Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies major is a flexible framework that prepares students to appreciate and promote a sustainable environment. Students gain the scientific and investigative knowledge needed to understand how human activities influence the environment.  They also examine how the application of values, ethics and an interdisciplinary approach help shape solutions to environmental problems. Each student participates in project-based field experiences and internships to gain practical skills needed to be able to contribute as an environmental professional or as an informed citizen of the world.

Students in this major will be well prepared for entry level positions in state and federal agencies, in corporations, and in not-for-profit environmental organizations. Environmental studies majors may also go on to graduate study in a variety of fields.

In addition to college-wide requirements, Environmental Studies majors take 10 required courses and four elective courses.
Learning Outcomes for the Environmental Studies Program

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, students will have:

  1. Acquired the basic science literacy needed in environmental studies
  2.  An understanding of  human influences on environmental quality
  3.  The ability to apply values, ethics, and concepts of justice to environmental concerns
  4.  Explored interdisciplinary approaches to addressing environmental issues
  5. Learned investigative tools of data management and analysis
  6. Participated in project-based field experiences that address environmental problems

Required Courses

Basic sciences (Three required)

SCI 120          Earth Science (4)
BIO 104          Ecology and Evolution (4)                                                      
CHM 110        Introductory Chemistry I (4)                                                

Environmental Science & Policy (Three required)

ENV 101         History of Environmentalism (3)
ENV 260         Environmental Sustainability (3)                                           
ENV 301         Environmental Equity (3)                                                          

Skills courses (One required)

CIS 220           Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (3)
MIS 362          Advanced Spreadsheet Applications (3)
MTH 230         Introduction to Probability & Statistics (3)

Interdisciplinary course (One or more drawn from other Divisions. Examples follow.)
ECO 250         Environmental Economics (3)
PLS 333          Environmental Law (3)

Field or research experiences (One course, examples follow)

BIO 359          Beach and Jungle Ecology of Puerto Rico (4)
ENV 496         Environmental field project (3)
ENV 497         Faculty/student research project (3)

Senior seminar (ENV 490) or Internship (ENV 499) (choose 1 course) (3)

 Major electives (Four required, of which three must be upper level)

For more information, please contact:
Susan Swedis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(508) 849-3382