENVR 101Environmental Studies Orientation1
ENVR 201Science, Systems, Environment and Sustainability3
ENVR 249Individual and Cultural Perspectives on the Environment3
ENVR 319Environmental Engagement and the Community2
ENVR 495Internship in Environmental Studies1
ENVR 499AEnvironmental Studies Senior Thesis I 11
ENVR 499BEnvironmental Studies Senior Thesis II 12
Credit Hours Subtotal: 13
Option Courses
Complete the requirement for one of the two options: Policy, Advocacy, and Social Justice or Biosphere and Earth Systems Studies. See below for specific option requirements.

Policy, Advocacy, and Social Justice Option

Natural Science Foundations
Select a course or sequence from five of the following areas:17-20
Life Science
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
Chemistry
Select one of the following:
Chemistry in Context I
General Chemistry I
Fundamental Chemistry I
Ecology
Ecology and Evolution
Principles of Ecology
Earth Systems
Select one of the following:
Dynamic Earth
Environmental Geology
Elements of Physical Geography
Quality of the Environment
Earth's Natural Resource Systems Laboratory
Energy in Perspective
Climate
Select one of the following:
Climate in Crisis
Weather and Climate
Environment, Energy, and Climate Change
Applied Climate Sciences
Water
Introduction to Water Science
Water in Society
Soil
Soil Resources
Credit Hours Subtotal: 17-20
Option Courses
Select at least one course from each of the following areas, with at least 9 hours at the 300 or 400 level.21-22
Negotiation, Advocacy, and Discourse
Public Speaking
Debate
Public Advocacy and Civic Engagement
Rhetoric, Media, and Civic Life
Argumentation
Community and Identity in the Digital Age
Theories of Persuasion
Human Behavior and Change
Ecological Anthropology
Organizing Social Change
Space, the Environment and You
Climate and Society
Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management
Genetics, Brains, and Politics
The Psychology of Social Behavior
Psychology of Environmental Sustainability
Environmental Sociology
Power, Politics, and Policy
Environmental Ethics
Power and Politics in America
Political Ideas
Politics in State and Local Governments
Climate Change: Policy and Politics
Polls, Politics and Public Opinion
Political Communication
Natural Resource and Environmental Law
Environmental Law
Environmental Leadership
Environmental Planning and Policy
Economic Essentials and Issues
Energy and the Environment: Economics and Policy
Natural Resources Policy
Environmental Leadership
Social Justice and Diversity
Human Rights, Environment, and Development
Intercultural and Intergroup Communication
Communication in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Communication and Social Identity
Voices of Dissent and Activism
Introduction to Planning
Spatial and Environmental Influences in Social Systems
Globalization, Human Rights and Diversity
Psychology of Diversity
Social Problems
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Data Analysis and Research Methods
Social Scientific Research Methods in Communication Studies
Rhetorical Research Methods in Communication Studies
Environmental Impact Assessment
Statistics
Political Analysis
Research Methods and Data Analysis
Introduction to Social Research Methods
Introduction to Social Statistics
Introduction to Statistics
Statistics and Applications
Credit Hours Subtotal: 21-22
Total Credit Hours38-42

