To declare an Environmental Studies major please download the Major Declaration Form from the Registrar’s Office, and send the completed form (signed by you and your academic advisor) along with an unofficial transcript to the department chair. 

structure of the environmental studies major

The ENST major consists of a minimum of eleven full-semester courses in Environmental Studies. Requirements differ slightly depending on class year.  Use the checklists below to monitor your progress through major requirements.

Classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024 (see Major Checklist for ’22-24

  • ENST-120: The Resilient (?) Earth - Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Environmental History (one of the following): ENST-220 or ENST-265 or ENST-105
  • Economics (one of the following): ENST-230 or ECON-111
  • Statistics / Research Methods (one of the following): STAT-111, STAT-135, STAT-225, STAT-230, STAT-231, ECON-360, SOCI/SWAG-453, SOCI-316, PSYC-122, PSYC-200 
  • Environmental Policy (one of the following): ENST-250 or ENST-260
  • ENST-210: Ecology
  • Four electives (see below), with at least one course in Category 1: Natural Sciences and one course in Category 2: Social Sciences & Humanities
  • ENST-495: Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies (capstone)

Class of 2025 and onwards (see Major Checklist for ’25 and onwards)

  • ENST-110: Introduction to Environmental Science with laboratory
  • ENST-120: The Resilient (?) Earth - Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Environmental History (one of the following): ENST-220 or ENST-265 or ENST-105
  • Economics (one of the following): ENST-230 or ECON-111
  • Statistics / Research Methods (one of the following): STAT-111, STAT-135, STAT-225, STAT-230, STAT-231, ECON-360, SOCI/SWAG-453, SOCI-316, PSYC-122, PSYC-200 
  • Environmental Policy (one of the following): ENST-250 or ENST-260
  • Environmental Justice (one of the following): ENST-226 or ENST-330
  • ENST-210: Ecology
  • Two electives (see below)
  • ENST-495: Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies (capstone)
ELECTIVE COURSES 

Category 1

 

 

ENST-110: Environmental Science

ENST-225: Climate Change: Science and Society

ENST-301/GEOL-301: Hydrogeology

ENST-310: Ecosystem Ecology

ENST-441/BIOL-440: Seminar in Conservation Biology

BIOL-104: Food, Fiber, Pharmaceuticals

BIOL-181: Adaptation & the Organism

BIOL-201: Disease Ecology

BIOL-280/281: Animal Behavior

BIOL-320/321: Evolutionary Biology

BIOL-434: Seminar in Ecology: Plant-animal interactions

 

BIOL-454: Seminar in Tropical Biology

GEOL-105: Intro to Oceanography

GEOL-109: Climate Change: Science and Rhetoric

GEOL-112: Surficial Earth Dynamics: Climate, Environment and Life

GEOL-331: Climate Dynamics: Past, Present, and Future

GEOL-450: Seminar in Biogeochemistry

MATH-140: Mathematical Modeling

MATH-142 Mathematical Modeling with Environmental Applications

PHYS-109: Energy

Category 2

 

 

ENST-207/HIST-207: The Wild and the Cultivated

ENST-220/HIST-104: Environmental History of the 19th Century

ENST-226/SOCI-226: Unequal Footprints on the Earth: Understanding the Social Drivers of Ecological Crises & Environmental Inequality

ENST-228/PHIL-225: Environmental Philosophy

ENST-250: U. S. Environmental Policy

ENST-260: Global Environmental Politics

ENST-265/HIST-265: Environmental History of Latin America

ENST-300: The Green New Deal

ENST-328/SOCI-328: The Pandemic

ENST-330: Environmental Justice

ENST-341: Ecology, Justice, and the Struggle for Socio-Ecological Change:  Environmental Movements and Ideas

ENST-342: Socio-Ecological Victories and Visions

ENST-371/SPAN-371: Climate and Justice in Puerto Rico

ENST-430: Seminar on Fisheries

ENST-474/PHIL-374: Population Ethics

 

ANTH-251: Commodifying Nature

ARCH-205: Sustainable Design: Principles, Practice, Critique

ECON-210: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

ECON-212: Public Economics: Environment, Health, and Inequality

ECON-410: Environment and Development

POSC-112: The International Politics of Climate Change

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

POSC-307: States of Extraction Nature, Women, and World Politics

LJST-227: Sustainability and the Fate of Law - Can Law Save the World?

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

HIST-411: Commodities, Nature and Society

ENGL-162/BLST-162: Black (on) Earth: Introduction to African American Environ. Literature

ENGL-445: British Romantic Poetry: Nature & the Imagination

ENGL-494: Globe & Planet in Contemporary Literature

RELI-225: Christianity, Ecology, and Environmental Responsibility

PSYC-246: Environmental Psychology

RUSS-114: Writing Nature: Environmental Perspectives on Russian Culture