Environmental Education

The concentration in environmental education is for traditional and nontraditional educators and is designed to establish standards for professional excellence in environmental education. Environmental education is taught in traditional classrooms and as community programs such as those at nature centers, museums, parks and zoos. The course work required in the concentration increases the environmental literacy of future educators, fosters community leadership strategies, and provides practice in environmental education teaching methods.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.

12 Hours Required

SCN 300 Foundations of Environmental Education (3)

SCN 301 Ecology and Natural History of the Sonoran Desert (3)

SCN 302 Outdoor Education (3) OR SCN 308 Urban Environmental Education (3)

SCN 307 Learning from Nature: Biomimicry and STEM (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only SCN 307 or SCN 494 (Learning from Nature: Biomimicry & STEM))

Elective courses (6 credit hours)

EED 309 Environmental Education Project, including course topics: Project Learning Tree, Project WET, Project Wild, Globe, Outdoor Explorers Guide to the Universe, Outdoor Explorers Guide to Geology, Wild Aquatic, Flying Wild (1)

SCN 303 Environmental Education Internship (1-2) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours)

SCN 304 Sonoran Desert Flora (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours)

SCN 305 Tropical Ecology: A Cultural Exchange (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only SCN 305 or SCN 494 (Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica))

SCN 494 ST: Humanitarian Project for Educators (3)

SCN 400 Sustainability Science for Teachers (3) (Prerequisite(s): admission to the Professional Program; Credit is allowed for only SCN 400 or SCN 401 or SCN 494 (Sustainability for the Elementary Teacher))

SCN 401 Sustainability Science, Technology and Society (3) (Prerequisite(s): non-Teacher Preparation student; minimum junior standing; Credit is allowed for only SCN 400 or SCN 401 or SCN 494 (Sustainability Science, Technology, and Society))

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU transfer.asu.edu

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students transfer.asu.edu/maricopa

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult transfer.asu.edu/maricopa for verification.






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