Environmental Studies, B.A. and B.S.
(Montevallo Only)

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code
for this Major/Program

This template has been completed by the appropriate Academic Committee as a blueprint for guiding students who intend to major in this discipline. Students who successfully complete this course of study and who meet the requirements for admission to the participating state senior institution are eligible to apply for admission to the major with junior standing. Not all two-year colleges or universities will offer every course or program and course numbers and names may vary. Students desiring to transfer will be advised to refer to catalogs or to access details about courses and programs through world-wide web sites of colleges and universities.

Forty-one semester hours of credit in general studies core courses have been approved by the Articulation and General Studies Committee. The general studies curriculum core includes study in the areas of written composition, humanities and fine arts, natural sciences and mathematics, and history, social, and behavioral sciences.

Effective written communication skills are essential in a literate society. Requirements include at least 6 semester hours in written composition.

NOTE: English Composition I and II are the only courses available in AREA I.

Study in the humanities addresses the ability to deal with questions of values, ethics, or aesthetics as they are represented in literature, philosophy, religion, and the arts, and is fundamental to general education. Minimum requirements include at least 12 semester hours in humanities with a minimum 3 semester hours in literature*, 3 semester hours in the arts, and the remaining semester hours from the humanities and/or fine arts. In addition to literature, disciplines in the humanities include, but are not limited to, philosophy, religious studies, speech, foreign languages, art, music, theatre, and dance.

NOTE: Students must complete a 6 semester-hour sequence either in literature or in history in Area II or IV.

Discipline Specific Requirements for AREA II:

Students must complete a 6 SH sequence in either literature (AREA II) or history (AREA IV).

Select at least 3 SH in literature from the approved list below (no more than 6 hours of literature in Area II):

ENG 251 American Literature I (3 SH)
ENG 252 American Literature II (3 SH)
ENG 261 English Literature I (3 SH)
ENG 262 English Literature II (3 SH)
ENG 271 World Literature I (3 SH)
ENG 272 World Literature II (3 SH)

Select one of the following:
SPH 106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3 SH)
SPH 107 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 SH)

Select at least 3 hours of Fine Arts from the list below:
ART 100 Art Appreciation (3 SH)
ART 203 Art History I (3 SH)
ART 204 Art History II (3 SH)
IDH 110 Renaissance to Romantic Rebellion (3 SH)
MUS 101 Music Appreciation (3 SH)
THR 120 Theatre Appreciation (3 SH)
THR 126 Introduction to Theatre (3 SH)

Select the remaining semester hours for Area II from the approved list below:

FRN 101 Introductory French I (4 SH)
FRN 102 Introductory French II (4 SH)
FRN 201 Intermediate French I (3 SH)
FRN 202 Intermediate French II (3 SH)
GRN 101 Introductory to German I (4 SH)
GRN 102 Introductory to German II (4 SH)
HUM 130 Mankind and His Art (3 SH)
PHL 106 Introduction to Philosophy (3 SH)
PHL 206 Ethics and Society (3 SH)
SPA 101 Introductory Spanish I (4 SH)
SPA 102 Introductory Spanish II (4 SH)
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish I (3 SH)
SPA 202 Intermediate Spanish II (3 SH)

Study in the natural sciences and mathematics emphasizes the scientific method and applies quantitative or inductive reasoning. Requirements include at least 11 semester hours with at least 3 semester hours in mathematics at the precalculus algebra level or higher (some degrees may allow Finite Mathematics) and at least 8 semester hours in the natural sciences which must include laboratory experiences. Disciplines in the natural sciences include but are not limited to, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

NOTE: Some mathematics courses are offered for 4 semester credit hours and some natural science laboratory courses are often 5 semester hours. Only minimum semester hour requirements are indicated.

Discipline Specific Requirements for AREA III:

Students must complete the following Biology courses:
BIO 103 Principles of Biology I (4 SH)
BIO 104 Principles of Biology II (4 SH)

Students may take:
MTH 110 Finite Mathematics or MTH 112 Precalulus Algebra or higher

Study in history and the social and behavioral sciences deals primarily with the study of human behavior, social and political structures, and economics. Requirements include 12 semester hours with at least a 3 semester hours course in history and at least 6 semester hours from among other disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. Disciplines include, but are not limited to, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology.

NOTE: Students must complete a 6 semester-hour sequence either in literature or in history in Area II or IV.

Discipline Specific Requirements for AREA IV:

Students must complete a 6 SH sequence in either literature (AREA II) or history (AREA IV).

Select at least 3 SH in history from the approved list below (no more than 6 SH of history in AREA IV):

HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I (3 SH)
HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II (3 SH)
HIS 121 World History I (3 SH)
HIS 122 World History II (3 SH)
HIS 201 United States History I (3 SH)
HIS 202 United States History II (3 SH)

Select the remaining hours in AREA IV from the approved list below. Total hours in AREA IV should equal 12 SH.

ECO 231 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 SH)
ECO 232 Principles of Microeconomics (3 SH)
GEO 100 World Regional Geography (3 SH)
POL 211 American National Government (3 SH)
PSY 200 General Psychology (3 SH)
SOC 200 Introduction to Sociology (3 SH)

Area V is designated for courses appropriate to the degree/major requirements of the individual student (it may also include electives). These courses are most often taken during the last part of the sophomore year to prepare a student to enter the four-year institution as a junior in their chosen major.

NOTE: Some institutions may include courses in wellness or physical education.

Discipline Specific Requirements for AREA V:

For a B.S. degree - Select 7 additional semester hours of two additional Math/Science electives.

For a B.A. degree - fill the remaining hours working toward completion of sophomore-level of foreign language.

General Electives: Any remaining hours can be taken from courses in Area II - IV that have not already been taken.

NOTE: For institutions requiring 120 semester hours for graduation the maximum allowable hours for transfer from a community college into a four-year baccalaureate degree program will be 60 semester hours. The primary goal of the template is to try to allow for 1/2 of the total degree hours to transfer from an Alabama public two-year community college to an Alabama public four-year university. The template sets the policy for the STARS TRANSFER GUIDE. If you are a transfer student, make sure you obtain and follow an official STARS TRANSFER GUIDE.


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