Environmental Studies Program

Environmental Studies Degree Requirements


13 courses distributed as follows:

Core Requirements

  • EVST 110 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • BIOL 104 Environmental Biology
  • CHEM 101 Chemistry of the Environment
  • ENGL 275 American Literature and the Environment
    ENGC 306 Exploring Nature Writing 
  • POLI 235 Public Policy
    POLI 365 Environmental Policy and Management
  • PSYC 290 Principles of Statistics
    BUSI 250 Principles of Statistics
    MATH 215 Statistical Analysis
    ANTH 335 Geographic Information Science
  • ECON 340 Environmental Economics
  • SOCI 375 Environmental Sociology
    ANTH 330 Human Impact on the Ancient Environments
    ANTH 312 Land of the Ancestors
  • RELI 270 Ecotheology
    PHIL 270 Environmental Philosophy
    PHIL 315 Ethics and Relations to Friend, Kin, and Community
  • EVST 497 Senior Seminar

All majors must complete an internship with an environmental studies focus. The internship must be approved in advance by the Environmental Studies chair.

All students will choose from two possible concentrations for their remaining courses. Students desiring a Natural Science concentration may take either a biology or chemistry sequence. Students with a Socio-cultural concentration take three courses of their choice from the list below.

Natural Science Concentration


  • BIOL 150 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 190 Botany
    BIOL 220 Zoology
  • BIOL 250 Genetics
  • BIOL 365 Ecology and Evolution

Students who complete the biology sequence will not have to take the core course BIOL 104 Environmental Biology.


  • CHEM 110 General Chemistry I: Chemical Structure and Properties
    CHEM 120 General Chemistry II: Chemical Analysis and Reactivity
    CHEM 150 Accelerated General Chemistry
  • CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
  • EVST/CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis

Students who complete the chemistry sequence will not have to take the core course CHEM 101 Chemistry of the Environment.

Socio-cultural Concentration

3 of the following courses from three different disciplines:

  • ANTH 360 Globalization and Transnationalism
  • ANTH 312 Land of the Ancestors*
  • ENGC/SOCI 306 Exploring Nature Writing*
  • ENGF 275 Film and the Environment
  • ENGL 275 American Literature and the Environment*
  • HIST 308 Ecology in American Indian History
  • PHIL 270 Environmental Philosophy*
  • PHIL 490 Special Topics**
  • RELI 270 Ecotheology
  • SOCI 300 The Urban Community
  • SOCI 340 Food, Culture and Nature
  • SOCI 362 Images of the City

* If not taken in core requirements
** Must be approved by Environmental Studies faculty. Some topics may not cover environmental concepts.

Senior Capstone Experience

The Senior Capstone Experience for the environmental studies major consists of participation in the Senior Seminar course. EVST 497 Senior Seminar is a one semester course that involves common readings, research methods, and both written and oral presentation of independent research. The grade for the Senior Capstone Experience is based on the oral presentation and defense of research components of the senior seminar.