Potential majors are highly recommended to consult with the ENV program chair(s) as soon as possible to develop an appropriate curricular plan. A firm grasp of statistics is critical for all of the major tracks and a minimum of MTH 116 (which counts towards the Distributive Requirements in the Natural Sciences — Mathematics/Computation) is expected. Further mathematical and analytical requirements will be discussed between the potential major and program chair(s) and will be tailored to the student’s specific academic and career goals.
- The ENV major consists of 30 core credits and 28 credits in one of three tracks of study according to the student’s interest.
- Core: ENV-105; ENV-110 or GEO-101; BIO-120 or 121; CHM-115; and three courses selected from: POL-141, PHL-225, COM-253, and ECN-340; Capstone experience: ENV-480.
- Tracks: Complete 28 credits in one of the following tracks:
- Environmental Health: Eight upper-level credits in science including: BIO-207 or IPH-226; BIO-308 or 309; four additional upper-level credits in an environmental topics course (ENV 380); 12 credits from: IPH-270, 328, 331, 430; four credits from: COM-243 or 343.
- Environmental Policy: Twelve credits selected from: PAF-150, 350, POL-131, 217, 225, 242 and 341; four credits from: HST-122 or POL-335; four credits from: COM-227 or 327; four credits from: PHL-228 or SOA-325; four credits from: ECN-340.
- Environmental Science: Twenty upper-level credits from programmatic coursework from IPH, BIO, CHM, BCM, PHY, MTH/CSC; eight additional, upper-level elective credits that refine the student’s interest in the realm of environmental studies.
Twenty-six credits which must include: ENV-110; 8 credits from ENV-105, BIO-120, 121; CHM-115; 12 credits from: POL-141, PHL-225, ECN-340 and COM-253; and two credits from ENV-480.
Environmental Studies students are recommended to conduct research or take a Spring Term experience abroad that utilizes our relationships with various institutions. MTH-116 (Statistics) and/or MTH-121 (Calculus) are strongly advised to fulfill NS-3 distributive requirements. MTH-121 is required for most graduate work.
- ENV105.Intro to Environmental Studies4Examination of humans and their relationship to the natural environment. Explores current status of environmental problems, controversies and solutions. Laboratory. Course fee.
- ENV110.Environmental Geology4Investigation into the causes of geologic hazards such as earthquakes, mass movement, volcanoes and desertification. Includes investigation into geologic process involved in the formation of energy and material resources, their origin, uniqueness and the impact of their use on the environment. Topics center on the interrelationships among all physical Earth processes. Laboratory.
- ENV*380.Environmental Problems & Issues4ENV-105 or 110 or PermissionExamination of selected environmental issues and problems. Content varies. Topics may include pollution, energy, natural resources, land use planning and recycling.
- ENV*380CM.Sustainable Develop- MI and the EU4Take 8 credits in science. At least one ENV course preferredInvestigates how sustainability is conceptualized and practiced in the U.S. and the European Union. Particular focus will be on: agriculture and food security, energy, health, public policy and community development. Interact with government policy-makers, entrepreneurs, university researchers, EU officials, climate scientists and community organizers in Germany, Italy, Scotland and complete term at Center for Global Dialogue at Wroxton College in England. Students produce comparative analyses of assigned topics related to sustainability as a final project. Spring Term only.
- ENV*385.Environmental Studies Practicum1-4ENV-105, 110 and 1 additional course from the ENV curriculumPracticum in the field of Environmental Studies.
- ENV*480.Topics Seminar in Environmental Studies2Sixteen credits of ENV or Senior Standing or PermissionCapstone course in environmental studies. Interdisciplinary approach incorporating scientific knowledge with policy and humanistic issues that are applied to real-life environmental problems.
- ENV*499.Environmental Studies Independent Study1-4ENV-105, 110 and 1 additional course from the ENV curriculumIndependent study in the field of environmental studies.