Ecospheric Studies & Community Resilience

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There are increasingly complex environmental and societal changes impacting our world today. The transformation of our environment requires well-rounded leaders with a new skill set to not only understand the natural and physical sciences but also to manage the human impact on the environment. These challenges are what drive the Ecospheric Studies and Community Resilience program at Kansas Wesleyan University.

This exciting and unique interdisciplinary major combines coursework in four core areas: Biological/Environmental Sciences, Environmental Social Sciences (including public policy and individual and group behavior), Environmental Economics, and Ethics.

Our close proximity to and strong relationships with The Land Institute, The Salina Area Resilience Group, and other environmental agencies provides our students with a variety of hands-on experiences, exposure to field experts and relevant national research, and exceptional local and international internships.

The Environmental Studies and Community Resilience major at KWU will give you the skills you need to be the change you want to see in the world.

Downloadable Information Sheet: EcosphericStudiesHotSheetFINAL01.27.pdf

Major Requirements

56 credit hours

  • Environmental Awareness
  • Justice (Ethics)
  • General Biology
  • Introduction to Resilience
  • Public Policy or Risk Analysis
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Statistics
  • SPSS Lab
  • Ecology or Agricultural Ecology
  • Designing for Resilience or Lifestyle/Community Transformation
  • Resilience Economics
  • Environmental Psychology or Environmental Sociology
  • Senior Thesis/Project
  • Internship
  • 2 Electives from Natural Sciences
  • 2 Electives from Social Sciences

Minor Requirements

19 credit hours

  • Environmental Awareness
  • Introduction to Resilience
  • Resilience Economics
  • One of these 4 courses:
    Designing for Resilience
    Lifestyle/Community Transformation
    Environmental Psychology
    Environmental Sociology
  • 1 Elective from Natural Sciences
  • 1 Elective from Social Sciences


At least one choice in each cateogry must be a 300- or 400-level course

Natural Sciences

  • Introduction to Physical Sciences
  • General Chemistry I
  • Geology
  • Microbiology
  • Botany
  • Vertebrate Zoology

Social Sciences

  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Business
  • Social Psychology 
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Public Relations
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship