2011 - 2012 Environmental Studies Program (ENVI)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | B.A. Major | B.S. Major | Plan of Study | Academic Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Brian Avery, David Baddley, Bonnie Baxter, Christine Clay, Richard Collins, David Goldsmith, Carolyn Jenkins, Jeffrey McCarthy, Bridget Newell, Lance Newman, Jeff Nichols, Michael A. Popich, Judy Rogers, Gretchen Siegler, Chuck Tripp, John Watkins, Kimberly Zarkin, Michael Zarkin

Program Goals

Objectives

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program combining the perspectives of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences to provide students with multiple perspectives in some of the most challenging and exciting fields of inquiry today: the relationship between humans and the natural world, along with issues of conservation, preservation, pollution, global warming, rehabilitation, mitigation, endangered species, international development, and global change. The B. A. or B. S. degree in Environmental Studies can lead to careers working with business, industry, nonprofit environmental organizations, formal and informal education, and federal, state, and local governments, including jobs in national parks and national forests, in addition to continuing studies in graduate school and in law and medicine. The minor in Environmental Studies provides a useful multidisciplinary supplement to studies in other fields.

Program Requirements

Environmental Studies majors will select one of four concentrations: The Civic Environment, Science and Environment, Culture and Environment, or the Environmental Contract Major. The concentration should be chosen after students have completed 60 hours of undergraduate credit. Students interested in the Environmental Studies major or minor should, during their first year, choose a faculty advisor who is a member of the Environmental Studies faculty.

Academic Major in Environmental Studies—Bachelor of Arts Degree

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Environmental Studies major.

BIOL 110 Environmental Biology, LE

Entering first-year students are encouraged to take the learning community course consisting of ENGL 110 and BIOL 110.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
  Environmental Studies majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language. 8
II. Lower Division Courses 4
  ENVI 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies 4
III. Distribution Courses 10-11
  All Environmental Studies majors must take at least one distribution course in Humanities and Social Sciences, chosen from the lists below:

Humanities
ENGL 357 Literature of the Environment (3)
HIST 320 Environmental History of the U.S. (3)
PHIL 307 Environmental Ethics (3)

Natural Sciences
BIOL 110 Environmental Biology, LE (3)
BIOL 203 Introduction to Ecology (4)
ESS 205 Environmental Earth Sciences (4)

Social Sciences
ANTH 311 Human Evolution and Archeology (4)
ECON 325 Environmental Economics (4)
PLSC 327 Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
 
IV. Electives 15
  All candidates for the B.A. in Environmental Studies must take at least 15 hours of electives in consultation with their advisors. Electives can be taken from the list of Distribution courses, from the following list, or with advisor approval.

ART 180 Photography, LE (3)
COMM 203 Writing for the Mass Media (4)
COMM 310 Professional Writing (4)
COMM 336 Public Relations Principles (3)
COMM 338 Principles of Advertising (4)
COMM 410 Technical Writing (4)
EDUC 382 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science (3)
ENGL 324 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (1-4)
ENVI 300 Special Topics in Environmental Studies (1-4)
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE (4)
PSYC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4)
SOC 390 Social Research Methods (4)
SPCH 320 Principles of Argumentation (3)
 
V. Fields of Concentration 13-16
  Students each choose from among the following fields of concentration:

A) Civic Environment: 16

Students must choose a minimum of four courses from the following, of which three must be numbered 300-level or above.

ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology, LE (4)
ANTH 311 Human Ecology and Archeology (4)
ECON 263 Elementary Microeconomics, LE (4)
ECON 318 Microeconomic Theory (4)
ECON 325 Environmental Economics (4)
PLSC 303 Public Administration and Bureaucracy (4)
PLSC 327 Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PLSC 355 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties (4)

B) Culture and Environment: 13

Students must choose a minimum of four courses from the following.

ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology, LE (4)
ENGL 357 Environmental Literature (3)
HIST 320 Environmental History of the U.S. (3)
HIST 365 Utah and the West (3)
PHIL 307 Environmental Ethics (3)

C) Environmental Studies Contract Major: 15

Students who wish to create their own major must fulfill the requirements listed above, and will create a course program in consultation with the chair of Environmental Studies.
 
VI. Senior Project 4
  Students must take a senior capstone course, which will normally be ENVI 405. In special circumstances, a student may substitute a senior thesis, internship, service-learning project, field research project, or other course or project. The course must be approved in advance by the student's advisor and the chair of Environmental Studies.

