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The Environmental Studies Curriculum 

Major/Minor Information

Environmental Studies Program Courses
Environmental Studies Focus Courses
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Environmental Studies (ENVS) is an interdisciplinary major in which students may pursue either a BA or a BS degree.  All ENVS majors must successfully complete the core ENVS requirements (listed below), the College’s general education requirements, and three approved "focus courses."  Students pursuing a BS must take an additional quantitative course: COSC 201, MATH 201, or ENVS 240.  Students may also pursue an ENVS minor.

Each student must work closely with their ENVS advisor and the ENVS oversight committee to choose an appropriate course selection and to develop his or her capstone project. The total number of hours required for the major (30-37) will depend on which track and focus courses are chosen.

ENVS students are encouraged to take ENVS 150 and ENVS 151 as general education science courses.

Many students pursue ENVS together with an additional major such as biology, government, or foreign language.  ENVS students are also encouraged to study abroad.  In many cases, courses abroad may be approved as focus courses within the ENVS major.

A. ENVS Major Requirements: 

The ENVS Core (21 hours):  

  •     ENVS 101 Introductory Seminar in Environmental Studies, 4 hrs
  •     ENVS 201 Environmental Social Science, 3 hrs
  •     ENVS 202 Environmental Humanities, 3 hrs
  •     ENVS 203 Environmental Science, 4 hrs
  •     ENVS 348 Developing the Capstone Proposal, 1 hr
  •     ENVS 449 Capstone Project, 3 hrs
  •     ENVS 450 Environmental Studies Senior Seminar, 3 hrs

The ENVS Focus (9-12 hrs.):  

An ENVS focus will consist of at least three elective courses beyond the core requirements listed above. Pursuant to a particular student’s interests, the focus is intended to provide academic depth in the humanities, natural sciences, or social sciences. Courses for a particular focus will be chosen from existing and new courses as appropriate for a BA or BS degree track. Two of the three focus courses are strongly encouraged to be at the 300-level or above, and exceptions will require special approval of the ENVS oversight committee but may be applicable in some cases.  For example, if a student needed to take three 200-level philosophy courses for their focus, they may be permitted to do so.

Students are encouraged to indicate their interest in ENVS early in their career and work in consultation with their academic advisor and the ENVS advisor of their preferred track (BA or BS, as appropriate).  Each semester the ENVS oversight committee will review the progress of each student in the program and may recommend changes to a student’s course selections.

B. ENVS Minor Requirements (17 hrs.): 

Students choosing to minor in ENVS must complete all core courses required in the major except for the capstone project courses, ENVS 348 and ENVS 449.

C. Examples of course progressions  

Example 1: Incoming Freshman, BA, wishing to study abroad 

Year 1: ENVS 101, general education requirements

Year 2: ENVS 201, 202, 203

Year 3: ENVS 348, Study Abroad, 2-3 focus courses

Year 4: ENVS 449, 450, additional focus courses

Example 2: Incoming Freshman, BS, wishing to study abroad 

Year 1: ENVS 101, 150, 151, other general education

Year 2: ENVS 201, 202, 203, second science sequence

Year 3: ENVS 240, 348, Study Abroad, 2-3 focus courses

Year 4: ENVS 449, 450, additional focus courses

Example 3: Sophomore, BA, wishing to study abroad 

Year 1: General education

Year 2: ENVS 101 (Fall), 201, 202 (Spring)

Year 3: ENVS 203 (Fall), 348, Study Abroad (Spring), focus courses

Year 4: ENVS 449, ENVS 450, additional focus courses

Example 4: Sophomore, BS, wishing to study abroad 

Year 1: General education including one science sequence

Year 2: Fall - ENVS 101, 150; Spring - 151, 201, 202

Year 3: Fall - ENVS 203, 240, 348; Spring - Study Abroad, focus

Year 4: ENVS 449, ENVS 450, additional focus courses

Example 5: Sophomore, BA, not planning to study abroad 

Year 1: General education

Year 2: Fall - ENVS 101; Spring - 201, 202

Year 3: Fall - ENVS 203; Spring - 348, focus courses

Year 4: ENVS 449, ENVS 450, additional focus courses

Example 6: Sophomore, BS, not planning to study abroad 

Year 1: General education including one science sequence

Year 2: Fall - ENVS 101, 150; Spring - 151, 201, 202

Year 3: Fall - ENVS 203, 240; Spring - 348, focus courses

Year 4: ENVS 449, ENVS 450, additional focus courses

Example 7: Second-semester sophomore, BA or BS 

Year 1: General education (including science sequence for BS)

Year 2: Spring - ENVS101, (second science sequence for BS)

Year 3: Fall - ENVS 203, focus; Spring - ENVS 201, 202, 348, focus

Year 4: ENVS 449, ENVS 450, additional focus courses