Environment Studies Program - Requirements

Students may complete a major or minor in the Environment Studies program. The major is an Independently Designed Major (IDMJ) developed with the Program Director and usually accompanies a second major in another academic department. The Minor requires at least 6 courses, including a capstone experience.

Requirements for the Environment Minor

A. 1 course from each of the 3 major areas of study:

1) Natural Sciences (1 of the following)*:

BI 74 Biology of Food
BI 76 Environmental Science
CH 85 Chemistry, Energy, and the Environment

2) Social Sciences (1 of the following):

BU 220 Environmental Law and Policy
EC 120 Environmental Economics 
PO 131 International Environmental Policy

3) Humanities (1 of the following):

AE 284 Environmental Ethics 
EN 121 American Literature and the Environment
EN 143 Greenworld: English Literature and the Environment

B. 2 elective courses from the list of elective courses below

C. 1 capstone course, (1 of the following):

EV 301 Environment Workshop
EV 299 Independent Study (counts as capstone under certain conditions & with program permission)
EV 298 Internship (counts as capstone under certain conditions & with program permission)

List of Elective Courses

AE 283 Environmental Justice
AE 284 Environmental Ethics
AE 297 Eco-feminism
AH 282 Green Architecture
AY 175 Sustainable Development: Anthropological Perspectives
BI 74 Biology of Food
BI 75 Ecology and Society
BI 76 Environmental Science
BI 78 Introduction to Marine Science
BI 79 Latin American Ecosystems
BI 260 Ecology
BI 364 Freshwater Ecology
BI 366 Ornithology
BI 372 Environment Toxicology
BU 220 Environmental Law and Policy
CH 85 Chemistry, Energy and the Environment
EC 120 Environmental Economics
EC 225 Environmental Economics: Tools and Techniques Applied to U.S. Policy
EN 121 American Literature and the Environment
EN 143 The Greenworld: English Literature and the Environment
ENW 329 Issues in News Writing: Environmental Journalism
EV 298 Environment Internship
EV 299 Independent Study
EV 301 Environment Workshop
EV 302 Special Topics in the Environment
HI 287 A Green History of Latin America
HI 362 The Frontier: A Green History of North America
PO 131 International Environmental Policy
PO 132 Climate Change: Politics and Policy
PO 169 U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy
PS 93 Energy and the Environment

Students may double-count courses with all core and major requirements. Students who study abroad in an environmental program can work with the director or their advisor in the Program to match courses taken overseas with the Environment Studies program requirements.

Most courses in the environment program also count toward degree programs in other departments, including Anthropology, Applied Ethics, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Economics, English, History, Politics, and Physics.

*Biology and Chemistry majors may utilize advanced environmental science courses, which also contribute to their majors, to meet the Environment Program Natural Science Requirement.