Courses and Requirements


Students are expected to check in/meet with the ENSTD Advisor each semester

MAJOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (34-36 Credits Total) The interdisciplinary major in Environmental Studies requires the following courses: ENSCI 100 and 112; URBST 252 and 372; and either ENSCI 373W or URBST 373W. Additionally, students will choose six electives from the lists below. At least two courses must be in the Natural Sciences, at least two in the Social Sciences/Humanities, and two can be from either list.

MINOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (19 Credits)The interdisciplinary minor in Environmental Studies requires the following courses: ENSCI 100, ENSCI 112, URBST 252. Students will choose also choose three electives from the same list as provided for the major. (NOTE: Environmental Science majors should replace ENSCI electives with non-ENSCI courses).

REQUIRED – Students must take ALL of the following courses: (13 credits)

URBST 252: The Changing Urban Environment

URBST 372: Fieldwork in Environmental Studies (click on the link for more info!)

ENSCI 100: Our Planet in the 21st Century (4 credits)

ENSCI 112: Our Changing Planet

CAPSTONE COURSES Students must take ONE of the following: (3 credits)

ENSCI 373W: Solving Environmental Problems

URBST 373W:  Special Problems in Environmental Studies

ELECTIVES (This list may be expanded – check with advisor for details).

Social Science/Humanities ElectivesStudents must take 2-4 courses from the following list: (6-12 credits)

ANTH 270: Evolutionary Medicine

ANTH 302: Ecology and Culture

ECON 228, 228W: Economics of the Environment

ECON 232: Economics of Climate Change

ENGL 327, 327W: Environmental Literature

MEDST 270: Media and the Environment (MUST TAKE WITH PROF. MAXWELL)

PHIL 125: Philosophy of the Environment

PSCI 289: Colloquium in Law & Politics

PSCI 287: Law, Politics and the Environment

URBST 241: Introduction to Urban Planning

URBST 206: Global Cities

URBST 207: Development of the American City

URBST 230: Environmental and Public Health Policy and Practice

URBST 235: Urban Epidemics

URBST 236: Emerging Diseases in the City

URBST 253: How Urban Planning Really Works

URBST 254: Urban Transportation Policy

URBST 358: Climate Change and Public Policy

URBST 373W: Special Problems in Environmental Policy (counts as EITHER an elective OR a capstone)

URBST 265, 265W: Special Topics in Urban Studies (Only SOME sections apply to this major – check with ENSTD advisor before registering!!!)

:(Natural Sciences Electives Students must take 2-4 courses from the following list: (6-14 credits)

BIOL 106: General Biology: Life-forms and Ecosystems (4 credits)

GEOL 101: Physical Geology (4 credits)

ENSCI 200: Earth System Science (Prereq: ENSCI 100, GEOL 101, CHEM 1134 & 1131, and PHYS 1214 & 1211)

ENSCI 383: Special Topics in Environmental Science

GEOL 383: Special Topics in Geology