Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies Major:

If you plan to declare an environmental studies major, please fill out this form

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

40 semester hours, completed with a grade of C- or higher and with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher in those courses.

(Please see the comprehensive list of courses in the program here.)

1. Multidisciplinary Courses in Environmental Studies
Four semester hours
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. The course should be completed prior to enrolling in ENVT 350:

ENVT/GEOS 104: Conservation of Natural Resources
ENVT/RELI 239: Environment and Culture

2. Disciplinary Breadth in Environmental Studies

Each course explores the key content, ways of inquiry, conceptual framework, and modes of communication of a particular 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
Eight semester hours
These courses, from biology, chemistry, and geoscience, emphasize the understanding of scientific knowledge that underpins environmental issues. Students learn both central concepts of science and tools for interpreting and presenting data. Students select two courses from two different departments.

B. The Environment and Society
Eight semester hours
These courses, from anthropology, economics, history, and political science, focus on the understanding of the institutions within which environmental decisions are made and investigate the implementation and implications of environmental decisions. Students learn to critically analyze how human communities have shaped and been shaped by their environment and how these relationships have changed over time. Students select two courses from two different departments.

C. The Environment and Sensibility
Eight semester hours
These courses, from English, philosophy, and religion, examine the ways in which nature shapes and is shaped by human consciousness and perception. Students learn to rigorously interpret values and assumptions that structure human communities and their relationships with the earth’s ecosystems. Students select two courses from two different departments.


3. Interdisciplinary Advanced Courses in Environmental Studies
Twelve semester hours
Every student completes 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 require insight and tools from more than one academic discipline.

ENVT 350: Environmental Methods of Investigation
ENVT 498: Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Analysis
ENVT 499: Capstone: Senior Project Additional Requirements for an Environmental Studies major

Additional requirements for environmental studies majors:

  • A complementary major or minor in another discipline
  • A minimum of 20 semester hours of upper division courses in the Environmental Studies major
  • Completion of a pre-approved experiential learning activity