UMKC Catalog


Bachelor of Science: Environmental Science

B.S. Environmental Studies:
B.S. Program Coordinator: Caroline P. Davies, (816) 235-1334

Core Requirements: (18 hrs.)
ENV-SCI 110R /110L, Understanding the Earth w/lab 3/2
ENV-SCI 210 Issues in Environmental Science 3
GEOG 215, Intro to Weather and Climate 4 or GEOG 319, Synoptic Meteorology 4
GEOLOGY 250 or 251, Field Methods 3
ENV-STDY 499WI, Environmental Studies Practicum 3 (or GEOG 499WI, GEOLOGY 499WI, or GEOG 403WI)

Required Supporting Sciences (22/23 hrs.)
BIOLOGY 108/108L General Biology I w/lab 5
BIOLOGY 109/109L General Biology II w/lab 5
 Or GEOG 360 Principles of Biogeography w/lab 4
CHEM 211/211L General Chemistry I w/lab 5
CHEM 212R/212L General Chemistry II w/lab 5
MATH 235 Elementary Statistics 3 or CJC 363 Statistics in Sociology 3

Choose FOUR 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)
BIOLOGY 302 Ecology
BIOLOGY 303 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOLOGY 305 Marine and Freshwater Biology
BIOLOGY 308 Vertebrate Zoology
BIOLOGY 346 Plant Biology
CIV-ENGR 401C Green Building and Sustainable Infrastructure
CIV-ENGR 454 River Stability and Scour
CHEM 387 Environmental Chemistry I
ENV-SCI 310 Field Experience in Waste Mgmt
ENV-SCI 332 CZ Environmental Sustainability
ENV-SCI 430 Soil and Groundwater Remediation
ENV-SCI 449 Global Water and Sustainability
ENV-SCI 496 Environmental Sustainability Internship

All Physical Geography courses are applicable as natural science electives:
GEOG 203 Introduction To Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 314 Principles of Geomorphology
GEOG 317 Cartography
GEOG 319 Descriptive and Synoptic Meteorology
GEOG 335 Introduction To Waste Management
GEOG 360 Principles of Biogeography
GEOG 401 Advanced Geographic Information Science

GEOG 402 Environmental Remote Sensing and Digital Image Analysis

GEOG 406 Global Environmental Change

GEOG 426 Paleoecology: Microfossils and Climate Change

GEOG 430 Energy Resources

GEOG 435 Geoarchaeology
GEOG 442 Quaternary Environments
GEOG 444 Spatial Data Analysis
GEOG 448 Satellite Climatology

Any Geology course may be used for additional natural science electives, but the following courses are particularly relevant to the Environmental Studies major:
GEOLOGY 302 Environmental Geology
GEOLOGY 312 Mineralogy

GEOLOGY 313 Evolution and the Geologic Record
GEOLOGY 314 Geomorphology
GEOLOGY 326 Archaeology of Ancient Disasters
GEOLOGY 412 Geology and Hazardous Waste Management
GEOLOGY 460 Geochemistry
GEOLOGY 470 Hydrogeology

Social Sciences (SS )
ECON 420 Environment, Resources, and Economic Growth

ENV-SCI 220 Ecosystem Science for Decision Makers
ENV-SCI 332CZ Environmental Sustainability

ENV-STDY 325 Cultural Perspectives on the Environment
ENV-STDY 334 Gender and the Environment
ENV-STDY 345 Animals and Society
ENV-STDY 450 Ecotoxicology
GEOG 309 Urban Geography
GEOG 311 Economic Geography
GEOG 333 Geographic Elements of Urban Planning
GEOG 437 Population Geography
GEOG 460 Transportation Geography
PUB-ADM 497 Urban Environmental Policy
PUB-ADM 497 Managing for Sustainability in an Urban Environment
POL-SCI 380 Environmental Justice
POL-SCI 435 Politics of the Environment
PSYCH 403 Environmental Psychology
UPD 280 Land use Planning
UPD 420 Transportation Planning
UPD 430 Planning for Historic Preservation
UPD 432 Urban Environmental Planning & Design
UPD 340 Neighborhood and Community Development
ENV-DSN 413 Environmental Systems in Architecture I

Ethics, Jurisprudence, and Culture (E)
ENV-STDY 325 Cultural Perspectives on the Environment
GEOG 329 World Political Geography
GEOG 332 Cultural Geography

GEOG 340 Geography of the United States and Canada
GEOG 341 Geography of South America
GEOG 342 Geography of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
GEOG 350 Geography of Europe
GEOG 355 Geography of Africa
GEOG 403 WI History and Philosophy of Geoscience

GEOG 499WI Geography Seminar
HISTORY 365 Nature and Culture: American Environmental History
LAW 8725 Water Law
LAW 8728 Law & the American Indian
LAW 8729 Preservation Law
LAW 8773 Environmental Law
LAW 8782 Environmental Law Seminar
PHILOS 334 Philosophy of Science
PHILOS 338 Philosophy of Biology

PHILOS 370 Environmental Ethics
UPD 260 History of Planning and Urban Design

UPD 320 Planning Theory & Practice

UPD 450 Planning and Law Practices

Minimum Core Courses from Above: 53 Distribution Electives and General Education Requirements: 70 Minimum Total Hours: 123 Note: 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.