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Environmental Studies Majors

Students in the major choose from one of two focus areas:

In each focus, students select from a variety of social science and science electives. Students in both areas also take a course in research methods in the environmental sciences, as well as an upper-division problem solving seminar that serves as the capstone. The major is available as a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree.

Core Courses Both Focus Areas

  • ENVS 030 or 040 or 090 (1)
  • ENVS 201 Environmental Science (4)
  • ENVS/SOAN 203 Human Adaptive Strategies (4) or ENVS/SOAN 250 Environmental Sociology (4)
  • Policy Track Majors select two from the following: ENVS 300 Environmental Policy (3) or ECON 341 Environmental Econ or ECON 342 Natural Resource Econ or POLS 335 Topics in Public Policy (4)
  • Science Track Majors select one from the following: ENVS 300 Environmental Policy (3) or ECON 341 Environmental Econ or ECON 342 Natural Resource Econ or POLS 335 Topics in Public Policy (4)
  • ENVS 385 Research Methods in Environmental Science (5)
  • ENVS 485 Environmental Problem Solving (3)
  • MATH 140 Intro to Statistics (3) or MATH 340 Probability and Statistics (4)
  • MATH 160 Finite Mathematics with Calculus (or higher) (5) (Policy Focus)
  • MATH 170 Calculus I (or higher) (5) (Science Focus)
  • ECON 210 Principles of Economics (4)
  • ENGL 304 Environmental Lit (3) or HIST 152 Environmental History of the U.S. (4) or PHIL 306 Environmental Ethics (4)

Goals for the Major and Minor

In successfully completing a major in Environmental Studies, students will be able to:

  • Research and evaluate interactions among humans and their environments through interdisciplinary inquiry.
  • Articulate and apply the basic tenets of scientific inquiry to environmental issues.
  • Develop a foundation for making informed decisions about environmental issues on an individual and societal level.