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Environmental Studies Program
BA Requirements

BA Degree Program

Courses required for the Bachelor of Arts Degree include:

  1. Five core courses (usually taken early in student's program):
    1. Envi 101 - Environment And Man/Women: An Ecological Perspective
    2. Envi 201 - Environment And Man/Women: Physical Aspects
    3. Chem 101, 107, Or 111 - Introductory Chemistry*
    4. Econ 160 - Principles Of Microeconomics
    5. Envi/Geog 239 - Environmental Planning and Policy or Envi/Phil 149 - Environmental Ethics and Policy or Envi 230 - Introduction to Environmental Policy

      * - Students specializing in science areas are advised to take 107 or 111

  2. Problem-oriented courses (usually taken in senior year). Select two of the following:
    1. Envi 397 - Independent Study
    2. Envi 413 - Environmental Impact Statements
    3. Envi 415 - Environmental Planning
    4. Envi 495 - Internship in Environmental Studies
    5. Envi 498 - Senior Thesis
    6. Envi 499 - Honors Thesis
  3. Eight courses in one of the following specializations:
    1. Ecosystems - This specialization is focused on ecological relationships, including plants, animals and their habitats. Coursework is drawn heavily from Biology.
    2. Earth Sciences and Natural Resources - This specialization is rooted in Geology and looks at Earth systems and processes, including hydrology and land forming processes.
    3. Environmental Chemistry- This specialization applies chemical relationships and techniques to the analysis of environmental pollution problems, drawing on courses in Chemistry and Geochemistry.
    4. Public Policy and Law - This specialization examines the development and implementation of environmental laws and policies. Coursework is drawn heavily from Political Science, Sociology, and Geography.
    5. Environmental Planning - This specialization concentrates on Geography courses to examine planning issues as they relate to the environment, such as natural resource conservation, land use planning and water resources management.
    6. Environmental Economics - This specialization incorporates a number of Economics courses to examine the economic & policy issues relating to the environment. The focus is on the efficient allocation of natural and environmental resources.
    7. Ecological Anthropology - This specialization focuses on people of many cultures as they influence and are influenced by ecological systems.
    8. Individualized Specialization.  Students may design an individualized specialization, with approval of the Environmental Studies Committee, if they wish to focus on an area not covered by one of the established specializations.  Specializations must include a combination of social science (and/or humanities) and science courses.  See Program Director for details.

The science specializations include 6 courses within the discipline and 2 additional courses in the social sciences.  The social-science specializations include 6 courses within the discipline and 2 additional courses in the sciences. Note that no courses for which a student receives a grade lower than C- will count toward fulfilling major requirements.  Also, no courses for the major may be taken pass-fail, except for Envi 491 and Envi 495 (for which pass-fail is the only option).

Specializations for BA Degree in Environmental Studies

Ecosystems BA:

  1. Core courses: BIOL 117 and either BIOL 355 or BIOL 373
  2. 16 credits (equivalent of 4 full courses) in ecology. Some of these courses are taught in Biology, whereas others are taught in Environmental Studies or Geography.
  3. Courses include BIOL 351*, 352*, 370, 371, 374 (2 cr; cross-listed as ENVI 361), 375, 376, 377, 378, 379 (cross-listed as ENVI 382U), 441 (2 cr), 450*, 453*, 455, 461, 469, 471, 472, 475, 476; GEOG 323 (cross-listed as ENVI 323), 422 (cross-listed as BIOL 459); ENVI 326, 327.

    *Only 4 credits of non-lab courses may be taken for this requirement. Non-lab courses are noted as *.

  4. Two courses in the social sciences. These include several Environmental Studies courses—ENVI 312, 325, 330, 382 (if social science), 457, 481 (if social science)—as well as relevant social science courses taken from Anthropology (cultural courses), Economics, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, as well as a select number of History and Philosophy courses (see current list here). One course must be 300 level or higher, whereas the other can be at any level.

Earth Sciences - Natural Resources BA:

  1. One introductory geology course chosen from GEOL 111, 113, 114, 115, 116 (if not used to substitute for ENVI 201), 121, or 142
  2. GEOL 211 (cross-listed as GEOG 222) and either ENVI/GEOL 342 or 370
  3. Three additional courses in environmental geology from GEOL 344, 423, 436, 411, 414, 416, 453, 460, 465, 470; ENVI/GEOL 342 or 370 if not used above.
  4. Two courses in the social sciences. These include several Environmental Studies courses—ENVI 312, 325, 326, 382 (if social science), 457, 481 (if social science)—as well as relevant social science courses taken from Anthropology (cultural courses), Economics, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, as well as a select number of History and Philosophy courses (see current list here). One course must be 300 level or higher, whereas the other can be at any level.

Environmental Chemistry BA:

  1. Core courses: CHEM 221, 231, and either ENVI/GEOL 342 or 370
  2. Three additional courses from CHEM 332, 341, 351, 361, 422, 431, 434, 461; GEOL 416, 465, 470; ENVI/GEOL 342, 370 (if not already used). No more than two of these courses may be selected from geology.
  3. Two courses in the social sciences. These include several Environmental Studies courses—ENVI 312, 325, 326, 382 (if social science), 457, 481 (if social science)—as well as relevant social science courses taken from Anthropology (cultural courses), Economics, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, as well as a select number of History and Philosophy courses (see current list here). One course must be 300 level or higher, whereas the other can be at any level.

