BA in Environmental Studies
The BA in Environmental Studies is
appropriate for students wanting rigorous preparation in the methods of the
social sciences and humanities needed to understand how society affects the
environment, how it organizes itself to respond to environmental problems and
how understanding of the environment is created and transmitted through culture.
All students gain a sufficient base of scientific and mathematical expertise
to allow them to work effectively with environmental scientists and engineers.
The degree focuses on the social, political, economic and cultural forces that
guide societys role in both causing and solving environmental problems,
and on the role of society in perturbing environmental systems. All students
take core courses in the relevant sciences, social sciences and humanities.
In addition, students, in consultation with an advisor, select a Concentration
Area for specialized study of the environment and society. Each will, if desired,
result in a minor in one of several disciplines. The degree provides strong
preparation for graduate and professional training, as well as for jobs in environmental
policy, journalism, education, etc.
The following courses are required:
First and Second Years
General College Perspectives (2 Aesthetics,
2 Social Sciences, 2 Historical, 1 Philosophical; one of the Social Science
Perspectives must be ECON 10)
Language (through Level III)
ENGL 11 and 12
CHEM 11/11L and 21/21L; or PHYS 24/24L and 25/25L
STAT 31 or ECON 70
ENST 35 Introduction to Environment and Society
ENST 36 Introduction to Environmental Science
Third and Fourth Years
ENST 86 Data Analysis and Visualization
of Social and Environmental Interactions
ENST 94 Capstone: Analysis and Solution of Environmental Problems
ENST 107 Energy and Material Flows in the Environment and Society
Upper-Level Perspectives (4 courses;
one must be a Natural and Mathematical Sciences Perspective chosen from BIOL
54 (if not used in the major), ENST 54, ENST 41, ENST 45 or ENST 53; one must
be a philosophical perspective chosen from AFAM 128, PHIL 34, PHIL 70, PHIL
72, PHIL 145, PLCY 67, POLI 47H or RELI 37).
Five courses in an approved Concentration
Area (see ENST advisor for options).