The option is designed to provide students with the ability to apply social science concepts and approaches to better understand relationships between societies and their bio-physical environment from a sociological perspective.  This option has great relevance for sociology students aspiring to careers in natural resource and environmental policy, planning, management, and education, as well as preparation for advanced/graduate programs related to environmental law and environment/natural resource sociology or policy.

Courses (total must add up to at least 21 credits – Sociology upper division electives are 4 credits unless otherwise noted)

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Required Courses:
SOC 480*          Environmental Sociology
SOC 481*          Society and Natural Resources

Elective Courses:
SOC 360*          Population Trends and Policy
SOC 454*          Leisure and Culture
SOC 456*          Science and Technology in a Social Context
SOC 475            Rural Sociology
SOC 485*          Consensus and Natural Resources [3 credits]
SOC 499            Special Topics related to Community and Demography
SOC 410            1 to 4 credits of Internship Experience

No more than two of the following elective courses can count towards the option:
ANTH 481*       Natural Resources and Community Values [3 credits]
GEO  420         Geography of Resource Use
GEO  423         Land Use
PHL   440*       Environmental Ethics [3 credits]
PHL   443*       World Views and Environmental Values [3 credits]
PS     475*       Environmental Politics and Policy
NR    455 *       Natural Resources Decision Making [3 credits] [on-campus section needs instructor approval]

*Also offered online