2008-2009 Environmental Studies Program (ENVI)

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

Faculty: David Baddley, Bonnie Baxter, Diane Forster-Burke, David Goldsmith, Carolyn Jenkins, Jeffrey McCarthy, Bridget Newell, Jeff Nichols, Michael A. Popich, Judy Rogers, Gretchen Siegler, David Stanley, Charles Tripp, John Watkins, Georgia White, Michael Zarkin

Program Goals

  • To gain knowledge of contemporary environmental issues.
  • To understand historical developments and backgrounds of today’s environmental issues.
  • To develop the ability to approach issues concerning the environment from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
  • To foster active involvement in contemporary environmental debates, controversies, and activities.
  • To discover information sources about, and appreciation for, outdoor environments and organizations.
  • To be prepared for graduate or professional programs and for a variety of enriching careers.

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 or are prerequisite to required coursework within the major.

BIOL 210 Environmental Biology and Lab, LE (4)

Entering first-year students are also encouraged to take the learning communities course consisting of ENGL 110 and BIOL 210.

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 Biology Courses

4

ENVI 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies

4

III.

Distribution Courses

11

All Environmental Studies majors must take 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)

Natural Sciences
BIOL 210 Environmental Biology and Lab, LE (4)
BIOL 312 Ecology and Lab (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 will take at least 15 hours of appropriate electives in consultation with their advisors. These electives may include special topics courses, May Term courses, directed studies courses, and courses chosen from other concentrations. You must take at least one of the following courses:

ART 180 Photography, LE (3)
BIOL 351 Secondary Methods of Teaching Science (3)
CHEM 352 Secondary Methods of Teaching Science (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 342 Elementary Science Methods (3)
ENGL 324 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (1-4)
ENVI 300 Special Topics in Environmental Studies (1-4)
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE (4)
PHYS 352 Secondary Methods of Teaching Science (3)
PSYC/SOC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4)
SOC 391 Qualitative 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 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 (4)

 

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR

55-58

Academic Major in Environmental Studies—Bachelor of Science Degree

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following course, which fulfills LE requirements, is required for the Environmental Studies major or is prerequisite to required coursework within the major.

BIOL 210 Environmental Biology and Lab, LE (4)

Entering first-year students are also encouraged to take the learning communities course consisting of ENGL 110 and BIOL 210.

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 Biology Courses

20

BIOL 105-106 Principles of Biology I and II and Lab
CHEM 111-112 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Lab
ENVI 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies

4-4
4-4
4

III.

Distribution Courses

11

All Environmental Studies majors must take 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)

Natural Sciences
BIOL 210 Environmental Biology and Lab, LE (4)
BIOL 312 Ecology and Lab (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

9

All candidates for the B.S. in Environmental Studies will also take at least 9 hours of appropriate electives in consultation with their advisors. These electives may include special topics courses, May Term courses, directed studies courses, and courses chosen from other concentrations. You must take at least one of the following courses:

ART 180 Photography, LE (3)
BIOL 351 Secondary Methods of Teaching Science (3)
CHEM 352 Secondary Methods of Teaching Science (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 342 Elementary Science Methods (3)
ENGL 324 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (1-4)
ENVI 300 Special Topics in Environmental Studies (1-4)
MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE (4)
PHYS 352 Secondary Methods of Teaching Science (3)
PSYC/SOC 390 Quantitative 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

 

Science and Environment:

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

BIOL 210 Environmental Biology and Lab, LE (4)
BIOL 232 Evolution (3)
BIOL 306 Aquatic Biology and Lab (4)
BIOL 310 Botany and Lab (4)
BIOL 312 Ecology and Lab (4)
BIOL 313 Extreme Environments (4)
BIOL/CHEM 350 Biochemistry and Lab (4)
CHEM 307 Instrumental Analysis and Lab (4)
ESS 110 Introduction to Geology, LE (3)
ESS 205 Environmental Earth Sciences (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 (4)

 

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR

67-68

Academic Minor

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

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 210 Environmental Biology and Lab, LE (4)
BIOL 312 Ecology and Lab (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)

4

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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

24

Recommended First Year Plan of Study

B.A. Environmental Studies — Civic Environment Concentration and
B.A. Environmental Studies — Culture and Environment Concentration

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

BIOL 210/ENGL 110 LC (8) ENVI 101 (4)
Environmental Biology taught as a learning community with Composition & Research   Introduction to Environmental Studies


 
    ENGL 220 Literature (4)
MATH course (3-4)    
Skills level or pre-requisite course   ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology (4)
       
Any LE course (3-4) Any LE course (3-4)
PHIL 102 is recommended      

B.S. Environmental Studies

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

BIOL 210/ENGL 110 LC (8) ENVI 101 (4)
Environmental Biology taught as a learning community with Composition & Research   Introduction to Environmental Studies


 
    ENGL 220 Literature (4)
MATH course (3-4)    
Skills level or pre-requisite course   Social Science Distribution (4)
    ANTH 311 Human Evolution or  
Any LE course (3-4) ECON 325 Environmental Economics or  
PHIL 102 is recommended   PLSC 327 Environmental Politics and Policy  
       
 


BIOL 106 Principles of Biology II and Lab (4)
 

 

or  
    Language Course I (4)