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Environmental Studies Major & Minor

Environmental studies integrates the study of interactions among physical, chemical and biological components of the environment. Students take many courses in the natural sciences, but not at the expense of courses in the social sciences and humanities. The field has grown substantially since the 1960s, as public awareness of environmental problems grew. The public began to rely on informed scientists to recommend practical public policies and environmental standards. Today, environmental scientists study issues like climate change, conservation, biodiversity, pollution, natural resource usage, waste management and sustainable development.

Major and Minor Requirements
Major

The Environmental Studies Major

Note: The grade point average of all the coursework comprising the major must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.70) in all courses other than Calculus II.

For the Bachelor of Arts degree

12 units, including:

ENVR 201 Introduction to Environmental Studies

ENVR 230 Environmental Economics

ENVR 269 Topics in Environmental Ethics

ENVR 362 Environmental Law and Policy

ENVR 391 Environmental Senior Seminar

One course in environmental life science chosen from:

BIOL 109*/ENVR 109 Introduction to Ecology

BIOL 111/ENVR 111 Marine Biology of the Chesapeake Bay

ENVR 199 Introduction to Biological Thinking

One course in physical environmental science chosen from:

CHEM 110/ENVR 110 Pollutants in the Environment

CHEM 316 Environmental Chemistry

ENVR 250 Introduction to Earth Systems and Physical Geography

PHYS 123 Physics of Renewable Energy

Introductory statistics requirement: MATH 209 (preferred), BIOL 320, BUAD 202, CHEM 300, PSYC 200, or equivalent course approved by the ES coordinator

One course in environmental research methods, chosen from:

ANTH 211 Field Methods in Ethnography

CHEM 301 Quantitative Chemical Analysis

CHEM 302 Instrumentation and Spectroscopy

ECON 370 Advanced Econometrics

ENVR 260 Foundations of Geospatial Analysis

MATH 304* Math Models in Biology and Medicine

MATH 324* Continuous Math Methods

PLSC 270 Social Science Inquiry

SOC 211 Sociological Research Methods and Data Analysis

Three units of electives approved for environmental studies, at least one-half unit of which must be an experiential learning course (ENVR 320, ENVR 388, ENVR 406, GEOG 406, or equivalent)

For the Bachelor of Science degree

15 units, including:

ENVR 201 Introduction to Environmental Studies

ENVR 230 Environmental Economics

ENVR 269 Topics in Environmental Ethics

ENVR 362 Environmental Law and Policy

ENVR 391 Environmental Senior Seminar

One course in environmental life science chosen from:

BIOL 109*/ENVR 109 Introduction to Ecology

BIOL 111/ENVR 111 Marine Biology of the Chesapeake Bay

ENVR 199 Introduction to Biological Thinking

One course in physical environmental science chosen from:

CHEM 110/ENVR 110 Pollutants in the Environment

CHEM 316 Environmental Chemistry

ENVR 250 Introduction to Earth Systems and Physical Geography

PHYS 123 Physics of Renewable Energy

Introductory statistics requirement: MATH 209 (preferred), BIOL 320, BUAD 202, CHEM 300, PSYC 200, or equivalent course approved by the ES coordinator

One course in environmental research methods, chosen from:

ANTH 211 Field Methods in Ethnography

CHEM 301 Quantitative Chemical Analysis

CHEM 302 Instrumentation and Spectroscopy

ECON 370 Advanced Econometrics

ENVR 260 Foundations of Geospatial Analysis

MATH 304* Math Models in Biology and Medicine

MATH 324* Continuous Math Methods

PLSC 270 Social Science Inquiry

SOC 211 Sociological Research Methods and Data Analysis

Three units of electives approved for environmental studies, at least one-half unit of which must be an experiential learning course (ENVR 320, ENVR 388, ENVR 406, GEOG 406, or equivalent)

One of MATH 212 Calculus II or MATH 289 Introduction to Data Science

Two units in biology, chemistry, or physics at or above the 300 level

*The following courses involve significant overlap in content: BIOL 109/BIOL 207; and MATH 304/MATH 324. Credit toward the major can be given for only one course in each pair; for example, credit can be given for either BIOL 109 or BIOL 207 but not both.

Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the major. Prerequisites do not count toward the major unless otherwise noted.

