Environmental Studies

Major requirements

Requirements for the Environmental Studies major include six core courses and a minimum of four courses selected from the list of electives.

Core courses include the introductory course (ENST-120), Ecology (ENST-210), Environmental History (either ENST-220 or HIST-105), Economics (ENST-230), and Statistics (ENST-240 or equivalent).  Majors are strongly encouraged to complete the core requirements prior to their senior year.  The senior seminar (ENST-495), offered in the fall semester, fulfills the comprehensive requirement.

Beyond the required core courses, majors take at least four courses from the list of electives.  Elective courses must include at least one course from each of the two categories (Category I: Natural sciences and Category II: Social sciences and Humanities), which span different fields of environmental inquiry.

The honors program in Environmental Studies is a two semester sequence.  Majors electing to do honors are required to submit a thesis proposal to the Advisory Committee prior to enrolling in ENST-498.  Following successful completion of ENST-498, students complete their thesis by enrolling in ENST-499.  Link to instructions for students wishing to undertake a thesis in Environmental Studies.

Students who wish to satisfy a core or elective requirement with a Five College course or a course taken abroad must petition the Environmental Studies Advisory Committee in writing and submit a syllabus or description of the course for approval.  Note that students for whom Environmental Studies is a second major can count no more than two courses toward both majors.

Core courses required for all majors

  • ENST-120: The Resilient (?) Earth: An Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENST-220/HIST-104: Environmental Issues of the Nineteenth Century
    or
    HIST-105: Global Environmental History of the Twentieth Century
  • ENST-210/BIOL-230: Ecology
  • ENST-230/ECON-111E: Introduction to Economics with Environmental Applications
  • ENST-240/MATH-130: Introduction to Statistics. May be substituted for with Econometrics (ECON-360), Statistics and Experimental Design (PSYC-122), or Experimental Design and Data Analysis in the Life Sciences (BIOL-210).
  • ENST-495: Senior Seminar

Elective courses

 Category I electives:  Natural Sciences

BIOL-104: Food, Fiber, Pharmaceuticals

BIOL-181: Adaptation & the Organism

BIOL-281: Animal Behavior

BIOL-320/321: Evolutionary Biology

BIOL-410: Seminar in Disease Biology

BIOL-440: Seminar in Conservation Biology

BIOL-454:  Seminar in Tropical Biology

GEOL-109: Climate Change, Global Warming and Energy Resources

GEOL-121: Surface Earth Dynamics

GEOL-301: Hydrogeology

GEOL-450: Seminar in Biogeochemistry

MATH-140: Mathematical Modeling

PHYS-109: Energy

 Category II electives:  Social Sciences and Humanities

ANTH-251: Anthropology of Natural Wealth

ECON-210: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

ENGL-156: American Wilderness

ENST-228: Ethics and the Environment

ENST-250:  Environmental Politics and Policies

ENST-260:  Global Environmental Politics

ENST-310:  Conservation Social Science

ENST-320:  Knowing Nature:  Examing the Politics of Environmental Knowledge

ENST-425:  Conservation Social Science in Practice:  Methods and Realities

FYSE-101: The Value of Nature

FYSE-114: Encounters with Nature

HIST-265: Environmental History of Latin America

HIST-402/ENST-401: Proseminar: Research and Writing

HIST-411: Commodities, Nature and Society

LJST-235: Law’s Nature: Humans, the Environment and the Predicament of Law

POSC-231: The Political Economy of Petro States: Venezuela Compared

PSYC-246: Environmental Psychology

SOCI-226: Footprints on the Earth: The Environmental Consequences of Modernity

SOCI-340: Social Construction of Nature

SOCI-341: Making Peace with the Planet: Environmental Movements and Ideas

WAGS-07: Gender and the Environment

 

 Other Seminars and Tutorials

ENST-410: Seminar on Invasive Species

ENST-420: Seminar on Sustainable Agriculture

ENST-430: Seminar on Fisheries

ENST-490: Special Topics