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Environmental Studies Major with a focus on Politics and Policy

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


Politics and Policy Concentration Requirements

Course Number Course Name Credits
POL 302 Social Statistics 3
POL 383 Public Policy 3
ECO 370 Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development 3



Two electives from the following (or any Religious Studies or Ecological/Environmental Concentration area course, or any approved elective as advised):
Course Number Course Name Credits
POL 372 Environmental Law 3
POL 373 Global Cities and the Environment 3
POL 380 Bureaucracy 3
POL 483 Internship in Political Science 3
ENV 300 Special Topics in Environmental Studies 3


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 33 to 36 credits.