Biosphere and Earth Systems Studies Option

Human Dimensions Foundations
Select one course from each of the following areas:9-10
Negotiation, Advocacy, and Discourse
Select one of the following:
Public Speaking
Debate
Public Advocacy and Civic Engagement
Rhetoric, Media, and Civic Life
Argumentation
Community and Identity in the Digital Age
Theories of Persuasion
Power, Politics, and Policy
Select one of the following:
Power and Politics in America
Political Ideas
Politics in State and Local Governments
Polls, Politics and Public Opinion
Political Communication
Environmental Ethics
Resource and Environmental Economics I
Natural Resource and Environmental Law
Environmental Law
Environmental Leadership
Environmental Planning and Policy
Economic Essentials and Issues
Energy and the Environment: Economics and Policy
Data Analysis and Research Methods
Introduction to Statistics
Statistics and Applications
Required Option Courses32-35
Life Science
LIFE 120
LIFE 120L
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
4
LIFE 121
LIFE 121L
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory
4
Chemistry
General Chemistry I
Fundamental Chemistry I
Ecology
Ecology and Evolution
Principles of Ecology
Earth Systems
Select one of the following:
Dynamic Earth
Environmental Geology
Elements of Physical Geography
Quality of the Environment
Energy in Perspective
Earth's Natural Resource Systems Laboratory
Climate
Select one of the following:
Climate in Crisis
Weather and Climate
Environment, Energy, and Climate Change
Applied Climate Sciences
Water
Introduction to Water Science
Water in Society
Soil
Soil Resources
Geospatial Science
Introduction to Spatial Sciences
Credit Hours Subtotal: 49-53
Advanced Option Sub-Area
Select at least 12 hours from one of the following sub-areas, with at least 9 hours at the 300 or 400 level.12
Earth Systems
Mineralogy
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Biogeography
Water & Earth Connections
Geochemistry
Quaternary Paleoclimatology and Paleoecology
Biogeochemical Cycles
Groundwater Geology
Ecological Interactions
Wetlands
Climate
Introduction to Climatology
Applied Climatology
Climate and Society
The Climate System: Analysis and Prediction
Regional Climatology
Ecology
Landscape and Environmental Appreciation
Toxins in the Environment
Case Studies in Theoretical Ecology
and Case Studies in Theoretical Ecology Lab
Applications of Bioinformatics
Insect Ecology
Biodiversity Conservation
Earth and Environmental Microbiology
Ecological Interactions
Ecosystem Ecology
Wetlands
Limnology
Stream and River Ecology
Geospatial Science
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Remote Sensing
Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Digital Image Analysis of Remote Sensing Data
Field Techniques in Remote Sensing
Advanced Techniques in Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS)
Planning with GIS
Advanced Spatial Analysis with GIS
GIS in Environmental Design and Planning
Introduction to Spatial Sciences
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours61-65

Additional Major Requirements

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses.

Pass/No Pass

No courses taken Pass/No Pass will count toward the major or minor.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

At least eighteen (18) hours, with 6 hours at the 300 level or above.
 

Required Courses
ENVR 101Environmental Studies Orientation1
ENVR 201Science, Systems, Environment and Sustainability3
ENVR 249Individual and Cultural Perspectives on the Environment3
ENVR 319Environmental Engagement and the Community2
Credit Hours Subtotal: 9
Earth and Environmental Systems
Select one course from the following:3-4
Ecology and Evolution
Energy in Perspective
Water in Society
Elements of Physical Geography
Quality of the Environment
Introduction to Water Science
Dynamic Earth
Environmental Geology
Weather and Climate
Environment, Energy, and Climate Change
Climate in Crisis
Earth's Natural Resource Systems Laboratory
Applied Climate Sciences
Principles of Ecology
Soil Resources
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3-4
Human Dimensions
Select one course from the following:3
Ecological Anthropology
Public Speaking
Debate
Public Advocacy and Civic Engagement
Rhetoric, Media, and Civic Life
Organizing Social Change
Argumentation
Community and Identity in the Digital Age
Theories of Persuasion
Space, the Environment and You
Climate and Society
Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management
Genetics, Brains, and Politics
The Psychology of Social Behavior
Psychology of Environmental Sustainability
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Economics and Policy
Select one course from the following:3
Power and Politics in America
Political Ideas
Politics in State and Local Governments
Climate Change: Policy and Politics
Polls, Politics and Public Opinion
Political Communication
Environmental Ethics
Natural Resource and Environmental Law
Environmental Law
Environmental Leadership
Environmental Planning and Policy
Economic Essentials and Issues
Energy and the Environment: Economics and Policy
Natural Resources Policy
Environmental Leadership
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or higher is required in all minor courses.

Pass/No Pass

No courses taken Pass/No Pass will count toward the major or minor.

ENVR101
Environmental Studies Orientation

Description: A comprehensive overview of the discipline of Environmental Studies. Investigate current and critical environmental issues.

