B.A. Liberal Studies: Environmental Sciences (extended major)

To earn this BAiLS degree, complete at least the following 120 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:  

Be aware that some courses required for your degree have prerequisites that you must also take. Check the courses in the appropriate subject.

    

Also be aware that you must complete NAU’s diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in ethnic diversity and one in global awareness. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.

 

Also be aware that for the B.A. in liberal studies, you must take at least 36 units of upper-division coursework (courses numbered 300 and above).  

 

Finally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact your advisor for details.  

 

Click here for more information about the B.A. in liberal studies.  Please note that this emphasis is offered only at NAU–Yuma.  

Major Requirements

You must complete the 58 units for this major that are described under the following headings:

In addition, you must have a combined grade point average of at least 2.5 for all courses in your emphasis and your focus, minor, or certificate averaged together.

Emphasis Requirements  

To complete this emphasis, take the following 28 units:  

Focus, Minor, or Certificate Requirements  

You meet this 15-unit requirement by choosing one of the three options described in this section.

Focus

You take at least 15 units in a structured, interdisciplinary or disciplinary plan of study outside your emphasis field. You must work with your advisor to determine the courses you will use for this student-individualized plan as early as possible to ensure that you graduate in a timely fashion. Please be aware that your advisor must approve these 15 units of coursework.

Minor

You may also fulfill this requirement by completing a minor outside your emphasis field, instead of either a focus or certificate. The minor, which will require at least 15 units, must be completed according to the requirements listed in your catalog of graduation. Refer to specific academic areas within this catalog for information about the coursework requirements for particular minors you may be interested in. (Please note that not all minors are available statewide or on line.).

Certificate

You may also fulfill this requirement by completing a certificate outside your emphasis field, instead of either a focus or a minor. The certificate, which will require at least 15 units, must be completed according to the requirements listed in your catalog of graduation. Refer to specific academic areas within this catalog for information about the coursework requirements for particular certificates you may be interested in. (Please note that not all certificates are available statewide or on line.).

Communication Skills Requirements

You must take the following 15-17 units:

(This coursework must help you to understand in general the technical components of computers and information systems, the role of computers in modern society, how to solve problems using information systems technology, and how to use the World Wide Web and common software productivity tools.)

You may choose 6 units of performance-based courses or a combination of 3 units of performance-based and 3 units of theory-based communication coursework from the following lists

performance-based courses:

EMF 124; SC 111, 311, 312, 314, 315, and 318; and TH 242

theory-based courses:

SC 271, 321, 323, 351, 365, 424, 472, and 477

(Please note that you can’t use CLEP or locally prepared exams to satisfy this requirement. Transfer credit used to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the BAiLS/BAS Advisory Council.)

(You can take CLEP or AP exams to fulfill all or part of this requirement; however, you can’t use “travelers” or “conversation only” language courses for this requirement.)

General Electives  

Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.  

 

You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren’t used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)  

 

Click here for information about Environmental Sciences undergraduate courses and faculty.