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Track II: Sustainability, Policy, and Equity

Sustainability, Policy, and Equity focuses on environmental sustainability and environmental justice and requires that students integrate economics, policy, human well being (e.g., anthropology or sociology). Sustainability was developed to describe human practices that actively protect and do not negatively affect the earth natural ecosystem's ability to support healthy biological systems and human well being now and in the future. Human practices have environmental, economic, and social dimensions that need to be considered in the context of sustainability. Clearly, sustainability is truly multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary. The goal of this curriculum track is to maximize students' exposure to as many of these dimensions as possible.

Example track paths, based on students' interests:

Sustainable Cities
Environmental Policy
Environmental Health Policy & Justice
Environmental Law, Policy & Justice
US Environmental Protection Agency
Air and Water Policy & Equity
Sustainability & Equity

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Students focusing on the Sustainability, Policy, and Equity 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 course
    • One Methods/Research course
    • Three elective courses
      Note: Courses must come from at least two different departments and include one seminar (*)
ANTH 24 Introduction to Environmental Anthropology Fall
CEE 052/ENV 027 Public Health Engineering Spring
CH 001 Introduction to Community Health Fall
CHEM 008 Environmental Chemistry (unless completed as part of the core) Spring (even years)
EC 030 Environmental Economics (unless completed as part of the core) Fall, Spring
ENV 100 Sustainability in Action Spring
UEP 11/ENV 11 Intro to Urban Studies Fall

ANTH 161 Fieldwork Lab Fall
BIO 132 Biostatistics Fall
BIO 133 Ecological Models and Data Spring
BIO 181/ENV 181Tropical Ecology and Conservation Fall (odd years)
CEE 006 Principles of Biostatistics Spring
CEE 154 Principles of Epidemiology Fall, Spring
CEE 189 Introduction to Remote Sensing Spring
CEE 267/UEP 267 Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment Variable
CH 030 Community Health Methods Spring
CH 031 Introduction to Statistics for Health Applications (only Community Health/ENVS majors allowed) Fall
CSHD 140 Problems of Research: Statistics Spring
CSHD 142 Research Methods and Design Spring
CSHD 144 Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods on Applied Social Science Research Spring
CSHD 146 Applied Data Analysis Fall
EC 013 Statistics Fall, Spring
EC 015 Basic Econometrics Fall, Spring
EC 107 Econometric Analysis Fall, Spring
EC 108 Applications of Econometrics Spring
ENV 107/GIS 101 Intro to Geographic Information Systems Fall, Spring
ENV 120 Intro to Environmental Fieldwork: From Class to Community Fall, Spring
ENV 170 Environmental Data Visualization Fall
ENV 197/GIS 102 Advanced GIS Spring
ENV 199 Senior Honors Thesis Fall, Spring
ES 56 Probability and Statistics Fall, Spring
EOS 104 Geological Applications of Geographic Information Systems Spring
MATH 21 Introductory Statistics Fall, Spring
ME 011 Thermodynamics Applied to Sustainable Energy Fall
PS 103 Political Science Research Methods Spring
PS 115 Public Opinion and Survey Research Variable
PSY 031 Statistics for Behavioral Science Fall, Spring
SOC 100 Research Design and Interpretation Fall
SOC 101 Quantitative Research Methods in Sociology Fall, Spring
SOC 102 Qualitative Research Methods Fall
UEP 232/ENV 193 Intro to GIS Fall, Spring

ANTH 015/ENV015 Native Peoples and Indigenous Rights in South America Variable
ANTH 030 Food, Nutrition and Culture Variable
ANTH 138 The Anthropocene and the End of Nature Variable
ANTH 142 American Meat Variable
ANTH 178 Animals and Posthuman Thought Variable
BIO 142 Population and Community Ecology Fall
BIO 144 Principles of Conservation Biology Fall
BIO 164/ENV 164 Marine Biology Spring
BIO 180 Seminar in Conservation Biology * Spring (even years)
BIO 181/ENV 181 Tropical Ecology and Conservation * Fall (odd years)
BIO 185 Food for All: Ecology, Biotechnology and Sustainability * Fall (even years), Summer
CEE 039/ENV 070 Hazardous Materials Management Spring
CEE 057 Public Health Fall
CEE 111/ENV 112 Hydrology of the Built Environment Fall
CEE 136 Air Pollution Control Fall
CEE 138 Hazardous Waste Treatment Technologies Spring
CEE 158 Occupational and Environmental Health * Spring
CEE 157/ENV 167 Environmental Toxicology Fall
CEE 173 Health Effects and Risk Assessment Spring
CEE 241 Biology, Water & Health Fall
CH 106 Health, Ethics, and Policy Fall
CH 188-09 Health, Equity & Built Environment * Fall
EC 030 Environmental Economics (unless completed as part of the core) Fall, Spring
EC 130 Topics in Environmental Economics * Spring
EC 132 Economics of Energy Markets * Spring
EC 191-01 Urbanization in the Developing World Spring
EC 192 Resource and Environmental Economic Policy * Fall
ED 164 Education for Peace and Justice * Fall
ENG 176 Earth Matters: American Literature and the Environment * Fall
ENV 091 Environmental Preservation and Improvement * Fall
ENV 127 The Art of Making an Impact in Environmental Science * Spring
ENV 140 Environment, History and Justice (Variable)
ENV 152/PS 188-20 Seminar in Environmental Negotiations * Variable
EOS 005 Introduction to Oceanography Fall
NUTR 215/UEP 223 Fundamentals of US Agriculture * Fall
NUTR 221 Global Food Business * Spring
NUTR 224 Community Food Planning and Programs * Fall, Spring
NUTR 229 Humanitarian Action in Complex Emergencies * Fall
NUTR 233 Agricultural Science and Politics I * Spring
PHIL 191 Climate Change Ethics Fall
PS 138-09 Political Economics of Developing Countries Fall
PS 138-10 Politics of Oil & Energy Fall
PS 188 Gender Issues in the World Spring
SOC 94 People, Place and Environment Fall
SOC 113 Urban Sociology Spring
SOC 135 Social Movements Fall
SOC 188-04 Consumers and Consumerism Fall
UEP 101 Land Use Planning Spring
UEP 113 Housing Policy Fall
UEP 130/PJS 131 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution * Fall
UEP 178 Urban Planning * Fall
UEP 194-01 Urban Planning and Design * Fall
UEP 194-03 Introduction to the Legal Process Fall
UEP 194-04 Climate Change: The Legal Response Fall
UEP 200/ENV 200 Land Use Planning * Fall
UEP 206-01 Planning for Low Impact Development * Spring
UEP 207/CEE207 Environmental Law (Juniors and Seniors only)* Spring
UEP 221 Climate Change Policy * Spring
UEP 233 Regional Planning: Tools and Techniques Spring
UEP 264-01 Green Urban Design Fall
UEP 265/CEE 265 Corporate Management of Environmental Issues * Fall
UEP 271 Community Economic Development * Fall
UEP 275 Policy Implementation and Innovation * Fall
UEP 278 Environmental Justice, Security, and Sustainability * Fall
UEP 279 Water Resources Policy and Planning and Watershed Management * Fall
UEP 281 Toxic Chemicals & Human Ecology * Variable
UEP 284 Developing Sustainable Communities * Spring
UEP 293-03 Retrofitting Suburbs * Fall
UEP 294-16 Environmental Health for Policy and Planning * Spring

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.