Environmental Studies Major

Students completing the environmental studies major will gain a deep understanding of the complex relationships among natural and social systems, as well as a proficiency in the analytical, rhetorical and creative skills necessary to perceive the wonders of the natural and human worlds and to solve the environmental challenges we face in the twenty-first century.

Requirements

  • Core: Four units of required foundation courses consisting of: Anthropology 105, ENVN 101, Biology 195, Geology 101.

  • Categories of emphasis: Six units total from the following three categories with at least one but no more than three courses in each category. If students choose to take three courses from a single category, at least two courses must be at the 200-level.

    • Earth Systems
      • Biology 206, 237, 240
      • Geology 103, 104, 106, 111, 115, 211, 306, 311
      • Physics 102
      • Mathematics 209
    • Language, Idea and Image
      • Art, 241
      • Art History 311, 315
      • Communication Studies 311
      • English 206, 238, 354, 358
      • Philosophy 335
    • Society and Culture
      • Anthropology 220, 240, 271
      • Economics 273
      • ENVN 220
      • History 337, 382
      • International Studies 130
      • Philosophy 206, 220, 301, 304
      • Political Science 216, 256
      • Religious Studies 242
  • Experiential requirements:

    • Attendance at a series of seminars each semester. In these, students who completed internships the previous semester will report on them, and other items of general interest, such as graduate schools and careers, will be discussed.
  • Completion of one of the following for up to one-half unit:

    • An environmental research project, service project or internship. Students should have prior approval of the concentration director, and must make a presentation in the seminar and submit a paper summarizing the experience.
    • One-year of residence in Environmental House with ENVN 206: Sustainable Living Seminar. (Note that residence in the E-House is not available in 2015-16.)
    • ENVN 201: Ecology and Environmental Field Trip