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The Major

Majors in Environmental Sustainability are introduced to the interdisciplinary nature of the environmental field and develop skills and leadership in cross-disciplinary collaboration as they progress through the core course sequence. As an outcome of the program, majors achieve both breadth of knowledge in environmental fields and depth of knowledge in a particular area of emphasis.

Students who major in Environmental Sustainability will complete 5 courses within the major core, and an additional 10 courses within a chosen multidisciplinary track:

All of the following courses:

  • ENSU 141 Environment, Society and Sustainability (4 credits)
  • ENSU 151 Environment, Science and Sustainability (4 credits)
  • ENSU 353 Environmental Application (3 credits)
  • ENSU 481 Field Experience/Internship OR
    • ENSU 486 Student Research (0-1 credits).
  • ENSU 488 Senior Capstone/Seminar (3 credits)

This thematic focus provides the necessary foundational knowledge in educational theory and methodology combined with practical leadership and skill development to prepare students for work in a variety of outdoor and environmental education contexts. Minor in a natural science is strongly recommended.

All of the following Education courses (7-8 credits):

  • EDUC 120 Foundations of Education (3 credits) OR
    • EDUC 248 Theory and Practice (4 credits, including a 1-credit practicum)
  • ENSU 210 Outdoor Trip Leadership (1 credit)
  • PSYC 230 Human Development (3 credits)

Three of the following Education or Leadership courses (9-11 credits):

  • EDUC 310 Experiential Education (3 credits)
  • ENSU/EDUC 320 Pedagogies of Place (3 credits)
  • ENSU/PSYC 370 Psychology of Sustainability (3 credits)
  • EDUC/PSYCH 373 Moral Education (3 credits)
  • MGMT 342 Leadership and Dealing with Differences (3 credits)
  • MUSE 213 Engaging Audiences with Outreach and Interpretation (4 credits)
  • PAGS 343 Conflict Resolution (3 credits)
  • TESO 344 Studies in Language Learning and Teaching (4 credits)

One of the following Cultural Studies courses (3-5 credits):

  • ENSU/ENG 205 American Literature and Ecology (4 credits)
  • ENSU/JPNS 376 Political Ecologies of East Asia (4 credits)
  • ENSU/POLS 399 Sustainable Cities in Europe (3 credits)
  • INTD 0340 Environmental Issues of New Zealand (5 credits)
  • JPNS/ENST 231 Japanese Culture & the Environment (3 credits)
  • SICE Cross-cultural education perspectives (3 credits)

Three of the following Natural Science courses, at least two must be above 202 (12 credits):

  • BIOL 111 Ecological Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 226 Biological Diversity (4 credits)
  • BIOL 348 Ornithology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 350 Field Botany (4 credits)
  • BIOL 362 Insect Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 346 Vertebrate Zoology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 357 Animal Behavior (4 credits)
  • BIOL 455 Population and Community Ecology (4 credits)
  • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry (4 credits)
  • GEOL 201 Earth & the Environment (4 credits)
  • GEOL 202 Meteorology (4 credits)
  • GEOL 314 Earth History (4 credits)
  • GEOL 315 Earth Materials (4 credits)
  • GEOL 316 Geochemistry (4 credits)

This thematic focus provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand both the climate and policy systems that allow experts to translate scientific knowledge into governmental action. The collection of courses will prepare future leaders who are capable of crafting realistic alternatives for mitigating and adapting to the climate crisis.

