UMKC Catalog


Bachelor of Arts: Environmental Studies

B.A. Environmental Studies: B.A. Program Coordinator: Daniel P. Hopkins, (816) 235-1334


Core Requirements (14 hrs.)

ENV-SCI 110R/110L,Understanding the Earth w/lab 3/2

ENV-SCI 210, Issues in Environmental Science 3

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

STAT 235, Elementary Statistics 3 or CJC 363/SOCIOL 363, Statistics 3


Required Supporting Social Sciences (12-13 hrs.)

Choose FOUR from THREE different disiplines: 

ECON 420 Environment, Resources and Economic Growth 3

GEOG 203 Intro to GIS or GEOG 317, Cartography or UPD 203 GIS for Urban Planning

GEOG 406 Global Environmental Change or GEOG 449, Global Water and Sustainability

HISTORY 365 Nature and Culture: American Environmental History

PHILOS 370 Environmental Ethics

UPD 432 Urban Environmental Planning and Design


Choose THREE (3) courses from the following: (9-10 hrs.)

BA students need at least one course 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 160 Chemistry, Society, and the Environment cH, Society, And The Environment

CHEM 211/211L Gen Chem I w/lab

CHEM 212/212L Gen Chem II w/lab

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 Internship

ENV-STDY 450 Ecotoxicology


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 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 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 332 Environmental Sustainability

ENV-STDY 334 Gender and the Environment

ENV-STDY 345  Animals and Society

GEOG 309 Urban Geography

GEOG 311 Economic Geography

GEOG 333 Geographic Elements of Urban Planning

GEOG 437 Population Geography

GEOG 460 Transportation Geography

HISTORY 356 Rise of the City

HISTORY 356R KC: History of a Regional Metropolis

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 200 World Regional Geography I

GEOG 202 World Regional Geography II

GEOG 210 Human Geography

GEOG 329 World Political Geography

GEOG 332 Cultural Geography

GEOG 341 Geography of South America

GEOG 342 Geography of Mexico, Central America, and Caribbean

GEOG 340 Geography of the United States and Canada

GEOG 350 Geography of Europe

GEOG 355 Geography of Africa

GEOG 403WI 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 320 Planning Theory & Practice

UPD 260 History of Planning and Urban Design

UPD 450 Planning and Law Practices


Minimum Core Courses from Above: 35 Distribution Electives and General Education Requirements: 85 Minimum Total Hours: 12