Environmental Studies Courses

This list includes all the courses that contribute towards the Environmental Studies major and minor, and specifies the General Education requirements they fulfill and their pre-requisites. You can download a pdf version of this list. For more details on these courses and requirements, see the full University Catalog.

1. Multidisciplinary Courses in Environmental Studies

By examining the broad dimensions of environmental studies, these courses present various perspectives that highlight the complex relationships between people and the environment and that transcend the boundaries of any particular discipline. Students select one of the following multidisciplinary courses that anchor their understanding of environmental issues. Majors and minors must complete one of these courses prior to enrolling in ENVT 350.

  • ENVT/GEOS 104: Conservation of Natural Resources (NS, SM)
  • ENVT/RELI 239: Environment and Culture (RG)

2. Disciplinary Breadth in Environmental Studies

Each course explores the key content, ways of inquiry, conceptual framework, and modes of communication of the discipline. Students take courses from each of three areas of study that provide an in-depth exposure to environmental issues within a discipline.

A. The Environment and Science

These courses emphasize the understanding of scientific knowledge that underpins environmental issues. The interpretation and presentation of data along with concepts of science are stressed. Majors select two courses (from two different departments) from the following:

  • BIOL 116: Introductory Ecology (NS, SM)
  • BIOL 366: Comparative Ecology of Latin America (Pre-requisite: BIOL 226)
  • BIOL 367: Conservation Biology & Management (Pre-requisite: BIOL 226)
  • BIOL 368: Ecology (Pre-requisite: BIOL 226)
  • BIOL 369: Marine Biology (Pre-requisite: BIOL 226)
  • CHEM 104: Environmental Chemistry (NS, SM)*
  • GEOS 332: Geomorphology (Pre-requisite: GEOS 201)
  • GEOS 334: Hydrogeology (Pre-requisite: GEOS 201)

* – Science majors may substitute CHEM 115 for CHEM 104 for purposes of the ENVT major or minor.

B. The Environment and Society

These courses focus on the understanding of the institutions within which environmental decisions are made and investigate the implementation and implications of environmental decisions. The courses also consider how human communities have shaped and been shaped by their environment and how these relationships have changed over time. Majors select two courses (from two different departments) from the following:

  • ANTH 368: Edible Landscapes, The Foraging Spectrum (C, SO)
  • ECON 111: Principles of Microeconomics: Global and Environmental (SO)
  • ECON 311: Energy and Natural Resource Economics (Pre-requisite: ECON 101 or 111)
  • ECON 313: Environmental Economics (Pre-requisite: ECON 101 or 111)
  • ECON 315: Investigating Environmental & Economic Change in Europe (SO) (Pre-requisite: ECON 101 or 111)
  • HIST 370: Environmental History of the US (Sophomore standing)
  • POLS 346: Environmental Politics and Policy (SO)
C. The Environment and Sensibility

These courses examine the ways in which nature shapes and is shaped by human consciousness and perception. The courses critically interpret the values and assumptions that structure human communities and their relationships with the earth’s ecosystems. Majors select two courses (from two different departments) from the following:

  • ENGL 234: Environmental Literature (LT)
  • PHIL 226: Environmental Ethics (PH)
  • PHIL 327: Philosophy, Animals and the Environment (PH)
  • RELI 247: Christian Theology (when topic is “Women, Nature, and the Sacred” only) (C, RC)
  • RELI 365: Christian Moral Issues (when topic is “Christian Ecological Ethics” only) (RC)
  • RELI 393: Topics in Comparative Religions (when topic is “Native Traditions in Pacific Northwest” only) (A, RG)

3. Interdisciplinary Advanced Courses in Environmental Studies

Each major completes these three synthesis courses that integrate methods and content of various academic perspectives to develop approaches to complex environmental challenges. The courses serve to raise questions, create products, or produce explanations that cannot be addressed within the framework of a particular discipline.

  • ENVT 350: Environmental Methods of Investigation (Pre-requisite: ENVT 104 or 239)
  • ENVT 498: Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Analysis (Pre-requisites: 350 & experiential learning)
  • ENVT 499: Capstone: Senior Project