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Applied Environmental Studies Major

This is a stand-alone major that does not require majoring in a second discipline, in contrast to the Environmental Studies co-major.

The Applied Environmental Studies major provides theoretical grounding of environmental principles while also providing robust training in quantitative methods, spatial analysis and communication skills required for success in the field. Students will be required to complete fifteen classes: five core courses, five skill-based courses, four courses in an area of specialization, and a project-based capstone or equivalent course. Students must also complete a pre-approved environmental internship (min. 100hrs; ENV 99). We recommend students to start with the gateway interdisciplinary course ENV 1 Introduction to Environmental Studies.

Policies: Students majoring in Applied Environmental Studies may:

  • double-count up to five courses with another stand-alone major in another department or program
  • double-count up to up to two courses with a minor in another department or program
  • count up to four (approved) classes taken abroad
  • use one (approved) Experimental College class toward this major
  • petition classes not listed in the major's website in order to fulfill degree requirements
Core courses (n=5)
ENV1 Introduction to Environmental Studies
Two Natural Sciences/Technology courses:
BIO 7 Environmental Biology (or Env. Sci. AP score 5)
ES 25 Environment and Technology
EOS 2 Environmental Geology
CHEM 8 Environmental Chemistry
One Environmental Policy course:
ENV 135 Environmental Policy
UEP 94 Environmental Policy, Planning and Politics
One Environmental Economics course:
EC 8 Principles of Economics with Environmental Applications
EC 30 Environmental Economics (Prerequisite: EC 5)
Skill-based courses (n=5)
One Environmental Communication course:
ENV 150 Environment, Communication and Culture
ENG/ENV 160 Environmental Justice and World Literature
ENG/ENV 176 Earth Matters
ANTH 24 Anthropology of the Environment
One Intro-level (or above) GIS course:
ENV 107/GIS 101/INTR 81 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
EOS 104 Geological Applications of Geographic Information Systems
CEE 187 Geographic Information Systems
One Intro-level (or above) Statistics course:
BIO 132 Biostatistics
BIO 133 Ecological data and Statistics
CEE 006 Principles of Biostatistics
MATH 21 Introductory Statistics (AP credit not allowed)
EC 13 Statistics
PSY 31 Stats for Behavioral Science
ENV 170 Environmental Data, Analysis and Visualization (Prerequisite: Intro-level stats course)
ENV 120 Environmental Fieldwork: from Class to Community
Specialization (n=4)
4 elective courses from one of the following thematic tracks:
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
Capstone (n=1)
ENV 191 Environmental Studies Capstone, or ENV 198 Directed Research, or ENV 199 Senior Thesis
Internship (n=1)
ENV 99 Environmental Internship