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Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024

Environmental Studies, B.A.

All program-level Admissions and Progression Requirements are in addition to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Admission Requirements .

Admission Requirements



Currently Enrolled Students

  • Declaration of Major:  Students may declare the major at any time before graduation.

Degree Requirements

A Major in Environmental Studies leading to a B.A. degree consists of a minimum of 55 credit hours of Geography and Earth Sciences and extra-departmental courses in three subgroups: Health and Development, Resources and Conservation, and Planning, Policy, and Society.  Students can focus their major elective credits in any of the subgroup areas, tailoring the degree to specific interests and careers. Students are responsible for meeting the course prerequisites for all extra-departmental coursework.

General Education Courses (31-32 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program 

Foreign Language Requirement (0-8 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Foreign Language Requirement .  

Major Electives (9 credit hours)

Choose 9 additional credit hours from the Resources and Conservation, Health and Development, and Planning, Policy, and Society subgroups. In addition, ESCI and GEOG 3000 and 4000 level topics courses, as well as ESCI 4600  or ESCI 4800  may count toward these elective credits.

Note: only 6 credits of 3xxx and 4xxx level coursework can be double counted between the EVST and EVSI and GEOG degrees.

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Cooperative Education Program

Students in the Geography and Earth Sciences programs may obtain practical work experience while pursuing their degrees by participating in the Cooperative Education program.  The work experience is approved by the department and is closely related to the student’s field of study.  The Cooperative Education Program allows qualified students either to alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time work experience or to combine part-time academic study and part-time work during the same semester.  Students who are in good standing with the University, have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, and have completed 30 credit hours are eligible to apply.  Transfer students are required to complete 12 credit hours at the University prior to application. Students interested in learning more about participating in this program should contact the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences or the University Career Center.

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in Environmental Studies, visit the program page .