Environmental Studies

Requirements & Courses

  • Major Requirements
    Sixty credits which must include forty credits of Core Courses and sixteen credits of electives (mostly upper-level) that allow focus in a particular area of study.
    1. Core (40 credits): ENV-105; ENV-110 or GEO-101; ENV-205, 291, and 480; eight credits from CHM-115, BIO-121, 122, or 123; eight credits from POL-141, PHL-225, COM-253, ENC-340; eight credits from ENV-319, 360, 370.
    2. Complete one of the following tracks (16 credits):
      1. Environmental Science: Sixteen upper-level credits from the following departments: BIO, BCM, CHM, ENV, IPH, PHY, PSY, and/or MTH/CSC, approved by the ENV department chair. 
      2. Environmental Health: Sixteen credits selected from BIO-307 or IPH-226, IPH-27-, 328, 332, 430; ENV-265, 380, or other special topics courses approved by the ENV department chair.
      3. Environmental Policy: Four credits from POL-101, PHL-228, HST-271; twelve credits from POL_217, 225/226 (only four credits can count toward major), 231, 233, 242, 305, 341, 401; COM-227, 327, or other special topics courses approved by the ENV department chair.
    • Because ENV is an interdepartmental major, all majors are required to take 56 upper-level credits to graduate in accordance with the academic catalog guidelines.
    • The Program Comprehensive Evaluation is in the form of oral presentation to the Environmental Studies faculty as part of the ENV-480 seminar.
    • Note that ENV-480 is linked with the School for Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University and counts for Master’s level credit for students accepted into the SPEA program.
                          Other Considerations:
                        
    • Students are expected to complete an internship or research experience appropriate to their academic and career goals and approved by the department chair.
    • Recommended courses include: PHY-112 or 121, and MTH-121.
    • Potential majors are highly recommended to consult with the ENV program chair 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.
  • Minor Requirements
    Twenty-six credits which must include: ENV-105; ENV-110 or GEO-101; ENV-205, 480; BIO-121, 122, or 123; CHM-115; 4 credits from  PO-141, PHL-225, ECN-340, COM-253.


    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.

Courses

  • ENV
    105
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    Intro to Environmental Studies
    4
    Examination of humans and their relationship to the natural environment. Explores current status of environmental problems, controversies and solutions. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • ENV
    110
    .
    Environmental Geology
    4
    Investigation 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 & Issues
    4
    ENV-105 or 110 or Permission
    Examination 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 EU
    4
    Take 8 credits in science. At least one ENV course preferred
    Investigates 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
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    385
    .
    Environmental Studies Practicum
    1-4
    ENV-105, 110 and 1 additional course from the ENV curriculum
    Practicum in the field of Environmental Studies.
  • ENV
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    480
    .
    Topics Seminar in Environmental Studies
    2
    Sixteen credits of ENV or Senior Standing or Permission
    Capstone 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 Study
    1-4
    ENV-105, 110 and 1 additional course from the ENV curriculum
    Independent study in the field of environmental studies.