Environmental Studies Program

Environmental Studies Courses

All other courses required for the Environmental Studies major are described under the respective academic departments.

EVST 110 Introduction to Environmental Studies
An introduction to the study of environmental problems using an interdisciplinary approach with emphasis on the importance of sustainable solutions. The course combines scientific, economic, political, socio-cultural and ethical knowledge to examine selected topics such as human population, food, water, and energy.

EVST 275 American Literature and the Environment (LS, W1)
An examination of how American writers have depicted their culture's relationship to the environment, mostly through fictional representations (novels and short stories), but with some attention paid to nonfiction, poetry, and theoretical writing. The course examines how writers have imagined their environment and their place in it, though other aspects of the texts will also be studied (character, point of view, gender, race, or economics). Cross-listed as ENGL 275.

EVST 280 Environmental Analysis (NS-L)
Quantitative chemical analysis techniques and skills will be developed and applied to the analysis of environmental systems.  Methods of sample collection, preparation and data analysis will be learned in the classroom and in the laboratory.  Cross-listed as CHEM 280.  Prerequisite: CHEM 120 or CHEM 150 or consent of instructor. 

EVST 497 Senior Seminar (W2) [UR] 
A capstone experience involving common readings, research methods and both written and oral presentation of independent research. Oral presentation and defense of research functions as the senior comprehensive exam. Prerequisite: senior standing.

EVST 498 Environmental Internship
Provides opportunity for students to engage in an applied field experience. Focus of internship to be determined by the student’s Environmental Studies emphasis. Internship must be approved in advance by Environmental Studies faculty. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.