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Environmental & Sustainability Studies (ENS) is an interdisciplinary field that examines the social and environmental understandings, causes, consequences, and policy responses to important environmental issues taking place around the world such as global climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss. The program draws insights from the humanities and the social and natural sciences to provide students with interdisciplinary critical thinking skills. In doing so, students will have a better understanding of contemporary environmental problems, policies, and solutions. This important major provides students with the capacity to not only understand, but also affect positive changes for environmental sustainability.

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The ENS B.A. degree will provide students with a broad liberal-arts education in environmental studies within the context of sustainability. The ENS B.A. was designed to be compatible with other disciplinary subjects so students can double major or minor with the ENS B.A. ENS students will obtain the fundamental knowledge required to understand the relationships that exist between the environment and society, important and pressing environmental problems facing the world today, and better solutions for addressing those issues. The program will develop the critical thinking, communication, and independent study skills necessary for students to pursue careers in environmental sustainability. These include policy work at city, state, federal and international environmental agencies, sustainable business, education and law (with appropriate training), non-governmental organizations, and many more depending on the students’ interests (see www.ecojobs.com).

Career opportunities in Environmental and Sustainability Studies

  • Environmental non-profit organization
  • State, federal, and international research foundations
  • Corporate Social responsibility/sustainability professionals
  • Natural sciences managers
  • Sustainability consultancies and management 
  • Environmental and sustainability journalists
  • Environmental justice advocates
  • Environmental scientists
  • Environmental economist
  • Parks and recreation management
  • Green building professionals
  • sustainable agriculture specialists
  • Green economy and climate change experts

Current Curriculum Information

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  • Environmental & Sustainability Stu (BA) 120 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Foreign Language 1014
  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Foreign Language 1024
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • ENS 201 - Environmental & Sustainability Studies I: Humanities and Social Sciences3

    This course will provide a foundation in the core ideas, theoretical concerns and practical approaches to environmental studies framed within the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Students will study human interactions with the environment, both natural and built, and inter-human relations conditioned by local and global environmental factors. Students will obtain a basic conceptual and historical understanding of the nature and value of their local, regional, and global environment.

  • Foreign Language 2013
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • ENS 202 - ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES II: NATURAL SCIENCE AND POLICY3

    This is an introduction to natural science and policy as they pertain to understanding environmental studies. The core ideas include understanding how the ecological theories of population dynamics, community structure, and ecosystems dynamics lay a scientific foundation to understanding the nature of current environmental issues and how they might be addressed individually and through governmental legislation.

  • Foreign Language 2023
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • ENS 300 - SPECIAL TOPICS (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    Special topics in environmental studies. This course permits the offering of special topics in order to take advantage of faculty specialties. Course topic must be approved by the Environmental Studies Program Director.

    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • 0
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • 0
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • 0
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30
  • Env & Sust Studies-Economics (BA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Foreign Language 1014
  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Foreign Language 1024
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • ENS 201 - Environmental & Sustainability Studies I: Humanities and Social Sciences3

    This course will provide a foundation in the core ideas, theoretical concerns and practical approaches to environmental studies framed within the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Students will study human interactions with the environment, both natural and built, and inter-human relations conditioned by local and global environmental factors. Students will obtain a basic conceptual and historical understanding of the nature and value of their local, regional, and global environment.

  • Foreign Language 2013
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • ENS 202 - ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES II: NATURAL SCIENCE AND POLICY3

    This is an introduction to natural science and policy as they pertain to understanding environmental studies. The core ideas include understanding how the ecological theories of population dynamics, community structure, and ecosystems dynamics lay a scientific foundation to understanding the nature of current environmental issues and how they might be addressed individually and through governmental legislation.

  • Foreign Language 2023
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • ENS 300 - SPECIAL TOPICS (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    Special topics in environmental studies. This course permits the offering of special topics in order to take advantage of faculty specialties. Course topic must be approved by the Environmental Studies Program Director.

  • PHI 336 - ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS3

    An introduction to moral problems that arise in human interaction with the natural environment. Topics to be addressed include questions such as: what is man’s place in nature? Do nonhuman animals or ecosystems have intrinsic moral worth, and if so, how can it be respected? What problems and ambiguities arise in attempting to live in an environmentally responsible fashion? How can we adjudicate conflicts between social and environmental values?

