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Degree Requirements

Environmental Sustainability and Human Ecology Degree Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2014 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • You can also reference the graduation requirements for the year in which you enrolled on the portal; view graduation requirements by year (PDF) in the right-hand column of your MyResources page.
  • Read the course descriptions.

General-Education Requirements
(43 credits)

General-education requirements for:

  • all students who entered UB prior to fall 2013
  • any student who entered UB with 24 or more credits before fall 2014

General-education requirements for:

  • all new freshmen (fewer than 24 college credits) who entered UB in fall 2013 and after
  • all new students entering UB in fall 2014 and after

Environmental Sustainability and Human Ecology Program Requirements
(60-61 credits)

* Note that as many as 16-19 credits of the Environmental Sustainability and Human Ecology program requirements can be satisfied by general-education requirements.

Core Courses (37 credits)

Biological and Environmental Sciences Foundation
(7 credits)

  • Human Ecology (ENVS 201) *
  • Fundamentals of Biology, 4 credits (BIOL 121) *

 Social Sciences (21 credits)

  • Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 110) *
  • Human Environmental Adaptations (ANTH 222)
  • Human Population Dynamics (ANTH 365)
  • Economics of Contemporary Issues (ECON 100) *
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 100) *
  • Environmental Psychology (PSYC 375)
  • Urban Sociology (SOCI 303)

Humanities (3 credits)

  • Environmental Ethics (PHIL 280)

Government and Public Policy (6 credits)

  • Public Policy Analysis (GVPP 315)
  • Environmental Politics and Policy (GVPP 480)

* 16 of these credits can also satisfy general-education requirements in the stated areas

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TRACK (24 credits)

Physical Science (3 credits)

  • Earth in Focus (PHSC 101) * 

Environmental Science (21 credits)

  • Science of the Environment, 4 credits (ENVS 221) * 
  • Environmental Chemistry (ENVS 285) *
  • Greater Baltimore Urban Ecosystems: Field Investigations, 4 credits (ENVS 300) 
  • Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology in Society,
    4 credits (ENVS 375) 
  • Research Seminar in Environmental Science (ENVS 420)
  • Special Projects in Environmental Sciences (ENVS 490) 

* As many as 16 credits of general-education requirements can be fulfilled by Core Courses and Environmental Science Track Courses

CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
(23-24 credits) 

  • Archaeological Research Methods, 4 credits (ANTH 252)
  • Historical Archaeology (ANTH 295 ) 
  • Forensic Anthropology, 4 credits (ANTH 320) 
  • Cultural Resource Management (ANTH 410) 
  • Anthropological Theory (ANTH 440) 
  • Internship in Cultural Resource Management,
    3-4 credits (ANTH 490) 
  • Special Projects in Anthropology (ANTH 499)

General Electives

  • First Year Seminar: Introduction to University Learning (IDIS 101)
    freshmen only; transfer students replace this with a different elective

Complete as many courses as necessary from any discipline to fulfill your 120-credit requirement to graduate.

Information Literacy Requirement

Meet the UB Information Literacy graduation requirement by successfully completing one of the following options:

  • Introduction to Information Literacy (INFO 110)

For the Environmental Science Track, all of the following courses:

  • Human Environmental Adaptations (ANTH 222)
  • Human Population Dynamics (ANTH 365)
  • Fundamentals of Biology, 4 credits (BIOL 121)
  • Science of the Environment, 4 credits (ENVS 221)
  • Greater Baltimore Urban Ecosystems: Field Investigations, 4 credits (ENVS 300)
  • Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology in Society, 4 credits (ENVS 375)
  • Special Projects in Environmental Science (ENVS 490)
  • Introductory Statistics (MATH 115)

For the Cultural Resource Management Track, all of the following courses:

  • ANTH 252 Archaeological Research Methods
  • ANTH 410 Cultural Resource Management
  • ANTH 440 Anthropological Theory 
  • ANTH 499 Special Projects in Anthropology
as of fall 2014