All of the following Policy Courses (9 credits):

  • ENSU/POLS/MGMT 322 Climate Policy (3 credits)
    • may substitute ENSU/POLS/MGMT 324 Energy Policy, if needed
  • ECON 100 Introduction to Economics (3 credits)
  • POLS 111 Introduction to Politics (3 credits)

One of the following Climate Science course sequences (11-12 credits):

  • Geology:
    • GEOL 201 Earth and the Environment (4 courses)  OR GEOL 202 Meteorology (4 courses)
    • GEOL 316 Geochemistry (4 credits)
    • GEOL 432 Climate Systems (4 credits)
  • Biology/Geology:
    • BIOL 111 Ecological Biology (4 credits)
    • GEOL 201 Earth and the Environment (4 credits) OR
      • GEOL 202 Meteorology (4 credits)
    • ENSU 341 Climate Change Adaptation (3 credits)

 One of the following additional Science courses (3-4 credits):

  • ENSU 341 Climate Change Adaptation (3 credits)
  • BIOL 226 Biological Diversity (4 credits)
  • BIOL 360 Conservation Biology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 455 Population & Community Ecology (4 credits)
  • GEOL 314 Earth History (4 credits)
  • GEOL 316 Geochemistry (4 credits)
  • GEOL 432: Climate Systems (4 credits)

One of the following additional Environmental Policy courses (3 credits):

  • ENSU/POLS/MGMT 324 Energy Policy: (3 credits)
  • ENSU 326: U.S. Environmental and Natural Resource Policy (3 credits)
  • ENSU/ECON 343 Economics of the Environment (3 credits)
  • ENSU/POLS 399 Sustainable Cities in Europe (3 credits)

One of the following Statistics or Mathematics courses, chosen in consultation with your adviser (3-4 credits):

  • BIOL 455 Population & Community Ecology (4 credits)
  • ECON 204 Statistics for Economics (3 credits)
  • MATH 120 Elementary Statistics (3 credits)
  • MATH 180 Calculus A OR
    • MATH 280 Calculus B (5 credits)
  • PSYC 245 Research Methods and Statistics (3 credits)

One of the following Methods courses, chosen in consultation with your adviser (3-4 credits):

  • ENSU 310 Applications of GIS in Social Sciences (4 credits)
  • BIOL 363 Bioinformatics (4 credits)
  • BIOL 410 Applications of GIS in Ecology, Environmental, and Health Sciences (4 credits)
  • CS 128 Programming and Problem Solving (3 credits)
  • POLS TBA Politics Research Methods (3 credits)

This focus examines the distribution, quality, and protection of natural resources. It relates the nature and structure of environments, uses scientific research to explore the ways environmental change occurs, and investigates natural resources as valuable commodities. This focus will prepare students to research human impacts to environmental systems and propose management solutions.

All of the following Environmental Science courses (23 credits):

  • BIOL 111 Ecological Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 360 Conservation Biology (3 credits)
  • BIOL 410 Applications of GIS in Ecology, Environmental, and Health Sciences (4 credits)
  • BIOL 455 Population and Community Ecology (4 credits)
  • GEOL 201 Earth and the Environment (4 credits) OR
    • GEOL 202 Meteorology (4 credits)
  • GEOL 315 Earth Materials (4 credits)

One of the following Environmental Policy courses (3-4 credits):

  • ENSU/POLS 324 Energy Policy (3 credits)
  • ENSU 326 U.S. Environmental and Natural Resource Policy (3 credits)
  • ENSU/ECON 343 Economics of the Environment (3 credits)
  • ENSU/JPNS 376 Political Ecologies of East Asia (4 credits)

Two of the following upper-level Environmental Science courses (8-9 credits):

  • BIOL 226 Biological Diversity (4 credits)
  • BIOL 346 Vertebrate Zoology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 348 Ornithology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 350 Field Botany (4 credits)
  • BIOL 357 Animal Behavior (4 credits)
  • BIOL 362 Insect Biology (4 credits)
  • GEOL 314 Earth History (4 credits)
  • GEOL 316 Geochemistry (4 credits)
  • GEOL 410 Structural Geology (4 credits)
  • GEOL 420 Earth Surface Processes (4 credits)
  • GEOL 430 Water (4 credits)
  • GEOL 431 Soils and Sustainable Agriculture (4 credits)

