2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 17, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Environmental Studies (B.S.)

College of Undergraduate Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies
Trevor Colbourn Hall (TCH), 239


The Environmental Studies degree prepares students for a number of interesting and challenging careers. Its interdisciplinary nature provides students with tools that can be applied across a spectrum of science, social behavior, and humanities, using the strengths of the various areas. Students seeking journalistic or artistic careers will gain a scientific background by which to understand environmental science, while students going into the sciences will appreciate the social, political, and ethical dimensions of environmental actions and policy decisions.

Admission Requirements

  • None

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Students must have declared an Environmental Studies major at least two semesters before graduation.
  • Research, Internship, and Independent study credit cannot be used in this major without approval from Interdisciplinary Studies. Meet with a college advisor for additional information. in this major without prior to taking an independent study or internship for use in the program; non-approved independent studies will not be counted towards the major.
  • Co-op credit cannot be used in the major.
  • Students must earn at least a “C” (2.0) grade in each required course in the core and restricted electives.
  • Students must consult with a college adviser when entering the program.
  • Courses designated in 1 (General Education Program) and 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.
  • Students wishing to earn an Environmental Studies degree as a double degree, double major, or second degree, must complete all advanced level core requirements and restricted electives exclusive of credits done for the other degree(s) and/or major(s), including any minors associated with that degree.

General Education Program (GEP)

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

1 may take a higher level math course

Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)

Science Foundations (8 Credit Hours)

Common Program Prerequisites (CPP)

  • None

Core Requirements: Basic Level (11 Credit Hours)

Core for Environmental Studies

Physical/Mathematical Sciences

Life Sciences

Social Science & Humanities

Core Requirements: Advanced Level (19 Credit Hours)

Restricted Electives (18 Credit Hours)

  • Students will complete one of the tracks listed below. Each trackrequires a minimum of eighteen credit hours. A student completing the Environmental Studies core can reasonably expect to meet entry requirements for most electives listed.
  • The program will maintain a list of approved courses; substitutions require recommendation by an advisor and approval by the program director.
  • Select eighteen hours in one concentration.

Communication and Planning Track

These courses count toward the 18 credit hours of electives for the Communication and Planning Track. ​

Skills-based courses

The following courses can count a maximum of 6 hours toward the 18 hours of required electives for the Communcation and Planning Track.

Science Track

These courses count toward the 18 credit hours of electives for the Science Track. 

Capstone Requirements (3 Credit Hours)

The Capstone course is taken in the Senior year.


  • Select primarily from upper level courses, with adviser approval.

Foreign Language Requirements


  • Two years of high school, or one year college language (or equivalent proficiency exam) prior to graduation


  • Proficiency equivalent to one semester of college instruction in a foreign language or American Sign Language. Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement.

Additional Requirements

  • Three (3) credit hours in undergraduate research, internship, and/or service-learning. Students may substitute demonstrated proficiency or instruction in a foreign language equivalent to the second college semester for this requirement. Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement if the students opts for foreign language.

Required Minors

  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements

  • A grade of “C” or above (2.0) is required for each course taken in the subject areas and core.
  • Computer Competency is met by completing this major.

University Minimum Exit Requirements

  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120

Additional Information

Honors In Major

  • None

Related Programs


  • None

Related Minors

  • all minors

Advising Notes

  • None

Transfer Notes

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Transfer courses must be evaluated for equivalency credit and/or for use in the degree program by the Interdisciplinary Studies Advising Team. The student must provide all supporting information.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • None

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Plan of Study

  • None