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The Environmental Studies major requires the completion of five core courses, plus five courses in any one track, and an internship. The core curriculum requires students to master basic scientific principles of environmental processes, to examine interactions between technology and the environment, and to explore the societal context for implementing environmental policy. We recommend that students begin the major by taking Environmental Biology (Bio7/Env7) early on, to get to know the program.
In addition to the new core, students are required to take five courses in their program track. The program tracks are required for the class of 2016, and optional for current students.
The revised tracks include:
The track courses must include one introduction to the track course; three additional courses, one of which must be a seminar; and a methods or research course. Student may double count courses, but no more than three courses can count for both their first and second majors.
Environmental Studies majors enrolled prior to the Fall 2012 semester may be able to opt to transfer into the new track system but should consult an advisor to fully understand how this might affect their four-year graduation trajectory. For those that remain in the existing structure, the eight-core/three-course tracks they originally declared for during their time at Tufts University are required.
The curriculum here is designed to give students both breadth and depth. Environmental Studies students enrolled prior to Fall 2012 are generally following this curriculum, unless they have officially opted into the new track system. Students in the old track system must complete an eight course core curriculum. The core requires students to master basic scientific principles of environmental processes, to examine interactions between technology and the environment, and to explore the societal context for implementing environmental policy. Students must also complete three courses in a specific track. These courses are designed to capture the fundamental principles of that track. In addition, students must complete an internship.
The tracks under this system are:
Since the environmental studies curriculum is designed to complement an additional major, students may double count courses (no more than fifty percent of the courses counted in the primary major) to fulfill both their majors.
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