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.

Admission

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences are the same as the UNL General Admission Requirements. Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process may have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are explained under “Removal of Deficiencies.”

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.

Advising

Academic and Career Advising

The Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather is a centrally located and easily accessed resource for students in all majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. The professional academic advisors and career coaches offer 1-1 meetings on a walk-in and appointment basis weekdays. Advisors will provide assistance choosing majors and minors, understanding degree requirements and academic policies, completing paperwork, meeting deadlines, adding/dropping courses, and planning for graduation. In addition, career coaches can help students identify career options related to their interests and connect them with experiences like internships, research, and more that will prepare them for those career options. These specially trained advisors and coaches also serve as first point of contact in the College for all incoming freshmen and transfer students during New Student Enrollment.

Students in the College who have declared a major will be assigned an academic advisor who is their first point of contact for a variety of questions. Academic advisors help students be successful in adjusting to UNL overall as well as making progress toward degree completion. The assigned advisor may be located within the department of their primary major, or in the Advising Center. Students can identify their assigned advisor in MyRED on the academics tab. In addition, faculty advisors are experts in their discipline, including advanced coursework and requirements, opportunities for research, student organizations, and considering graduate school in the discipline. 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 Library 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.

College Degree Requirements

College Distribution Requirements

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (16 hours + Language)

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are designed to ensure a breadth of courses within the liberal arts degree. 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.

  • A student may not use a single course to satisfy 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. 
  • A student may not use a course from their primary major to satisfy the Breadth Requirement (F), but may apply an ancillary requirement of the primary major or a course from their second major toward this requirement.
  • Independent study, directed readings, or internship courses cannot be used to satisfy a College Distribution Requirement.
  • Cross-listed courses from interdisciplinary programs will be applied in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department.
College Distribution Requirements
CDR A - Written Communication3
Select from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.
CDR B and BL - 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 C - Humanities3
Select from classics, English, history, modern languages and literatures, philosophy, and religious studies. 2
CDR D - Social Science3
Select from anthropology, communication studies, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. 3
CDR E - 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.
CDR F - Additional Breadth3
Select from natural, physical and mathematical sciences (Area B), humanities (Area C), or social sciences (Area D). Cannot be a course from the primary major.
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16-32

Scientific Base

Bachelor of Science Only (60 hours)

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, physics and statistics.

See your degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences 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 a college advisor.

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 E) will rarely be waived and only with relevant documentation. See the main College of Arts and Sciences page for more details.

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 total 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.

ACE Requirements

Consistent with the mission and values of the University, ACE is based on a shared set of four institutional objectives and ten student learning outcomes. The ACE program was approved by faculty in all eight undergraduate colleges and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the student government, and the Academic Planning Committee in January 2008 for implementation in the fall 2009. ACE aligns with current national initiatives in general education.

To meet the ACE Program requirement, a student will complete a minimum of 3 credit hours for each of the ten ACE Student Learning Outcomes (a total of 30 ACE credit hours). See the ACE website at: http://ace.unl.edu for the most current information and the most recently certified courses.

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 human’s 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 so they can effectively operate in society and the professional world.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements

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
Total Credit Hours13

Ancillary Requirements (BA or BS)

Mathematics
Select one of the following:2-5
Trigonometry
College Algebra and Trigonometry
Applied Calculus
Calculus I
Credit Hours Subtotal: 2-5
Statistics
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Statistics
Statistics and Applications
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Biological Sciences
Select one sequence from the following:4
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Chemistry
Select one sequence from the following:7-8
Chemistry in Context I
and Chemistry in Context II
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Fundamental Chemistry I
and Fundamental Chemistry II
Credit Hours Subtotal: 7-8
Physics
Select one of the following:3-5
Descriptive Physics
Elementary General Physics I
Elements of Physics
General Physics I
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3-5
Total Credit Hours19-25

