Green Academic Programs

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Sustainability for Business
The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Sustainability for Business enables practitioners to explore and evaluate how their organizations can address environmental issues to meet societal needs while creating competitive advantages that enhance their bottom line.
The certificate can be completed in conjunction with the MBA Program at the Goddard
School of Business and Economics, or as a stand-alone graduate certificate.

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For more information contact:

Sally Taylor, MBA Program Secretary
Phone: 801-395-3519

Environmental Studies Degree Program offered through WSU's Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS) Program

Interested in gaining an interdisciplinary perspective on contemporary environmental issues? Preparing for an environmentally-focused career in environmental policy or environmental planning, for instance? Check out the new Environmental Studies Degree Program offered through WSU's Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS) Program!

Click here to see the the list of course offerings

For more information contact:

Kathy Sitzman, BIS Coordinator
Phone: 801-626-7713

Environmental Studies Minor

The Environmental Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary degree that focuses on the work of science in human activity. The curriculum is rooted in science to ground factual knowledge. However, its trunk is solidly comprised of social science and humanities courses because they teach the application of science in policy-making, business decisions and historical precedent even as they call upon the arts for their expression and upon ethics in consideration of health and social justice issues. The minor reaches across campus because all disciplines play an essential role in shaping environmental thought.

Students will gain an appreciation for local, national and international environmental issues and problems as well as their potential solutions. They will develop a personal philosophy about the environment's role in their lives and their own ability to affect nature and their physical environment by making ethical choices.

For more information contact:

Dr. Mikel Vause, Program Advisor
Phone: 801-626-7706

Applied Environmental Geoscience

Program Prerequisite: None.
Minor: Not required.
Grade Requirements: A grade of "C-" or better in each courses required by this major in addition to a minimum cumulative GPA for all courses of 2.0.
Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation -- 84 to 87 of these are required within the major. A total of 40 upper division credit hours is required (courses numbered 3000 and above) -- 31 to 34 of these are required within the major.

All Geoscience students are required to meet with a faculty advisor (see above) at least annually for course and program advisement. Call 801-626-7139 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Admission Requirements: Declare your program of study. There are no special admission or application requirements for this program. However, students should meet with an advisor to plan and declare their program of study.

For more information contact:

Dr. Marek Matyjasik, Program Advisor
Phone: 801-626-7726


Dr. James R. Wilson, Program Advisor
Phone: 801-626-6208

Environmental Studies Emphasis, Geography

Required Geography Courses (4 credit hours)

  • GEOG 1001 Natural Environments Field Studies (1)
  • GEOG 3060 World Environmental Issues (3)
Environmental Studies Electives (20 credit hours)
Select 20 credit hours from any of the courses listed below, with at least 9 credit hours chosen from at least three different programs.*
  • BTNY 2303 Ethnobotany (3)
  • BTNY 2413 Natural Resource Management (3)
  • BTNY 2950 Elementary Field Botany (1-2)
  • BTNY 3214 Soils (4)**
  • BTNY 3403 Environmental Appreciation (3)**
  • BTNY 3454 Plant Ecology (4)**
  • BTNY 3473 Plant Geography (3)**
  • ECON 1100 Environmental Issues & Economic Policy (3)
  • ENGL 3520 Literature of the Natural World (3)
  • GEOG 1002 Map Reading & Land Navigation (1)
  • GEOG 1400 Science of Global Warming (3)
  • GEOG 3050 Weather and Climate (3)**
  • GEOG 3070 Wetland Environments (3)
  • GEOG 3080 Arid Lands (3)**
  • GEOG 3090 Arctic & Alpine Environments (3)**
  • GEOG 3450 Intro to Cartography (3)
  • GEOG 3460 Advanced Cartography (3)**
  • GEOG 3500 Geography of Utah (3)
  • GEOG 4950 Advanced Regional Field Studies (1-3)
  • GEOG 4410 Land Use Planning (3)
  • GEOG 4420 Advanced Planning Techniques (3)**
  • GEOG 4950 Advanced Regional Field Studies (1-3)
  • GEO 3010 Oceanography & Earth Systems (3)**
  • GEO 3150 Geomorphology (4)**
  • GEO 3210 Quaternary Environmental Change (3)**
  • GEO 3400 Remote Sensing I (4)**
  • GEO 4210 Intro to Computer Mapping & GIS (4)**
  • GEO 4220 Technical Issues in GIS (4)**
  • HNRS 1500 Perspectives in Natural Sciences - The Great Salt Lake (3)
  • HNRS 1540 Perspectives in Humanities - Wilderness in American Literature (3)
  • HIST 3270 American Environmental History (3)
  • MICR 1153 Elementary Public Health (3)
  • MICR 3484 Environmental Microbiology (4)**
  • MICR 3502 Environmental Health (2)**
  • SOC 3300 Environment & Society (3)
  • ZOOL 3450 Ecology (4)**
  • ZOOL 3470 Zoogeography (3)**
  • ZOOL 3500 Conservation Biology (3)**
  • ZOOL 4470 Wildlife Ecology & Management (4)**
* Other environmental courses not listed here are acceptable with approval of advisor. This includes courses transferred in from other colleges or universities and any directed reading or individual research courses in any department where the topic deals primarily with the natural environment.

** Courses with prerequisites.

For more information contact:

Dr. Brian Dorsey, Geography Department Chair
Phone: 801-626-6944