Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies

Environmental Studies

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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies prepares students for a number of interesting and challenging careers. Its interdisciplinary nature provides students with tools that can be applied across a spectrum of science, social behavior, and humanities, using the strengths of the various areas. Students seeking journalistic or artistic careers will gain the scientific background necessary to understand environmental science, while students going into the sciences will gain the social, political, and ethical background necessary to understand environmental actions and policy decisions. This degree cannot be completed online. For students interested in transferring to UCF from a Florida public community or state college, we encourage you to complete as many of the Core Courses within your AA degree. These courses include: BSC 2010 (or BSC 1010), BSC 2011 (or BSC 1011), CHM 2045 (or CHM 1045), MAC 1105, STA 2023, ECO 2023, and SYG 2000. These courses must be passed with a “C” or better to count for the major.

Program Highlights

Courses in the Core
Courses in the Fundamentals
Courses in the Concentration

The Environmental Studies degree incorporates curriculum from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Economics, Public Administration, Geographic Information Systems, and Philosophy to provide a broad understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems.

In an effort to ensure that students demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the course material and learning objectives of this academic program, only grades of “C” (2.0) or higher may be used to satisfy program requirements.

Program Structure:

Environmental Studies Core (31 credit hours) – CHM 2045, MAC 1105, PSC 1121 (or PHY 1038 or GLY 2038), STA 2023, BSC 2010, BSC 2011, PCB 3044, PCB 3044L, ECO 2023, and SYG 2000

Environmental Studies Fundamentals (19 credit hours) – IDS 3150, ECP 3302, GIS 3043, GIS 4301, PUP 3203, and SYD 4510

Environmental Studies Concentration (18 credit hours) – choose either Sciences or Values, Planning, and Policy

Environmental Studies Capstone (3 credit hours) – IDS 4893*  (*may only be taken in graduating semester)

Environmental Studies BS Foreign Language Graduation Requirement (4 credit hours) – successfully complete one semester of college-level foreign language or test proficiency

Environmental Studies BS Additional Academic Requirement (3-4 credit hours) – successfully complete undergraduate research, internship, and/or service-learning related to the major. Students may substitute demonstrated proficiency or instruction in a foreign language equivalent to the second college semester for this requirement.

While some courses in the major may be available online, this program is not available for completion fully online due to the hands-on nature of the course work, research, and experiential learning opportunities.

Research is strongly encouraged as a vehicle for discovery and application of classroom knowledge to the lab and field.  Learn more through the Office of Undergraduate Research

Students have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research, internships, and service learning with environmentally-oriented organizations such as the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group. 

Environmental Studies Careers include: Photojournalist, Environmental Manager, Public Health Educator, Risk Manager, Safety Engineer, Grass Roots Coordinator, Environmental Lawyer, Environmental Impact Analyst, Environmental Engineer, to name a few.

Visit UCF’s Career Services and Experiential Learning online and on-campus to learn more.

Alumni

I chose IDS because I could study what I am really passionate about. The opportunity to study environmental science in a broader context, across multiple disciplines, was a critical factor in my decision. To also pursue my interest in art has not only enriched my experience here at UCF, but will also help set me apart in my career.” 

                                                                                        –Andrea Krebs IDS ’17

Note: Ms. Krebs participated as an intern with the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group as part of her work and undergraduate research while earning her degree at UCF.

Career: Landscape architecture
Class of 2017

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