Environmental Sciences

BA Degree Option 2: Environmental Sciences (49-50 hours including Ancillary Courses)


  • 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

Ancillary Courses

Must take a sequence of either general biology or general chemistry courses with lab. If applying to MS in ES program, it is advised to have both sequences, but must have one.*

BIOL 1020/2021   (4)                  

BIOL 2010/2011   (4)                    


CHEM 2031/2038   (4)                    

CHEM 2061/2068   (5)                  

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                         

GEOG 3232: Weather and Climate (3)                  

GEOG 3411: Globalization and Regional Development  (3)                  

EIGHT additional courses:

Environmental Science:

GEOG 4020: Earth Environments and Human Impacts (3)                  

GEOG 4265: Sustainability in Resources Management  (3)

Plus THREE classes from the following list:

GEOG 3240: Colorado Climates  (3)                  

GEOG 4010: Landscape Geochemistry  (3)                  

GEOG 4240: Applied Geomorphology  (3)                  

GEOG 4251: Fluvial Geomorphology (3)                   

GEOG 4270: Glacial Geomorphology (3)                  

GEOG 4280: Environmental Hydrology  (4)                  

GEOG 4305: Water Quality and Resources  (3)                  

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

GEOG 4740: Geography of Soils   (3)                  

GEOG 4731: Mountain Biogeography (3)                  

Upper division environmental-oriented Biology or Chemistry course:

BIOL or CHEM    One course related to student’s interest  (3)                 

Techniques for Environmental Analysis, ONE from each group:

Quantitative Methods:

GEOG 4770: Applied Statistics in the Natural Sciences


ANTH 4050, PSYC 2090, MATH 2830, SOCY 3121 (3)                  

Techniques for Geographical Analysis:

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                           

GEOG 4235: GIS Applications in the Health 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.
  • In addition, admission to the MS in ES program requires one semester of physics (with lab) and one semester of calculus.