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Major: Environmental Studies, B.A. (1917), 42 Credits

Due to redundancies in the programs, it is not possible to double-major or double-minor in Environmental Studies and Urban & Environmental Sustainability, or to major in one and minor in the other.

General Education: 42 Credits; Major: 42 Credits; Elective Credits: 36 Credits

Learning Goals for the Major in Environmental Studies

Students majoring in Environmental Studies will be able to:

  • Apply and relate fundamental concepts from the social sciences and the humanities to environmental thought, and governance.
  • Recognize and describe fundamental physical and biological principles that govern natural processes.
  • Explain and integrate perspectives from across the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities in the context of complex environmental problems.
  • Evaluate and communicate the complex relationships between scientific approaches to environmental issues and political, social, economic, and ethical perspectives on the environment.
  • Effectively communicate environmental issues orally and in writing.

Required Courses (36 credits)

CHEM 105/ENV 105Chemistry and the Environment

3

ENV 115Environmental Science

3

ENV 314Controversies in Environmental Science

3

IS 214The Global Economy

3

IS 318/ENV 318Global Sustainability

3

MATH 141Precalculus

3

MATH 224Statistics

3

PHIL 306/ENV 306Environmental Ethics

3

PHR 218/ENV 218Environmental Justice

3

PHR 320/ENV 320 EcoCulture and Sustainability

3

PS 355Green Political Thought

3

ENV 497Research

1-6

Plus at least 2 courses chosen from the following: (6 credits)

BIOL 127Evolution

3

BIOL 222General Biology II

4

BIOL 330/IDS 330Conservation Biology

3

BIOL 392 Ecology

3

ENV 117The Urban Ecosystem

3

ENV 170General Geology

3

ENV 310Applied Environmental Science

3

ENV 312Energy and Climate Change

3

ENV 316Natural Disasters and the Environment 

3

PHYS 261General Physics I

4