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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.

  • Environmental Biology (ENV 007/Bio 007)*

  • Environmental Geology (EOS 002; Spring) or
    Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 008; Spring, alternate years)**

  • Environment and Technology (ES 025; Fall) or
    Appropriate Technology in Sustainable Engineering (ES 060; Summer, Talloires)

  • Principles of Economics with Environmental Applications (EC 008; Spring) or
    Environmental Economics (EC 30; Fall, Spring, Summer Talloires) ***
    NOTE: Students taking EC 30 must take EC 5 first.

  • Environmental Policy (ENV 135; Fall) or
    Environmental Policy, Planning and Politics (UEP 094; Spring)

*Biology Majors may substitute BIO 142 or BIO 144. Students with Environmental Science AP credit may substitute if they have a score of 4 or 5.
Students with Environmental Science IB credit may substitute if they have a score of 6 or 7.

**Chemistry Majors must take EOS 2

***'EC 5 Principles of Economics' will no longer be accepted to fulfill the Economics core requirement after Fall 2015. Students who have taken EC 5 before or during Fall 2015 will still be able to use it.

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 >