Environmental Studies Major

1) Analyze environmental and climate data through mathematical and computational problem-solving techniques;

2) Situate in historical and cultural contexts the roles of scientific and mathematical inquiry as they relate to environmental ideas and values;

3) Communicate in written and oral form the value of interdisciplinary perspectives on environmental data and ideas;

4) Engage imagination as a tool to develop questions, test ideas, and propose interdisciplinary solutions concerning environmental challenges;

 5) Collaborate with members of the general public in order to learn and to build community around environmental understandings.

I. Environmental Studies Core (26 credits)

ENV-151Introduction to Human Geography

3 credits

ENV-161Environmental Systems Science

3 credits

ENV-161LEnvironmental Systems Science Lab

1 credit

ENV-200Nature and Culture: Introduction to Environmental Studies

3 credits

ENG-239Visions of Environment

3 credits

CHE-141General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHE-141LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory I

1 credit

PHI-340Environmental Philosophy

3 credits

ENV-350Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

2 credits

ENV-350LIntroduction to Geographic Information Systems Lab

1 credit

ENV-402Senior Capstone

3 credits

II. Math (3 credits)

Take ONE of the following math courses:

MAT-125Data Analysis and Statistics

3 credits

MAT-212Multiple Regression Analysis

3 credits

The credits for the math requirement (MAT-125 or MAT-212) are counted in the Professional Foundations minor.

III. Natural History/Earth Science (4 credits)

Take ONE of the following lab/field courses:

BIO-140Idaho Natural History

3 credits

BIO-140LIdaho Natural History Lab

1 credit

GEO-101Physical Geology

3 credits

GEO-101LPhysical Geology Lab

1 credit

IV. Geography (3 credits)

Take ONE upper-division geography course:

ENV-330Working Landscapes and Global Climate

3 credits

ENV-355Urban Geography

3 credits

ENV-357Applied Cartography

3 credits

V. Electives (6–9 credits)

Take TWO of the following courses (NOTE: BIO-203 is a prerequisite for the 300-level BIO courses):

BIO-203Ecology, Evolution and Diversity

3 credits

BIO-203LEcology Evolution and Diversity Lab

1 credit

BIO-306Conservation Biology

3 credits

BIO-317Stream Ecology

3 credits

BIO-317LStream Ecology Lab

1 credit

BIO-319Ichthyology

3 credits

BIO-319LIchthyology Lab

1 credit

BIO-322.1Field Botany

3 credits

BIO-322LField Botany Lab

1 credit

BIO-326Coastal Marine Ecology

4 credits

BIO-326LCoastal Marine Ecology Lab

1 credit

BIO-331Evolution

3 credits

BIO-331LEvolution Lab

1 credit

BIO-345Ecology

3 credits

BIO-345LEcology Lab

1 credit

BIO-346Field Biology

4 credits

BIO-346.1Field Biology Preparation

2 credits

GEO-310Earth's Dynamic Climate System

3 credits

GEO-320Watershed Hydrology

3 credits

BIO-340Zoology

3 credits

BIO-340LZoology Laboratory

1 credit

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, students will be able to:


1) Analyze environmental and climate data through mathematical and computational problem-solving techniques;
2) Situate in historical and cultural contexts the roles of scientific and mathematical inquiry as they relate to environmental ideas and values;
3) Communicate in written and oral form the value of interdisciplinary perspectives on environmental data and ideas;
4) Engage imagination as a tool to develop questions, test ideas, and propose interdisciplinary solutions concerning environmental challenges; and
5) Collaborate with members of the general public in order to learn and to build community around environmental understandings.