  • Env & Sust Stu-Economics3
  • A&S Humanities (200+ level)3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Env & Sust Stu-Environment3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • Env & Sust Stu-Economics3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • ENG 425 - ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING3

    Students will consider the way writers address environmental issues by exploring various forms of environmental writing, from personal narrative to literary nonfiction to advocacy. Students will be required to take a mandatory day long field trip to UK's Robinson Forest. All students must participate in this field trip.

  • Env & Sust Stu-Economics3
  • Env & Sust Stu-Economics3
  • Course Outside ENS (200+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • ENS 400 - SENIOR SEMINAR (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    This course will draw on your interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues and your problem-solving capacities developed while fulfilling Environmental Studies Minor requirements. It is a participatory capstone seminar designed to utilize and test your critical ability for independent thinking organized around specific environmental issues. Independent library work and writing assignments will be required in order to prepare for weekly, interactive topical seminar meetings. Group projects will culminate in individual term papers/projects on different aspects of the environmental issues under discussion. Specific topics will vary. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Env & Sust Stu-Society3
  • Env & Sust Stu-Environment or Society3
  • Env & Sust Stu-Economics3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30
  • Env & Sust Studies-Environment (BA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Foreign Language 1014
  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Foreign Language 1024
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • ENS 201 - Environmental & Sustainability Studies I: Humanities and Social Sciences3

    This course will provide a foundation in the core ideas, theoretical concerns and practical approaches to environmental studies framed within the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Students will study human interactions with the environment, both natural and built, and inter-human relations conditioned by local and global environmental factors. Students will obtain a basic conceptual and historical understanding of the nature and value of their local, regional, and global environment.

  • Foreign Language 2013
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • ENS 202 - ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES II: NATURAL SCIENCE AND POLICY3

    This is an introduction to natural science and policy as they pertain to understanding environmental studies. The core ideas include understanding how the ecological theories of population dynamics, community structure, and ecosystems dynamics lay a scientific foundation to understanding the nature of current environmental issues and how they might be addressed individually and through governmental legislation.

  • Foreign Language 2023
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • ENS 300 - SPECIAL TOPICS (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    Special topics in environmental studies. This course permits the offering of special topics in order to take advantage of faculty specialties. Course topic must be approved by the Environmental Studies Program Director.

  • PHI 336 - ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS3

    An introduction to moral problems that arise in human interaction with the natural environment. Topics to be addressed include questions such as: what is man’s place in nature? Do nonhuman animals or ecosystems have intrinsic moral worth, and if so, how can it be respected? What problems and ambiguities arise in attempting to live in an environmentally responsible fashion? How can we adjudicate conflicts between social and environmental values?

  • Env & Sust Stu-Environment3
  • A&S Humanities (200+ level)3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Env & Sust Stu-Economics3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • Env & Sust Stu-Environment3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • ENG 425 - ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING3

    Students will consider the way writers address environmental issues by exploring various forms of environmental writing, from personal narrative to literary nonfiction to advocacy. Students will be required to take a mandatory day long field trip to UK's Robinson Forest. All students must participate in this field trip.

  • Env & Sust Stu-Environment3
  • Env & Sust Stu-Environment3
  • Course Outside ENS (200+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • ENS 400 - SENIOR SEMINAR (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    This course will draw on your interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues and your problem-solving capacities developed while fulfilling Environmental Studies Minor requirements. It is a participatory capstone seminar designed to utilize and test your critical ability for independent thinking organized around specific environmental issues. Independent library work and writing assignments will be required in order to prepare for weekly, interactive topical seminar meetings. Group projects will culminate in individual term papers/projects on different aspects of the environmental issues under discussion. Specific topics will vary. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Env & Sust Stu-Society3
  • Env & Sust Stu-Economics or Society3
  • Env & Sust Stu-Environment3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30
  • Env & Sust Studies-Society (BA) 120 hours

Click to toggle each Academic Year. Click each course for more information.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • UK 101 - ACADEMIC ORIENTATION1

    This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK’s expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • Foreign Language 1014
  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • Foreign Language 1024
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • A&S Lab or Field Work1
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • ENS 201 - Environmental & Sustainability Studies I: Humanities and Social Sciences3

    This course will provide a foundation in the core ideas, theoretical concerns and practical approaches to environmental studies framed within the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. Students will study human interactions with the environment, both natural and built, and inter-human relations conditioned by local and global environmental factors. Students will obtain a basic conceptual and historical understanding of the nature and value of their local, regional, and global environment.

