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Track I: Environmental Science

Environmental Science is an applied interdisciplinary field that integrates physical and biological sciences. Environmental science focuses on the science and tools to detect, evaluate, and solve environmental problems.

At Tufts University, the goal of the Environmental Science Track is to provide students with breadth and depth in environmental sciences. The requirements below will give students both critical skills, such as GIS (geographic information systems), as well as foundational knowledge in relevant fields. For example, a student in this track might take GIS and Remote Sensing as skill-based courses, and Introduction to Oceanography, Marine Biology, and a seminar to build foundational knowledge in marine environmental science. We recognize that most students in this track are already majoring in one of the sciences, so Environmental Science Track courses are intended to build on and complement the knowledge base from their other major.

Example track paths, based on students' interests:

Environmental Conservation
Water Science
Environmental Epidemiology & Toxicology
Environmental Science in Business & Consulting
Wildlife & Conservation Veterinary Medicine
Climate Change Science

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Students focusing on the Environmental Science Track must take the following track courses in addition to other general requirements:

Applied Environmental Studies Stand-alone Majors:

  • Four elective courses

Environmental Studies Co-Majors:

  • Five courses as follows:
    • One Introductory GIS course
    • One Statistics Methods/Research course
      Note: We recommend that if your other major is in one of the departments listed here, that you take a statistics course from that department. Please be advised that some courses have "recommendations". A higher level statistics course can substitute one of these introductory courses.
    • Three elective courses
      Note: Courses must come from at least two different departments and include one seminar (*)
ENV 107/GIS 101/INTR 81 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Fall, Spring
EOS 104 Geological Applications of Geographic Information Systems Spring
NUTR 231 Fundamentals of GIS for Food, Agriculture, and Environmental applications Fall, Spring
CEE 187 Geographic Information Systems Fall
UEP 232/ENV193 Intro to GIS Fall, Spring

BIO 132 Biostatistics Fall
BIO 133 Ecological Models and Data Spring
CEE 006 Principles of Biostatistics Spring
CEE 154 Principles of Epidemiology Fall, Spring
CH 31 Introduction to Statistics for Health Applications (only Community Health/ENVS majors allowed) Fall
EC 13 Statistics Fall, Spring
EC 15 Basic Econometrics Fall, Spring
ENV 120 Intro to Environmental Fieldwork: From Class to Community Fall, Spring
ENV 170 Environmental Data Visualization (Pre-req: Intro-level stats) Fall
MATH 21 Introductory Statistics Fall, Spring
PS 103 Political Science Research Methods Fall, Spring
PSY 31 Stats for Behavioral Science Fall, Spring
SOC 101 Quantitative Research Methods Fall, Spring

ANTH 44/BIO 44 Primate Social Behavior Spring
ANTH 177 Chimpanzee Behavioral Ecology Fall
BIO 051 Experiments in Ecology Fall
BIO 106 Microbiology w/Lab Spring
BIO 130/ENV 130 Animal Behavior Spring
BIO 135 Ecology of Animal Movement Fall
BIO 142 Population and Community Ecology Fall
BIO 143/ENV 143 Evolutionary Biology Spring
BIO 144 Principles of Conservation Biology Fall
BIO 164/ENV 164 Marine Biology Spring
BIO 179 Seminar in Marine Biology * Fall (odd years)
BIO 180 Seminar in Conservation Biology * Spring (even years)
BIO 181 Tropical Ecology and Conservation * Fall (odd years)
BIO 183 Seminar in Darwinian Medicine * Fall
BIO 185 Food for All: Ecology, Biotechnology and Sustainability * Fall (even years), Summer
CEE 154 Principles of Epidemiology Fall, Spring
CEE 030 Environmental Chemistry Fall
CEE 032 Environmental Engineering Principles Spring
CEE 111/ENV 112 Hydrology of the Built Environment Fall
CEE 112/ENV 131 River Hydraulics and Stream Restoration Spring
CEE 158 Occupational and Environmental Health * Spring
CEE 157/ENV 167 Environmental Toxicology Fall
CEE 189 Introduction to Remote Sensing Spring
CHEM 008 Environmental Chemistry Spring (even years)
CHEM 042 Quantitative analysis Spring
EC 030/ENV 030 Environmental Economics Fall, Spring
ENV 091/BIO 001 Environmental Preservation and Improvement * Fall
ENV 127 The Art of Making an Impact in Environmental Science * Spring
ENV 105 Flowers of the Alps Summer
ENV 199 Senior Honors Thesis Fall, Spring
EOS 001 Introduction to the Dynamic Earth Fall
EOS 005 Introduction to Oceanography Fall
EOS 032 Geomorphology w/Lab Fall
EOS 051 Global Climate Change Fall
EOS 052 Paleoclimate Spring
EOS 131/ENV 113 Groundwater Fall
EOS 132 Groundwater Chemistry and Quality Spring
EOS 133 Field Hydrogeology Spring
EOS 288 Groundwater Modeling Spring
ES 027/ENV 27 Public Health Engineering Spring
ES 056 Probability and Statistics Fall, Spring
ES 152 Engineering Systems: Stochastic Models Variable
GIS 102/ENV 197 Advanced Geographic Information Systems Fall, Spring
PHY 042 Electricity and Magnetism I Fall
PHY 043 Electricity and Magnetism II Spring
PSY 107 Advanced Statistics I Fall
PSY 108 Advanced Statistics II Spring
PHIL 033 Logic Fall, Spring
PHIL 038 Rational Choice Fall

Unlisted courses that are environmentally-themed might be requested to count toward specific requirements (introductory, research/methods and advanced courses/seminars). Examples might include Experimental College classes or Advanced Independent Research courses offered by different departments. In order to have an unlisted course added to a track, you must complete a Course Petition form and submit it to environmentalstudies(@tufts.edu).

Attention: This list is a general guide. Some courses might not be taught every year. Please double-check the current semester course listing and/or SIS.