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
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-240/STAT 111E: Introduction to Statistics. May be substituted for with Econometrics (ECON-360), Statistics and Experimental Design (PSYC-122), an upper level course in statistics, or the equivalent as approved by the Department.
- ENST-495: Senior Seminar
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-450: Seminar in Biogeochemistry
MATH-140: Mathematical Modeling
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