Guide to Academic Planning 2017-2018

Environmental Studies

Major

Thirteen 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 or 
    ENGC 306 Exploring Nature Writing
  • POLI 235 Public Policy or 
    POLI 365 Environmental Policy and Management
  • PSYC 290 Statistics or
    BUSI 250 Principles of Statistics or
    MATH 215 Statistical Analysis or
    ANTH 335 Geographic Information Science
  • ECON 340 Environmental Economics
  • SOCI 375 Environmental Sociology or
    ANTH 312 Land of the Ancestors or
    ANTH 330 Human Impact on the Ancient Environments
  • RELI 270 Ecotheology or
    PHIL 270 Environmental Philosophy or
    PHIL 315 Ethics and Relations to Friend, Kin, and Community
  • EVST 497 Senior Seminar

Notes

All majors must complete an internship with an environmental studies focus. The internship must be approved in advance by the Environmental Studies chair. 
ENGL 275 must be completed within the first two years.

Each student must choose a concentration and complete remaining courses

Natural Science Concentration

Biology
  • BIOL 150 Cell Biology
  • BIOL 190 Botany or 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.

Chemistry
  • CHEM 110 General Chemistry I: Chemical Structure and Properties and CHEM 120 General Chemistry II: Chemical Analysis and Reactivity or CHEM 150 Accelerated General Chemistry
  • CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
  • 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 (three elective courses from three different disciplines)

  • ANTH 312 Land of the Ancestors*
  • ANTH 360 Globalization and Transnationalism
  • ENGC 306 or 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 EVST chair. Some topics might not cover environmental concepts.

Course Planning

The following tables represent guides to help with schedule planning and are not exclusive.

For a major with a natural science concentration and interest in biology:

Fall Spring
First Year The Engaged Citizen & Explorations  ENGL 275 American Literature and Environment 
  EVST 110 Introduction to Environmental Studies BIOL 150 Cell Biology
  2 Electives  2 Electives 
Second Year CHEM 101 Chemistry of Environment (w/Lab) BIOL 190 Botany
or
BIOL 220 Zoology
   3 Electives 3 Electives 
Third Year SOCI 375 Environmental Sociology
or
ANTH 312
or
ANTH 330 Human Impact on the Ancient Environments
POLI 235 Public Policy
or
POLI 365 Environmental Policy and Management
  PSYC 290 Statistics
or
BUSI 250 Principles of Statistics
or 
MATH 250 Statistical Analysis
or ANTH 335 Geographic Information Science
3 Electives 
  BIOL 250 Genetics  
   Elective  
Fourth Year ECON 340 Environmental Economics EVST 497 Senior Seminar
   BIOL 365 Ecology and Evolution

RELI 270 Ecotheology
or
PHIL 270 Environmental Philosophy
or
PHIL 315 Ethics in Relation to Friend, Kin, and Community

   2 Electives 2 Electives 

 For a major with a natural science concentration with interest in chemistry:

Fall Spring
First Year  The Engaged Citizen & Explorations  CHEM 120 General Chemistry II
  CHEM 110 General Chemistry I 
or
CHEM 150 Accelerated General Chemistry
ENGL 275 American Literature and Environment
  EVST 110 Introduction to Environmental Studies 2 Electives 
  Elective   
Second Year  CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry II CHEM 280 Environmental Analysis
   3 Electives POLI 235 Public Policy
    2 Electives 
Third Year PSYC 290 Statistics 
or 
BUSI 250 Principles of Statistics 
or
MATH 250 Statistical Analysis 
or
ANTH 335 Geographic Information Science
SOCI 375 Environmental Sociology 
or 
ANTH 312 
or 
ANTH 330 Human Impact on the Ancient Environments
   BIOL 104 Environmental Biology ECON 340 Environmental Economics
   2 Electives 2 Electives 
Fourth Year 4 Electives  EVST 497 Senior Seminar
    RELI 270 Ecotheology
or
PHIL 270 Environmental Philosophy
or
PHIL 315 Ethics in Relation to Friend, Kin, and Community
    2 Electives

For the student wishing to major with a socio-cultural concentration:

Fall Spring
First Year  The Engaged Citizen & Explorations ENGL 275 American Literature and Environment
  EVST 110 Introduction to Environmental Studies POLI 235 Public Policy
  2 Electives  2 Electives 
Second Year BIOL 104 Environmental Biology PSYC 290 Statistics 
or 
BUSI 250 Principles of Statistics 
or
MATH 250 Statistical Analysis  
or 
ANTH 335 Geographic Information Science
   3 Electives

RELI 270 Ecotheology
or 
PHIL 270 Environmental Philosophy
or 
PHIL 315 Ethics in Relation to Friend, Kin, and Community

 
 2 Electives
Third Year SOCI 375 Environmental Sociology 
or 
ANTH 312 
or 
ANTH 330 Human Impact on the Ancient Environments
 ECON 340 Environmental Economics
   CHEM 101 Chemistry of Environment (w/Lab) Major Elective 
   Major Elective 2 Electives 
   Elective  
Fourth Year  Major Elective  EVST 497 Senior Seminar
  3 Electives   3 Electives

Study-Away Programs

Coursework undertaken through study-away programs (abroad or domestic) enhances the Hendrix environmental studies major, and is encouraged. Appropriate examples include Hendrix-in-Costa Rica, The Hendrix American Southwest Program, The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, and the Semester in Environmental Science. Pre-approval by the EVST department chair is recommended. For more information, see the Engaged Learning Opportunities section of the Catalog.

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.