ENVI 405 Senior Seminar (4)
 
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 54-58

Academic Major in Environmental Studies—Bachelor of Science Degree

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Mathematics liberal education requirements are fulfilled by meeting major requirements.

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
  Environmental Studies majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language. 8
II. Core Courses 32
  BIOL 202 Organisms and Evolution (4)
or
BIOL 204 Principles of Genetics (4)
or
BIOL 205 Introduction to Cell Biology (4)

BIOL 203 Introduction to Ecology
BIOL 345 Environmental Science and Lab
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab
ESS 205 Environmental Earth Sciences
ENVI 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies
MATH 240 Statistics for the Sciences




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III. Distribution Courses 7
  All Environmental Studies majors must take at least one distribution course in Humanities and Social Sciences, chosen from the lists below:

Humanities
ENGL 357 Literature of the Environment (3)
HIST 320 Environmental History of the U.S. (3)
PHIL 307 Environmental Ethics (3)

Social Sciences
ANTH 311 Human Evolution and Archeology (4)
ECON 325 Environmental Economics (4)
PLSC 327 Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
 
IV. Electives 7
  All candidates for the B.S. in Environmental Studies must take at least 7 hours of electives in consultation with their advisors. Electives can be taken from the list of Distribution courses, from the following list, or with advisor approval.

ART 180 Photography, LE (3)
COMM 203 Writing for the Mass Media (4)
COMM 310 Professional Writing (4)
COMM 336 Public Relations Principles (3)
COMM 338 Principles of Advertising (4)
COMM 410 Technical Writing (4)
EDUC 382 Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science (3)
ENGL 324 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (1-4)
ENVI 300 Special Topics in Environmental Studies (1-4)
PSYC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4)
SOC 390 Social Research Methods (4)
SOC 391 Qualitative Research Methods (4)
SPCH 205 Business and Professional Communication (2)
SPCH 320 Principles of Argumentation (3)
 
V. Science and Environment Concentration 15-16
  Students must choose a minimum of four courses from the following list or have advisor approval to substitute other relevant courses. Three courses must be numbered 300 or above. Students are limited to 4 credit hours earned during May term.

BIOL 310 Plant Biology and Lab (4)
BIOL 313 Astrobiology (4)
BIOL 321 History of Life on Earth (3)
BIOL/CHEM 350 Biochemistry and Lab (4)
BIOL 404 Advanced Ecology (4)
CHEM 303 Organic Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 304 Organic Chemistry II (4)
CHEM 307 Instrumental Analysis and Lab (4)
CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry (4)
ESS 110 Intro to Geology (4)
ENVI 300 Special Topics, as approved (4)
 
VI. Senior Project 4
  Students must take a senior capstone course, which can be a senior seminar, senior thesis, internship, service-learning project, field research project, or other course or project. Such courses usually constitute 4 credit hours. The capstone course must be approved in advance by the student's advisor and the Chair of Environmental Studies.

ENVI 405 Senior Seminar
 
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE MAJOR 73-74

Recommended Plan of Study for Environmental Studies

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year BIOL 203
CHEM 111
MATH 240
LE course
BIOL 202 or 204 or 205
CHEM 112
ENVI 101
LE course
Sophomore Year
Required meeting with Environmental Studies advisor
BIOL 345 ESS 205
Distribution courses
Concentration courses
LE courses
Junior Year Final distribution courses
Concentration courses
Elective course
Consider an internship
Senior Year Final concentration courses
Final electives
Senior Seminar

Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 14-15
  ENVI 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies

And at least one distribution course in Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences, chosen from the lists below:

Humanities
ENGL 357 Literature of the Environment (3)
HIST 320 Environmental History of the U.S. (3)
PHIL 307 Environmental Ethics (3)

NaturalSciences
BIOL 110 Environmental Biology, LE (4)
BIOL 203 Introduction to Ecology (4)
ESS 205 Environmental Earth Sciences (4)

Social Sciences
ANTH 311 Human Evolution and Archeology (4)
ECON 325 Environmental Economics (4)
PLSC 327 Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
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10-11
II. Electives 9
  Nine additional hours chosen in consultation with the student's minor advisor or the chair of the Environmental Studies Program. These can be chosen in the same manner as the electives for the major as described above.  
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 23-24