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Environmental Studies

Courses

Make sure to consult the future course sheet to see when the below courses may be offered.

Core Courses
  • ENVS 160: Introduction to Environmental Studies [Catalog]

Scholarly perspectives on environmental problems and solutions, integrating concepts and analytical skills drawn from natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.  Foundation for all subsequent courses in the environmental studies major.

  • ENVS 220: Environmental Analysis [Catalog]

Development of research and analytical skills in environmental studies as preparation for upper-division work by majors and minors.  Emphasis on formulation practice, and communication of research.

  • ENVS 295: Environmental Engagement [Catalog]

Faculty-directed student engagement, connecting environmental scholarship to people in a variety of settings. Identification and finalization of engagement opportunities; development of communication, cultural competency, and related skills; reflection on engagement experiences; and authoring and sharing of outcomes.

  • ENVS 350: Environmental Theory [Catalog]

Advanced exploration of major theoretical assumptions underlying environmental studies, including the nature of environment, environmental knowledge (including role of sciences and humanities), and environmental problems and solutions. Intensive reading and writing, class discussions, and project-based application of theory to contemporary topics. 

  • ENVS 400: Senior Seminar [Catalog]

An advanced, integrative keystone seminar involving primary research for all senior environmental studies majors, and taken twice for a total of four credits. Research capstones (theses or alternative outcomes) are based on each student’s concentration within the major and include both oral and written components. Students start planning their capstones during their first enrollment in the course, and complete them in their second enrollment.   

Breadth Courses
  • BIO 201 Investigations in Ecology & Environmental Science [Catalog]
  • CHEM 100: Perspectives in Environmental Chemistry [Catalog]
  • CHEM 110: General Chemistry I [Catalog]
  • ECON 260: Environmental & Natural Resource Economics [Catalog]
  • ENG 235: Animal Rights in Literature [Catalog]
  • ENVS 460: Topics in Environmental Law & Policy [Catalog]
  • GEOL 150: Environmental Geology [Catalog]
  • GEOL 170: Climate Science [Catalog]
  • HIST 239:  Constructing the American Landscape [Catalog]
  • HIST 261: Global Environmental History [Catalog]
  • HIST 388:  What’s for Dinner? [Catalog]
  • IA 257: Global Resource Dilemmas [Catalog]
  • IA 340: International Political Economy [Catalog]
  • PHIL 215: Philosophy & the Environment [Catalog]
  • RELS 102:  Food and Religion [Catalog]
  • SOAN 265: Critical Perspectives in Development [Catalog]
  • SOAN 305: Environmental Sociology [Catalog]
 Additional ENVS-Related Courses
  • ED 450: Philosophy & Practice of Environmental/Ecological Ed. [Catalog]
  • ED 455:  Science Education in the 21st Century [Catalog]
  • ENVS 244: Internship/Practicum [Catalog]
  • ENVS 311: (Un)Natural Disasters [Catalog
  • ENVS 499: Independent Study [Catalog]
  • GEOL 270: Issues in Oceanography  [Catalog]
  • GEOL 280: The Fundamentals of Hydrology [Catalog]
  • GEOL 340: Spatial Problems in Earth System Science [Catalog]