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Major Requirements

Entry-level requirements and co-requisites:

  • Principles of Biology I and II, completed with a minimum grade of C, or evidence of high achievement in equivalent course work, as a prerequisite for all biology courses above the 2000 level. 
  • Principles of Chemistry I and II, Principles of Chemistry I and II Lab, completed with a minimum grade of C-.
  • Biostatistics or Statistics for the Social Sciences (completed with a minimum grade of C-.)

Upper Level Requirements:

  • One Introductory Environmental Science course
  • Choose from:
    • Endangered Earth
    • Global Environmentalism
  • One Environmentally-related course from another department

Choose from:
o Environmental Politics
o Environmental Geography
o Environmental Chemistry
o The Amazon: Power and Politics

  • The Ecology Sequence (2 courses)
    • Foundations of Ecology and
    • Environmental Ecology
  • Four additional electives, three of which need to be laboratory courses
    • Marine Biology
    • Microbiology
    • Human anatomy and physiology
    • Parasitology
    • Vertebrate Biology
    • Advanced Mammalian Physiology
    • Comparative Anatomy
    • Botany
    • Introduction to Geology
    • Aquatic Ecology
    • Invertebrate zoology
    • Developmental Biology
    • Tropical Rainforest Ecology

All elective major courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

Senior Research Program

In addition to the requirements as outlined above, environmental studies majors must also complete the following 3-course sequence (see course descriptions below for further details):

  •  BIO 3099: Research Seminar
  •  BIO 3499: Senior Research
  •  BIO 3998: Senior Evaluation

Note: All students in the Senior Research Program are required to attend the senior presentations, and all majors are encouraged to attend.

Minor in Environmental Studies

This program will provide students with a working knowledge of current environmental problems, so that they may address environmental challenges from a multi-disciplinary approach.  This minor can be tailored to a variety of majors and concentrations including Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Education, and English Writing, in order to provide a unique and individualized course of study. It is designed to integrate the skills and vision from the students’ major area of study within the examination of an important scientific issue in environmental studies.

Principles of Biology I and II (4 credits each)

One (1) Bio/Environmental Science course (3 credits)
Choose from:

  • BIO 1016: Endangered Earth
  • BIO 2016: Global Environmentalism

One (1) additional Science course with laboratory (4 credits)
Choose from:

  • BIO 3005: Developmental Biology
  • BIO 3007: Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIO 3013: Microbiology
  • BIO 3018: Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIO 3031: Aquatic Biology
  • BIO 3047: Vertebrate Biology
  • BIO 3059: Marine Biology

The Ecology Sequence (2 courses)

  • BIO 2010: Foundations of Ecology and
  • BIO 3056: Environmental Ecology

Students are encouraged to take an environmentally-relevant course from another department. Biostatistics or Statistics for the Social Sciences are also strongly recommended for this program.

Note: Principles of Biology I and II must be completed with a minimum grade of C, all other minor courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

Course descriptions are listed under the Biology Department, above.