Course Requirements for the Class of 2024 and beyond - B.A. in Environmental Studies – Sustainability Track



Required Environmental Studies Foundation Courses (9 courses):

Environmental Science I w/ Laboratory

GEV 1050

4 credits

Environmental Science II w/ Laboratory

GEV 1051

4 credits

Geographies of Environmental Justice

GEV 3004

3 credits

Environmental Issues Seminar

GEV 4310

3 credits

Introduction to Sustainability Studies

GEV 3001

3 credits

Advanced Sustainability Studies

GEV 4001

4 credits

Statistics for Environmental Science1

GEV 3300

3 credits

Geographic Information Systems w/ Lab

GEV 4700

4 credits



28 credits

1 Biostatistics and Experimental Design (BIO 3105), Statistics for Life Sciences (MAT 1313), or Statistical Methods (MAT 4310) may fulfill this requirement.


Required Seminar and Professional Development Courses (3 courses):

Research Colloquium2

GEV 6006

0 credit

Professional Development in Geography and the Environment

GEV 2001

1 credit



1 credit

2 Students are required to take GEV 6006 a total of three times in their Junior and Senior years.


Required Independent Research Courses (2 courses):

Senior Research Seminar

GEV 6005

1 credit

Independent Study (senior project or thesis)3

GEV 6200/6220

3 credits



4 credits

3 Students take either the one-semester Senior Project (GEV 6200; 3 credits) or the two-semester Senior Thesis (GEV 6210 and 6220; 6 credits in which 3 credits count towards free electives) under the mentorship of a faculty member in the Department or a cognate department (i.e., Biology, Chemistry) with permission.


Major Elective Course Requirements (6 courses plus 2 distribution requirements):

Course Type

Courses required


Science and Technology elective


9 credits

Policy and Management elective


12 credits

Social Science and Humanities elective4


0 credits4

Geo-spatial elective5


3 credits



24 credits

4 These two courses are distribution requirements and will count as free electives or core requirements if applicable.

5 GEV 1750 Introduction to Geotechniques and select Geography electives fulfill the Geo-spatial elective requirement.



Core Curriculum (11 courses):

Augustine Culture Seminar (2 courses)6

ACS 1000/1001

6 credits

College Ethics (1 course)

ETH 2050

3 credits

Fine Arts (1 course)


3 credits

Foreign Language (2 courses)


6 credits

History (1 course)


3 credits

College Literature and Writing Seminar (1 course)

ENG 1975

3 credits

Philosophy (1 course)

PHI 1000

3 credits

Theology and Religious Studies (2 courses)

THL 1000

6 credits

Mathematics or Statistics (1 course)


3 credits

Social Science (2 courses / met by major)



Natural Science w/ Lab (2 courses / met by major)





36 credits

6 Students may wish to consider the Environmental Learning Community.


Free Electives:

Any courses


36 credits


Total credits for B.A. in Environmental Studies                                      129 credits

Contact Information

Department of Geography and the Environment
Suite G67, Mendel Science Center
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-3336
Fax: (610) 519-3338

Dr. Nathaniel B. Weston

Undergraduate Program Directors:
Dr. Steven Goldsmith (Environmental)
Dr. Stephen Strader (Geography)

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Keith Henderson


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