Social Science Option

The EnvS social science option allows you to study how human societies relate to and make decisions about their environment. To develop expertise in this area, you will take four courses from at least two of the following depth areas during your junior and senior years:

Policy and Law
Climate Change - Human Dimensions
Administration and Planning
Green Building and Community Design

Four-year Study Plan

Required course work includes the following (prerequisites listed in italics): 

Freshman Year 

Fall

ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Science (3 cr)  ENVS 102 Field Activities in Environmental Science (1 cr) – ENVS 101 as co-req or pre-req 
ENG 102 College Writing and Rhetoric (3 cr) – ENG 101 or equivalent 
CORE course in Social Science or Humanities (4 cr) 
GEOL 101 Physical Geology (4 cr)

Spring

CHEM 101 or 111 Principles of Chemistry (4 cr) – CHEM 050 or COMPASS test 
MATH 143 Pre-Calculus Algebra & Analytic Geometry (3 cr) - ACT/SAT scores or MATH 108
GEOG 100 Physical Geography (4 cr) 
COMM 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2 cr) or Foreign Language course (4 cr) 
CORE course in Social Science or Humanities (3 cr) 

Sophomore Year 

Fall

STAT 251 Statistical Methods (3 cr) – MATH 137 or 143, or 2 years high school Algebra 
POLS 235 Political Science Research Methods and Approaches (3 cr)
or HIST 290 Historian's Craft (3 cr) 
or PHIL 201 Critical Thinking (3 cr)
Social Science or Humanities elective (3 cr) 
Social Science or Humanities elective (3 cr)
General Elective (3 cr) 

Spring

BIOL 115 Cells & the Evolution of Life (4 cr) – CHEM 101 or 111 as co-req or pre-req 
ENVS 225 International Environmental Issues (3 cr) 
Social Science or Humanities elective (3 cr) 
Breadth Elective (3 cr)

Junior Year 

Fall

Breadth elective – ecology (2-4 cr) 
Breadth elective – natural resource economics/sociology (3 cr) 
Breadth elective – management (2-3 cr) 
ENG 309 Adv Prose Writing (3 cr) - ENG 102
or JAMM 428 Environmental Journalism (3 cr) - JAMM 225

Spring

Breadth elective – history/philosophy/political science (3 cr) 
Breadth elective (1-4 cr) 
ENVS 400 Seminar (2 cr) 
General elective (2-3 cr) 

Senior Year 

Fall

PHIL 452 Environmental Philosophy (3 cr) – senior standing 
ENVS 497 Senior Research (3 cr) 
ENG 316 Environmental Writing or ENG 317 Technical Writing (3 cr) – ENG 102 or COMPASS test 
Breadth elective (1-4 cr) 
Breadth elective (1-4 cr) 

Spring

ENVS 497 Senior Research (1 cr) 
Depth elective (2-3 cr) 
Depth elective (3 cr) 
Depth elective (2-3 cr) 
Depth elective (3 cr)