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Environmental Studies Major with a focus on Ecological and Environmental Literacy

Overview of Degree Requirements

The BA degree is composed of 120 credits for all of the three concentration areas. The four degree categories below account for the College Liberal Arts core, Pre/Co-requisites where appropriate, Major core for the concentration, Major concentration area requirements, and open electives. As necessary and appropriate, accommodation will be made for students with transfer credit or related course experience for exceptions to the program information detailed below.

College Liberal Arts Core

All students who choose to major in Environmental Studies must complete the following liberal arts core courses
Course Number Course Name Credits
RST 213 Religion and the Natural World 3
POL 201/203 Introduction to American Government
Introduction to Global Politics
BIO 125/225 Environmental Science I
Environmental Science II
MTH 134 or MTH 231 Brief Calculus OR Calculus 3 - 4


Major Core

Course Number Course Name Credits
POL 368 Environmental Politics 3
RST 341 The Story of the Universe:
Foundational Cosmology and Earth History
ENV 452 Environmental Colloquium 1
ENV 495 Capstone Seminar in Environmental Studies 3


Ecological and Environmental Literacy Concentration Requirements

Course Number Course Name Credits
Required Pre/Co-requisites:  
CHM 109 & 110 General Chemistry I & II 10 credits
MTH 270 Statistics 3 credits
Required Major:  
BIO 201 Ecology, Evolution, and Diversity 4 credits
BIO 206 Botany 4 credits
BIO 310 Oceanography 4 credits
BIO 314 Ecology 4 credits
BIO 316 Microbiology 4 credits
BIO 403 Toxicology 3 credits
BIO 430 Microbial Ecology 4 credits
BIO 445 Internship 3 credits
CHM 209 & CHM 220 Organic Chemistry I AND
Organic Chemistry Lab
5 credits total
CHM 210 Organic Chemistry II 3 credits
CHM 222 Analytical Chemistry 3 credits
CHM 425 Chemical Safety (cannot be counted as a single course) 1 credit


Major Concentration Electives:

Choose any two from Religious Studies and/or Politics and Policy concentration (or any approved elective as advised)


Open Electives

All three concentration areas allow for a volume of open elective credits with which to further a student's interest in additional subject matter or pursuit of additional major or minor interests. The available number of open elective credit for this program is 17 credits.