William Peace University’s Environmental Studies program provides a strong interdisciplinary foundation in the scientific, economic, cultural and policy elements of the environment.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 10% of new jobs by 2033 will be “green” jobs. As an Environmental Studies (ENV) major at WPU, you will tailor the program to your own professional interests with a small, focused core of required courses combined with a menu of courses from several disciplines, including Biology, Chemistry, Anthropology, Political Science, Business Administration, Global Studies and Communication. You will be able to extend your learning beyond the classroom through internships and opportunities to do research related to environmental issues with the Biology Department.
Environmental Studies is an excellent starting point if you’re interested in pursuing an advanced degree in the environmental disciplines, law or medicine. Alternatively, you will be qualified for an entry-level career position in diverse fields like environmental safety, education, risk assessment, environmental planning, ecotourism and many more.
The courses listed below are for the Academic Catalog and are subject to change. Please reference the Academic Catalog for further information and course descriptions. If you are a current student, please reference the catalog in which you come under.
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies
Liberal Education Curriculum 49 credit hours Environmental Studies Core Courses 16 credit hours Environmental Studies Elective Courses 24 credit hours General Electives 31 credit hours Total credit hours for the B.A. in Environmental Studies 120 credit hours
Environmental Studies Core Courses
16 credit hours
BIO 101: Principles of Biology (taken in Liberal Education) 3 BIO 131: Environmental Biology 3 BIO 213: Environmental Lab 1 ENV 300: Global Environmental Issues 3 BIO 330: Ecology (4 credit hours) 4 ENV 400: Environmental Studies Senior Capstone Seminar 3
Environmental Studies Elective Courses
Choose at least one course from each of the four (4) areas and additional courses to equal 24 credit hours.
24 credit hours
Biodiversity BIO 210: Botany (4 credit hours) 4 BIO 320: Vertebrate Zoology (4 credit hours) 4 BIO 321: Invertebrate Zoology (4 credit hours) 4 Chemistry CHE 111*: General Chemistry I (4 credit hours) 4 CHE 211: Organic Chemistry I (4 credit hours) 4 CHE 212: Organic Chemistry II (4 credit hours) 4 *CHE 111 is a prerequisite for CHE 112, 211, 212 Global Studies ANT 214: Cultural Anthropology 3 ANT 315: Globalization, People, and Culture 3 BSA 160: Global Business Environment 3 BSA 212: Macroeconomics 3 COM 410: International Communication 3 Political Science PSC 260: Political Economy for Public Policy 3 PSC 280: Introduction to Public Policy 3 PSC 310: Lobbying and Advocacy 3 PSC 340: Nonprofit Administration 3 PSC 360: Public Policy Research 3
31 credit hours
Must complete 31 elective credit hours 31
Minor in Environmental Studies
19 Credit Hours
Recommend BIO 101 in Lib Ed Required BIO 131 Environmental Biology 3 BIO 213 Environmental Topics and Analysis 3 GST/ENV 300 Global Environmental Issues 3 Choose One Course from Each of the Following Areas Biodiversity, Ecology, & Chemistry BIO 210 Botany 4 BIO 320 Vertebrate Zoology 4 BIO 321 Invertebrate Zoology 4 BIO 330 Ecology 4 CHE 111, 112, 211, 212 4 Global Studies ANT 214 Cultural Anthropology 3 ANT/HIS 315 Globalization, People, and Culture 3 BSA 160 Global Business Environment 3 BSA 212 Macroeconomics 3 COM 410 International Communication 3 Political Science PSC 260 Political Economy for Public Policy 3 PSC 280 Intro. to Public Policy 3 PSC 310 Lobbying and Advocacy 3 PSC 340 Non-Profit Administration 3 PSC 360 Public Policy Research 3
FacultyDepartment Chair of Science and Mathematics; Professor of BiologyAssociate Professor of BiologyAssociate Professor of Anthropology & Department Chair of Culture, History, and PoliticsAssistant Professor of AnthropologyAssistant Professor of Biology