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Environmental Studies Program
Jeannette Rankin Hall 106A
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812-4320
Tel: (406) 243-6273
Fax: (406) 243-6090

Environmental Studies Major Requirements

The undergraduate Environmental Studies Program at The University of Montana-Missoula offers an education that emphasizes community service and environmental problem solving. In keeping with an interdisciplinary approach, our students study and apply the different perspectives of the humanities and the social and natural sciences to environmental issues. Environmental Studies students practice the necessary communication, mathematical, and technical skills to engage in effective environmental thought and action. Environmental Studies students participate in community service throughout their years in the program.

The Environmental Studies major is designed to be flexible yet provide a foundation in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities for students who want to focus their undergraduate education on the environment as an organizing theme. To balance the breadth of the core requirements, Environmental Studies students are expected to obtain depth in an area of focus by adding another major, or a minor or two, or selecting one of the Environmental Studies focus areas, or designing their own. For the Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) Environmental Studies majors complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of which 36 must be from Environmental Studies and 39 must be from courses that are 300 level or above.

Degree candidates must complete (or demonstrate equivalent experience in) the following:

1. Core curriculum:

Many of these courses also fulfill General Education requirements; substitutions are possible.

Check the catalog for prerequisites for non-Environmental Studies courses. Some may require consent of instructor.

Natural Science:

  • ENSC 105N (EVST 101N) Environmental Science
  • CHMY 121N Intro to General Chemistry
  • BIOB 101N Discover Biology or BIOB 160N Principles of Living Systems
    or BIOB 170N Principles of Biological Diversity
  • ENSC 360 (EVST 360) Applied Ecology or BIOE 370 (BIOL 340) General Ecology or FORS 330 (FOR 330) Forest Ecology

Information Technology, Research & Critical Thinking Skills:

  • ENST 201 (EVST 201) Environmental Information Resources


  • One of the following: ENST 382 Environmental Law (EVST 302W Intro to Env Regulation) or ENST 367W (EVST 367) Environmental Politics & Policies


  • ENST 230H (EVST 167) Nature & Society
  • One of the following: ENST 335LW (EVST 305LW) The Environmental Vision or ENST 430 (EVST 430) Culture and Agriculture

Social Science:

  • ENST 225 (EVST 225) Community & Environment
  • One of the following: ENST 489S (EVST 477S) Env Justice Issues & Solutions or ENST 487W (EVST 487W) Globalization, Justice & Env.

Elective Environmental Studies Courses:

  • 9 credits, in addition to required courses from above, selected from 300 or 400 level courses offered by the Environmental Studies Program

Native American Studies course:

Choose one 3 credit course from among the following:

  • NASX 105 (NAS 100H) Intro to Native American Studies
  • NASX 231X (NAS 231X) Indigenous World View Perspective
  • NASX 303X (NAS 303E) Ecological Perspectives in Native American Traditions
  • NASX 304X (NAS 301E) Native American Beliefs/Philosophy
  • NASX 354X (NAS 324X) Indians of Montana Since the Reservation Era
  • NASX 340X (NAS 329) Native American Literature
  • NASX 306X (NAS 341) Contemporary Issues of American Indians
  • NASX 488X (NAS 410) Studies in Native American Autobiography
  • NASX 201X (NASL 201X) Indian Culture as Expressed Through Language
  • NASX 235X (NASL 202L) Oral & Written Traditions of Native America

Quantitative Skills:

  • M 115 Probability and Linear Math
  • A statistics course such as: STAT 216 Intro to Statistics or FORS 201 Forest Biometrics or PSYX 222 Psychological Statistics or SOCI 202 Social Statistics

One Additional 3 credit science course from the following:

  • ERTH 303N Weather and Climate
  • GEO 108N Climate Change
  • BIOB 170N Principles of Biological Diversity ( if not used to satisfy the Introductory Biology requirement)
  • BIOO 335 Rocky Mountain Flora
  • NRSM 265 (FOR 265) Elements of Ecological Restoration
  • NRSM 385 (FOR 385) Watershed Hydrology

A two-semester foreign language sequence

2. Approved community service/ internship experience:

Three credits of Internship from the following Environmental Studies courses:

  • ENST 398 Internship Variable or EVST 390 Supervised Internship PEAS

3. An overall course of study approved by a faculty advisor:

To obtain depth of knowledge in an area of focus, students are expected to select a minor or double major from another campus discipline, or select an emphasis (Visit the Focus Areas of Study page to view a list of these, or create your own!).

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