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1

ACE:

ENVR109
Water in SocietyCrosslisted with SCIL 109, AECN 109, NRES 109, GEOG 109

Description: Introduction to the scientific, social, and economic dimensions of historical and contemporary water systems. Students will develop an understanding of hydrologic systems and analyze and engage in decision-making about complex challenges associated with water resource use.

This course is a prerequisite for: SCIL 300

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:FALL
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship ACE 4 Science

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship ACE 4 Science

ENVR189H
University Honors Seminar

Prerequisites: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.

A University Honors Seminar 189H course is required of all students in the University Honors Program. Letter Grade Only.

Description: Topics vary.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

ENVR201
Science, Systems, Environment and Sustainability

Description: Application of basic Earth system and ecosystem science concepts for understanding: natural systems; the relationships and interactions between the living and the non-living environment; current and future environmental challenges; the importance of considering scientific evidence and uncertainty; and the implementation of the sustainability concepts.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

ENVR249
Individual and Cultural Perspectives on the EnvironmentCrosslisted with NRES 249

Description: The influence of culture on individual perspectives related to the concepts of sustainability and the relationship that humans have with the environment. The role of ethics, religion, and historical setting on the individual and cultural perspectives related to environmental challenges at the local to global scales.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 9 Global/Diversity

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 9 Global/Diversity

ENVR319
Environmental Engagement and the Community

Description: The processes of environmental agencies and organizations use to develop and implement projects and programs. The development of their project proposal, work plans, budgets, and final report. Requires developing and implementing projects and programs in collaboration with clients who are from agencies and organizations working with environmental issues.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:2

ACE:

ENVR334
Psychology of Environmental SustainabilityCrosslisted with PSYC 334

Description: Applications of psychological principles to understand human transactions with their environments and find behavior-based solutions to environmental problems.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

ENVR387
The Environment and the French-Speaking WorldCrosslisted with FREN 387, ENGL 387, GLST 387

Description: An examination of environmental engagement in the novels, short stories, poetry, films, and music of the French-speaking world.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Groups:Literary and Cultural Studies

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

ENVR434
Environmental Education and InterpretationCrosslisted with NRES 434, NRES 834

Requires 20 hours of service.

Description: Examination of formal and informal environmental education and interpretation. Knowledge, application and practice relevant to science teachers and park, extension, museums, and zoo educators.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:3

ACE:

ENVR491
Environmental Studies Seminar

Prerequisites: Permission

Majors must have passed ENVR 101.

Description: Topic varies.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
Offered:SPRING

Credit Hours:1-3

ACE:

ENVR495
Internship in Environmental Studies

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Experience in off-campus setting that is directly relevant to environmental studies.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:12
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

ENVR496
Independent Study

Prerequisites: Permission.

Course details
Credit Hours:1-4
Max credits per semester:4
Max credits per degree:12
Grading Option:Graded with Option

Credit Hours:1-4

ACE:

ENVR499A
Environmental Studies Senior Thesis I

Prerequisites: Junior standing; environmental studies major or minor; prior arrangement with program director and emphasis adviser or academic adviser

First course of a two-semester sequence of courses consisting of ENVR 499A and 499B. Letter Grade only.

Description: Preparation for writing the senior thesis

This course is a prerequisite for: ENVR 499B

Course details
Credit Hours:1
Max credits per semester:1
Max credits per degree:1
Grading Option:Graded
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:1

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

ENVR499B
Environmental Studies Senior Thesis II

Prerequisites: ENVR 499A

Second course of a two-semester sequence of courses consisting of ENVR 499A and 499B. The thesis is to be written under the supervision of the emphasis adviser or a faculty member designated by the adviser. A committee of two (the faculty member guiding the thesis and an additional member with expertise in the topic) will review the thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:2
Max credits per semester:2
Max credits per degree:2
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:2

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

ENVR499H
Honors: Environmental Studies Senior Thesis I & II

Prerequisites: Permission.

Description: Preparation for writing the senior thesis.

Course details
Credit Hours:3
Max credits per semester:3
Max credits per degree:3
Grading Option:Graded with Option
ACE Outcomes: ACE 10 Integrated Product

Credit Hours:3

ACE:ACE 10 Integrated Product

PLEASE NOTE
This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.

