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.

For additional information about the environmental studies program, visit the program website  and for degree requirements:

BA Environmental Studies: map-ENVS_BA-2011-12.pdf

BS Environmental Science: map-ENVS_BS-2011-12.pdf


Minor in Sustainability

The Environmental Studies Minor in Sustainability provides students a foundation for understanding Earth systems and sustainable thinking. Students develop the tools for applying sustainable concepts in planning and design. The applied project or internship is an important required aspect of the minor giving students the opportunity to put into action concepts learned. This minor is open to students from all majors and it may be obtained with a minimum of 18 semester hours chosen from the following six thematic areas: Applied Project or Internship; Earth Systems and Resources; Sustainable Thinking; Sustainable Planning and Policy; Sustainable Design; and Analytical Tools.

Advising Contact

Environmental Science (BS) Advisor & Program Director: Dr. Caroline Davies

Environmental Studies (BA) Advisor: Dr. Dan Hopkins

Contact Us

Department of Geosciences
University of Missouri-Kansas City

Administrative Assistant
Megan Medley
Tel: 816.235.6081

Dr. Wei Ji

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Missouri  64110

Tel:   816.235.1334
Fax:  816.235.5535


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