The curriculum in the Environment Program is designed to provide students with a broad exposure to different perspectives on understanding environmental issues. At the same time, students select one of three majors that enable them to increase their knowledge and skills in a particular field of environmental study. Currently, we offer a B.S. in Environmental Science, with a concentration in the Biological Sciences, a B.A. in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in the Humanities, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in the Social Sciences. Students can also minor in Environmental Studies.
Students majoring in Environmental Science acquire basic knowledge of the physical and biological aspects of ecological systems and apply this knowledge to solving problems arising from human activities. Environmental Science students take a 4-course core curriculum that consists of an introductory foundations course, a course in statistics, an ecology and evolution course, and a senior capstone course, as well as concentration courses within their major, major electives, and selected adjunct courses in Humanities and Social Sciences. See the Environmental Science degree plan.
Environmental Studies majors take an integrated approach to study human interactions with the environment and generally emphasize studies in policy, law, economics, literature, sociology, communications, philosophy and religious studies. Environmental Studies students also take the 4-course core curriculum, and an adjunct Natural Science course. See the Environment Humanities or Social Science degree plan.
The Senior Capstone: The culmination of the major and minor is a senior capstone consisting either of an internship (ENVA A497), a research project (ENVA A498) or an independent study (ENVA A499). Students generally enroll for one of these options in their senior year and must submit a proposal for approval by the Environment Program Chair. The internship or research/independent study project will be directed by a participating Environment faculty member selected by the student.