Undergraduate Environmental Studies & Environmental Science
BA in Environmental Studies or BS in Environmental Science
The interdisciplinary environmental studies degree program provides
educational opportunities for undergraduate students along two distinct
tracks leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental studies or a
Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science. Students also have the
option of completing prescribed course work to obtain a minor in
Environmental Studies or Environmental Sustainability.
The program is designed to meet pressing needs in the workforce and the
urban community, producing college graduates who are broadly educated in
issues of the environment and who can communicate effectively. The core of
the program consists of a unique blend of required courses supplemented by
key electives dependent upon the particular interests and needs of students.
Required courses span the fields of the biological, physical and social
sciences and the humanities.
Among the environmental studies faculty are world class scholars and
scientists in a wide range of specialty areas and all are fully engaged in
mentoring undergraduate students through teaching and research. Students
currently have opportunities to accompany faculty on all-expenses paid
research expeditions to the Bahamas and Lake
Chad Basin in Nigeria,
Africa. These summer research opportunities are sponsored by the National
Science Foundation. One more advantage of pursuing an environmental science
degree is the excellent post-graduation career prospects. Recent
statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) list
environmental scientists as the top career in the sciences, based on
projected job growth through 2016:
Additionally, several scholarships are available exclusively to students
majoring in any of the degree programs in the department of geosciences.
These include the Richard J. Gentile Scholarship, the Peck-Williams-Garstang
Scholarship, the Truman Stauffer Scholarship, the Denis Ward Scholarship,
the Greater Kansas City Gem and Mineral Show Association Scholarship, and
the Association of Earth Science Club Scholarship. Minority students are
also eligible for the Excellence in Geosciences Scholarship sponsored by the
National Science Foundation.