The Environmental Studies Major and Interdisciplinary Minor at Davidson

In recent decades, issues related to the environment have emerged as key concerns at local, national, and international levels. 

The Environmental Studies major and interdisciplinary minor are designed to give students broad exposure to a range of environmental issues and to provide multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the complexity of factors that affect the environment and our understanding of it.

We are a broad department that includes Environmental Science, Environmental Social Science, and Environment Humanities in our curriculum. Our majors and minors are able to choose one of those tracks to focus on, and we offer courses in a number of different fields including anthropology, art, biology, chemistry, ecology, economics, English, geology and earth sciences, history, political science, and social justice. We are very proud of the interdisciplinary experience we offer our students.

As you plan your courses for the Environmental Studies major, you may find our Major Worksheet (PDF) helpful.

Courses You Might Take

ENV 273

Art, Activism & Environment

Garcia Peacock

In this course students will explore environmental themes in American visual culture. Taking the art related to the environmental justice movement as a point of departure, students will be exposed to a broad range of visual material…

ENV 203

Environmental Humanities

Garcia Peacock

Overview of humanistic approaches to environmental issues, including perspectives from art, cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, and religion.  This course emphasizes humanistic methodologies such as close reading and analysis of primary and secondary materials in both written…

BIO 240

Biostats for Life Scientists

K. Smith, Starkloff, Wadgymar

Probability, descriptive statistics, and proper application, interpretation, and reporting of inferential statistics for biological research. Instruction in experimental design and use of statistical and graphics software. Recommended for pre-med and pre-veterinary students as well as those who…