Major

The major offers two tracks: science and policy. Both tracks share common foundation courses in science, mathematics, and social science and the same core curriculum. Advanced course work differs with track. The major entails three successive levels:

  • Foundation Courses in basic science, mathematics, and social science.
  • Core Courses that provide more specific education about the discipline.
  • Advanced Studies Courses offering specialized training in key areas.

For the most up-to-date information on courses that satisfy major requirements, students should download degree progress trackers:

I. Foundations in Science and Mathematics:

All of the following:

  • MATH 220, 224; or 212, 213, 214
  • CHEM 101, 102, 103 with lab courses 121, 122, 123 or 171, 172 with lab courses 181, 182

Five courses from the following, with at least two from the same group (i.e. BIOL_SCI, CHEM, ECON, PHYSICS, or STAT/MATH). Labs do not count toward 5-course total.

  • BIOL_SCI 215, 216, 217 or 218; 215, 216, 217 with lab courses 220, 221 or 222
  • CHEM 210-1,2 , with lab course 230-2
  • ECON 201, 202
  • MATH 230, 240, 250; STAT 210
  • PHYSICS 135–1,2,3; 136-1,2,3

II. Core Courses:

Three courses are required.

  • ENVR_SCI 201: Earth, A Habitable Planet
  • ENVR_SCI 202: The Health of the Biosphere
  • ENVR_SCI 203: Energy and the Environment

III. Advanced Studies:

Eight courses are required, with at least six taken at the 300 level. Students may choose which advanced courses to take according to the track pursued.

Science Track

Six courses from the Science list and two from the Environment and Society list.

Policy Track

ECON 281, 310-1, 370; plus five additional courses, four of which must be from the Science list.

Advanced Studies Course Lists

Science List:

ANTHRO 306, 312, 314, 390; BIOL_SCI 301, 313, 316, 330, 332, 334, 335, 341, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350; CHEM 306, 329, 342-1,2; 393; CHEM_ENG 364, 365;  CIV_ENV 260, 340, 358, 361-1, 361-2, 363, 364, 365, 367, 371, 376, 398; EARTH 201, 300, 301, 310, 312, 313, 314, 316, 317, 326, 329, 330, 331, 342, 351; 360; ENVR_SCI 390;  GEOG 211, 235, 240, 341, 343; ISEN 210, 220; MECH_ENG 241, 395.

Environment and Society List:

ANTHRO 310, 383; CIV_ENV 303, 349, 360, 368, 395; ECON 270, 370; ENVR_POL 390, 394, 395; GEOG 328; GLB HLTH 302;  HIST 215, 300, 392, 395; ISEN 230, 390; JOUR 382; PHIL 254, 268, 269, 270; POLI_SCI 329, 349, 367 (cross-listed with Environmental Policy and Culture); REL 261; SOCIOL 212, 276, 305, 311, 312.

Optional research course:  

ENVR_SCI 399 (Students may substitute up to 2, 399 courses for courses from the Science list). 



Environmental Sciences Second Major for ISP Students

The Integrated Science Program is a highly selective BA program in Weinberg College. Students majoring in ISP who wish to complete a second major in Environmental Sciences should fulfill the following requirements instead of those listed above. They may not substitute ENVR_SCI 399 or ISP 398 for the ISP-required course MATH 383 and must take the following additional courses:

  • ENVR_SCI  201, 202, 203
  • 4 advanced studies courses at the 300-level (3 from the science list and 1 from the environment and society list)
  • 1 quarter of 399 may be substituted for 1 course from the science list