The Environmental Studies concentration acquaints students with the knowledge to understand and solve environmental problems:  the operations of the physical, biological, and chemical systems of our planet; the human impact on them; the cultural bases of our interactions with nature; and, the way in which political and social change impinges on our environment.

Students majoring in the natural sciences are required to take three courses in the social sciences or humanities in at least two different disciplines.  Students majoring in the social sciences or humanities are required to take three courses in the natural  sciences in at least two different disciplines.  Independent studies and internship opportunities may be arranged with the coordinator of the concentration.

Students pursue this concentration by completing the 21 credit hours selected from the following courses:

Arts & Sciences

  • AR 290  Cultivating Community / AR 297—Cultivating Community Practicum


  • BL 103, 103L  Plant Science,  Lab
  • BL 109, 109L  Environmental Biology, Lab
  • BL 111, 111L  Fundamentals of Ecology, Lab
  • BL 155-160  Principles of Biology I-II-III, Lab I-II-III
  • BL 206, 206L  Tropical Biology, Lab
  • BL 215, 215L  Intro. to Biotechnology, Lab
  • BL 222  General Ecology
  • BL224, 224L  Terrestrial Ecology, Lab
  • BL 240  Epidemiology
  • BL 255  Local Summer Flora
  • BL 331  Global Climate Change
  • BL 370  Evolution
  • BL 410  Medical Microbiology
  • BL 420  Plant Physiology
  • BL 424  Aquatic Resources
  • BL 435, 435L  Plant Ecology, Lab
  • BL 444, 444L  Advanced Ecology, Lab
  • BL 447, 447L  Algae as Bioindicators, Lab


  • CH 103, 103L—Environmental Chemistry, Lab
  • CH 105, 105L—Chemistry in Society, Lab
  • CH 141-144—General Chemistry I-II, Lab I-II
  • CH 221-224—Organic Chemistry I-II, Lab I-II


  • CO 455—Health and Environmental Writing


  • EC 315—Environmental Economics


  • PH 115, 115L—Environmental Earth Science, Lab


  • PL 314—Science, Technology, and Ethics
  • PL 315—Applied Ethics
  • PL 375—Philosophy of Science

Political Science

  • PO 304—Introduction to Policy Studies
  • PO 312—Urban Politics
  • PO 361—Environmental Politics and Policy
  • PO 363—Environmental Law
  • PO 464—Utopian Thought


  • SC 260-/PO 298—Consumer Politics & Culture
  • SC 261—Global Environmental Issues
  • SC 273—Public Health in U.S. Society
  • SC 290—Environmental Sociology
  • SC 360—Urban Society
  • SC 380—Environmental Justice Movements
  • SC 390—Health and Healing In East Asia

Occasional special topic courses may count toward the concentration with the coordinator’s approval.

Coordinator:  Dr. Wendy Wiedenhoft, Department of Sociology and Criminology.