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Environmental Studies

Major / Minor Info

Starting in 2019-20, there will be improvements to the existing ENVS major and minor. These changes will simplify the major while reinforcing many of its current distinctive characteristics, making it more successful to more students.

In addition to students entering Lewis & Clark College starting 2019-20, the ENVS Program advises students planning to graduate in 2021 or 2022 to pursue the new major. Current students must first adopt all requirements in the 2019-20 college catalog to do so; contact your CAS Registrar degree audit specialist for consultation and approval. The new ENVS major may then be declared at any time starting fall semester 2019 by completing and submitting a major declaration form

Below is a comprehensive summary. Current Lewis & Clark students may use this advising form to help them plan their four-year schedules following the new major/minor. Student should also check the ENVS future course sheet to ensure that a desired course is offered for a given semester and year.

Overview

The major includes core courses in environmental studies and breadth courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

  • Core courses are designed to weave together concepts and skills drawn from breadth course fields, in order to build an intellectually coherent understanding of environmental problems and solutions. The core sequence starts with a broad introductory course followed by development of quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and advanced treatment of environmental theory. It culminates in a senior capstone representing original scholarly research on a topic of practical relevance. An additional core course builds communication, cultural competency, and other skills toward successful public engagement.
  • Breadth courses in fields including biology, chemistry, English, geology, economics, sociology and anthropology, international affairs, history, philosophy, and religious studies provide important discipline-specific tools for environmental analysis.
  • Majors receive faculty guidance toward areas of interest relevant to their academic and professional goals, and are encouraged to pursue overseas study, ideally related to these areas of interest, during their third year.
Major requirements

A minimum of 46 semester credits, including the following core courses:

  • ENVS 160 Introduction to Environmental Studies (4 credits)
  • ENVS 220 Environmental Analysis (5 credits)
  • ENVS 295 Environmental Engagement (4 credits)
  • ENVS 350 Environmental Theory (4 credits)
  • ENVS 400 Senior Seminar (4 credits)

Below are diagrams of the core course sequence and a four-year schedule, with required/recommended course timing in dark font, and optional timing in gray.

ENVS core course sequence (left) and four-year schedule (right), with required/recommended course...ENVS core course sequence (left) and four-year schedule (right), with required/recommended course timing in dark font, and optional timing in gray.

In addition, two breadth courses from the natural sciences, two from the social sciences, and two from the humanities, including any two of the following natural science breadth courses:

  • BIO 201 Biological Core Concepts (prerequisite: BIO 110 Investigations in Biology)
  • CHEM 100 Perspectives in Environmental Chemistry
  • or CHEM 110 General Chemistry I
  • GEOL 150 Environmental Geology
  • or GEOL 170 Climate Science

Two social science breadth courses, including:

  • ECON 260 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (prerequisite: ECON 100 Principles of Economics)

plus one of the following social science courses:

  • ENVS 460 Environmental Law & Policy
  • IA 257 Global Resource Dilemmas (prerequisite: IA 100 Introduction to International Relations)
  • or IA 340 International Political Economy (prerequisite as above)
  • SOAN 265 Critical Perspectives in Development (prerequisite: SOAN 100 Introduction to Sociology or 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology)
  • or SOAN 305 Environmental Sociology (prerequisite as above)

And any two of the following humanities breadth courses:

  • ENG 235 Animal Rights in Literature (other ENG 235 Topics courses are not applicable)
  • HIST 239 Constructing the American Landscape
  • or HIST 261 Global Environmental History
  • or HIST 388 What’s for Dinner
  • PHIL 215 Philosophy and the Environment
  • RELS 102 Food and Religion in America

Below is a diagram of ENVS breadth courses, with prerequisite courses at left; please consult the college catalog for other prerequisites.

ENVS breadth courses. Students take two from the natural sciences, two from the social sciences, ...ENVS breadth courses. Students take two from the natural sciences, two from the social sciences, and two from the humanities.

No two breadth courses for the natural sciences, social sciences, or arts and humanities may have the same departmental prefix.

All Lewis & Clark courses intended to fulfill environmental studies major requirements must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of ENVS 244 Practicum.

Although not required for the major, all environmental studies majors are strongly urged to complete MATH 131 Calculus I.

Minor requirements

A minimum of 25 semester credits (six courses), distributed as follows:

  • ENVS 160 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENVS 220 Environmental Analysis
  • ENVS 350 Environmental Theory
  • One natural science breadth course chosen from the above list
  • One social science breadth course chosen from the above list
  • One arts and humanities breadth course chosen from the above list

All Lewis & Clark courses intended to fulfill environmental studies minor requirements must be taken for a letter grade.