Concentrations

Paths of Study in Environmental Studies

Note: A student does not have to choose a path of study in order to receive a degree in environmental studies. Students may satisfy the elective units requirement of the degree by pursuing one of the following paths of study:

Environmental Science Path of Study

Three units of electives, chosen from:

BIOL 111/ENVR 111 Marine Biology of the Chesapeake Bay

BIOL 225 Evolution

BIOL 306 Systematic Botany

BIOL 331 Molecular Ecology

BIOL 333 Microbial Ecology

BIOL 344 Behavioral Ecology

BIOL 383 Tropical Biology and Conservation

CHEM 110/ENVR 110 Pollutants in the Environment

CHEM 316 Environmental Chemistry

ENVR 250 Earth Systems and Physical Biology

ENVR 350 Environmental Gradients

GEOG 315 Landscape Ecology

Environment and Society Path of Study

Three units of electives, chosen from:

ECON 211 Economic Development in Asia, Africa and Latin America

ENVR 330 Environmental and Resource Economic Theory

GEOG 220 Ecotourism

GEOG 320 Power, Space, and Territory: Geographies of Political Change

GEOG 333 Geographies of Amazonia

GEOG 345 Global Sustainability: Society, Economy, Nature

GEOG 370 Geographies of Economic Development and Globalization

HIST 390 Food and Power in Africa and Asia

JOUR 304 Reporting on the Environment

MGMT 348 Environmental Management

PLSC 260 Introduction to Public Policy

PLSC 360 International Development Policy

Experiential learning (ENVR 388, ENVR 320, or equivalent) and Special Topics (ENVR 300) may be counted towards a path of study with approval of the environmental studies coordinator.

Minor

The Environmental Studies Minor

Note: The grade point average of all the coursework comprising the minor in environmental studies must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.70).

Six units, including:

ENVR 201 Introduction to Environmental Studies

ENVR 269 Topics in Environmental Ethics

Either ENVR 230 Environmental Economics or ENVR 362 Environmental Law and Policy

One course in environmental life science chosen from:

BIOL 109*/ENVR 109 Introduction to Ecology

BIOL 111/ENVR 111 Marine Biology of the Chesapeake Bay

ENVR 199 Introduction to Biological Thinking

One course in physical environmental science chosen from:

CHEM 110/ENVR 110 Pollutants in the Environment

CHEM 316 Environmental Chemistry

ENVR 250 Introduction to Earth Systems and Physical Geography

PHYS 123 Physics of Renewable Energy

One approved elective in environmental studies

*Credit toward the Environmental Studies minor will be given for either BIOL 109 or BIOL 207, but not both. Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the minor. Prerequisites do not count toward the minor unless otherwise noted.

Electives

Environmental Studies Electives

ANTH 211 Field Methods in Ethnography

BIOL 108 Environmental Biology

BIOL 111 Marine Biology of the Chesapeake Bay

BIOL 225 Evolution

BIOL 306 Systematic Botany

BIOL 331 Molecular Ecology

BIOL 333 Microbial Ecology

BIOL 344 Behavioral Ecology

BIOL 381 Advanced topics in Ecology

BIOL 382 Conservation Biology

BIOL 383 Tropical Biology & Conservation

CHEM 110 Pollutants in the Environment

CHEM 301 Quantitative Chemical Analysis

CHEM 302 Instrumentation and Spectroscopy

CHEM 316 Environmental Chemistry

ECON 211 Economic Development in Asia, Africa and Latin America

ECON 370 Advanced Econometrics

ENVR 215 / GEOG 215 Geography of the James

ENVR 220 / GEOG 220 Ecotourism

ENVR 250 / GEOG 250 Introduction to Earth Systems and Physical Geography

ENVR 260 / GEOG 260 Foundations of Geospatial Analysis

ENVR 300 Special Topics

ENVR 315 Landscape Ecology

ENVR 322 The Global Impact of Climate Change

ENVR 330 / ECON 330 Environmental and Resource Economic Theory

ENVR 350 Environmental Gradients

ENVR 360 / GEOG 360 Environmental Remote Sensing

ENVR 365 / GEOG 365 Advanced Spatial Analysis

ENVR 388 Individual Internship

ENVR 390 Independent Study

GEOG 320 Power, Space and Territory: Geographies of Political Change

GEOG 333 Geographies of Amazonia

GEOG 345 Global Sustainability: Society, Economy, Nature

GEOG 370 Geographies of Economic Development and Globalization

HIST 390 Food & Power in Africa and Asia

MGMT 348 Environmental Management

MGMT 353 Sustainability and Accountability in Business

MATH 304 Math Models in Biology and Medicine

PLSC 260 Introduction to Public Policy

PLSC 360 International Development Policy

RELG 269 Ethics, Religion and the Environment

RELG 374 Religion and the American Environment

SOC 211 Sociological Research Methods