Academic Catalog

Environmental Studies Major — B.A.


Environmental Studies B.A. Major Requirements54
Integrative Core Curriculum Requirements 128-40
Total Credits120

Degree Requirements 

ENVS 11900Introduction to Environmental Humanities4
ENVS 12000Environmental Sentinels4
ENVS 12100Introduction to Environmental Science and Technology4
ENVS 22000Human-Environment Geography3
ENVS 22400Fundamentals of Earth and Climate Science3
ENVS electivesUpper level ENVS electives at level 2 or above; 6 credits must be at level 3 or higher.9
History electives Selected from courses with the attribute "ESHI" Environmental Studies History elective3
Humanities electivesSelected from courses with the attribute "ESHU" Environmental Studies Humanities elective3
Policy electivesSelected from courses with the attribute "ESPE" Environmental Studies Policy elective3
Social Science electivesSelected from courses with the attribute "ESSS" Environmental Studies Social Sci elective6
Selected from courses with the attribute "ESTS" Environmental Studies Tool/Skill Req6
ENVS 17500Introductory Environmental Seminar1
ENVS 27500Intermediate Environmental Seminar1
ENVS 47500Advanced Environmental Seminar1
Select one option for 3 credits:3
Environmental Research: Advanced
Independent Study: Environmental Studies
Internship: Environmental Studies
Students must complete an experiential service or community-based learning activity and put their communication skills to use with diverse audiences (see below).
Total Credits54

Cultural Immersion Requirement

This requirement is designed to help students discover alternative ways of addressing environmental problems by developing an insider’s view that can help broaden their perspectives as well as provide sources for innovative solutions. Students can choose from a wide variety of experiences to satisfy this requirement, but each cultural immersion experience must meet the following criteria:

  1. It must be related to environmental studies or science in some way.
  2. It must include at least 40 hours of direct involvement with people from a culture or socioeconomic class other than what the student has experienced to date.
  3. It must be a deeper, more critical cultural immersion experience than travel or observation alone, and it should provide opportunities for students to evaluate situations from local people’s perspective.
  4. It should enable students to acquire an awareness of how their own culture informs them about other cultures and is used subjectively to make sense of cultural differences.
  5. It requires students to be active participants in the culture, and not just observers; in other words, students should strive to be in a situation where some of their daily comforts and predictability are different or absent.

Students must develop a written proposal for their cultural immersion experience, obtain approval in advance, document their experience through written reflection and an electronic portfolio, and present their portfolio as part of ENVS 47500 in their senior year.