Environmental Studies Major

The environmental studies major requires 53 credits.

NOTE: These requirements apply to students in the class of 2014 and later. Courses listed in BOLD are required.

Environmental Studies Major Requirements (PDF)
Environmental Studies Internship Guidelines (PDF)


WindmillGROUP ONE: Interdisciplinary Core - 17 credits required
  • ENVR 150: Introduction to Environmental Studies (4 credits)
  • ENVR 215: Learning Community/Sustainability Workshop (2 credits)
  • ENVR 220: Environmental Methods & Measurement (2 credits)
  • ENVR 320: Research Colloquium (4 credits)
  • ENVR 395: Research Seminar (4 credits)
  • ENVR 397: Internship (1 credit) - Internship Guidelines
GROUP TWO: Natural Science - 12 credits required
  • ENVR 175: Environmental Science I: Earth Systems (4 credits)
  • ENVR 275: Environmental Science II: Humans in the Environment (4 credits)
  • ENVR 300: Topics in Environmental Studies - Natural Science (4 credits)
  • ENVR 300G: Science of Global Climate Change (4 credits)
  • BIOL 334: General Ecology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 337: Aquatic Ecology (4 credits)

MAJOR ELECTIVES 24 credits requiredJapanese Urban Rice Paddies

Choose 3 courses from Group Three, 1 course from Group Four, plus 2 additional courses from either Group Three, Four, or Five.

GROUP THREE: Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Electives - 12 -20 credits required
  • ENVR 225: Food, Gender, and the Environment (GE)(4 credits)
  • ENVR 300: Topics in Environmental Studies - Interdisciplinary (4 credits)
  • ENVR 310: Environmental Geography (4 credits)
  • ENVR 311: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
  • ENVR 321: Sustainable Agriculture (4 credits)
  • ENVR 335: Environmental Education Pedagogy (4 credits)
GROUP FOUR: Disciplinary Humanities/Fine Arts Electives - 4-12 credits required
  • ENVR 200A: Environmental Art/Architecture (4 credits)
  • ENVR 300: Topics in Environmental Studies - Humanities/Fine Arts (4 credits)
  • ENVR 300E: Envisioning Nature (4 credits)
  • COMM 309: Environmental Rhetoric (4 credits)
  • HIST 360: U.S. Environmental History (4 credits)
  • PHIL 322: Environmental Ethics (4 credits)
  • THEO 343: Theology and the Environment (4 credits)
GROUP FIVE: Disciplinary Social Science Electives - 0-8 credits required
  • ENVR 300: Topics in Environmental Studies - Social Science (4 credits)
  • ENVR 300I: Environmental Anthropolgoy (4 credits)
  • POLS 330: Environmental Politics/Policy (4 credits)
  • SOCI 338: World Populations (4 credits)
  • PCST 354: Global Environmental Politics (4 credits)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR MAJORS:

  1. Students cannot take more than TWO 200-level courses in Groups Three through Four for credit toward the major.
  2. ENVR 200 and ENVR 300 Topics courses may be offered in any group (Two - Five).
  3. Additional courses not listed here may qualify for inclusion in any group as courses are developed. See your academic adviser with questions about specific courses.
  4. AP and IB test scores and other natural science courses will not be accepted for the ENVR 175/275 environmental science course sequence.