Environment, Society, & Sustainability

BA Degree Option 3: Environment, Society & Sustainability (40 hours)


  • Students at CU Denver must follow the graduation guidelines specified in the catalog from the year in which they were admitted.  The following link contains an archive of the course catalogs from previous years: www.ucdenver.edu/registrar/catalogs/archived

Curriculum Checklist


All of the following:

GEOG 1202: Introduction to Physical Geography (3)


GEOG 1044/45: Introduction to Environmental Science with lab (4)    

GEOG 1302: Introduction to Human Geography (3)


GEOG 1102: World Regions in the Global Context (3)                    

GEOG 2080: Introduction to Mapping and Map Analysis (3)

GEOG 3232: Weather and Climate (3)

GEOG 3412: Globalization and Regional Development (3)

EIGHT additional courses:

Additional Lower Division Core for Environment, Society, and Sustainability Option:

ENVS 1342: Environment, Society & Sustainability (3)

GEOG 4335: Contemporary Environmental Issues (3)

Choose TWO of the following:

GEOG 4265: Sustainability in Resources Management (3)

GEOG 4301: Population, Culture, and Resources (3)

GEOG 4420: The Politics of Nature (3)

GEOG 4440: Science, Policy, and the Environment (3)

Environmental Studies, Policy & Planning, choose any THREE from the following list:

GEOG 3401: Geography of Food and Agriculture (3)

GEOG 3440: Eco-Tourism (3)

GEOG 3501: The Geography of Health (3)

GEOG 4230: Hazard Mitigation and Vulnerability Assessment  (3)

GEOG 4265: Sustainability in Resources Management (3)

GEOG 4301: Population, Culture, and Resources (3)

GEOG 4305: Water Resources and Quality (3)

GEOG 4350: Environment and Society in the American Past (3)

GEOG 4420: The Politics of Nature (3)

GEOG 4440: Science, Policy and the Environment (3)

GEOG 4450: Urban Food and Agriculture: Perspectives and Research (3)

GEOG 4460: Sustainable Urban Agriculture Field Study I (3)

GEOG 4680: Urban Sustainability: Perspectives and Practice (3)

GEOG 4720: Climate Change: Causes, Impacts and Solutions (3)

GEOG 4710: Disasters, Climate Change, and Health (3)

Techniques for Environmental Analysis, choose ONE from the following list:    

GEOG 4080: Introduction to GIS (highly recommended; pre-req to most of the advanced GISci courses) (3)

GEOG 4060: Remote Sensing I: Introduction to Remote Sensing (pre-req for Remote Sensing II) (3)

GEOG 4085: GIS Applications for the Urban Environment (3)

GEOG 4235: GIS Applications in the Health Sciences  (3)

GEOG 4770: Applied Statistics in the Natural Sciences (3)

Community/Professional Experience (Optional, but highly recommended)

GEOG 3939: Cooperative Education Internship (varies)

GEOG 4995/5995: Travel Study (varies)


  • Only 3 credits of Travel Study may be counted toward graduation requirements

  • Students must complete a minimum of 24 hours of upper-division credit.

  • At least 15 semester hours must be taken at CU Denver.

  • Undergraduate students may count up to 6 credit hours of independent study or internship (any combination of GEOG 3840, 4840, 4880, or 3939) towards elective credit in the major as approved by the undergraduate coordinator. Students may not receive more than 3 credit hours per independent study section. No more than 3 credit hours of independent study may be taken with the same instructor or in the same term.