Required Courses

Introduction to Environmental Studies (ENVR 150)Environmental 150 lecture

This course investigates environmental issues at an introductory level and combines perspectives from the natural and social sciences as well as humanities. Topics have included environmental justice and racism, air and water pollution, global warming, nature observations and writing, animal rights, ecotourism, and agriculture. Workload includes literary and media analysis, group discussions, and observatory writings.

Earth Systems Science (ENVR 175)

Gain a basic understanding of the science in underlying environmental issues by learning how the earth systems, such as the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere work and interact. This course includes a lab section where you will learn how to create isothermic maps, identify local tree species, and investigate soil properties. Coursework includes pre-class readings, fieldwork, and lab reports.

Environmental Methods and Analysis (ENVR 250)students performing prairie burn in 275 lab

Learn how to collect, read, and analysis data and information used when investigating environmental issues in upper division classes or real world jobs. Covering the basics of statistical analysis, quantitative literature, and survey and interview methods and data, students will perform their own investigation as well as analyze data through graphics and mapping. Workload includes deductive problem-solving, Excel graphing, and interview conducting and coding.

Humans in the Environment (ENVR 275)

Explore environmental issues based on case studies with previous classes focusing on biodiversity, pollution and energy, population, food and agriculture, and climate change. This course includes a lab section that performs prairie grass identification and data collection, as well as participation in prescribed burns on campus. Coursework includes readings for daily discussions, a lab notebook, and lab reports.

Research Colloquium (ENVR 320)Student viewing colloquium poster on presentation day

Participate in group discussion, oral presentation, literature analysis, and research and poster design and presentation while recieving an in-depth education on a chosen environmental topic. Perform independent research on topic of interest related to course theme. This course is a pre-requisite for the Environmental Research Seminar course.

Research Seminar (ENVR 395)

Create and present a formal research project on an issue that you would like to investigate as your Capstone Thesis. Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of instructor. See a list of past thesis topics our students have researched.

Internship (ENVR 397)

Supervised career exploration which promotes the integration of theory with practice. An opportunity to apply skills under direct supervision in an approved setting. Prerequisites: approval of the department chair and a faculty moderator; completion of the pre-internship seminar. Learn more here.