Undergraduate Program

The Abess Center offers two undergraduate degree major programs: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). The ECS degree is a double major program. Students earning a B.S. in ECS must also complete a second major from one of the following disciplines: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, geological sciences, math, microbiology, or physics. Students earning a B.A. in ECS must also complete a second major in a non-science area. The ECS major offers a series of problem-based learning courses, culminating in a capstone course in the senior year team-taught by scientist and non-scientist faculty, emphasizing integration of science and policy approaches to real-world environmental issues. Students are required to complete either a research internship with an environmental organization or a research project with the Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy or with other UM faculty.

Only those courses passed with a grade of ‘C-’ or better in the ECS core may be applied to the major or minor. All ECS majors are required to maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better in order to graduate with a double major in ECS.


Gina Maranto
Program Director
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Dr. Terri Hood
Program Assistant Director
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