ENV

Academic Programs

New Curriculum

Beginning in the fall of 2017, the ENV major curriculum will consist of a required core, three concentrations (defined by electives), and free electives. The three concentrations, which are differentiated below, are: Environmental Studies, Sustainability Studies, and Environmental & Sustainability Studies.  Unless you are graduating in the fall of 2017 or spring of 2018, it is very likely that you will switch to one of these new concentrations.

The minors in Environmental Studies and in Sustainability Studies (described below) are also new for fall 2017.

MAJOR CURRICULUM:

Required Core (27 s.h.):

Environmental & Sustainability Studies (10 s.h.):

  • ENV 100 (Introduction to Environmental Studies)
  • ENV 110 (Introduction to Sustainability Studies)
  • ENV 300 (Environment & Experience) (minimum 1 s.h.)
  • ENV 400 (Capstone Seminar)

Biology:

  • For Environmental Studies concentration: BIO 112+lab (Principles of Biology II)
  • For Sustainability Studies concentration: either BIO 112+lab (Principles of Biology II) or BIO 105+lab (Major Concepts of Biology)
  • For Environmental & Sustainability Studies concentration: either BIO 112+lab (Principles of Biology II) or BIO 105+lab (Major Concepts of Biology)

CHE 252 (Chemistry & the Human Environment)

GEO 106+GEO 106L (Geosystems Science & Geosystems Science Laboratory)

PHI 363 (Environmental Ethics)

Statistics (3 s.h.), choose 1 of the following:

  • ECO 250 (Economic and Business Statistics I)
  • SOC 302 (Introduction to Data Analysis)
  • STA 108 (Elementary Introduction to Probability & Statistics)
  • STA 271 (Fundamental Concepts of Statistics)
  • STA 290 (Introduction to Probability and Statistical Inference)

 

Electives (39 s.h.) [i.e., concentrations]:

The concentration in Environmental Studies (39 s.h.) emphasizes the natural sciences and involves 33 s.h. of related area electives (see below for a list):

I. Natural Sciences: 12 s.h.
II. Equity & Society: 9 s.h.
III. Economics & Development: 9 s.h.
IV. Aesthetics & Ethics: 3 s.h.

In addition, students choose 6 s.h. of free electives from any of the following:
Related area Electives I-IV (see below for a list)
ENV 300 (Environment & Experience, beyond the required 1 s.h. in the core)
ENV 399 (Internship) or BIO 497 (Note: Internships are optional; students may count up to 3 s.h. of free electives for a relevant internship through ENV 399 and/or BIO 497.)
ENV 401 (Individual Study)
ENV 493 (Honors Work)

 

The concentration in Sustainability Studies (39 s.h.) emphasizes the social sciences and humanities and involves 33 s.h. of related area electives (see below for a list):

I. Natural Sciences: 6 s.h.
II. Equity & Society: 12 s.h.
III. Economics & Development: 9 s.h.
IV. Aesthetics & Ethics: 6 s.h.

In addition, students choose 6 s.h. of free electives from any of the following:
Related area Electives I-IV (see below for a list)
ENV 300 (Environment & Experience, beyond the required 1 s.h. in the core)
ENV 399 (Internship) or BIO 497 (Note: Internships are optional; students may count up to 3 s.h. of free electives for a relevant internship through ENV 399 and/or BIO 497.)
ENV 401 (Individual Study)
ENV 493 (Honors Work)

The concentration in Environmental & Sustainability Studies (39 s.h.) is a self-designed program available only to juniors and seniors with a GPA greater than 3.30 (before rounding):

In consultation with the Director, students choose 39 s.h., with a minimum of 3 s.h. in each of the four related area electives (Natural Sciences, Equity & Society, Economics & Development, and Aesthetics & Ethics). Other classes may include any ENV prefixed course or any relevant course approved by the Director.

 

MINOR CURRICULUM:

Environmental Studies Minor (21 s.h.)

ENV 100   Introduction to Environmental Studies

ENV 110   Introduction to Sustainability Studies

Minimum of additional 15 s.h. from Related Area Electives. Must be outside of the student’s major department. No more than eight (8) hours from any one department. At least two courses must be at or above the 300 level, one of which must be in the Natural Sciences area. Students choose from the following related area electives (see list below):

I. Natural Sciences: 6 s.h. (May include CHE 252)
II. Equity & Society: 3 s.h.
III. Economics & Development: 3 s.h.
IV. Aesthetics & Ethics: 3 s.h. (May include PHI 363)

 

Sustainability Studies Minor (18 s.h.)

