Environmental Studies Major

Program Advanced Placement Policy

AP credits may be used for advanced placement in the Environmental Studies major but do not reduce the number of courses required. Students scoring a 5 on the AP Environmental Science exam will normally skip BIOL 117 Environmental Science and take an additional Environmental Studies science elective. Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry exam may opt to skip CHEM 181 Atoms & Molecules and take CHEM 231 Equilibrium & Reactivity instead. Students will forfeit their AP Chemistry credit if they choose to take CHEM 181 instead.  Students are invited to contact the program director with questions.

Major Change

The Environmental Studies Major changed in 2019. For previous versions of this major, visit the Archives.


The Environmental Studies Major is a multidisciplinary program of study that involves a minimum of 14 courses. Each student tailors the major to his/her own interests and strengths within the major requirements, which are included below:

Three required courses:
Environmental Science
Students must also take Environmental Perspectives and a Capstone Seminar.
Two introductory science courses:
Introduction to Biol Diversity and Ecology (with lab)
Environmental Chemistry (with lab)
Atoms & Molecules
Introduction to Geology (with lab)
Introductory Physics 1: Mechanics, Fluids and Waves
Two environmental humanities courses:
China and the Environment
Nature in the Classical World
Georgic and Pastoral
The Romantic Revolution
Thoreau: Then and Now
Environmental Poetics
Nature and Society in American History
Environmental History
Environmental Political Philosophy
Environmental Ethics
Ecology & Religion
Comparative Mysticism & Human Ecology
Gardens & World Religions
Fire & Ice: Siberia In Fiction
Making the Modern City
Drawn to Nature
One environmental economics course:
Environmental Economics 2
One additional environmental social science course:
Politics Of Development
Nat Res Conflicts in Latin Am
Global Environmental Politics
Consumer & Corp Sustainability
Environmental Sociology
Cities and Environment
Two additional environmental science courses (one must include a lab):
Introduction to Biol Diversity and Ecology
Freshwater Ecology
Marine Biology
Field Botany
Conservation Biology
Ecosystem Ecology
Environmental Chemistry
Atoms & Molecules
Equilibrium & Reactivity
Instrumental Chemistry/Analytical Methods
Introduction to Geology
Watershed Hydrology
One quantitative or spatial analysis course:
Biological Statistics
Introduction to Geographic Info Systems
Two additional upper level environmental electives in any area above. 2

The courses listed above are regularly offered. Departments frequently offer additional courses that may be counted for ENVS credit. The director will publicize other courses and how they may be used to fulfill major requirements.

Students may also use certain study abroad courses to fulfill major requirements with prior permission from the Environmental Studies Study Abroad Advisor