New ENVS Track System
Beginning in the Fall 2012 semester, the Environmental Studies major
will require 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:
Track I: Environmental Science focuses on science and the tools necessary to
detect, evaluate, and solve environmental problems (basic principles, theories,
and methods in biology, chemistry, Earth and ocean sciences, and physics).
Track II: Sustainability, Policy, and Equity
focuses on human development policies and
practices that can have both positive and negative effects on the natural
ecosystem and human well-being, both now and in the future.
Track III: Environmental Communication
will require students to have knowledge of
natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities to effectively
communicate complex environmental issues to diverse audiences.
Track IV: Food Systems and the Environment
Track V: Self-Designed with Advisor
is intended to allow students with the
capacity to design their own environmental focus in coordination with an
Environmental Studies Advisor. An example of this track might be a student who
coordinates with Environmental Studies' engineering and political science
faculty to design a series of courses that fit within the requirements of the
major, on the topic of energy and public policy.
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.
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Old ENVS Track System
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:
Track I: Environmental Science focuses on basic principles,
theories, and methods of the natural sciences (biology, physics,
chemistry, and geology) and their application to environmental problems.
Track II: Environment and Technology emphasizes engineering
and applied science aspects of resource management, environmental
impacts, and pollution prevention and abatement.
Track III: Environment and Society examines sociopolitical,
humanistic, economic, and cultural aspects of managing environmental problems.
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
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