Advising Handbook 2022-2023 
    
    Jun 15, 2024  
Advising Handbook 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science & Sustainability (First Year and Transfer)


Environmental Science & Sustainability
Academic Bulletin

Area of Study:  Interdisciplinary Studies

Overview

Students often say they are interested broadly in “the environment” or related topics: environmental science, environmental justice, wildlife, environmental communication or humanities, the outdoors, or sustainability.  If that’s the case, we strongly suggest that the student take ENVSC 110 - Intro. to Environmental Science during the first year, preferably the first semester.  There are always spaces reserved for first year and transfer students in ENVSC 110. It is much harder to get into this course during the sophomore and junior years and it serves as a prerequisite for many of our upper-level courses. 

The ESS department unites many disciplines, allowing students significant flexibility in shaping the major to their interests. However, these pathways often require thoughtful planning in the first two years given prerequisite sequences. This holds for ESS students interested in either natural science pathways (ecology, wildlife management, conservation biology, environmental engineering, agriculture, etc.) or those oriented toward environmental humanities, environmental social sciences, or other environmental focus areas (environmental policy, ecological economics, sustainable development, environmental justice, environmental writing, art and the environment, etc.). ESS majors therefore typically benefit from active planning with ESS professors. We strongly encourage students to meet with an ESS professor during their first semester, before registration in any semester, and to refer to the bulletin for lists of approved courses to meet curricular requirements.

Every ESS major designs a thematic concentration based on their interests (i.e., aquatic ecology, ecological economics, environmental justice, environmental writing, food and farming, forestry, sustainable energy). Their concentration is a cluster of seven courses, of which at least four must be at an upper level, and at least one must have the ENVSC prefix. Every ESS major also participates in community-based work as part of their ESS major. This work is integrated into the required courses. 

When advising a student interested in Environmental Science & Sustainability, please note:

  • Off-campus study (EL seminars and study-away) and internships are strongly recommended within the major. Most courses completed during these experiences count toward the major. 
  • Environmental Science & Sustainability majors develop a thematic concentration in consultation with an advisor in the department, a process that usually begins in the first year. If a student is already interested in a particular area, they should take foundational courses within appropriate departments as early as possible. If students are not yet invested in a particular concentration, please see the model concentrations below for inspiration and meet with an ESS advisor at your earliest convenience.
  • The major leads to the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree (students may elect to receive either based on their area of specialization).

Environmental Science & Sustainability Pathways

   

Natural science pathways and
placed in MATH 140

Natural science pathways
placed in MATH 151
Environmental humanities, 
social sciences, et al. 

pathways
First
Year
Fall

ENVSC 110
CHEM 119 or MATH 140

ENVSC 110
CHEM 120
ENVSC 110
Foundational course in area of interest
Spring ENVSC 110 and/or
CHEM 120
ENVSC 110 and/or
BIO 220
Course in area of interest and/or
Quantitative Skills course
Second
Year
Fall

ENVSC 210 and/or
FSENV 201

work with advisor to identify ESS
concentration and relevant courses:

  • BIO 220/221 sequence
  • CHEM 122
  • MATH 141
  • GEO 109 and/or 110
  • PHYS 101/102 or 110/120 sequence

ENVSC 210 and/or
FSENV 201

Work with advisor to identify ESS
concentration and relevant courses:

  • BIO 221
  • CHEM 122
  • MATH 151/152 sequence
  • GEO 109 and/or 110
  • PHYS 110/120 sequence

ENVSC 210 and/or
FSENV 201

Work with advisor to identify ESS 
concentration

Spring

ENVSC 210 and/or
FSENV 201 (if not already taken)

Human and Cultural Connections course

ENVSC 210 and/or
FSENV 201 (if not already taken)

Human and Cultural Connections course

ENVSC 210 and/or
FSENV 201 (if not already taken)

Human and Cultural Connections course

Third
Year
Fall

ENVSC 585

Human and cultural connections course (if not already taken)

Spring

ENVSC 585 (if not already taken)

Work on concentration courses

Fourth
Year
Fall

ENVSC 600

Continue working on/finish concentration courses

Spring

ENVSC 610

Continue working on/finish concentration courses

 

Sample Concentrations in Environmental Science & Sustainability

What might a thematic concentration in ESS look like? Here are a few ideas to help students imagine the possibilities before an advising session. An ESS concentration is a cluster of seven courses, with at least four at the upper level. At least one course in the concentration must have the ENVSC prefix. The other concentration courses can come from any department. Please keep in mind a full concentration is a cluster of seven courses, of which at least four must be at an upper level, and at least one must have the ENVSC prefix. The sample concentrations below are not fixed requirements, but rather examples to help envision what your concentration might begin to look like.

Are you interested in…? Then your concentration might include these 4 courses
+ 3 more of your choices:
Energy Policy

ENVSC 105 - Introduction to Energy & Society
ENVSC 285 - Quantitative Sustainability
ENVSC 380 - Climate and Energy Policy
ENVSC 385 - Intro to Sustainable Energy

Environmental Advocacy

COMJ 160 - Foundations of Community and Justice Studies
ENVSC 352 - Environmental Justice
POLSC 348 - Participatory Democracy and Community Organizing
WGSS 210 - Social Movements

Environmental Education

EDUC 100 - Introduction to Education Studies
EDUC 310 - Multicultural Education
ENVSC 250 - Environmental Education
PSYCH 106 - Educational Psychology

Environmental GIS Analysis

ENVSC 190 - Computer Mapping Technologies
ENVSC 305 - GIS I
ENVSC 306 - GIS II
ENVSC 375 - Applied Conservation GIS

Food and Farming

ECON 100 - Introduction to Microeconomics
ENVSC 230 - Soil to Plate: World Food and Agriculture
ENVSC 240 - Small-scale Production Agriculture
ENVSC 372 - Judaism, Justice, and Food

Forest Ecology

ENVSC 332 - Forest Ecosystems and Management
ENVSC 335 - Conservation Biology
ENVSC 370 - Insect Ecology and the Environment
HIST 341 - American Environmental History

Wildlife Conservation

BIO 220 - Organismal Physiology/Ecology
ENVSC 332 - Forest Ecosystems and Management
ENVSC 335 - Conservation Biology
ENVSC 355 - Field Ecology and Conservation

 

Information for Transfer Students


Environmental Science & Sustainability Transfer Pathways

    3 Year ESS Program 2 Year ESS Program
Second Year Fall ENVSC 110
ESS Human and Cultural Connections course
ESS Quantitative Skills course
 
Spring ENVSC 110 (if not already taken)
FSENV 201 and/or ENVSC 210
Work with advisor to identify ESS concentration
 
Third Year Fall ENVSC 585
ESS Human and Cultural Connections course (if not already taken)
ENVSC 110 and FSENV 201
ESS Human and Cultural Connections and/or Quantitative Skills course
Spring ENVSC 585 (if not already taken)
Work on concentration courses
ENVSC 210 and ENVSC 585
Work on concentration courses
Fourth Year Fall ENVSC 600
Continue working on/finish ESS concentration courses
Spring ENVSC 610
Continue working on/finish ESS concentration courses