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Environmental Studies Curriculum

This major, while closely allied to biology and the natural sciences, recognizes the importance of government and society in coping with environmental problems. These problems arise from the complex interaction between technological and social activities and the natural environment.

A core of basic courses in both natural sciences and social sciences provides the platform on which the student can choose to build a specialization in either the scientific aspects of the environment or the socio-political aspects of environmental regulation. Experiences in the laboratory and in the field are valuable ingredients of this major. An unique opportunity for the study of marine biology is afforded Elmira College students in the Spring Term at the Bahamian Field station. The Finger Lakes area also provides excellent opportunities for ecological field studies.

It is recommended that any student intending to go on to graduate or professional school in the sciences take one year of Physics as well as Mathematics through Calculus II in addition to the regular program in their major.

This major was designed to allow students to go directly into government or private agencies that study environmental issues. It also allows students to pursue professional education, such as law or other graduate study in order to pursue careers in politics or environmental research. Completion of the Environmental Studies: Specialization in Natural Science, in conjunction with the other appropriate courses, can be used to satisfy the requirement for certification in Biology, General Science at the Secondary Education level.

Required Course

Core Requirements
ENV 1010 Introduction to Environmental Studies
BIO 1020-1022 Biological Concepts I-II

CHE 1510; Basic Chemical Principles I
CHE 1511; Basic Chemical Principles II
CHE 1511L; Basic Chemical Priniciples II Lab
CHE 1505; General Chemistry I
CHE 1505L: General Chemistry I Lab
CHE 1515: General Chemistry II
CHE 1515L: General Chemistry II Lab
CHE 1925: General Chemistry III

AMS- HIS 3015: American Environmental History
AMS-ENG-HIS 3025: Nature and the American Imagination

ECO 2010: Principles of Microeconomics 3.0
ECO 3210: Environmental Economics 3.0

BIO 3590: Junior Seminar in Biology
ENV 4590: Seminar: Environmental Studies (W course)

MAT 2090: Statistical Methods
PHR 1006: Ethics

ENV-PHR 3940: Environmental Ethics
PSC 1010: Introduction to Politics
PSC 1040: American Government and Politics

Electives in the Natural Sciences* 8.0

Electives in the Humanities and Behavioral and Social Sciences 6.0

The Electives in the Natural Sciences shall be chosen from the following list:
BIO 1110: Introduction to Microbiology
BIO 2050: General Botany
BIO-PSY 2141: Animal Behavior
BIO 3010: Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 3930: Marine and Island Ecology
BIO 2902: Field Botany
CHE 2010: Organic Chemistry I
CHE 2020: Organic Chemistry II
CHE 2150: Environmental Chemistry
GEO 1010: Physical Geology
Any 3000 level BIO, ENV
2000 or 3000 level CHE

Electives in the Humanities and Behavioral and Social Sciences should be considered suggested electives in this category. Others may be approved by the coordinator of Environmental Studies major. (6.0 credits)*

AMS 1950: Representing the American Landscape
AMS-ART 1960: The Landscape of Photography-The Photography of Landscape
AMS 2015: Gender and Nature
AMS 2020: Individualism and Community in American Life
ANT-SOC 2010: Social Inequality
ANT-SOC 3150: Social Theory
ANT-SOC 3250: The Culture of Global Capitalism
ECO 3050: Public Finance
ECO 3140: Development Economics
ENG 2025: The Craft of Creative Non-Fiction
ENG 2180: Expository Writing
PHR 1005: Logic
PHR 3070: Philosophy of Natural and Social Sciences
PHR 3110: Aesthetics
PSC 2410: Public Policy
SPC 2020: Public Speaking
SOC 2220: Globalization

*A combined 6 credits from both Natural Sciences and the Humanities and Behavioral and Social Science Electives must be from courses at the 3000 level or higher. Six-credit courses count as one 3 credit course.

In addition to the required number of credits needed to complete the major, all students must also fulfill the general degree requirements in order to graduate.