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Division of Continuing Studies

Environmental Studies

The Division of Continuing Studies offers the Bachelor of General Studies degree with an area of concentration in environmental studies.


ENVN 2010 Environmental Problems and Solutions 1 hr
BIOL 1330 Environmental Biology 3 hrs
CHEM 1010/1014 Environmental Chemistry w/lab 4 hrs
GEOL 1010 Environmental Geology 3 hrs
GEOG 1030 Intro to Earth and Environmental Science 3 hrs
  Courses selected form the curriculum of one of the Environmental Studies Option: Analytic, Earth Science, Geography & Planning, Life Science, and Physics 15 hrs
  • Note:  There are internship possibilities in each option.  Please visit with the chair of Environmental Studies to learn more. 
  • This concentration is a minimum of 31 credit hours.
  • Nine of the 15 hours within the chosen option must be upper division.
  • The curricula of the five options are available in the UNO Undergraduate catalog or on the Environmental Studies website at
  • One Secondary Field may be directed toward course work from one of the remaining options.

Highly Recommended:  At least one course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  Suggested courses include GEOG 1090, ENVN 4600, or GEOG 3530.

Recommended Courses (if not included in chosen option):

These courses can be used in the general education requirements or in other BGS required areas.  

ECON 2200 Principles of Micro Economics (SSC) 3 hrs
ENVN 4820 Intro to Environmental Law and Regulation 3 hrs
PHIL 3180 Environmental Ethics 3 hrs
SOC 3850 Society, Environment & Resource Conservation 3 hrs
BIOL 1450 Biology I w/lab (NSCI) 5 hrs
BIOL 1750 Biology II w/lab 5 hrs
CHEM 1140/1144 Fundamental of College Chemistry w/lab 5 hrs
CHEM 2210/2214 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry w/lab 5 hrs
PHYS 1050/1054 Introduction to Physic w/lab (NSCI) 5 hrs
  A course in Statistics 3 hrs

Important Note:

Students interested in graduate studies should contact a graduate adviser to make sure necessary classes are taken to enter graduate programs. This area of concentration will afford adult students the opportunity to pursue a science based curriculum directed towards finding solutions to environmental problems.

Career Information:
An area of concentration in environmental studies is concerned with chemical pollutants, environmental geology, local and regional planning, environmental biology, and monitoring of the environment with regard to conservation and safety issues. It will also provide the necessary knowledge to pursue an advanced degree, if desired. Environmental studies students, depending on their particular coursework, may find careers in transportation, politics, education, law, research, waste management, utilities, marine biology, zoology, planning, ecology, law enforcement, park services, forestry, and government or non-profit administration.

For more career information, check out UNO Hints for Finding Jobs in Environmental Science, College Board - Environmental Studies, or UNO Career Center.

Revised Fall 2013