University of Hawaii at Hilo Catalog 2013–2014

B.A. in Environmental Studies Requirements

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Group 1. General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative Requirements in effect Fall 2011

Students may choose to graduate under the General Education Basic, Area, and Integrative requirements and graduation requirements in force at the time they entered the UH System, when they entered UH Hilo, or when they graduate, provided there is no break in enrollment lasting longer than one semester.

Students should meet with their academic advisor to ensure that they enroll in courses that will enable them to meet these requirements as well as requirements for the major and for graduation. Some courses may meet both General Education requirements and major requirements.

The new GE basic, core, and integrative requirements and lists of certified courses are posted at hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/gened/.

Group 2. Major Requirements (and Assigned Credits)

  1. Core Courses
    • BIOL 175 Biology I or BIOL 176 Biology II (3)
    • BIOL 281 General Ecology (3)
    • CHEM 124 General Chemistry I (3)
    • CHEM 125 General Chemistry II (3)
    • ENG 225 Writing for Science and Technology (3)
    • ENSC 100 Introduction to Environmental Science (3)
    • ENSC 385 Field Methods: Environmental Science (3)
    • ENSC 441 Environmental Impact Assessment (3)
    • ENSC 495 Senior Seminar: Environmental Science (3)
    • GEOG 326 Natural Resources (3)
  2. Quantitative Methods: Chose one course from the three-credit courses listed below: (3)
    • BIOL 280 Biostatistics
    • GEOG 380 Quantitative Methods in Geography
    • MARE 250 Statistical Applications in Geography
    • MATH 121 Introduction to Statistics and Probability (see Note 3 below)
  3. Environmental Studies: Choose two courses from the three-credit courses listed below: (6)
    • ECON 380 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
    • GEOG 340 Principles of Land Use Planning
    • GEOG 387 Literature of the Environment
    • POLS 335 Environmental Politics and Policy
  4. Environmental Science: Choose two courses from the three-credit courses listed below: (6)
    • BIOL/GEOG 309 Biogeography
    • BIOL 381 Conservation Biology
    • CHEM 360 Environmental Chemistry
    • GEOG 409 Landscape Ecology
    • GEOL 300 Advanced Environmental Earth Science
    • GEOL 360 Surface Water
  5. Related Courses: Choose two courses (one at 300 or higher) from the courses listed below, and do not repeat a course you have already taken: (6–7)
    • ANTH 315 Ecological Anthropology
    • ANTH 481 Archaeometry
    • BIOL/GEOG 309 Biogeography
    • BIOL 381 Conservation Biology
    • CHEM 241–241L Organic Chemistry I with Lab (4-credit course)
    • CHEM 360 Environmental Chemistry
    • ECON 380 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics
    • FOR 202 Forestry and Natural Resources
    • GEOG 300 Climatology
    • GEOG 319 Natural Hazards
    • GEOG 387 Literature of the Environment
    • GEOG 440 Advanced Environmental Planning
    • GEOG 470 Remote Sensing and Air Photo Interpretation
    • GEOG 480 GIS and Visualization
    • GEOG 481 Advanced Geo-Spatial Techniques
    • GEOL 300 Advanced Environmental Earth Science
    • GEOL 342 Earth Surface Processes
    • GEOL 360 Surface Water
    • GEOL 445 GIS for Geology
    • GEOL 450 Geological Remote Sensing
    • GEOL 460 Groundwater
    • MARE 282 Global Change
    • POLS 335 Environmental Politics and Policy
    • SOIL 304 Tropical Soils

Total in Group 2: 51–52 Semester Credits

Total Minimum Semester Hours Required for the B.A. in Environmental Studies

120 Semester Hours

Notes

  1. Students must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in courses required for the major.
  2. At least 33 semester hours must be earned in courses at the 300–400-level.
  3. MATH 121 in Group 2 above counts as a Quantitative Reasoning course in Group 1 above.
  4. To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies, students must fulfill the requirements for the major and meet all of the University’s other baccalaureate degree requirements. (Please see the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements in this Catalog.)
  5. Students should always check course prerequisites and the frequency with which courses are offered.

To ensure progress toward degree completion, students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor each semester before registering.