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Environmental Studies Co-major

The Environmental Studies Co-major allows 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. This co-major requires the completion of five core courses and five courses in a thematic track. Students must also complete a pre-approved environmental internship (min. 100hrs; ENV 99). Students pursuing this major must double-major in a second discipline. We recommend students to start with the gateway interdisciplinary course ENV 1 Introduction to Environmental Studies.

Policies: Students majoring in Environmental Studies may:

  • double-count up to three courses with a stand-alone major in a different department or program
  • double-count up to up to two courses with a minor in another department or program
  • count up to two (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
Students must complete five core courses by choosing Option A or Option B. Option B is only available to students graduating on/before 2021.

*Biology Majors may use 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.

Core Option A – Available to all students

ENV 1 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 (pre-req EC 5)

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

BIO 7 Environmental Biology (or Env. Sci. AP score 4 or 5)*

Two Natural Sciences/Technology courses:
EOS 2 Environmental Geology
CHEM 8 Environmental Chemistry**
ES 25 Environment and Technology
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 (pre-req EC 5)

Specialization in a thematic track (n=5)

Students will complete a specialized track consisting of an introduction course, a methods or research course, and three elective courses.

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, Nutrition and the Environment focuses on the importance of sustainable food production systems and critical issues of access to high quality food.

Track V: Environmental Humanities examines a wide range of cultural expressions and artistic representations of environmental issues in order to understand the values that shape and determine human beings’ relationship to the environment.

Track VI: 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.

Internship (n=1)

ENV 99 Environmental Internship

(Students must complete a pre-approved environmental internship and subsequently sign up for ENV 99.)