Environmental Studies, B.A.

Chair: Nathaniel Weston, Ph.D.
Program Director: Steven Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Office Location: Suite G67, Mendel Science Center
Telephone: 610-519-3336
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About

The Department of Geography and the Environment offers B.A. degrees in Geography and Environmental Studies, and a B.S. in Environmental Science.  The department also offers minors in Geography and Sustainability Studies. The department’s overarching objective is to integrate the disciplines of geography and environmental science to seek an understanding of human and environmental patterns, the processes that produce those spatial patterns, and salient human and environmental problems that face modern society.  The department has three teaching and five research labs; and the department has a full suite of state-of-the-art geospatial software and scientific research equipment.

MAJOR (57 credits)

The B.A. in Environmental Studies program focuses on the interface between environmental science and relevant social sciences, including public policy, political science, law, economics, sociology, and planning. Towards this end, the program’s graduates will have a fundamental understanding of the biological, chemical, and physical principles that underlie the structure and function of the natural and physical environments of the Earth coupled with a foundation in the social sciences that underlie the relationships between humans, as individuals and/or societies, and the natural and physical environments of Earth. The program is founded on the principle that the social sciences – both as a bodies of knowledge and as the bases for structuring human societal norms and behaviors – must be applied to assess and to address the direct and indirect influences of human activities on the integrity of the Earth’s systems. 

Program Notes:

  • Consider course offerings with environmental content when selecting the twelve free electives.
  • BIO 3105 or MAT 4310 may fulfill the requirement for GEV 3300. 
  • GEV 6006 must be taken a total of three times prior to graduation. 

Required Major Courses:

Item #
Title
GEV Science and Technology Elective  +
3 - 4
GEV Science and Technology Elective  +
3 - 4
GEV Science and Technology Elective  +
3 - 4
GEV Science and Technology Elective  +
3 - 4
GEV Policy and Management Elective  +
3
GEV Policy and Management Elective  +
3
GEV Humanities Elective  +
3
GEV Humanities Elective  +
3

 

Disclaimer:
The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Fall 2020. Please consult the appropriate archived handbook available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog. 

Overview

Program

Type

Bachelor of Arts