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Environmental Studies

Associate Professor: East (director)

Program Faculty Members: Benze, Caffrey, Contreras, Greb, Gregor, Kilgore, Logan, March, Miller, North, Osborne, Pettersen, Shiller, Swift  

The Environmental Studies Program's mission is to graduate men and women who are environmentally literate, socially responsible, and effective problem solvers and agents of change for the benefit of society, nature, and themselves. This will be achieved by equipping students with the tools, ideas, and opportunities to engage constructively with environmental and social issues spawned from the dynamics of globalization, human population, economic activity, and societal values. The program seeks to instill in each student a personal sense of environmental stewardship that includes an appreciation and understanding of sustainability from ecological and socioeconomic perspectives. Courses in the program empower students with the ability to apply appropriate technological and critical thinking skills. The program provides the opportunity to complete a major or minor, including opportunities to conduct independent research and complete an internship.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: A total of 10 courses, including the following five core courses that must be successfully completed: EVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies (EVS 100 Topics in Environmental Studies may be taken in lieu of EVS 101 for students declared as EVS majors) ; EVS 201 Environmental Issues in the Developed/Developing World ; one of PHL 231 Environmental Ethics , HIS 274 World Environmental History , POL 313 Environmental Policy , or EVS 315 International Environmental Policy ; BIO 320 Ecology or BIO 288 Conservation Biology ; and EVS 430 Capstone Experience in Environmental Studies.

In addition, students must successfully complete five elective courses as follows:

  • One course from the Natural Sciences: EVS 150 (taught from physics), EVS 330, EVS 350, BIO 217, BIO 200, BIO 245, BIO 288, BIO 320, BIO 416, CHM 101, or CHM 340.
  • One course from the Social Sciences: EVS 260, EVS 315, CIS 246, ANT 175, SOC 265, SOC 261, SOC 262, SOC 361, POL 313 or ECN 391.
  • The remaining three elective courses may be chosen from the lists above or from the following Humanities/Arts courses: ENG 222 (Topics in Literature and the Environment), HIS 274 (World Environmental History), PHL 231, or MUS 245.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS: A total of six courses, including the following three core courses that must be successfully completed: EVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies , EVS 201 Environmental Issues in the Developed and Developing World , and EVS 315 International Environmental Policy.

In addition, students must successfully complete three electives as follows:

  • One course from the Natural Sciences: EVS 150 (taught from Physics), EVS 330, EVS 350, BIO 217, BIO 200, BIO 245, BIO 288, BIO 320, BIO 416, CHM 101, or CHM 340.
  • One course from the Social Sciences: EVS 260, EVS 315, CIS 246, ANT 175, SOC 265, SOC 261, SOC 262, SOC 361, POL 313 or ECN 391.
  • One course from the Humanities/Arts: ENG 222 (Topics in Literature and the Environment), HIS 274 (World Environmental History), or PHL 231, MUS 245.

AP Policy: Students scoring a 5 on the Environmental Science AP test receive credit for EVS 101. Students earning a 4 receive credit for an elective (EVS 100) from the approved list of "Natural Science" electives. They will still have to take one more elective from Humanities OR Arts and one from Social Sciences.

TEACHER CERTIFICATION: Students may seek Specialty Education (grades K-12) Certification in Environmental Education by completing an academic major, the required Environmental Studies content courses (EVS 101, EVS 201, EVS 330, BIO 320, ECN 391, SOC 262, PHL 231, and POL 313) and an Education minor consisting of those courses required for Specialty Education (grades K-12) Certification. 

Students may seek Upper Elementary Education Certification (4--8) in Science in one of two ways.

Option 1: Complete the Child Development and Education major and the special Environmental Studies minor: EVS 101, 201, and 330; 1 of ENG 255 (Topics: Literature and the Environment), ENG 291 (Reading and Writing Nature), HIS 274 (World Environmental History), or MUS 245, or PHL 231; 1 of EVS 130, 250 (Intersession), 260, 280, 315, CIS 246, ANT 175, SOC 261, 262, 361, POL 313 or ECN 391; 1 of EVS 150, 350, BIO 200, 245, 263, 288, 320, 416, or CHM 101.

Option 2: Complete the Environmental Studies major, the required Environmental Studies content area courses (described below), and the Education minor consisting of those courses required for Upper Elementary Education (grades 4-8) Certification.  The required Environmental Studies content area courses are: 1 of EVS 150, 330, 350, BIO 200, 245, 265, 288, 416, or CHM 101; 1 of EVS 130 (Intersession), 250 (Intersession), 260, 280 (Intersession), 315, ANT 175, CIS 246, POL 313, SOC 261, 262, 361 or ECN 391.

Before being formally admitted to the program, students must satisfy-by the end of the sophomore year-the Certification Program Requirements described in the Education (Teacher Certification) section of the catalog.

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