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Environmental Studies/Science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Information for this profile was provided by Syed Hasan, Geosciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Information is also available on the program website. Students in this program are pursuing a masters degree.

Program Design & Assessment


The Environmental Studies Program (ESP) provides students the highest quality environmental education with a special focus on urban environments and sustainability.


We had been offering an MS degree program in "Urban Environmental Geology" since 1979; envisioning the need for a bachelor's program, we established the BA/BS degree in environmental studies in 1998.

Program Goals

In an era of global urbanization the program prepares students to address vital urban environmental issues through a foundation in Earth systems science and a broad multidisciplinary curriculum. Students gain essential life skills, an appreciation for environmental processes, and respect for the diversity of the urban environment.

Alumni Careers

We prepare students to work in the policy, economics and administration side, as well as science, research, and advanced graduate studies. Our graduates work in federal, state and local govt. offices, consulting engineering and environmental firms.

Other careers our alums have pursued:
Private environmental business, legal firm, and non-profit environmental organizations.

Program Assessment

Exit exam to evaluate knowledge competency of graduating seniors; feedback from employees, and communications from students.

Courses and Sequencing

B.A. Environmental Studies

Core Requirements (18 hrs.)
Required Supporting Social Sciences (19 hrs.)
Choose FOUR (4) courses from the following: (12-16 hrs.)
BS students need a total of 60 hours of math and science (At least one course must be taken from each of the three divisions of learning: Natural Sciences (NS), Social Sciences (SS), & Ethics, Jurisprudence, & Culture (E). Core courses cannot also be counted for credit in this section.

Natural Sciences (NS)
All Physical Geography courses are applicable as natural science electives:
Any Geology course may be used for additional natural science electives, but the following courses are particularly relevant to the environmental studies major:
Social Sciences (SS)
Ethics, Jurisprudence, and Culture (E)
Minimum Core Courses from Above: 35 Distribution Electives and General Education Requirements: 85 Minimum Total Hours: 12

BS: Environmental Science:

Core Requirements: (18 hrs.)


The B.S. degree requires at least 60 credit hours of science and mathematics. In addition to the core courses and other required courses listed above, Environmental Studies majors seeking a bachelor of science degree and selecting a geosciences emphasis must take a minimum of an additional 12 credit hours in Geology or physical Geography.


ENV-STDY 499WI, Environmental Studies Practicum 3 (or GEOG 499WI, GEOLOGY 499WI, or GEOG 403WI)

Other requirements or key features

Students are encouraged to take elective courses in the Schools of Law, and Business and Public Administration.

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