Environmental Studies (B.A.)

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
15 HR TERM 1
Envr Studies OrientationCritical
complete ENVR 101
1hr
C
ENVR 101 is ideally completed in the first term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

ACE 6 Social Sciences
complete 1 from ACE6
3hr
Recommended to take a course that will also count towards a Human Dimensions requirement.

Mathematics
complete 1 from MATH 102, MATH 103, MATH 104, MATH 106
5hr

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
16 HR TERM 2
CDR A: Writing
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr
Complete an additional course approved as ACE 1.

CDR D: Social Sciences
complete 1 from Any Anthropology Course*, Any Communications Course*, Any Geography Course*, Any National Securities Studies Course*, Any Political Science Course*, Any Psychology Course*, Any Sociology Course*
3hr
Recommended to choose a course that will also work towards fulfilling the Human Dimensions requirements.

Life ScienceCritical
4hr
Complete one set - lecture and lab. LIFE 120 and 120L are ideally completed in the second term of enrollment. They become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment. They will fulfill the CDR B and CDR BL requirements.

ACE 2 Communication Skill
complete 1 from ACE2
3hr

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
16 HR TERM 3
Envr Studies Core
complete ENVR 201
3hr
C
ENVR 201 will fulfill the ACE 8 requirement.

Statistics
complete either STAT 218 or STAT 380
3hr
STAT 218 or 380 will fulfill the ACE 3 requirement.

ChemistryCritical
complete 1 from CHEM 105, CHEM 109, CHEM 113
4hr
CHEM 109 is ideally completed in the third term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment. This course will fulfill the ACE 4 requirement.

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective course or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base, or upper level requirement.
14 HR TERM 4
Earth Systems: Climate
complete 1 from METR 100, METR 180, NRES 104, NRES 208
4hr
C

Envr Studies Core
complete ENVR 249
3hr
C
ENVR 249 will fulfill the ACE 9 requirement.

Earth Systems: Ecology
complete 1 from BIOS 207, BIOS 220, BIOS 222, BIOS 232
4hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective course or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base, or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 5
Earth Systems: Soil
complete SOIL 153
4hr
C

Physics
complete 1 from PHYS 115, PHYS 141, PHYS 151, PHYS 211
5hr
This course will fulfill the CDR F requirement.

Anthropology
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
C
Recommended to take a 300 or 400 course that will count towards a Human Dimensions requirement, Anthropology is just one choice.

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective course or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base, or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 6
Envr Studies Core
complete ENVR 319, ENVR 495
3hr
C

Economics
complete 1 from AECN 141, ECON 200, ECON 211, ECON 212
3hr
C

Earth Systems: Water
complete either ENVR 189H or WATS 281
3hr
C

CDR C: Humanities
complete 1 from Any Arabic Course at the 300 Level, Any Classics Course, Any Czech Course at the 300 Level, Any Czech Course at the 400 Level, Any English Course, FREN 282, Any French Course at the 300 Level, Any French Course at the 400 Level, GERM 282, Any German Course at the 300 Level, Any German Course at the 400 Level, Any Greek Course at the 300 Level, Any Greek Course at the 400 Level, Any Hebrew Course at the 300 Level, Any History Course, Any Japanese Course at the 300 Level, Any Latin Course at the 300 Level, Any Latin Course at the 400 Level, Any Philosophy Course, Any Religious Studies Course at any Level, Any Russian Course at the 300 Level, Any Russian Course at the 400 Level, SPAN 264, SPAN 265, Any Spanish Course at the 300 Level, Any Spanish Course at the 400 Level
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Humanities discipline: ARAB, CLAS, CZEC, ENGL, FILM, FREN, GERM, GREK, HEBR, HIST, JAPN, LATN, PHIL, RELG, RUSS, SPAN.

