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.
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
ENV 1 Introduction to Environmental Studies
|Two Natural Sciences/Technology courses:
BIO 7 Global Change 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: US Challenges and Solutions
ENV 135 Environmental Policy: Linking US and Global Politics
|One Environmental Economics course:
EC 8 Principles of Economics with Environmental Applications
EC 30 Environmental Economics (pre-req EC 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
Track IV: Food Systems, Nutrition and
the Environment focuses on the
importance of sustainable food production
systems and critical issues of access to high
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.
ENV 99 Environmental Internship
(Students must complete a pre-approved environmental internship and
subsequently sign up for ENV 99.)
*Biology majors may take BIO 142 or BIO 144. Students with Environmental Science IB credit
may substitute if they have a score of 6 or 7.
**Economics majors and minors may use EC 130 Topics in Environmental Economics to fulfill this requirement.
***Chemistry majors must take EOS 2.