Required Courses

Introductory classes are designed to give you a foundation in the sciences and an overview of major environmental issues. Students in the Environmental Science concentrations must take the majors’ version of each science class, while students in the Environment & Society concentration may opt for the non-majors’ versions. Below are the required core classes needed for each concentration (total common core credit hours: 32-34).

Required in all ENVI concentrations:

  • ENVI 105 Introduction to Environment and Society (3 credits)
  • ENVI 107 Introduction to Environmental Science (3 credits)
  • PHIL 229 Environmental Ethics (3 credits)
  • GEO 276 Principles of Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)

Required for the Environmental Science Concentrations:

  • BIO 120 and BIO 121 Introductory Biology: Evolution and Ecology Lecture (3 Credits) and Lab (2 credits)
  • CHEM 121 and CHEM 122 General Chemistry I Lecture (3 Credits) and Lab (1 Credit)
  • ESSC The Dynamic Earth System (4 Credits)
  • STAT 360 Statistical Methods (3 Credits)

Required in the Environment & Society Concentration:

  • BIO 226 Global Ecology and the Environment (3 credits) OR
    • BIO 120 and 121 Introductory Biology: Evolution and Ecology Lecture (3 credits) and Lab (2 credits)
  • CHEM 115 and 116 Our Environment and Its Chemistry Lecture (3 credits) and Chemistry and Society Lab (1 credit) OR
    • CHEM 121 and 122 General Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits) and Lab (1 credit)
  • ESSC 108 and 109 Introduction to Earth Science Lecture (3 credits) and Lab (1 credit) OR
    • ESSC 110 The Dynamic Earth System (4 credits)
  • STAT 170 Elementary Statistics (3 credits) OR
    • STAT 360 Statistical Methods (3 credits)

Consult the list of approved courses for the Gen. Ed. Program for details.

The following two courses are required for all majors, but have to be taken AFTER completion of the other required core courses listed above. Your program adviser will give you the permission to register for these courses:

ENVI 305W Topics in Environmental Science and Society (3 credits)
The course bridges the sciences and society and looks at key issues, such as ‘water use’ or ‘energy’ from various perspectives. The course fulfills the Intensive Writing requirement of the Gen. Ed. program.

ENVI 405 Capstone Seminar (3 credits)
1 credit weekly seminar during the senior year to be accompanied by a 2 credits Co-requisite of internship experience (ENVI 488 Internship) or undergraduate research in one of the departments participating in the ENVI program (e.g. BIO 498 Undergraduate Research in Biology)

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