  • Foreign Language 2013
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • ENS 202 - ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES II: NATURAL SCIENCE AND POLICY3

    This is an introduction to natural science and policy as they pertain to understanding environmental studies. The core ideas include understanding how the ecological theories of population dynamics, community structure, and ecosystems dynamics lay a scientific foundation to understanding the nature of current environmental issues and how they might be addressed individually and through governmental legislation.

  • Foreign Language 2023
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • ENS 300 - SPECIAL TOPICS (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    Special topics in environmental studies. This course permits the offering of special topics in order to take advantage of faculty specialties. Course topic must be approved by the Environmental Studies Program Director.

  • PHI 336 - ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS3

    An introduction to moral problems that arise in human interaction with the natural environment. Topics to be addressed include questions such as: what is man’s place in nature? Do nonhuman animals or ecosystems have intrinsic moral worth, and if so, how can it be respected? What problems and ambiguities arise in attempting to live in an environmentally responsible fashion? How can we adjudicate conflicts between social and environmental values?

  • Env & Sust Stu-Society3
  • Course Outside ENS (200+ level)3
  • UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • Env & Sust Stu-Economics3
  • A&S Natural Sciences Course (100+ level)3
  • Env & Sust Stu-Society3
  • A&S Approved Elective (300+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • ENG 425 - ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING3

    Students will consider the way writers address environmental issues by exploring various forms of environmental writing, from personal narrative to literary nonfiction to advocacy. Students will be required to take a mandatory day long field trip to UK's Robinson Forest. All students must participate in this field trip.

  • Env & Sust Stu-Society3
  • Env & Sust Stu-Society3
  • Course Outside ENS (200+ level)3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • ENS 400 - SENIOR SEMINAR (SUBTITLE REQUIRED)3

    This course will draw on your interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues and your problem-solving capacities developed while fulfilling Environmental Studies Minor requirements. It is a participatory capstone seminar designed to utilize and test your critical ability for independent thinking organized around specific environmental issues. Independent library work and writing assignments will be required in order to prepare for weekly, interactive topical seminar meetings. Group projects will culminate in individual term papers/projects on different aspects of the environmental issues under discussion. Specific topics will vary. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Env & Sust Stu-Environment3
  • Env & Sust Stu-Economics or Environment3
  • Env & Sust Stu-Society3
  • A&S Approved Elective (100+ level)3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

The Environmental and Sustainability Studies major educates students in a broad range of fundamental environmental studies subjects with concepts of sustainability integrated throughout the curriculum. Majors will combine the fundamental knowledge they obtain in three areas -- economics, environment, and society -- to develop an understanding of sustainability and how sustainable practices can be implemented. This is an ideal double major for other disciplinary degrees.

Environmental and Sustainability

Graduation Requirements

Any student earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete a minimum of 39 hours at the 300+ level. These hours are generally completed by the major requirements. However, keep this hour requirement in mind as you choose your course work for the requirements in the major. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Arts and Sciences section of the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin.

UK Core Requirements

  • The Nature of Inquiry in Arts and Creativity (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Humanities (3 hours)
  • The Nature of Inquiry in the Social Sciences (3 hours)
  • The nature of Inquiry in the Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication I (3 hours)
  • Composition and Communication II (3 hours)
  • Quantitative Foundations (3 hours)
  • Statistical and Inferential Reasoning (3 hours)
  • Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA (3 hours)
  • Global Dynamics (3 hours)

Total Credit Hours - 30


Major Requirements 

Core Requirements

  • ENS 201 - Environmental and Sustainability Studies I: Humanities and Social Sciences [3 hours]
  • ENS 202 - Environmental and Sustainability Studies II: Natural Science and Policy [3 hours]
  • ENG 425 - Environmental Writing [3 hours]
  • ENS 300 - Special Topics [3 hours]
  • PHI 336 - Environmental Ethics [3 hours]
  • ENS 400 - Senior Seminar [3 hours]

Area of Expertise

  • Students must take five courses (15 credits) in one Area of Expertise, two in another Area (6 credits), and one in a third Area (3 credits). Students may choose from a variety of courses from the Economic Area, Environmental Area, and the Society Area. For a complete list of approved courses please refer to the UKY Bulletin [24 hours]

Total Hours - 42

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