The department provides students with the tools to analyze complex environmental problems and contribute to their solutions. Two majors are offered; a bachelor of arts in environmental studies, and a bachelor of science in environmental science. Both majors integrate social, ethical, and environmental science understandings of environmental issues. Environmental Studies majors emphasize the social aspects of environmental issues, while Environmental Science majors emphasize the ecological, geological, chemical, and physical aspects of environmental issues. Capstone requirements and honors opportunities are the same for the bachelor of arts and the bachelor of science and are found under the bachelor of arts.
Students entering the major are expected to have a 2.3 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. Transfer students are expected to have a 2.3 average from their previous school(s).