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 240 Water and Watersheds.
    ENVR 310 Soils/Lab.
  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.
    ES/GE 217. Mapping and GIS/Lab.
    ES/GE 226. Hydrogeology.
    ENVR s39. Visualizing Data: Design, Power, Truth.
    ENVR 220. GIS across the Curriculum.
    ENVR 221. Ecology of Food and Farming/Lab.
    ENVR 229. The Electric Grids.
    ENVR 240. Water and Watersheds/Lab.
    ENVR 306. Disturbance Ecology.
    ENVR 310. Soils/Lab.
    GEO 210. Sedimentary Processes and Environments/Lab.
  4. One of the following core social science courses:
    AN/ES 242. Environment, Human Rights, and Indigenous Peoples.
    ECON 222. Environmental Economics.
    ENVR 209. Sustainable Cities.
    ENVR 308. Urban and Regional Food Systems.
    ENVR 223. Politics of Wildlife Conservation.
    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 the Cultures of Russia.
    ENVR 227. Catastrophes and Hope.
    ENVR 319. Imagining Climate Change.
    ENVR 334. Living with Animals: Perspectives from Literature and Film.
    ENVR 340. Literatures of Agriculture.
  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 class 2020: check with your faculty advisor for any variations to these core course requirements.

Majors in the classes of 2020 and 2021 must also complete a 200-hour internship. An internship is strongly recommended for all subsequent classes.

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.

Courses completed in the core can not count towards the chosen concentration.

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. 

Ecology and Earth Systems

Economics and Science of the Environment

Environment and Human Culture

Global Environmental Politics