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The Environmental Studies BA Program:
Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting general degree requirements, environmental studies majors must complete the following requirements (77 credits). In addition to the foundation and synthesis courses, students must choose a concentration in either ecology or policy. Students are encouraged to complete the requirements for a minor in a cognate field, selected in consultation with the student’s academic advisor. Electives count toward the general degree requirement of 120 total credits. Electives at the 3000- and 4000-level count toward the general degree requirement of 45 upper-level credits.

Required Foundation and Synthesis Courses
The required core of the environmental studies curriculum consists of the following foundation and synthesis courses. Grades earned in these courses must average at least 2.0 (C):

  • ENV 1500/Introduction to Environmental Science
  • BIO 1550/General Biology I
  • BIO 1551/General Biology I Lab
  • BIO 1560/General Biology II
  • BIO 1561/General Biology II Lab
  • PSY 2320/Behavioral Statistics
  • ENV 2720/Geology
  • ENV 3030/Environmental Policy
  • ENV 3120/General Ecology
  • ENV 3150/Geographic Information Systems
  • One of the following courses:
    ENV 3045/Environmental Impact Assessment or
    ENV 3300/Environmental Regulations
  • One of the following physical education courses:
    PED 1000/Lifeguard Training* or
    PED 1070/Outdoor Skills or
    PED 1105/Scuba or
    PED 1120/Rock Climbing or
    PED 1460/Kayaking Skills*
    *added Spring 2014
  • ENV 3880/Environmental Studies Junior Seminar
  • ENV 3995/Internship in Environmental Studies (at least 2 credits)
  • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I
  • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II

Ecology Concentration

  • CHE 1550/General Chemistry I
  • CHE 1551/General Chemistry I Lab
  • CHE 1560/General Chemistry II
  • CHE 1561/General Chemistry II Lab
  • Electives (12 credits):
    Students must complete at least 12 credits in elective courses, chosen from the following. Please note that some of these courses have prerequisites and/or corequisites. New and reinstated courses may be added to the following list; students interested in taking elective courses not listed below should check with their faculty advisor before registering.
    ENV 2030/Computer Applications in the Sciences
    ENV 2300/Physical Geography
    BIO 2470/Marine Biology of the Mediterranean
    BIO 2850 or 3850/Coral Reef Biology and Ecology
    ENV 3153/GIS Certification Lab
    ENV 3070/Economic Botany
    ENV 3220/Restoration Ecology
    ENV 3240/Environmental Education
    ENV 3250/Ecology of Urban Environments
    ENV 3280/Field Biology of Local Landscapes
    BIO 3360/Microbiology (added 10/28/13)
    ENV 3420/Tropical Ecosystems
    BIO 3430/Vertebrate Zoology (added 10/28/13)
    ENV 3640/Watershed Science
    ENV 3700/Natural Resources
    ENV 3720/Aquatic Pollution
    ENV 3805/Conservation Biology
    ENV 3820/Animal Behavior
    ENV 4460/Marine Ecology

Policy Concentration

  • Two of the following courses in political science or economics:
    POL 1570/Introduction to United States Politics and
    POL 2180/Political Theory II: Hobbes to the Present
    or
    ECO 1500/Macroeconomic Theory I and
    ECO 3200/The Global Economy
    or
    ECO 1510/Microeconomics I and
    ECO 2280/Environmental Economics
  • Electives (14 credits):
    Students must complete at least 14 credits in elective courses, chosen from the following. Please note that some of these courses have prerequisites and/or corequisites. New and reinstated courses may be added to the following list; students interested in taking elective courses not listed below should check with their faculty advisor before registering.
    ENV 2030/Computer Applications in the Sciences
    ENV 2040/Introduction to Renewable Energy
    POL 2080/Environmental Justice
    SOC 2165/Culture, Consumption, and the City
    SOC 2255/Environmental Sociology
    ENV 2260/Art and the Environment
    ANT 2410/Environment and Sustainable Development in South
       Asia
    PHI 2820/Philosophy of the Environment
    ECO 3070/Econometrics
    ECO 3100/Cities, Culture, and Economy (added 10/28/13)
    ENV 3153/GIS Certification Lab
    ENV 3220/Restoration Ecology (added 10/10/13)
    ENV 3240/Environmental Education
    ENV 3250/Ecology of Urban Environments (added 10/10/13)
    JOU 3260/Environmental Journalism
    ECO 3600/Behavioral Economics
    ENV 3700/Natural Resources
    ENV 3805/Conservation Biology (added 10/10/13)

Updates to the 2013–15 College Catalog:

Effective Fall 2014:

  • The senior project (formerly ENV 4990, two semesters, 8 credits total) is now SPJ 4990/Senior Project I and SPJ 4991/Senior Project II, 4 credits each.
  • The course number for the internship is now ENV 3995.

Updated March 20, 2014

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