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As you plan your courses for the Environmental Studies major, you may find these documents helpful.
The interdisciplinary major in Environmental Studies consists of 11 courses. You should plan to take courses from the Interdisciplinary Overviews (take 3), Depth Component (take 4), Breadth Component (take 2), and Capstone (take 2).
These three courses may be taken in any sequence, but two must be completed by the end of the sophomore year and the third must be completed by the end of the junior year. ENV 201, 202, and 203 are prerequisites for more advanced ENV courses, including ENV 498: Capstone I.
Three content courses plus a related methodology course. The Depth Component forms a coherent and rigorous investigation into a particular topic or field. You may choose from one of three tracks (Environmental Sciences, Environmental Social Sciences, Environmental Humanities) or may self-design a Depth Component, subject to the approval of the Environmental Studies Faculty Advisory Committee.
The Breadth Component is determined in conjunction with the Depth Component. If you choose one of the established tracks for the Depth Component, the Breadth Component will consist of one course from each of the other two tracks. If you self-design the Depth Component will also propose a corresponding Breadth Component, again subject to the approval of the Environmental Studies Faculty Advisory Committee.
The ENV major requires a methodology course in the track of the depth component. This methodology course is specifically intended to support the capstone project. Therefore, students should complete the methodology course by the end of the junior year. Students who do not complete an appropriate and relevant methodology course by the end of the junior year will be at a significant disadvantage in undertaking the capstone project in the senior year.
In order to choose the most appropriate methodology course, students should have regular conversations with their ENV major adviser and other ENV professors about plans for the capstone project; this includes plans to conduct research during the summer(s) or during study abroad. For example, if the main research for the capstone project will involve interviews, then a statistics course is not the most appropriate methodology course.
For students who apply for funding from Dean Rusk, DRI, or other sources to support ENV research, the proposal will be stronger if the student has already taken the appropriate methodology course before conducting the research.
Environmental Studies majors design and propose an independent project that demonstrates both the knowledge and skills of interdisciplinary Environmental Studies. The objectives of the capstone project reflect the assessment criteria for interdisciplinary programs: significance, coherence, complexity, and rigor.
ENV 498 proposals must be submitted by no later than the end of the first week of class of the fall semester of the senior year; ideally, you will submit these proposals at the end of the junior year, especially for projects that require field work to be completed during the summer. The Environmental Studies Faculty evaluates and approves the proposals. With the permission of the faculty, you may propose collaborative projects
Any projects involving human subjects research must receive IRB approval; projects involving non-human vertebrate research must receive IACUC approval.
Capstone projects may include some or all of the following: field work, laboratory work, library-based research, creative work, community-based research. Capstone projects will culminate in a major paper or other significant project appropriate to the subject (such as an art installation or performance). All projects require relevant research; an outline and annotated bibliography (or equivalent indication of research/preparation) for the major paper or project is due at the end of the fall semester of you senior year. The major paper or project is due at the end of ENV 499: Capstone II. Students in ENV 498 and ENV 499 will work independently as well as meet with other majors and the Capstone professor in group sessions.
To be awarded an Honors in Environmental Studies you must meet all of the following criteria.
Methodology courses: BIO 341: Biostatistics, CHE 371: Analytical Chemistry, CSC 121: Programming and Problem Solving, CSC 200/PHY 200: Computational Physics, MAT 140: Multivariable Calculus and Modeling, MAT 210: Mathematical Modeling, MAT 341: Statistics, PHY 201: Mathematical Methods for Scientists, or another course approved by the Environmental Studies Faculty Advisory Committee.
Methodology courses: ANT 371: Ethnographic Writing and Research, ANT 372: Visualizing Anthropology, ANT 377: Imaging the Earth, ECO 105: Statistics, POL 221: Methods and Statistics, SOC 260: Social Statistics, SOC 399: Methods in Social Research, or another course approved by the Environmental Studies Faculty Advisory Committee.
Methodology courses: CIS 393: Advanced Research Methods in the Humanities, ENG 220: Literary Analysis, PHI 102: Reason and Argument, REL 301: Perspectives in the Study of Religion; or another course approved by the Environmental Studies Faculty Advisory Committee.