Environmental Policy and Law BA:

  1. Core courses: ENVI 312 and ENVI 481T
  2. Law courses: Two from PLSC 331, 333, 339, 380F, 414; HIST 356; PHIL 146, 345, 455; SOC 326, 378; and ECON 449
  3. Policy courses: Three from PLSC 323, 327, 348, 356, 366, 373; ENVI 239 (if not already used for major), 382A, 382C; one of ENVI 413 or 415 (double-counts as problem-oriented course); Envi 230 (if not used as core course); ENVI 382C, 382D, 481G; GEOG 341, 347; ECON 314; HIST 237; SOC 367, 374
  4. Two additional science courses. These can be chosen from several Environmental Studies courses—ENVI 121, 142, 323, 325, 326, 327, 342, 370—as well as courses from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Mathematical Sciences (see current list here). One course must be 300 level or higher, whereas the other can be at any level.

Environmental Planning BA:

  1. Core course: ENVI 415 (double-counts as problem-oriented course)
  2. Six courses from GEOG 232, 233, 235, 323, 330, 333, 335, 336, 337, 341, 345, 347, 350, 352, 356, 357, 360, 445, 463, 476; GEOL 465; ENVI/GEOG 239 (if not already used for major); ENVI 312, 481T; ECON 331. Only one course can be below the 300 level.
  3. Two additional science courses. These can be chosen from several Environmental Studies courses—ENVI 121, 142, 323 (if not used above), 325, 326, 327, 342, 370—as well as courses from Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Mathematical Sciences (see current list here). One course must be 300 level or higher, whereas the other can be at any level.

Environmental Economics BA:

  1. Core courses: ECON 360 and one of ECON 331 or 431 or 433
  2. Three additional economics courses from ECON 331, 431, 433 (if not used in 2); ECON 314, 317, 414, 430, 440, 445, 446, 449, 461, 466
  3. Two additional mathematics courses:  (a) Choose a statistics course from MATH 147, 148, ECON 366, MATH 448, CQS 112; (b) Choose a calculus course from MATH 220, 221.
  4. An additional upper-division course in science or mathematics. These include a number of Environmental Studies courses—ENVI 323, 325, 326, 327, 342, 370--as well as courses in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Mathematical sciences (see course list here).

Ecological Anthropology BA:

  1. Core courses: (a) either ANTH 111 or 166; (b) BIOL 117; (c) either BIOL 355 or 373; and (d) either ENVI 325 or 326
  2. Three courses from among ANTH 244, 252, 254, 255, 256, 258, 337, 349, 354, 362, 363, 364, 365, 380 (depending on topic), 451, 455, 457, 461, 480 (depending on topic); SOC 307, 325, 367. 380 (depending on topic). No more than one course can be below the 300 level.
  3. One upper-level ENVI course or a relevant geology or geography course (see course list here).

 

Relevant Science Courses:

  1. Biology courses:  BIOL 105, 117, 118, 331, 333, 351, 352, 355, 370, 371, 372, 373, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, 437, 450, 455, 459, 469, 471, 472, 473, 475, 476
  2. Chemistry courses:  CHEM 108, 221, 231, 332, 341, 351, 422, 431, 432, 434, 442
  3. Geology courses:  GEOL 102, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 121, 142, 211, 212, 213, 342, 344, 366, 370, 411, 414, 416, 423, 436, 453, 460, 465, 470
  4. Mathematics courses:  MATH 220, 221, 222, 304, 314, 323, 327, 356, 371, 372, 375, 381, 401, 402, 404, 447, 448, 471, 478, 479
  5. Physics courses:  PHYS 121, 122, 131, 132, 323
  6. Statistics courses:  MATH 147, 148; ECON 366; PSYC 243; CQS 112

Relevant Social-Science Courses:

  1. Cultural Anthropology courses:  ANTH 111, 124, 126, 166, 225, 244, 252, 254, 255, 256, 258, 273, 275, 277, 354, 362, 363, 364, 365, 367, 370, 451, 455, 457, 461
  2. Art History Architecture courses:  ARTH 103, 276, 279, 370
  3. Economics courses (note that some courses may have pre-requisites and be restricted to certain majors):  ECON 162, 314, 317, 331, 350, 360, 362, 414, 430, 431, 433, 440, 443, 445, 449, 461, 466
  4. Geography courses (note that some courses may be restricted to certain majors):  GEOG 101, 103, 151, 211, 212, 232, 233, 234, 235, 239, 259, 323, 330, 335, 336, 337, 341, 345, 347, 350, 352, 357, 360, 361, 421, 422, 445, 457, 458, 463, 465
  5. History courses:  HIST 237, 238, 356
  6. Philosophy courses:  PHIL 146, 345, 455, 457G
  7. Political Science courses (note that some courses may be restricted to certain majors):  PLSC 111, 112, 113, 117, 118, 311, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 331, 333, 339, 340, 341, 342, 348, 356, 360, 366, 373, 413, 414, 419, 421, 435, 441, 442
  8. Sociology courses:  SOC 100, 118, 226, 240, 301, 307, 311, 325, 359, 367, 368, 374, 375, 378, 425

Relevant Courses for Ecological Anthropology Specialization:

  1. Environmental Studies:  ENVI 323, 325*, 326*, 327, 330, 342, 370 (*whichever courses isn't already used for specialization)
  2. Geography:  GEOG 323, 330, 333, 335, 336, 337, 341, 345, 347, 350, 352, 357, 360, 361, 421, 422, 445, 463, 465
  3. Geology:  GEOL 342, 344, 366, 370, 411, 414, 416, 423, 436, 453,460, 465, 470

 

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Last Updated: 8/7/13