Environmental Studies Program
Basic Structure of the Program
- Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws on several disciplines, including biology, economics, geography, government and many others. (Most of its faculty however, is appointed to the Environmental Studies program).
- The program offers an Environmental Studies Major and Minor and an Environmental Science Minor. Other majors can be modified with environmental studies.
- The Environmental Studies Major and Minor look at how people interact with the natural environment.
- A sustainability track is also an option for the Environmental Studies Minor.
- The Environmental Science Minor focuses on the scientific aspects of how people interact with and interfere with the natural world.
- Environmental Studies sponsors a Foreign Study Program to Southern Africa in the fall. It is based out of the University of Pretoria, and includes field trips elsewhere in Southern Africa. Prerequisites for the program include ENVS 2 or the equivalent, ENVS 39 or ENVS 65 with permission. An additional prerequisite is one other course from a list of selected offerings in other departments. Please consult the ENVS office or the Off-Campus Programs office for an updated list of those courses.
Courses for the Student with Little or No Background Who Wants to Explore Environmental Studies
- ENVS 1: Humans and Nature in America
- ENVS 2: Introduction to Environmental Science
- ENVS 3: Environment and Society
Information for the First-Year Student Who Plans on Pursuing Environmental Studies
- Students are advised to take ENVS 1, 2 or 3 in their first year, and ideally to have taken 1 or 3 and ENVS 2 by the end of the second year. But a student does not need to have done so to declare and complete the major.
- Prerequisites for the ENVS Major include MATH 3 or 10, CHEM 3 or 5, or PHYS 3, or BIOL 16 or EARS 1, and ECON 1 or ECON 2.
Current Enrollments, Class Size, and Distributives
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