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  • Course description
     ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

    The environmental studies major will provide students with an educational specialty grounded in the subjects and issues related to the natural environment and the relationship of the human being to the natural environment. The major offers the breadth and depth of interdisciplinary inquiry, integrating knowledge across the natural sciences, behavioral sciences, and humanities. The major develops analytical tools and skills for understanding the environment, while emphasizing the role of beliefs, values, ethics and aesthetics in shaping human behavior.

    Students will be exposed to coursework which develops skills in the following areas: laboratory research and environmental science; policy analysis, social, historical and global awareness; philosophical and ethical inquiry; writing and composition; oral presentation; educational techniques and strategies; legal research; and group enterprise. This will prepare students for careers in such diverse fields as environmental and urban planning, natural resource management, scientific journalism, environmental law and policy making, parks and recreation, landscape and architecture, public health, education, the arts, and many more. The Environmental Studies major or minor satisfies the Environmental perspective requirement.

    The major includes five required courses, four environmental field courses, two tools courses, and the completion of a minor related to environmental studies chosen from a pre- approved list. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

    Required courses (Must take all 5)

          ES 172 Introduction to Environmental Studies
          ES 270 Introduction to Environmental Biology
          ES 211 Introduction to Earth Science
          ES 498 Environmental Comprehensive Exam/Internship
          One upper-level synthesis course that requires at least one of the introductory courses. Currently offered options: Conservation Biology, Global Environmental Change, Estuaries, Restoration Ecology, Advanced Policy of Protected Areas, Advanced Ecotourism Policy & Practice, Marine Mammalogy.

    Environmental Field Courses (Must take a class from 4 of the 7 fields):

    Ethics

          ES 345H Environmental Ethics & Justice
          PL 243E Environmental Ethics

    Religion

          RE 318E Ecotheology
          RE 382H Asian Religions and Ecology

    Literature and Criticism

          AM 319E Environmental Film Colloquium
          ES 314E Environment in American Thought
          ES 351E Influential Environmental Writers

    History

          HI 353E Environmental History
          HI 354E European Environmental History

    Policy/Law

          ES 216 Introduction to Coastal Management
          PO 325 Environmental Politics & Policy
          PO 313 International Environmental Law
          ES 315 Wildlife Policy

    Economics

          EC 373 Natural Resource Economics
          EC 374 Environmental Economics
          EC 383 Marine Resource Policy
          EC 388 Economic Development

    Human Ecology

          ES 280 Environmental Education
          AN 335E Cultural Ecology

    Tools Courses (Must take a class from 2 of the 4 categories):

    Writing course

          CO 200E Writing the Environment
          CO 326 Environmental Rhetoric

    Methods course

          EC 201S Introductory Economics of the Environment
          EC 281S Principles of Microeconomics

    Statistics

          PO 260M Political Science Research Methods
          BE 260M Statistical Methods for the Sciences
          MN 260M Statistical Methods for Management & Economics
          PS 200 and 201M Statistics and Research Design I & II
          MA 133M Statistics: An Introduction

    Computer course

          CS 143M Introduction to Computer Science
          ES 341N GIS for Environmental Studies

    Completion of a minor related to Environmental Studies:

        * Anthropology
        * Biology
        * Chemistry
        * Computer Science
        * Economics
        * Geology
        * History
        * Human Development
        * Literature
        * Philosophy
        * Political Science
        * Psychology
        * Religious Studies
        * Sociology
        * Visual Arts

    The minor in Environmental Studies requires six courses, three required courses (ES 172 Introduction to Environmental Studies, ES 270 Introduction to Environmental Biology, and ES 211 Introduction to Earth Science) and three environmental field courses. The environmental field courses are listed above. Students should choose one class from three of the seven fields.

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