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Curriculum

Core Curriculum – Track System

Five required core courses

In order to provide students with a curriculum that better matches the current state of the discipline; increase the depth of the curriculum; synergize with existing strengths within the university (departments and programs); and encourage students with diverse first majors to co-major with Environmental Studies, the ENVS major requires five core courses that may be chosen from Option A or Option B:

Option A – Available to all students:

  • ENV 001 Intro to Environmental Studies (Fall)
  • Two Natural Sciences/Technology courses:
    • BIO 7 Environmental Biology (Spring) -or- Environmental Science AP score 5*
    • EOS 2 Environmental Geology (Spring)
    • CHEM 8 Environmental Chemistry (Spring, alternate even years) **
    • ES 25 Environment and Technology (Fall)
  • EC 008 Principles of Economics with Environmental Applications (Spring) -or- EC 30 Environmental Economics (Fall, Spring, Summer Talloires)
    NOTE: Students taking EC 30 must take EC 5 first.
  • ENV 135 Environmental Policy (Fall) -or- UEP 94 Environmental Policy, Planning and Politics (Spring)

Option B – Only available to students graduating on/before 2021:

  • ENV 007/BIO 007 Environmental Biology (Spring) -or- Environmental Science AP score 4 or 5*
  • EOS 002 Environmental Geology (Spring) -or- CHEM 008 Environmental Chemistry (Spring, alternate years)**
  • ES 25 Environment and Technology (Fall) -or- ES 60 Appropriate Technology in Sustainable Engineering (Summer, Talloires)
  • EC 008 Principles of Economics with Environmental Applications (Spring) -or- EC 30 Environmental Economics (Fall, Spring, Summer Talloires)
    NOTE: Students taking EC 30 must take EC 5 first.
  • ENV 135 Environmental Policy (ENV 135; Fall) -or- UEP 94 Environmental Policy, Planning and Politics (Spring)

*Biology Majors may substitute BIO 142 or BIO 144. Students with Environmental Science IB credit may substitute if they have a score of 6 or 7.

**Chemistry Majors must take EOS 2.

Additional five courses

In addition to this core of five courses, students will complete a specialized track consisting of an additional five courses.

Track I: Environmental Science

Track II: Sustainability, Policy, and Equity

Track III: Environmental Communication

Track IV: Food Systems, Nutrition and the Environment

Track V: Environmental Humanities

Track VI: Self-Designed with Advisor

Students will also need to complete an environmental internship (ENV 99) consisting of at least 100 hours of paid or unpaid service. The internship must be pre-approved before completion by the Environmental Studies Program. More details >