Bachelor in Urban Environmental Studies

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Bachelor in Urban Environmental Studies

A new generation of leaders who understand the complex relationship between human welfare and environmental sustainability will make much-needed strides toward environmental sustainability. With its liberal arts focus and commitment to academic excellence, Birmingham-Southern provides an ideal setting to train socially- and environmentally-literate leaders.

The Urban Environmental Studies Major

The Urban Environmental Studies major provides students with an opportunity to study the problems and potential solutions related to the accelerated degradation of our environment, including water and air quality decline, increasingly unhealthy urban landscapes, loss of forests and farmlands, growing numbers of imperiled species, and climate change. Such problems pose a threat to human health, safety, prosperity, and well-being in complex and pervasive ways. Students in this major will develop the skills necessary to understand the complex interrelationships between human welfare and environmental sustainability.

Major Requirements

The following courses are required (10-12 units):

  • UES 150 Introduction to Urban Environmental Studies
  • UES 160 Environmental Earth Sciences
  • UES/PS 210 Environmental Problems and Policy
  • EC 202 Principles of Microeconomics
  • BI 225 Evolutionary Ecology
  • PL 307 Environmental Ethics or RE 320 Religion and the Natural World or EH 325 Natural, Wild, and Free: American Environmental Literature
  • three elective units from BI 314 Conservation Biology, BI 411 General Ecology, EC 340 Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment, PH 103 Energy and the Environment, UES 206 Special Topics in Urban Environmental Studies
  • UES 470 Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies
  • BI 314, BI 411, EC 340, EH 325, PL 307, and UES/PS 210 have prerequisites not included in major requirements.

With the approval of the UES faculty committee, students may repeat UES 206 when the focus or methodology differs. Transfer, study abroad, or environmentally themed courses not currently listed among UES requirements may also be approved for fulfillment of major requirements. Students should seek prior approval when possible.

The Urban Environmental Studies Minor

The minor in Urban Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to foster a broad understanding of both environmental science and policy. The program provides students with opportunities to explore scientific, economic, political, cultural, and ethical concepts as they relate to human-environment interactions, and explore what is necessary to ensure a sustainable society for future generations. The following courses are required (2 units)

  • UES 150 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • UES 160 Environmental Earth Science

Three courses from the following:

  • BI 411*General Ecology or BI 314 Conservation Biology
  • EC 340* Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • PL 307* Environmental Ethics
  • RE 320 Religion and the Natural World
  • UES/PS 210 Environmental Problems and Policy
  • PY 220 Environment and Behavior
  • SO 376 Environmental Sociology
  • BI 225* Evolutionary Ecology
  • UES 206** Special Topics in Urban Environmental Studies

*These courses have prerequisites other than UES 150 **UES 206 may be taken only once for credit toward the minor Courses used to satisfy environmental studies minor requirements may count towards major requirements in biology, economics, philosophy, political science, and psychology. The set of courses required in the minor comprise the essential components of an interdisciplinary environmental studies program. In addition to these courses, students are encouraged to apply knowledge learned in other courses to the examination of environmental issues. Further study in the natural sciences (chemistry, field biology, and physics) and economics, specifically microeconomic theory and applications, would provide greater depth to the knowledge acquired in the environmental studies minor. Additional courses recommended for the Urban Environmental Studies minor:

  • BI 206 Field Botany
  • BI 232 Vertebrate Field Zoology
  • CH 101 Introductory Chemistry
  • EC 202 Principles of Microeconomics
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