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective course or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base, or upper level requirement.
14 HR TERM 7
Envr Studies Core
complete ENVR 499A
1hr
C

Earth Systems: Geog/Geol

Political Science
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
C
Recommended to take a 300 or 400 level course that will count towards a Human Dimensions requirement, Political Science is just one choice.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective course or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base, or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 8
Envr Studies Core
complete ENVR 499B
2hr
C
ENVR 499A and 499B fulfill the ACE 10 requirement.

Earth Sys: Geospatial Sci
complete 1 from CRPL 433, NRES 312, NRES 412, NRES 418
4hr
C

Policy
3hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective course or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base, or upper level requirement.
Graduation Requirements
  1. A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
  3. Complete 30 hours in residence at UNL.
    4. Complete 30 hours at the 300 or 400 level.


Environmental Studies (B.S.)

Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
15 HR TERM 1
Envr Studies OrientationCritical
complete ENVR 101
1hr
C
ENVR 101 is ideally completed in the first term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

ACE 6 Social Sciences
complete 1 from ACE6
3hr
Recommended to take a course that will also count towards a Human Dimensions requirement.

Mathematics
complete 1 from MATH 102, MATH 103, MATH 104, MATH 106
5hr

ACE 1 Written Texts
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
16 HR TERM 2
CDR A: Writing
complete 1 from ACE1
3hr
Complete an additional course approved as ACE 1.

CDR D: Social Sciences
complete 1 from Any Anthropology Course*, Any Communications Course*, Any Geography Course*, Any National Securities Studies Course*, Any Political Science Course*, Any Psychology Course*, Any Sociology Course*
3hr
Recommended to choose a course that will also work towards fulfilling the Human Dimensions requirements.

Life ScienceCritical
4hr
Complete one set - lecture and lab. LIFE 120 and 120L are ideally completed in the second term of enrollment. They become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment. They will fulfill the CDR B and CDR BL requirements.

ACE 2 Communication Skill
complete 1 from ACE2
3hr

CDR E: Language
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
If not complete, choose a language course according to your placement and proficiency. CDR E is met after 4th level (202) of most languages.
16 HR TERM 3
Envr Studies Core
complete ENVR 201
3hr
C
ENVR 201 will fulfill the ACE 8 requirement.

Statistics
complete either STAT 218 or STAT 380
3hr
STAT 218 or 380 will fulfill the ACE 3 requirement.

ChemistryCritical
complete 1 from CHEM 105, CHEM 109, CHEM 113
4hr
CHEM 109 is ideally completed in the third term of enrollment. It becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment. This course will fulfill the ACE 4 requirement.

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course*
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective course or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base, or upper level requirement.
14 HR TERM 4
Earth Systems: Climate
complete 1 from METR 100, METR 180, NRES 104, NRES 208
4hr
C

Envr Studies Core
complete ENVR 249
3hr
C
ENVR 249 will fulfill the ACE 9 requirement.

Earth Systems: Ecology
complete 1 from BIOS 207, BIOS 220, BIOS 222, BIOS 232
4hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course*
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective course or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base, or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 5
Earth Systems: Soil
complete SOIL 153
4hr
C

Physics
complete 1 from PHYS 115, PHYS 141, PHYS 151, PHYS 211
5hr
This course will fulfill the CDR F requirement.

Anthropology
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
C
Recommended to take a 300 or 400 course that will count towards a Human Dimensions requirement, Anthropology is just one choice.

Electives
complete Any Course*
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective course or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base, or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 6
Envr Studies Core
complete ENVR 319, ENVR 495
3hr
C

