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.


Students complete at least 6 courses, including a capstone experience.

Environmental Studies Curriculum

A. One course from each of the three major areas of study:

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

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

2) Social Sciences (one of the following):

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

3) Humanities (one of the following):

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

B. Two elective courses from the list of elective courses below (can include courses from above).

C. One capstone course, (one of the following):

EV 301 Environment Workshop
EV 299 Independent Study
EV 298 Internship

*Biology majors may substitute BI 260, BI 364, or BI 366 for one of these courses.


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.