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Required Curriculum

UK Core Requirements

The UK Core requires 21 credit hours across a number of areas of inquiry.

College of Arts & Sciences Requirements

The UK College of Arts and Sciences requires 18 credit hours across a number of areas and a foreign language, which can be satisfied in several different ways.

ENS Core Requirements

Check out the ENS Core Courses page for more details!

  • ENS 201 Environmental & Sustainability Studies I: Humanities and Social Sciences
  • ENS 202 Environmental & Sustainability Studies II: Natural Sciences and Policy
  • ENS 300 Special Topics in Environmental & Sustainability Studies
  • PHI 336 Environmental Ethics
  • Choose one of the following:
    • ENG 425 Environmental Writing
    • WRD 304 Writing in the Social Sciences
    • WRD 305 Public Science Writing
    • WRD 310 Writing in the Natural Sciences
  • ENS 400 Capstone Course in Environmental & Sustainability Studies

ENS Major Requirements: Areas of Expertise

You will take 24 credit hours across three areas of expertise: 1) economics, 2) environment, and 3) society.

You'll select a primary, secondary, and tertiary area and take a different number of courses for each:

  • Primary area: 5 courses (15 credit hours)
  • Secondary area: 2 courses (6 credit hours)
  • Tertiary area: 1 course (3 credit hours) 

Optional: Thematic Concentrations

You may create your own Thematic Concentration by selecting a group of related elective courses from the three Areas of Expertise. You might identify a theme based on your own interests, subjects for which there is significant career potential, or to prepare for a particular experience, such as a study abroad or internship.

Read more about examples of thematic concentrations here.