Course Requirements

Concentration Requirements

Students must also complete the requirements from one of the following concentrations: Standard or Sustainability.​  Students are limited to only declaring one concentration.

Degree Requirements

The Modern Language Requirement must be met for the B.A. degree.

 

ENV 150

FOUNDATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to environmental studies. It presents students with an overview of the intersections between ecology, the social sciences, and the humanities that inform our vision of the rigor and power of interdisciplinary environmental studies. It draws upon the natural sciences, communication, geography, religion, history, literature, art and design, and public policy to stress the interrelationships between human society and the natural world. Students will study the effects of the human use of the natural world and the interactions of culture, society, resources, and the environment. We will examine the social, political, and economic institutions that impact the environment. Particular attention will be paid to how the role of power and inequality contribute to environmental problems and how those problems in turn, impact certain groups more than others (e.g. citizens of undeveloped nations, people of color in urban areas) .

ENV 152

ECOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL ECONOMICS

In this course, students examine the role of the environment and natural resources in neoclassical, environmental and ecological economics. First, students study mechanisms for efficiently allocating scarce resources among specific alternative ends and take a brief foray into environmental economics and learn methods of resource/environmental valuation. We also discuss aspects of macroeconomics as it pertains to ecological economics. Students come away able to critically assess the benefits and drawbacks of these three ways that the economy incorporates the environment. It also encourages ethical reasoning as we discuss distribution of environmental benefits over generations and globally.
Prerequisites:
LSP 120 or MAT 130 is a prerequisite for this class.

ENV 216

EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE

This course focuses on three of the great spheres of the Earth (lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere) and how they interact with the biosphere to create an integrated Earth system with an emphasis on how human activities impact important earth system cycles. Students should have a basic understanding of how living organisms interact with their physical environment. Laboratory activities provide experience with the tools and methodology of systems thinking. Lab fee applies.
Prerequisites:
LSP 120 or MAT 130 is a prerequisite for this class.

ENV 217

HUMAN IMPACTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT

A science-based course that examines the interface between humans and the living and non-living environment, the consequences of these interactions, and options for mitigating environmental impacts.

ENV 250

APPLIED ECOLOGY

An examination of how ecological principles are applied in order to understand and improve the relationship between humans and the natural environment. Cannot receive credit for both ENV 250 and BIO 215. Lab fee applies.
Prerequisites:
LSP 120 or MAT 130 is a prerequisite for this class.

ENV 294

SECOND YEAR SEMINAR

The purpose of this course is to advance ecological literacy. The seminar presents the study of the environmental to students in a philosophical, cultural, and historical context, and in addition makes them aware of some foundational ideas of the discipline through a selection of new and classic literature. 2 quarter hours.

ENV 350

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND STUDIES CAPSTONE

This course examines basic core concepts of and current issues in environmental science drawing on perspectives of the liberal studies curriculum, including reflectiveness, value consciousness, critical and creative thinking, and a multicultural perspective. Senior standing in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies.
Prerequisites:
Status as a senior Environmental Studies or Environmental Science major is a prerequisite for this class.

CHE 103

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

A discussion and laboratory exploration of the technological origins, effects, and control of environmental pollutants. Lab fee.