One of the following Cultural or Behavioral courses (3-5 credits):

  • ENSU/ENG 205 American Literature and Ecology (4 credits)
  • ENSU/PSYC 370 Psychology of Sustainability (3 credits)
  • ENSU/JPNS 376 Political Ecologies of East Asia (4 credits)
  • INTD 0340 Environmental Issues of New Zealand (5 credits)
  • MGMT 342 Leadership and Dealing with Differences (3 credits)
  • PAGS/MGMT 343 Conflict Resolution (3 credits)

This track focuses on a humanistic exploration of the environment. It explores the ways we conceptualize and represent the environment as well as relations between environment and cultural worldviews, values, life experiences, identity, and social structures, including issues of social and environmental justice.

Both of the following courses (7 credits):

  • ENSU/ENG 205 American Literature and Ecology (4 credits)
  • SOAN 115 Anthropology in a Global Age (3 credits)

One of the following Cultural courses (3-4 credits):

  • ENSU/JPNS 376 Political Ecologies of East Asia (4 credits)
  • ENSU/JPNS 231 Japanese Culture & the Environment (3 credits)
  • ENSU/JPNS 349 Japanimals (3 credits)

One of the following Theory courses (3-4 credits):

  • ENSU/EDUC 320 Pedagogies of Place (3 credits)
  • PAGS 330 Postcolonial Theory (4 credits)
  • POLS 362 Modern Political Theory (3 credits)
  • SOAN 341 Contemporary Social Thought (4 credits)

Four additional courses, either Environmental Sustainability courses from the two categories above, or courses listed below (12-16 credits):

  • ENSU/POLS/MGMT 322: Climate Policy (3 credits)
  • ENSU/ECON 343 Economics of the Environment (3 credits)
  • ENSU/PHIL 363 Bioethics (4 credits)
  • ENSU/PSYC 370 Psychology of Sustainability (3 credits)
  • ART 282: Modern Art & the Environment (3 credits)
  • INTD 340 Cultures of New Zealand (4 credits)
  • PAGS 240 Global Dynamics and World Peace (4 credits)
  • PAGS/PHIL 315 Marxism (4 credits)
  • PAGS/MGMT 343 Conflict Resolution (3 credits)
  • PAGS/ECON 345 Urban Political Economy (3 credits)
  • SOAN 118 Inequalities, Power, and Society (4 credits)

One of the following Methods courses (3-4 credits):

  • ENSU 310 Applications of GIS in Social Sciences (4 credits)
  • ECON 100 Introduction to Economics (3 credits)
  • ECON 204 Statistics for Economics (3 credits)
  • MATH 300 Statistics (3 credits)
  • POLS 340 Research Methods (TBA credits)
  • PSYC 245 Research Methods and Statistics (3 credits)
  • SOAN 345 Social Research Methods (4 credits)

One of the following introductory Natural Science courses (3-4 credits):

  • BIOL 111 Ecological Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 226 Biological Diversity (4 credits)
  • GEOL 201 Earth & the Environment (4 credits)
  • GEOL 202 Meteorology (4 credits)

Other courses may apply to the requirements within a track with approval of the major adviser and Environmental Sustainability convener.

The Minor

All of the following courses (11 credits):

  • ENSU 141 Environment, Society and Sustainability (4 credits)
  • ENSU 151 Environment, Science and Sustainability (4 credits)
  • ENSU 353: Environmental Application (3 credits)

Three additional courses ...

  • that count towards the major from two different divisions (Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Visual & Performing Arts). At least one of these must be an Environmental Sustainability course.

 

Requirements for Environmental Sustainability Majors with a Double Major or Minor:

Environmental Sustainability majors wishing to double major or minor in a complementary program (e.g. Biology, Geology, Politics, etc.) are encouraged to do so. However, not more than three classes taken for the ENSU major may count towards another major. No more than two classes from the Environmental Sustainability major can count towards a minor.