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Environmental and Sustainability Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (QS) Lexington-Fayette, KY, United States
The Environmental and Sustainability Studies program at the University of Kentucky draws insights from the humanities and the social and natural sciences to provide students with interdisciplinary critical thinking skills. 
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Environmental & Sustainability Studies (ENS) is an interdisciplinary field that examines the social and environmental understandings, causes, consequences, and policy responses to important environmental issues taking place around the world such as global climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss. 

Students in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies program at the University of Kentucky will have a better understanding of contemporary environmental problems, policies, and solutions. This important major provides students with the capacity to not only understand, but also affect positive changes for environmental sustainability.


The program will provide students with a broad liberal-arts education in environmental studies within the context of sustainability. The program was designed to be compatible with other disciplinary subjects so students can double major or minor with the ENS B.A. 

Students will obtain the fundamental knowledge required to understand the relationships that exist between the environment and society, important and pressing environmental problems facing the world today, and better solutions for addressing those issues. 

The program will develop the critical thinking, communication, and independent study skills necessary for students to pursue careers in environmental sustainability. 

These include policy work at city, state, federal and international environmental agencies, sustainable business, education and law (with appropriate training), non-governmental organizations, and many more depending on the students’ interests.

Career opportunities:

  • Environmental non-profit organization
  • State, federal, and international research foundations
  • Corporate Social responsibility/sustainability professionals
  • Natural sciences managers
  • Sustainability consultancies and management Environmental and sustainability journalists
  • Environmental justice advocates
  • Environmental scientists
  • Environmental economist
  • Parks and recreation management
  • Green building professionals
  • Sustainable agriculture specialists
  • Green economy and climate change experts

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies: Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies: Natural Science and Policy
  • Environmental Writing
  • Special Topics
  • Environmental Ethics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Complete UK International Application for Undergraduate Admission or Common Application
  • Application processing fee (non-refundable)
  • Copy of passport
  • Official transcripts in English
  • Bank Statement 
  • Submit Sponsor Guarantee Form

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30680 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    30680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30680 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12360 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12360 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Lexington-Fayette

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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