ENV 100   Introduction to Environmental Studies

ENV 110   Introduction to Sustainability Studies

Minimum of additional 12 s.h. Must be outside of the student’s major department.  No more than eight (8) hours from any one department.  At least two courses must be at or above the 300 level.  Students choose from the following related area electives (see list below):

I. Natural Sciences: 3 s.h. (May include CHE 252)
II. Equity & Society: 3 s.h.
III. Economics & Development: 3 s.h.
IV. Aesthetics & Ethics: 3 s.h. (May include PHI 363)

Thee courses used to fulfill the Related Area requirement must include at least one of the following sustainability-focuses courses:

BIO 526 (Conservation Biology)

ECO 100 (Economics of a Global Sustainable Society)

IAR 124 (Introduction to Sustainable Design)

GEO 331/STH 331 (Sustainable Tourism and Transportation)

LLC 130 (Global Green: Cultures of Production)

STH 101 (Introduction to Sustainable Development)

STH 311 (Sustainable Food and Beverage)

STH 332 (Sustainable Destination Planning and Management)

SWK 505/PCS 505 (Environmental Justice)

 

RELATED AREA ELECTIVES:

I. Natural Science Area Electives

BIO 301 (Principles of Ecology)

BIO 315 (Ecology & Evolution Laboratory)

BIO 361 (Biology & Conservation of Sea Turtles)

BIO 420 (Marine Biology)

BIO 422 (Plant Diversity)

BIO 431 (The Biosphere)

BIO 441 (Invertebrate Zoology)

BIO 454 (Plant Systematics)

BIO 470 (Vertebrate Zoology)

BIO 481 (General Microbiology)

BIO 488 (Essentials of Toxicology)

BIO 520 (Ecosystem Ecology)

BIO 522 + 523 (Landscape Ecology)

BIO 526 (Conservation Biology)

BIO 527 (Terrestrial Plant Ecology)

BIO 529 + 530 (Aquatic Ecology)

BIO 541 (Entomology)

BIO 560 (Symbiosis)

BIO 579 (Environmental Physiology)

CHE 205 (Introductory Organic Chemistry)

CHE 331 (Quantitative Analysis)

CHE 351 (Organic Chemistry 1)

CHE 352 (Organic Chemistry 2)

GEO 205 (Environmental Change)

GEO 305 (Environmental Hazards Assessment)

GEO 311 / 311L (Weather and Climate)

GEO 313 (Natural Resource Regions of N. America)

GEO 314 (Physical Geography)

GEO 330 (Elements of Hydrology)

GEO 358 (Geographic Information Systems)

GEO 359 (Remote Sensing of the Environment)

GEO 511 (Advanced Weather and Climate)

PHY 205 (Conceptual Physics)

 

II. Equity & Society Area Electives

ATY 253 / 253L (Intro. Biological Anth.)

ATY 213 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology)

ATY 362 (Methods-Cultural Anthropology)

ATY 450 (Anthropology in the Environment)

ATY 465 (Overview of Medical Anthropology)

ATY 520 (Economic Anthropology)

ATY 526 (Anth. Perspectives on Food and Agriculture)

GEO 302 (Urban Geography–Land Use)

GEO 303 (World Population Problems)

GEO 304 (Introduction to Transportation Analyses)

GEO 322 (Research Methods in Geography)

GEO 331 (Sustainable Tourism and Transportation)

HIS 209 (only World Env. History)

HIS 323 (American Indians and Nature)

HIS 334 (United States Environmental History)

HEA 307 (Global Health)

HEA 315 (Epidemiology)

HEA 316 (Environmental Health)

PCS 505 (Environmental Justice)

PSC 210 (Introduction to Public Policy)

PSC 312 (Environmental Law and Policy)

PSC 313 (Natural Resources Law and Policy)

PSC 314 (Wildlife Law and Policy)

SOC 202 (Social Problems in Global Context)

SOC 346 (Population Problems)

SOC 370 (Environmental Sociology)

SOC 377 (Disaster, Self, and Society)

 

III. Economics & Development Area Electives

BUS 340/ENT 340 (Social Entrepreneurship)

ECO 100 (Econ. Global Sustainable Society)

ECO 201 (Principles of Microeconomics)

ECO 202 (Principles of Macroeconomics)

ECO 300 (The International Economy)

ECO 380 (Environmental & Natural Resource Econ.)

STH 200 (Introduction to Sustainable Development)

STH 201 (Corp. Social Responsibility & Change Mgt)

STH 232 (Tourism Impacts and Alternatives)

STH 311 (Sustainable Food and Beverage)

STH 312 (Greening Hotel Facilities)

STH 331 (Sustainable Tourism and Transportation)

STH 332 (Sustainable Destination Plan. & Mgt)

 

IV. Aesthetics & Ethics Area Electives

ART 390 (Art & Politics)

CST 420 (Environmental Communication)

ENG 327 (Writing for Professionals / Entrepreneurs)

ENG 380 (Literature and the Environment)

IAR 124 (Introduction to Sustainable Design)

IAR 221 (History and Theory of Design I)

IAR 222 (History and Theory of Design II)

LLC 130 (Global Green: Cultures of Production)

MUS 223 (Music and Environment)

PHI 338 (Ethics and International Affairs)

PHI 361 (Ethical Issues in Business)

PHI 322 (Philosophy and the Arts)

REL 250 (Religious Tradition and Care of the Earth)