Bachelors in Environment & Society

B.S. STEM degree in Environment & Society program explores how humans affect and are affected by changes in the natural environment. It combines courses from the social sciences and the natural sciences to investigate today’s pressing environmental issues, such as ecosystem management, climate change, natural resource conservation, food production, marine exploitation, urban sustainability, land use planning, severe storm mitigation, and environment health–including how those issues are debated, measured, evaluated and then formulated into public policy. The program requires 41 hours with a grade of C- or better in each course; with at least 18 credit hours from upper level (3000 and 4000) courses. Here is a list of courses, with ones available Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 highlighted (all are 3 credits except for classes with 1 additional lab credit).

REQUIRED (14 credit hours)

CHM1045 and CHM1045L General Chemistry I with Lab
BSC2010 and BSC2010L Biological Science I with Lab
GEO1330 Environmental Science
GEO2200C Physical Geography

NATURAL SCIENCE (12 credit hours of which 3 must be from Core Courses list)

Core Courses
GEO4210 Landforms & Landscapes
GEO4251 Climate Change & Storms
GEO4280 Geography of Water Resources
GEO4300 Biogeography
GEO4376 Landscape Ecology
GEO4392 Geography of Marine Conservation
IFS2080 Glaciers, Geysers & Glades: Exploring US National Parks

Elective Courses
BOT3143C Field Botany
BSC3016 Eukaryotic Diversity
BSC3312 Marine Biology
BSC4514 Aquatic Pollution Biology
BSC4821C Biogeography
CHM4080 Environmental Chemistry I
CHM4081 Environmental Chemistry II
EES2205C Environmental Engineering Chemistry
EES3040 Introduction to Environmental Engineering Science
ENV4001 Environmental Engineering
ENV4041 Environmental Systems Analysis
ENV4341 Solid & Hazardous Waste Engineering
ENV4405 Water Reuse Engineering
GEO4930 Special Topics in Geography
GLY1030 Environmental Issues in Geology
GLY2010C Physical Geology
GLY3039 Energy, Resources & Environment
IFS3044 Living Green: Theory to Action
ISC2003 Global Change, its Scientific & Human Dimensions
MET2101 Physical Climatology
MET2502 Weather Analysis & Forecasting
MET2700 General Meteorology
MET3300 Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics
OCE4008 Principles of Oceanography
OCE4017 Current Issues in Environmental Science
OCE4265 Coral Reef Ecology
PCB3043 General Ecology
PCB4402 Ecology of Infectious Diseases

SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVES (9 credit hours of which 3 must be from Core Courses list)

Core Courses
GEO3502 Economic Geography
GEO4355 Geography: Food & Environment
GEO4404 Black Geographies
GEO4421 Cultural Geography
GEO4450 Medical Geography
GEO4471 Political Geography
GEO4503 Globalization
GEO4602 Urban Geography
GEO4700 Transport Geography
IFS2012 Sustainable Society
IFS2029 Dead Cities (Honors)
IFS2077 “Great” Britain? Geography, Imperialism, Industry & Culture
IFS2148 Sport: Place, Competition and Fairness

Elective Courses
AMH2097 Nationality, Race & Ethnicity in the United States
AMH4630 North American Environmental History
AMH4634 Florida Environmental History
ECP3113 Economics of Population
ECP3302 Economics of Natural Resources, Energy & Environment
GEO4930 Special Topics in Geography
IFS2026 Environment & Society
IFS2070 Thinking Beyond Ourselves: Global Perspectives
IFS2088 Sustainable Food
INR2002 Introduction to International Relations
INR3502 International Organization
PAD3003 Public Administration in American Society
PAD4382 Disaster Recovery & Mitigation
PAD4391 Foundations in Emergency Management
PAD4393 Emergency Management Programs, Planning & Policy
PAD4603 Administrative Law
PHI2620 Environmental Ethics
PUP3002 Introduction to Public Policy
PUP4203 Environmental Politics & Policy
SYD3020 Population & Society
SYD4510 Environmental Sociology
URP3000 Introduction to Planning & Urban Development
URP4318 Growth Management & Environmental Planning
URP4402 Sustainable Development Planning in the Americas
URP4423 Environmental Planning & Resource Management
URP4710 Introduction to Transportation Issues & Transportation Planning
URP4936 Pedestrian Communities
URP4936 Tourism Planning

METHODS ELECTIVES (6/7 credit hours of which 3/4 must be taken from Core Courses list)

Core Courses
GEO4162 Spatial Data Analysis (cannot take along with SYA4400)
GIS3015 Map Analysis
GIS4006 Computer Cartography
GIS4035 & GIS4035L Remote Sensing with Lab (4 credit hours)
GIS4043 & GIS4043L Geographic Information Systems with Lab (4 credit hours)
GIS4330 Florida GIS Applications
GIS4402 GIS Applications for Social Sciences
IFS2040 Putting Science into Action: Field Methods for Plant Ecology

Elective Courses
ENV4611 Environmental Impact Analysis
STA3024 SAS for Data & Statistical Analysis
SYA4300 Methods in Social Research
SYA4400 Social Statistics (canny take along with GEO4162C)


A minor in Environment & Society consists of minimum of 15 credit hours, including GEO1330 Environmental Science, GEO2200C Physical Geography, and one course each from Natural Science Core Courses, Social Science Core Courses, and Methods Core Courses. No more than 6 hours may overlap between the Geography major and the Environment & Society minor. All courses must be completed with grades of C- or better.