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Environmental Studies

Academic Requirements

Academic Requirements Environmental Studies (B.A.)

Course Checklist for Students

Introductory Course:

  • ENV 101. Introduction to Environmental Studies 
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One introductory-level majors sequence in the Natural Sciences chosen from below (choose either BIO or CHE): 

  • BIO 111, 112. General Biology I, II, or 
  • CHE 120, 220. Chemical Principles of Organic Molecules & Quantitative Chemical Analysis

Three additional science courses:

  • Earth Science (1 course): ENV 140. Exploring the Solid Earth or ENV 141 Atmosphere, Ocean, and Environment
  • Environmental Chemistry (1 course): CHE/ENV 210.  Environmental Chemistry (if taken CHE 120 & 220) or CHE/ENV 110. Chemistry of the Env. (if do not plan to take CHE 120 & 220)
  • Ecology (1 course): ENV 242. Applied Ecology (if taken BIO 111-112) or any BIO 100 course (if do not plan to take BIO 111-112) 
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Math course (choose one):  

  • MAT 109. Statistics
  • MAT 201. Differential Calculus

Social Science, Humanities, and Fine Arts Classes (5 courses)

Two core courses are required: 

  • PHL 102. Contemporary Moral Issues
  • ENV 117. Intro to Environmental & Natural Resource Economics

Three additional courses from at least 2 different departments, chosen from those listed below:

  • ANT/ENV 107. Introduction to Environmental Archaeology
  • ANT/ENV 109. Introduction to GIS
  • ANT 280. Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • ART/ENV 241. Environment and Public Art
  • ART/ENV 395. Art and the Natural World
  • CRS 244. A Humanities Perspective on the Chesapeake (if enrolled in the Chesapeake Semester)
  • ECN/ENV 317. Environmental Economics
  • ECN/ENV 318. Natural Resource Economics (if taken ECN 112)
  • ENG 347. American Environmental Writing 
  • PHL 310. Philosophy of Science
  • POL/ENV 335. Global Environmental Politics
  • SOC/ENV 370. Environmental Sociology
  • SOC 394. Sociology and Agriculture
  • Special Topics (with approval from ENV Dept Chair)

Two upper level ENV courses chosen from the following (note that some courses have pre-requisites):

  • ENV/BIO 221. The Bermuda Environment (summer course, odd years)
  • ENV 222. Summer Environmental Studies in Ecuador (summer course, even years)
  • ENV 240. Earth and Planetary Systems
  • ENV 294. Environmental Communication bird
  • ENV 302. Conservation and Wildlife Techniques
  • ENV 311. Watershed Biogeochemistry
  • ENV 312. Field Methods in Environmental Science
  • ENV/BIO 313. Wetlands Ecology
  • ENV 314. Energy and the Environment
  • ENV 319 Sustainability and the Environment
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  • ENV 320. Climate Change
  • ENV 394. Marine Conservation
  • ENV 394. Restoration Ecology
  • ENV Special Topics (as approved by the ENV Dept Chair)

Junior and Senior Seminar (1-credit each)

  • ENV 392. Environmental Science and Studies Junior Seminar
  • ENV 491. Environmental Science and Studies Senior Seminar

Senior Capstone Experience (4 credits)

  • ENV SCE to be completed the last semester of a student’s senior year

Note for students interested in Physics

  • Students interested in pursuing a physics track within the environmental studies or environmental science degree program can substitute PHY 111 and/or PHY112 for one or two courses in the major, after consultation with and written approval from the ENV department chair.

Note for students who double major or minor in Biology

  • Students who double major in Environmental Science and Biology can count a maximum of 5 Biology courses (BIO 111, 112, and 3 more) towards their Environmental Studies major.  Courses cross-listed in BIO and ENV count towards this maximum. Only one Biology Category V class can be used. Also, double majors may fulfill the ENV 244 Applied Ecology requirement with BIO 206 Ecology.Students who minor in Biology can only count 3 Biology courses for both the BIO minor and the Environmental Science major (BIO 111, 112, and 1 more approved upper-level BIO or ENV elective). To complete the Biology minor, an additional 4 upper-level BIO courses are required. 

Note for students who minor in Chesapeake Regional Studies (5 courses total)

  • Students who minor in Chesapeake Regional Studies can double count one course for this minor and the Environmental Science or Studies major.

Note for students who minor in Earth and Planetary Systems (6 courses total)

  • Students who minor in Earth and Planetary Systems can double count two courses from the core for this minor and the Environmental Science or Studies major.