All students completing a major in Environmental Studies will complete this program core (28 credit hours):
EV 111, EV 224, CH 101 or *CH 110, BI 109 or **BI110; One two-course policy sequence:
Sequence 1: EC 105 and EC 372,
Sequence 2: SO101 and either SO 317 or SO 349,
Sequence 3: PS 101 and PS 278,
Sequence 4: IS 205 and either EC 344 or PO 383;
Capstone (EV 485): As seniors, all students will complete either an internship or research experience culminating in both written and public verbal presentations of the experience.
*Students planning to major in Biology or Chemistry must take CH 110. Students planning to pursue graduate work in the environmental sciences are encouraged to take CH 110.
** Students planning to pursue the Wildlife Management or planning to double major in Biology and Environmental Studies must take BI 110.
A minor in Environmental Studies can be achieved by completing the core program above for a total of 24 credit hours. Students choosing a minor in environmental studies need not complete the capstone experience.
In addition to the core program stated above, each student must complete at least one of the three available tracks. Students are strongly encouraged to double major with another related discipline.
1. Ecohydrology Track
This track is intended to prepare students for careers requiring a strong quantitative background, including environmental consulting, regulatory agencies, and/or graduate school. Students choosing this track must take CH 110 and BI 110 in the program major core, and strongly consider double majoring or minoring in chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and/or physics.
In addition to the core, students also take EV 355 and MA 133. Three additional courses selected from: CH 203, CH 204, CH 211, CH 312, CS 160, CS
170, MA 213, MA 223, MA 233, MA 334, PY 181, PY 182, PY 201, PY 202, PY 306, PY 321, PY 322.
2. Social Environmentalism
This track addresses the social aspects of environmental issues, social justice, and how to best affect change in society. Changes may be accomplished through legislative policy, the judicial system, writing, visual and aural artistic production, and/or other forms of cultural expression. Students choosing this track should strongly consider double majoring in a discipline related to their professional objectives.
In addition to the core, students also take CO 214 and PO 101. Choose three additional courses beyond those chosen for the core: AR 201, AR 346, EC 342, EC 344, EN 205, EN 207, EN 208, EN 212, EN 304, EN 309, EN 356, EV 235, EV 312, HI 215, HI 344, IN 160, PH 315, PO 105, PO 150, PO 202, PO 362, PO 383, PO 386, PS 278, RE 177, SO/EV 317, SO/EV 349
3. Wildlife Management
The Wildlife Management track of the Environmental Studies Major is intended to prepare students for careers in ecological conservation and/or wildlife management that do not require formal postgraduate education. Students considering pursuing a graduate degree in wildlife management or conservation biology should strongly consider double majoring in biology.
Students choosing the Wildlife Management Track must take BI 110 in the core. In addition to the core, students also take EV 344.
To gain depth in the fields of ecology and environmental biology, take three courses chosen from: BI 201, BI 238, BI 324/EV 324, BI 245, BI 325, BI 326, BI 328/PS328, BI 350, EV 355.
To expand upon an interdisciplinary perspective on environmental issues, take one course chosen from: AR 201, AR 346, EN 205, EN 208, EN 212, EN 356, EV 235, EV 312, HI 215, HI 344, PH 315, SO 317, SO 349.