Environmental Studies Option

This option is designed for students interested in developing a broad understanding of environmental issues from scientific and public policy perspectives. In addition to some common foundations courses (BIOB 170IN, ERTH 101IN, GPHY 121D, STAT 216Q, PHL 322), students select 21 credits each from approved list of science and public policy courses. Proposed substitutions must be submitted in writing to the Program Director.

Freshman YearCredits
FallSpring
LS 101US - Ways of Knowing3  
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3  
BIOB 170IN - Principles of Biological Diversity4  
GPHY 121D - Human Geography3  
Electives2  
ERTH 101IN - Earth System Sciences  4
M 121Q - College Algebra  3
University Core  3
Electives (see below)  5
Year Total: 15 15
Sophomore YearCredits
FallSpring
LS 301 - Integrative Seminar1  
Integrative Studies3  
Public Policy Electives (see below)3  
University Core9  
STAT 216Q - Introduction to Statistics  3
Integrative Studies  3
Natural Science Electives (see below)  3
Public Policy Electives (see below)  3
University Core  3
Year Total: 16 15
Junior YearCredits
FallSpring
LS 301 - Integrative Seminar1  
Integrative Studies6  
Natural Science Electives (see below)3  
Public Policy Electives (see below)3  
Electives3  
Natural Science Electives (see below)  6
Public Policy Electives (see below)  6
PHL 322 - Philosophy & Envirnmntl Ethics  3
Year Total: 16 15
Senior YearCredits
FallSpring
LS 301 - Integrative Seminar1  
Natural Science Electives (see below)6  
Public Policy Electives (see below)3  
Electives5  
LS 401 - Senior Project  4
Natural Science Electives (see below)  3
Public Policy Electives (see below)  3
Electives  3
Year Total: 15 13
Total Program Credits: 120

Per MSU requirements for the degree, a minimum of 42 credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. In addition to LS 401, at least 15 credits must be in courses that apply to the Liberal Studies degree and are numbered 300 and above. 

Natural Sciences Electives to be chosen from

ANSC 491Special Topics1-4
BIOB 420Evolution3
BIOE 103CSEnvironmental Science and Society3
BIOE 370General Ecology (equiv to 270)3
BIOE 405Behavioral and Evolutionary Ecology3
BIOE 416Alpine Ecology3
BIOE 421Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology3
BIOE 439Stream Ecology3
BIOE 440RConservation Biology3
BIOO 162CSInsects and Human Society3
BIOO 220General Botany3
CHMY 143College Chemistry II4
CHMY 153Honors College Chemistry II4
ENSC 110Lnd Res Environ Sciences3
ENSC 245INSoils3
ENSC 272CSWater Resources3
ENSC 444Watershed Hydrology3
ENSC 454Landscape Pedology3
ENSC 460Soil Remediation3
ENSC 461Restoration Ecology3
ERTH 212RNYellowstone: Scientific Lab4
ERTH 303Weather and Climate3
ERTH 307Principles of Geomorphology4
ERTH 432RSurface Water Resources3
GEO 103CSIntro to Envrmntl Geology4
GEO 105INOceanography3
GEO 420Hydrogeology3
GPHY 411Biogeography3
GPHY 426Remote Sensing3
GPHY 441RMountain Geography4
HORT 105Miracle Growing3
HORT 345Organic Market Gardening3
NRSM 101Natural Resource Conservation3
NRSM 102Natural Resource Conserv Lab1
NRSM 240Natural Resource Ecology3
NRSM 330Fire Ecology and Mgmt3
NRSM 353Grazing Ecology and Management3
NRSM 455Riparian Ecology & Management3
UNIV 125CSMicrobes in the Environment3
WILD 201Intro to Fish and Wildlife1
WILD 438Wildlife Habitat Ecology3
Up to 12 credits required in a minor or in a second degree program may be applied toward the Natural Science and Public Policy electives.

Public Policy electives to be chosen from

AGBE 210ISEconomics of Ag Business3
AGBE 337Agricultural Law3
AGSC 465RHealth, Agriculture, Poverty4
BMGT 406Negotiation/Dispute Resolution3
BMGT 473Modern Management of Western Resources3
ECHM 205CSEnergy and Sustainability3
ECNS 101ISEconomic Way of Thinking3
ECNS 132Econ & the Environment3
ECNS 317Economic Development3
ECNS 332Econ of Natural Resources3
GPHY 141DGeography of World Regions3
GPHY 284Intro to GIS Science & Cartog3
GPHY 321Urban Geography3
GPHY 322Economic Geography3
GPHY 365Geographical Planning3
GPHY 384Adv GIS and Spatial Analysis3
GPHY 461Tourism Planning3
HSTA 468History of Yellowstone3
HSTA 470American Environmental History3
HSTR 484World Environmental History3
NRSM 421Holistic Thought/Mgmt4
NRSM 430Natural Resource Law3
PSCI 210ISIntroduction to American Government3
PSCI 306Legislative Process3
PSCI 362Natural Resource Policy3
PSCI 406The Political Economy of Energy3
PSCI 436Politics of Food & Hunger3
PSCI 4413
RLST 223IHSacrifice, Rite & Ritual3
SFBS 146Introduction to Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems3
SFBS 445RCulinary Marketing: Farm/Table3
SOCI 355Population and Society3
SOCI 470Environmental Sociology3
Up to 12 credits required in a minor or in a second degree program may be applied toward the Natural Science and Public Policy electives.