Integrated Environmental Studies

Our bachelor’s degree in integrated environmental studies is designed for students who have earned vocational or technical associate degrees in fields like environmental science and technology or solar power and wind turbine technology from accredited community colleges. The technical expertise gained through the associate degrees functions as the student's areas of concentration. The Integrated environmental studies degree program builds on that knowledge through course work in the area of environmental and natural sciences and communication (oral and written), to prepare students to advance in their chosen fields.

The capstone of the major is a project which draws upon and integrates the technical knowledge from the associate degree with the skills and knowledge gained at Hiram, to solve a real-world problem or examine a relevant issue from a new perspective.

This program is geared toward adults who want to prepare for a variety of careers in environmental science without giving up family or work responsibilities. Our weekend and online classes are an ideal fit for today’s busy adults. 

If you want to study environmental studies in Cleveland, Ohio, or surrounding communities like Akron and Youngstown, contact Hiram College today to learn more about our bachelor’s degree in integrated environmental studies.

Course Requirements

REQUIRED MAJOR COURSESCREDIT HOURS
Interdisciplinary 22500: Humans and the Environment (ES) 4
Environmental Studies 18000: Integrated Perspectives in Environmental Studies  1
Environmental Studies 24100: Principles of Ecology (SM) 4
Economics 20100: Principles of Microeconomics (MM) 4
Environmental Studies 33800: Environmental Activism and Policy  4
Mathematics 10800: Statistics (MM) 4
Management 48000: Senior Seminar 4
Environmental Studies 48000: Capstone 4
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES:
One Communication course from the following:  
Communication 10100: Foundations of Public Communication (4) 4
Communication 22000: Interpersonal Communication:CA (3) 3
Communication 22100: Group-Interaction Processes (3) 3
Communication 23000: Argumentation and Advocacy (4) 4
Communication Hours    3 or 4
One Writing course from the following:  
Writing 28000: Writing about Nature  3
Writing 31100: Writing for Business  4
Writing 32400: Science and Medical Writing  4
Writing 34500: Writing for Publication  3
Writing Hours    3 or 4
One Humanities course from the following:  
Philosophy 27000: Environmental Ethics:ES (4) 4
History 24000: Environmental History:CA, UD (4) 4
ENGL 28000: Survey of Environmental Literature 3
Humanities Hours   3 or 4
One Natural Science course in the following:  
Chemistry 10100: Chemistry in Context (SM)                             4
Geology 20900: Environmental Geology (SM) 4
Natural Science Hours    4
Total Credit Hours (Required Courses)  38-41
AREAS OF CONCENTRATION 
Students must complete all of the coursework in at least one of the following concentrations.
Option 1: ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
ECON 21000: Sustainable Economic Development 3
ECON/EVST 23200:  Organizational Ecology 3
ECON/EVST 28000: Energy and Sustainability 4
IEST/SOAN 30300: Environmental Sociology (Pre-requisite INTD 22500 or SOAN 15500) 4
Option 2: Natural Resource and Conservation Management
BIOL 30000: Field Biology (Prerequisite: BIO 151 or BIO 152 4
BIOL/EVST 34400 Conservation Biology (Prerequisite: BIO 241 or BIO 341) 3
GEOL 28000: Oceanography 4
IEST/SOAN 30300:  Environmental Sociology 4
Option 3: Urban Environment and Planning  
EVST 28000: Energy and Sustainability 4
IEST/SOAN 38300: Environmental Sociology (Prerequisite: INTD 22500 or SOAN 15500) 4
INTD 33600: Urban Design and Regional Planning 3
INTD 36500: Urban Land Use Policy 4
Total Credit Hours in an Area of Concentration 14 or 15
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR THE MAJOR 52-56
* NOTE:  Students must earn a C- or better in all Required and Advanced Coursework.
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS 32-40
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR ELECTIVES 24-36
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED TO GRADUATE 120
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