Academic Program

All Environmental Studies majors must complete the following core courses:

  1. Both of the following:
    ENVR 204 Environment and Society.
    ENVR 205 Lives in Place.
  2. One of the following:
    ENVR 203 Scientific Approaches to Environmental Issues.
    ENVR 204 Water and Watersheds.
    ENVR 310 Soils.
  3. One of the following core natural science courses:
    BI/ES 246. Conservation Biology.
    BI/ES 271. Dendrology and the Natural History of Trees/Lab.
    BIO s31. Avian Biology/Lab.
    BIO s32. The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of the Galapagos Archipelago.
    BIO s37. The North Woods.
    BIO s38. Plant Ecology.
    ES/GE 217. Mapping and GIS/Lab.
    ES/GE 226. Hydrogeology.
    ES/GE s21. Field Studies in Geology.
    ENVR 220. GIS across the Curriculum.
    ENVR 229. The Electric Grids.
    ENVR 240. Water and Watersheds/Lab.
    ENVR 310. Soils/Lab.
    GEO 210. Sedimentary Processes and Environments/Lab.
    GEO s31. Limnology and Paleolimnology of Lakes in Northern New England/Lab.
    GEO s36. Coastal Hazards.
    GEO s39. Geology of the Maine Coast by Sea Kayak.
  4. One of the following core social science courses:
    AN/ES 242. Environment, Human Rights, and Indigenous Peoples.
    ECON 222. Environmental Economics.
    ENVR 209. Urban Environments: Resilience and Adaptation.
    ENVR 308. Urban and Regional Food Systems.
    ENVR 337. Social Movements, NGOs, and the Environment.
    ES/LS 350. Environmental Justice in the Americas.
  5. One of the following core humanities courses:
    INDS 211. U.S. Environmental History.
    ES/PL 214. Environmental Ethics.
    ES/RU 216. Nature in Russian Culture.
    ENVR 227. Catastrophes and Hope.
    ENVR 334. Living with Animals: Perspectives from Literature and Film.
    ENVR 340. Literatures of Agriculture.
    ENVR 348. Nature and the Novel.
  6. ENVR 417 Community-Engaged Research in Environmental Studies.
  7. One of the following:
    ENVR 450 Environmental Writing in the Public Sphere.
    ENVR 457 Senior Thesis.
    ENVR 458 Senior Thesis.

** For ES majors in the classes 2018, 2019, and 2020: check with your faculty advisor for any variations to these core course requirements.

Majors must also complete a 200-hour internship.

Beyond these common, core courses, students choose from one of four focused concentrations; these are intended to give you a depth of disciplinary perspective along with the skills to embark on both disciplinary and interdisciplinary work.

Details on requirements for each of the concentrations are linked below.  Please be aware that the ES committee has redesigned the concentrations to simplify the major, while still offering a broad array of options that correspond to the diversity of ways in which we can approach environmental challenges.  Students in classes 2019 and beyond must choose one of the four options below.

For students in the class of 2019 and beyond:

Ecology and Earth Systems

Ecology and Economics of the Environment

Environment and Human Culture

Global Environmental Politics

For students in the class of 2018:

You may opt for either the “new” ES major (above) or the preceding one, which is the Academic Program option for 2018.