McMicken College of Arts & Sciences
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Bachelor of Science Degree
During an era when the world is facing a wide range of environmental problems that are in the news virtually every day, environmental studies (EVST) has become a particularly timely and important major.
The environmental studies major provides an opportunity for the systematic investigation of the natural world and the interaction of humans with their own environment. Environmental issues and conflicts of this century are highly complex and transcend traditional academic disciplines. The goal of the environmental studies program at UC is to provide the interdisciplinary training and conceptual framework required to analyze and respond to the complex and dynamic environmental problems of the modern world.
The solutions to environmental issues and conflicts will continue to require expertise from the natural and social sciences such as biology, economics, engineering and political sciences, but the real-world solutions will also require a more interdisciplinary perspective. They require professionals who take a systems approach: an approach that addresses the complex interrelationships within and among components of natural, built and social environments.
The goal of our environmental studies curriculum is to produce professionals with a strong foundation in the key sciences who also "speak the languages" of the multiple disciplines involved in environmental problem solving and have learned to interact in interdisciplinary teams. The curriculum includes courses that examine the biological environment (e.g., biology and ecology), the physical environment (e.g., chemistry, geology and geography), and the social-human environment (e.g., policy, ethics and economics). The curriculum also emphasizes the acquisition of "tools of the trade," such as field and lab skills, data analysis, the identification of plants and animals, and computer-based approaches such as satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems.
The keys to success in environmental studies are both a curiosity about and a passion for the natural world. The complex nature of environmental issues and solutions also requires creativity in problem-solving, flexibility, imagination and a talent for both written and oral communication. Successful students have strong analytical and critical thinking skills and an interest in the sciences that form the foundation of UC’s approach to environmental studies.
Graduates of environmental studies may choose to pursue professional careers after the BS or to continue their studies in either graduate schools (MAs or PhDs in fields such as biology, ecology or environmental science/studies) or professional schools (e.g., law school, education, or medicine). Career opportunities include positions in federal, state and local agencies, corporations, nonprofit organizations, consulting firms and academic institutions. Examples of potential careers include:
Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.
One of the key advantages of the environmental studies curriculum is its diversity and flexibility. Students start with a unified core of courses but can specialize in areas of concentration by selecting upper-level electives, research opportunities and internships that reflect their interests and long-term goals. Although much of the curriculum draws on courses offered across multiple colleges of the university, it unifies students in the program through two unique sequences. Both are team-taught by environmental studies faculty and cover the diverse areas and skills of the various disciplines that make up this uniquely interdisciplinary field.
The introductory sequence integrates lectures, case studies, videos and Web exploration. The second, the environmental studies capstone sequence, is a projects-based course that provides opportunities for seniors to apply what they have learned to real-world situations, sites and problems.
Students work with the environmental studies advisor to design an elective track suited to their long-term goals. Program electives are available from environmental studies, numerous other departments within the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), the
A&S offers flexible degree requirements which allow and encourage students to pursue multiple areas of study. Free electives in many majors allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.
Minors are asked to take courses at all levels of the Environmental Studies curriculum, from groups paralleling those available to majors. The groups emphasize: 1) core learning of EVST-themed subjects and focused in allied disciplines (three courses); 2) upper-level electives (three courses); 3) Interdisciplinary, team-taught courses focused on important environmental-themed (one course).
Course Requirements, 28-30 hours total:
Required Courses, 10 hours total:
EVST 1011-1012, Introduction to Environmental Studies I & II, 6 hours
EVST 2082C, Evolution, Ecology, and Genetics, 4 hours
Sophomore/Junior Level “core” courses (choose two from this group), 6-8 hours:
EVST 2004, Communicating About Health, Environment, and Science, 3 hours
EVST 2020C, The Human Impact on the Natural Environment, 4 hours
EVST 2021, Economics, Society, and Environment, 4 hours
EVST 2022, Environmental Politics and Policy, 4 hours
EVST 2024, Global Environmental History, 3 hours
EVST 2025, Hydrology and Biogeochemistry, 3 hours
EVST 2053, Ecological Anthropology, 3 hours
Advanced topic themed course (choose one from this group), 3 hours total:
EVST 4011, Advanced Topics in Environmental Studies: Water, 3 hours
EVST 4012, Advanced Topics in Environmental Studies: Biodiversity, 3 hours
EVST 4013, Advanced Topics in Environmental Studies: Atmosphere and Climate, 3 hours
EVST 4014, Advanced Topics in Environmental Studies: Urbanization, 3 hours
Upper Level electives (choose three from this group), 9 hours total:
EVST 6010, Environmental Risk Analysis, 3 hours
EVST 6002, Global Biodiversity: Law and Policy, 3 hours
ECON 3085, Environmental Economics, 3 hours
EVST 3007, Environmental Sociology, 3 hours
EVST 3027, Environmental Ethics, 3 hours
EVST 3033, Advanced Environmental Geography, 3 hours
EVST 3040, Environmental Journalism, 3 hours
EVST 4020, Environmental Justice and Equality, 3 hours
EVST 4093, Environmental Writing, 3 hours
EVST 6001, Global Environmental Law and Policy, 3 hours
The University of Cincinnati and its Center for Environmental Studies present an ideal physical and intellectual location in which to study, producing broadly trained, interdisciplinary environmental professionals.
The expertise within the university is supplemented by the presence of three major research divisions of the EPA: the
Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.
Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.
Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:
University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.
Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.
Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:
To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:
While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).