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Environmental Studies Curriculum - Effective Fall 2016

The environmental studies program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment. The curriculum is designed to help students integrate perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and fine arts. Because environmental problems and their potential solutions do not stop at disciplinary boundaries, the curriculum teaches students to approach a particular topic not simply as a question of biology, politics, or theology, but rather to combine these (and many more) perspectives to better understand environmental issues in all their complexity.

Classes of 2017-2019: Access old major and minor curriculum requirements

The major consists of 53 credits


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Required Core Courses: 25 credits

  • ENVR 150: Intro to Environmental Studies (4)
  • ENVR 175: Earth Systems Science (4)
  • ENVR 250: Environmental Methods and Analysis (4)
  • ENVR 275: Humans in the Environment (4)
  • ENVR 320: Research Colloquium (4)
  • ENVR 395: Research Seminar (4)
  • ENVR 397: Internship (1)

Environmental Perspectives: 12 credits

Students must complete three courses, one from each category.

Environmental Science has been one of my favorite classes because it gave me the opportunity to apply what I have learned in the class out in the field, for we did a lot of field work relating to the prairies that are in Saint John's Arboretum. I also enjoyed this course because I felt that being able to utilize the Saint John's Arboretum for a learning experience was extremely helpful

1. Environmental Science

  • ENVR 300T: Sustainable Agricultural Science (4)
  • ENVR 331: Science of Global Climate Change (4)

2. Environmental Social Science

  • ENVR 300: Energy and Society (proposed for new hire, 2017-2018)
  • ENVR 310: Environmental Geography (4)

3. Environmental Humanities

  • ENVR 315: American Environmental Classics (new course, 2017-2018)
  • ENVR/HIST 360: U.S. Environmental History

Environmental Electives: 16 credits

Students must complete four elective courses selected from the following lists. Note that the courses in Environmental Perspectives are listed here as well; the options that were not selected to fill that requirement may be

taken as electives. Additional ENVR 397: Internship credits may not be counted toward elective requirements.

Departmental Courses (4 credits each):

  • ENVR 200A: Environmental Art and Architecture
  • ENVR 300Q: Environmental Health
  • ENVR 300R: Sustainable Urban Planning
  • ENVR 300T: Sustainable Agricultural Science
  • ENVR 300X: Energy and Society (proposed for new hire, 2017-2018)
  • ENVR 310: Environmental Geography
  • ENVR 311: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • ENVR 315: American Environmental Classics (new course, 2017-2018)
  • ENVR 330: Environmental Politics/Policy
  • ENVR 331: Science of Global Climate Change
  • ENVR 360: U.S. Environmental History

Cross-listed and Non-departmental courses (4 credits each):

  • BIOL 334: General Ecology
  • BIOL 337: Aquatic Ecology
  • COMM 309: Environmental Rhetoric
  • PCST 354: Global Environmental Politics
  • PHIL 322: Environmental Ethics


The minor consists of 24 credits

Required Core Courses: 12 credits

  • ENVR 150: Intro to Environmental Studies
  • ENVR 175: Earth Systems Science
  • ENVR 275: Humans in the Environment

Environmental Electives: 12 credits

Choose THREE courses from the following list.

  • ENVR 300Q: Environmental Health
  • ENVR 300R: Sustainable Urban Planning
  • ENVR 300T: Sustainable Agricultural Science
  • ENVR 300X: Energy and Society (proposed for new hire, 2017-2018)
  • ENVR 310: Environmental Geography
  • ENVR 311: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • ENVR 315: American Environmental Classics (new course, 2017-2018)
  • ENVR 330: Environmental Politics/Policy
  • ENVR 331: Science of Global Climate Change
  • ENVR 360: U.S. Environmental History

Only 300-level courses that are formally listed as ENVR are accepted as elective in the minor. Courses from other departments that are not cross-listed (i.e. BIOL) may not be counted toward the minor. Courses taken through other institutions (i.e. study abroad) must be approved by the department chair on an individual basis.