Specific Major Requirements

Earth and Environmental Systems
Ecology
Select one of the following:3-4
Ecology and Evolution
Ecological Issues in the Great Plains
Principles of Ecology
and Ecology Laboratory (Recommended)
Soil
SOIL 153 / AGRO 153 / HORT 153Soil Resources4
Climate
Select one of the following:3-4
Climate in Crisis
Weather and Climate
Environment, Energy, and Climate Change
Applied Climate Sciences
Earth Systems
Select one of the following:3-4
Earth's Natural Resource Systems Laboratory
Energy in Perspective
Dynamic Earth
Environmental Geology
Oceanography
Geology of National Parks and Monuments
Frontiers in Antarctic Geosciences
Elements of Physical Geography
Quality of the Environment
Water
Select one of the following:3
University Honors Seminar
Introduction to Water Science
Water in Society
Geospatial Science
Select one of the following:3-4
Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Remote Sensing
GIS in Environmental Design and Planning
Credit Hours Subtotal: 19-23
Human Dimensions Electives
Select two courses from two different departments from the following:6
Legal Aspects in Agriculture
World Food Economics
Natural Resource and Environmental Law
Rural Community Economics
Environmental Law
Water Law
Land, Food and People
Foundations of Leadership Theory and Practice
Ethics in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Digital Imaging and Storytelling in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Environmental Leadership
Introduction to Anthropology
Anthropology of the Great Plains
Introduction to Great Plains Studies
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Conflict and Conflict Resolution
Indigenous Peoples of North America
Ethnographic Field School
Ecological Anthropology
Human Rights, Environment, and Development
Business, Government & Society
Communication in the 21st Century
Communicating in Small Groups
Public Advocacy and Civic Engagement
Organizing Social Change
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Polls, Politics and Public Opinion
Communication and Social Identity
Communication in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Theories of Persuasion
Environmental Planning and Policy
Environmental Impact Assessment
Hazard Mitigation Planning
Human Dimensions of Sustainability
Energy in Perspective
Introduction to Energy Systems
Energy and the Environment: Economics and Policy
Introductory Human Geography
Quality of the Environment
Geography of World Regions
Space, the Environment and You
Historical Geography of the Great Plains
Urban Geography
Spatial and Environmental Influences in Social Systems
Political Geography
Management Essentials For Contemporary Organizations
Natural Resource Conservation in Society
Environmental Communication Skills
Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Integrated Resources Management
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Water Quality Strategy
Environmental Ethics
Comparative Politics
News Literacy, The Public, and Politics
Introduction to Biology, Psychology, and Politics
International Relations
Politics in State and Local Governments
Public Issues in America
Genetics, Brains, and Politics
Problems in International Relations
Threats to World Order
Polls, Politics and Public Opinion
Issues in Biology, Psychology, and Politics
Globalization, Human Rights and Diversity
International Political Economy
International Human Rights
Introduction to Psychology
The Psychology of Social Behavior
Psychology of Diversity
Introduction to Sociology
Rural Sociology
Environmental Sociology
Select two courses from two different departments from the following:6
Environmental Law
Water Law
Agroecology
Environmental Leadership
Ecological Anthropology
The Community and the Future
Environmental Impact Assessment
Human Dimensions of Sustainability
Literature and the Environment
Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Writing and Briefing for the National Security Enterprise
Analysis for the National Security Establishment
The United Nations and World Politics
Globalization, Human Rights and Diversity
Psychology of Environmental Sustainability
Environmental Sociology
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Economics and Policy
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture
Economic Essentials and Issues
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Select one of the following:3
Policy Issues in Agriculture and Natural Resources
World Food Economics
Natural Resource and Environmental Law
Water Law
Environmental Planning and Policy
Natural Resources Policy
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Total Credit Hours37-41

Minor Requirement

Environmental studies majors must complete a Plan A minor or second major in one of the following areas:
 

Anthropology

Biological Sciences

Chemistry

Communication Studies

Community and Regional Planning

English

Environmental Education

Geography

Geology

Meteorology/Climatology

National Security Studies

Political Science

Psychology

Sociology

Additional Major Requirements

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses with the exception of ancillary courses.

Pass/No Pass

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

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

Eighteen (18) hours, with 6 hours at the 300 level or above.
 

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 Earth and Environmental Systems section of the major.3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Human Dimensions
Select one course from the Human Dimensions section of the major.3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Economics and Policy
Select one course from the Economics and Policy section of the major.3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Total Credit Hours18

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A grade of C or higher is required in all minor courses with the exception of ancillary 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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC
Offered:FALL
ACE Outcomes: ACE 4 Science ACE 8 Civic/Ethics/Stewardship

Credit Hours:3

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

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
Course Format:LEC
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
Course Format:LEC
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
Course Format:LEC
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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC
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
Course Format:LEC
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
Course Format:LEC

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
Course Format:LEC
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
Course Format:IND

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
Course Format:IND

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
Course Format:LEC
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
Course Format:IND
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
Course Format:IND
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 Communications Course, Any National Securities Studies Course, Any Psychology Course, Any Anthropology Course, Any Geography Course, Any Political Science 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. The will fulfill the CDR B and CDR BL requirements.

ACE 2 Communication Skill
recommend 1 or more courses
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 courses 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 courses 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 courses or courses that meet a 2nd major, minor, sci-base or upper level requirement.
17 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
5hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses 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 courses 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 will fulfill the ACE 10 requirement.

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

Policy
complete 1 from Any Course, AECN 345, AECN 346, AECN 357, CRPL 470, NRES 323
3hr
C

Electives
complete Any Course
6hr
In consultation with your advisor, select elective courses 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 National Securities Studies Course, Any Geography Course, Any Anthropology Course, Any Communications Course, Any Political Science Course, Any Psychology Course, Any Sociology Course
3hr
Recommended to take a course that will also count towards a Human Dimensions requirement.

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. The 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 fulfills 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