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General Education Requirements

Required coursework meets both the Quantitative Reasoning and Scientific Inquiry Requirements. Many of the elective courses in the Major fulfill other General Education requirements, including Writing Intensive, Diversity-International and Diversity-Domestic.

Major Requirements (48-60 credits)

All of the following (2-5 credits):

  • Independent research — must be approved by the major adviser
  • ENSC 480 Senior Seminar
  • ENSC 488 Senior Capstone Experience / Senior Comprehensives

Three of the following introductory Natural Science courses (12 credits):

  • BIOL 111 Ecological Biology
  • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry
  • GEOL 201 Earth and the Environment OR GEOL 211 Physical Geology
  • PHYS 120 General Physics I OR PHYS 125 Analytical Physics I

A sub-disciplinary emphasis in Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics:

Biology Emphasis (22-23 credits)

All of the following:

  • BIOL 226 Biological Diversity
  • BIOL 360 Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 455 Population & Community Ecology

Three of the following:

  • BIOL 346 Vertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 348 Ornithology
  • BIOL 350 Field Botany
  • BIOL 357 Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 362 Biology of Insects
  • BIOL 451 Evolutionary Biology

Chemistry Emphasis (25 credits)

All of the following:

  • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 331 Equilibrium & Analysis
  • CHEM 371 Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology

Three of the following:

  • CHEM 341 Thermodynamics & Kinetics
  • CHEM 351 Biochemistry
  • CHEM 361 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 431 Instrumental Analysis

Geology Emphasis (24 credits)

All of the following:

  • GEOL 314 Interpreting Earth History
  • GEOL 315 Earth Materials
  • GEOL 316 Geochemistry

Three of the following:

  • GEOL 410 Structural Geology andTectonics
  • GEOL 411 Tectonics and Geophysics
  • GEOL 420 Earth Surface Processes
  • GEOL 421 Depositional Environments
  • GEOL 430 Water
  • GEOL 431 Soils

Physics Emphasis (22 credits)

All of the following:

  • PHYS 235 Analytical Physics 2
  • PHYS 345 Introduction to Modern Physics
  • MATH 280 Calculus B
  • MATH 320 Differential equations

Three of the following:

  • PHYS 350 Electronics & Instrumentation
  • PHYS 355 Advanced Physics Laboratory
  • PHYS 360 Theoretical Physics
  • PHYS 375 Thermal Physics
  • PHYS 435 Classical Electricity & Magnetism

Two additional courses in Natural Science (including Mathematics and Computer Science) outside the sub-disciplinary emphasis (6-9 credits).

Two of the following Humanities & Social Science courses (6-9 credits):

  • ENST 240 Environment & Society (recommended)
  • ENST 260 Topics In Ethics: Bioethics
  • ENST 320 Pedagogies of Place
  • ECON 343 Economics of the Environment
  • ENG 305 American Literature & Ecology
  • HIST 364 Westward Movement: Environmental History Of The Old Northwest
  • INTD 0340 Cultures of New Zealand – Culture, Identity, & Place
  • PAGS 301 Climate & Energy Policy
  • PAGS 343 Conflict Resolution
  • PHIL 363 Bioethics
  • POLS 347 Comparative Environmental Policy
  • POLS 373 International Law: Environment & Development
  • POLS 376 Environmental Policy I: Climate
  • POLS 379 Environmental Policy II: Energy 
  • SOAN 327 Indigenous Peoples & the Environment
  • SOAN 362 Cultural Politics Of Environment: Great Lakes Region
  • Other courses may apply with approval of the major adviser and program convener.

* Key

Courses that fulfill
General Education Requirements:

  • (A-AP) = Arts - Applied
  • (A-TH) = Arts - Theoretical/Historical
  • (A-AR) = Analytical - Abstract Reasoning
  • (A-QR) = Analytical - Quantitative
  • (D-D) = Diversity - Domestic
  • (D-I) = Diversity - International
  • (D-L) = Diversity - Language
  • (ES) = Earlham Seminar
  • (IE) = Immersive Experience
  • (RCH) = Research
  • (SI) = Scientific Inquiry
  • (W) = Wellness
  • (WI) = Writing Intensive
  • (AY) = Offered in Alternative Year

ENSC 480 SENIOR SEMINAR (2 credits)

ENSC 488 SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (0 credits)

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