Economics
complete 1 from AECN 141, ECON 200, ECON 211, ECON 212
3hr
C

Earth Systems: Water
complete either ENVR 189H or WATS 281
3hr
C

CDR C: Humanities
complete 1 from Any Arabic Course at the 300 Level, Any Classics Course, Any Czech Course at the 300 Level, Any Czech Course at the 400 Level, Any English Course, FREN 282, Any French Course at the 300 Level, Any French Course at the 400 Level, GERM 282, Any German Course at the 300 Level, Any German Course at the 400 Level, Any Greek Course at the 300 Level, Any Greek Course at the 400 Level, Any Hebrew Course at the 300 Level, Any History Course, Any Japanese Course at the 300 Level, Any Latin Course at the 300 Level, Any Latin Course at the 400 Level, Any Philosophy Course, Any Religious Studies Course at any Level, Any Russian Course at the 300 Level, Any Russian Course at the 400 Level, SPAN 264, SPAN 265, Any Spanish Course at the 300 Level, Any Spanish Course at the 400 Level
3hr
Complete an approved course from a Humanities discipline: ARAB, CLAS, CZEC, ENGL, FILM, FREN, GERM, GREK, HEBR, HIST, JAPN, LATN, PHIL, RELG, RUSS, SPAN.

Electives
complete Any Course*
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective course or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base, or upper level requirement.
14 HR TERM 7
Envr Studies Core
complete ENVR 499A
1hr
C

Earth Systems: Geog/Geol

Political Science
recommend 1 or more courses
3hr
C
Recommended to take a 300 or 400 level course that will count towards a Human Dimensions requirement, Political Science is just one choice.

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
3hr

Electives
complete Any Course*
3hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective course or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base, or upper level requirement.
15 HR TERM 8
Envr Studies Core
complete ENVR 499B
2hr
C
ENVR 499A and 499B fulfill the ACE 10 requirement.

Earth Sys: Geospatial Sci
complete 1 from CRPL 433, NRES 312, NRES 412, NRES 418
4hr
C

Policy
3hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course*
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective course or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base, or upper level requirement.
Graduation Requirements
  1. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***
  2. A minimum 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  3. Complete 30 hours in residence at UNL.
    4. Complete 30 hours at the 300 or 400 level.
    5. Complete 60 hours of Scientific-Base courses in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences.

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Transferable Skills

  • Confidently navigate complex, ambiguous projects and environments
  • Conduct and present research to large and small groups
  • Integrate information and perspectives from multiple disciplines to solve problems
  • Collaborate with a team to develop solutions
  • Communicate clearly using different forms of writing to and for a variety of different audiences
  • Comprehend and critically evaluate complex information
  • Understand and use proper laboratory and technical skills and instruments
  • Offer empathetic, sensitive, and patient interactions with others
  • Understand and utilize a variety of research methodologies

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Environmental Scientist, Olsson & Associates Engineering - Lincoln NE
  • Water Quality Coordinator, City of Minneapolis - Minneapolis MN
  • Wildland Firefighter, United States Forest Service - Kalispell MT
  • VISTA Leader, AmeriCorps - Beckley WV
  • Plant Ecologist, Prairie Legacy Inc. - Lincoln NE
  • Operations Assistant, Yellowstone National Park - WY
  • Sustainability Associate, Cleaner Greener Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • National Drought Mitigation Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Field Technician, Fish & Wildlife COOP - Lincoln NE
  • Crew Member, Montana Conservation Corps - Kalispel MT

Internships

  • Integrated Water Management Planner Assistant, Nebraska Dept of Natural Resources - Lincoln NE
  • Biological Technician, USDA-AMRU - Lincoln NE
  • Natural Resource Intern, JEO Consulting - Lincoln NE
  • Pathways Intern, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Lincoln NE
  • Integrated Management Technical Assistant, NE Dept of Natural Resources - Lincoln NE
  • Environmental Health Waste Section Intern, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Dept - Lincoln NE
  • Intern, Olsson Associates - La Vista NE
  • Crime Analysis, Lincoln Police Department - Lincoln NE
  • Project Manager Assistant Intern, LI-COR Biosciences - Lincoln NE
  • Waste Section Intern, Lancaster County Health Department - Lincoln NE

Graduate & Professional Schools

  • Master's Degree, Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Master's Degree, Agronomy-Plant Pathology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Master's Degree, Environmental Science and Policy, Indiana University - Bloomington IN
  • Master's Degree, Energy, Technology, & Policy, Humbolt State University - Arcata CA
  • Master's Degree, Environmental Policy, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor MI
  • Master's Degree, Geography, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE
  • Master's Degree, Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha NE
  • Master's Degree, Water Biogeochemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Lincoln NE