May 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Sustainability BA

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The bad news is that people are destroying the planet. The good news is that change-makers like you can help save it. How? By learning how people interact with the environment in one complex ecosystem, so we can reduce the negative impact of humans without causing undue harm to society. It’s certainly not easy. But if you’re ready to help solve complicated issues that affect billions of people, then the world could really use your help.

Visit the Environmental Sustainability academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Environment and Sustainability department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current UB students seeking admission to the Environmental Sustainability BA will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements

Environmental Studies Core (3 credits)

One Environmental Internship (3 credits)

Total Credits Required for Major: 47

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.330 in the major. All courses taken by a student that are included in a student’s chosen curriculum within the major will be used in calculation of the major GPA. For example, if a curriculum requires a student to select two courses from a particular section and the student completes three courses from that section, all three courses would be used to calculate a student’s major GPA. 

Transfer Credit Policy

For students not continuously registered at UB or who are newly admitted transfer students, courses taken more than 10 years prior to the date of admission or readmission to the University may constitute no more than 20% of a major program in the Environment and Sustainability Degree Programs. At least 50 percent of coursework toward the major must be completed at UB.

Program Distinction

A student in this major is eligible for Program Distinction upon degree conferral if the criteria are met. Criteria are found under Academic Honors in the Policy and Procedure section of this Catalog. Program Distinction is noted on the official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

Total Credits: 13 or 14

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Spring

  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Social Science Core 2 Credits: 3
  • Social Science Core 3 Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Fall

  • Elective Credits: 2
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 3
  • Communication Literacy 2 Credits: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credits: 3
  • EVS Elective Credits: 3
  • Credits: 1

Total Credits: 15

Third Year Spring

  • EVS Elective Credits:3
  • EVS Elective Credits:3
  • Elective Credits:3
  • Elective Credits:3
  • Elective Credits:3

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

  • EVS Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective 300/400 level Credits: 3
  • Elective 300/400 level Credits: 3
  • Elective 300/400 level Credits: 3
  • Elective 300/400 level Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this concentration will:

  • Understand critical concepts in environmental studies in the areas of ecological analysis, conservation biology and general ecology
  • Understand the principles and processes of biological evolution; the interrelated physical processes; principles of ecology and ecological research; engage in and understand the processes and techniques of conducting environmental fieldwork
  • Understand the interaction of historical, social and political phenomena with environmental issues; identify ethical, spiritual and aesthetic considerations that affect environmental attitudes and behavior
  • Understand the foundational statistical methods and computing processes used to evaluate data in the environmental field
  • Understand the role of environmental law/regulation in environmental issues; understand the interdisciplinary nature of environmental understanding; practice environmental education techniques and strategies
  • Understand the professional opportunities available through a well-defined series of Environmental Tracks in the areas of Environmental Policy, Education and Natural Resources
  • Gain practical experiences through a variety of field-based courses and diverse opportunities in a well-established Environmental Internship Program


(HEGIS: 04.20 ECOLOGY, CIP40.0699 Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other)


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