MSU Billings Catalog

Environmental Studies Bachelor of Arts Degree

As an interdisciplinary area of study, many Environmental Studies Major Field of Study Requirements also fulfill General Education requirements. By carefully selecting courses, most students have enough available open elective credits to fulfill a Minor Field of Study.

Students must earn a grade of “C-” or better in all Core Requirements and Restricted Electives.

Students must earn a minimum of 120 credits, including at least 30 upper-division credits within the Core Requirements and/or Restricted Electives. Overall, students must earn at least 36 upper-division credits.

General Education Requirements 131
Students should consult with an academic advisor before registering for General Education courses in order to maximize the number of elective credits allowed in the degree.
Environmental Studies Core Requirements
The Environmental Studies major requires 48 total credits of Core Requirements. Of those 48, 17 Core Required credits also serve as the General Education requirements. They are listed below.
Any approved Physical Science course from the Gen Ed listings 23
Select one of the following:4
Discover Biology
and Discover Biology Lab
Principles of Living Systems
and Principles Living Systems Lab
ECNS 201Principles of Microeconomics3
GPHY 121Human Geography3
STAT 216Introduction to Statistics4
Subtotal17
Additional Environmental Studies Core Requirements
Physical Science lab 21
Select one additional (second) writing course from the following: 33
Intro to Technical Writing *
College Writing II *
Intermediate Tech Writing *
BIOE 202Intro to Environmental Ecology3
ENST 210Intro to Environmental Studies3
ENST 385Envir Impact & Policy Analysis3
ENST 494Seminar/Workshop (any topic)3
ENST 498Internship/Cooperative Educ3
ENST 499Senior Thesis/Capstone3
GPHY 282Mapping Techniques3
HSTA 470American Environmental History3
PHL 324Nature, Culture, Ethics3
Subtotal31
Restricted Electives
Area 1: Biological & Physical Sciences
Select one course/lab combination from the following:4
Earth History & Evolution
and Earth History & Evolution Lab
Intro to Physical Geography
and Intro to Phys Geography Lab *
Area 2: Society & Environment
Select two courses from the following:6
American Indian Art
Art & the Environment
Interm Nonfiction Workshop
The Environmental Vision
Seminar/Workshop
Geography of Montana
Modern Latin America
Native American Literature
Native Americans & Environment
Population and Society
Soc of Health and Medicine
Urban Society & Human Ecology
Environmental Sociology
Other options, such as 494 Seminars in Eco-Feminism or Water Policies of the Western U.S., must be approved by the Chairperson of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies.
Area 3: Environmental Policies
Select one course from the following:3
Business and the Environment
Environmental Law
Urban Policy and Development
Urban and Regional Planning
Other options, such as 494 Seminars in Environmental Policies Making, must be approved by the Chairperson of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies.
Area 4: Environmental Studies Career Focus
Consider need for upper-division coursework. Select any additional science course, and/or any additional courses from those in Restricted Elective Areas 2 & 3.9
Language Requirement
In Bachelor of Arts degrees requiring foreign language, the language requirement is satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in a language other than English equivalent to satisfactory completion of two semesters of collegelevel work in that language. Many students use Foreign Language credits to complete this requirement; however, options are available for students fluent in non-English languages, including Native American languages.8
Electives29-30
Any other college-level credits, including credits toward Minor Field of Study, area of career interest, and/or necessary prerequisite courses. A minor area of study is not required, but strongly encouraged.
Total Minimum Credits120

Certain courses in this program have prerequisites; students should check the course descriptions for required prerequisites.