Environmental Studies Major

The curriculum for majors is robust and interdisciplinary, requiring 13 courses. These include foundation courses in the natural sciences humanities and social sciences, a professional skill acquisition course, three electives, and a capstone.  

To ensure additional disciplinary depth, all Environmental Studies majors will also fulfill the requirements for a major or minor in another department or interdisciplinary program. Students may double-count courses toward a complementary second major or minor, as well as University core curriculum 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 Environmental Studies requirements.

Natural Science Foundations
BI 0074Biology of Food 13
BI/CH 0076Environmental Science3
CH 0085Chemistry, Energy, and the Environment 23
Select one of the following Natural Science electives:3
Introduction to Marine Science
Zoology Field Experience
Freshwater Ecology
Environmental Toxicology
Senior Capstone Seminar: Coral Reef Ecology
Chemical Analysis
Chemical Instrumentation
Energy and Environment
Social Science and Humanities Foundations
AE 0284Environmental Ethics3
EC 0120Environmental Economics3
Select one Environmental Policy and Law course from the following:3
Environmental Law and Policy
United States Environmental Politics and Policy
International Environmental Policies
Select one of the following Social Science and Humanities electives:3
Sustainable Development: Anthropological Perspectives
Environmental Law and Policy
Environmental Economics
American Literature and the Environment
The Greenworld: English Literature and the Environment
United States Environmental Politics and Policy
International Environmental Policies
Climate Change: Politics and Policy
Environmental Studies Electives
Select three courses from the list of Natural Science or Social Science and Humanities Electives (not already used as a Foundations course) and the list of approved Study Abroad program courses9
Applied Professional Skills
These courses are drawn from a wide spectrum of disciplines across campus. Possible courses include topics in technical writing/grant writing, leadership/management/negotiation, statistical analysis of science/social science datasets, GIS technologies, and research design methods3
Select one course from the following:3
Independent Study
Environment Workshop
Total Credits39