ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (ENVR)

College of Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Program
John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts (JRC) LL56, (651) 962-5046
Amel (PSYC), program director; Environmental Studies Committee: Anthoney (THEO), Dahmus (ENVR), Emms (BIOL), Hoffman (POLS), Kay (ESCI), Lamb (GEOL), Laumakis (PHIL), Lorah (GEOG), Wammer (CHEM)

Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/environment/

The Environmental studies program provides students with a broad interdisciplinary background as well as a basis for career specialization and practical application and problem solving. The program is based upon an investigation both of the Earth’s environment and the wide variety of human interactions with that environment.

The program has three basic objectives:

  1. to transmit an understanding of environmental problems and their complexities,
  2. to motivate productive responses to those problems, both vocational and avocational, based on that understanding, and
  3. to foster the development of critical, inquiring minds. 

All students majoring in Environmental studies are required to take 36 credits in core courses, another 24 credits in concentration-area courses, and four credits in an allied course. The core courses are designed to provide the student with a foundation in the physical, social and ethical dimensions of environmental issues. Students graduating with a major in environmental studies will demonstrate their ability to integrate their liberal arts and professionally-oriented education. Students are encouraged, but not required, to take additional courses in writing and computer applications, and should consult the chair of the Environmental Studies Committee for recommendations.

The concentration area consists of a minimum of an additional 24 credits beyond the core. These courses are meant to deepen the student’s understanding of the origin and complexity of environmental issues while focusing attention on one particular area of study (e.g., engineering, math, journalism, justice & peace, geology, English, sociology, etc.).

The student may

  1. choose to specialize in an existing area of study or
  2. may propose an individually designed concentration program.

In either case, students are required to submit a 6-course Concentration Area Proposal to the Governance Committee for approval. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss the formation of their concentration area with the director of the program or another member of the Governance Committee. Committee members can assist students in constructing successful concentration area proposals. Students are encouraged to identify their concentration area by the end of their sophomore year or the first semester of their junior year.

Major in Environmental Studies: Concentration Area in Social Science, Business, or Humanities

  • ENVR 151 Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Solutions (4 credits)
  • ENVR 212 Society and Sustainability (4 credits)
  • ENVR 301 Environmental Ethics (4 credits)
  • ENVR 351 Environmental Policy Formation (4 credits)
  • ENVR 401 Field Seminar (4 credits)

Plus:

  • BIOL 102 Conservation Biology (4 credits)
  • CHEM 101 Environmental Chemistry (4 credits)
  • GEOL 115 Environmental Geology (4 credits each)

Plus four additional credits from BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or ENGR ad determined in consultation with the program director.

Plus four credits from the following:

  • MATH 303 Statistics for the Applied Sciences (4 credits)
  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)

Plus:

  • Six courses in a Concentration area determined in consultation with the program director. ESCI 310 is highly recommended. 

Major in Environmental Studies: Concentration Area in the Natural Sciences

Given that students electing to major in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Natural Science often double major in either Biology, Chemistry or Geology, we recommend that you seek the advice of your advisor as soon as possible to maximize the synergy of requirements between the two majors.

Concentration in Biology

  • ENVR 151 Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Solutions (4 credits)
  • ENVR 212 Society and Sustainability (4 credits)
  • ENVR 301 Environmental Ethics (4 credits)
  • ENVR 351 Environmental Policy Formation (4 credits)
  • ENVR 401 Field Seminar (4 credits)

Plus:

  • BIOL 207 Genetics, Ecology and Evolution (4 credits)
  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • GEOL 115 Environmental Geology (or 110, 111, 114, 162, or 260) (4 credits)

Plus one additional non-natural-science course from the following:

  • BLAW 351 Environmental Law (4 credits)
  • COJO 372 Environmental Communication (4 credits)
  • ECON 370 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (4 credits)
  • ENGR 123 Energy and the Environment (4 credits)
  • GEOG 331 Conservation Geography (4 credits)
  • PSYC 490 Eco-Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSYC 490 Conservation Psychology (4 credits)
  • THEO 459 Theology & the Environment
  • Or other option with prior approval of the program director

Plus four credits from the following:

  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)
  • MATH 303 Statistics for the Applied Sciences (4 credits) 

Plus:

  • Six course concentration in Biology (courses must be BIOL 208 or above) determined in consultation with the program director. ESCI 310 is highly recommended.

Concentration in Chemistry

  • ENVR 151 Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Solutions (4 credits)
  • ENVR 212 Soceity and Sustainability (4 credits)
  • ENVR 301 Environmental Ethics (4 credits)
  • ENVR 351 Environmental Policy Formation (4 credits)
  • ENVR 401 Field Seminar (4 credits) 

Plus:

  • BIOL 102 Conservation Biology (4 credits)
  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • GEOL 115 Environmental Geology (or 110, 111, 114, 162, or 260) (4 credits)

Plus one additional non-natural-science course from the following:

  • BLAW 351 Environmental Law (4 credits)
  • COJO 372 Environmental Communication (4 credits)
  • ECON 370 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (4 credits)
  • ENGR 123 Energy and the Environment (4 credits)
  • GEOG 331 Conservation Geography (4 credits)
  • PSYC 490 Eco-Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSYC 490 Conservation Psychology (4 credits)
  • THEO 459 Theology & the Environment (4 credits)
  • Or other option with prior approval of the program director 

Plus four credits from the following:

  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)
  • MATH 303 Statistics for the Applied Sciences (4 credits) 

Plus:

  • Six course concentration in Chemistry determined in consultation with the program director. ESCI 310 is highly recommended

Concentration in Geology

  • ENVR 151 Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Solutions (4 credits)
  • ENVR 212 Society and Sustainability (4 credits)
  • ENVR 301 Environmental Ethics (4 credits)
  • ENVR 351 Environmental Policy Formation (4 credits)
  • ENVR 401 Field Seminar (4 credits)

Plus:

  • BIOL 102 Conservation Biology (4 credits)
  • CHEM 101 Environmental Chemistry (4 credits)
  • GEOL 115 Environmental Geology (or 110, 111, 114, or 162) (4 credits) 

Plus one additional non-natural-science course from the following:

  • BLAW 351 Environmental Law (4 credits)
  • COJO 372 Environmental Communication (4 credits)
  • ECON 370 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (4 credits)
  • ENGR 123 Energy and the Environment (4 credits)
  • GEOG 331 Conservation Geography (4 credits)
  • PSYC 490 Eco-Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSYC 490 Conservation Psychology (4 credits)
  • THEO 459 Theology & the Environment (4 credits)
  • Or other option with prior approval of the program director

Plus four credits from the following:

  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)
  • MATH 303 Statistics for the Applied Sciences (4 credits)

Plus:

  • Six course concentration in Geology determined in consultation with the program director. GEOL 260 and ESCI 310 are highly recommended 

Minor in Environmental Studies

  • ENVR 151 Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Solutions (4 credits)
  • ENVR 212 Society and Sustainability (4 credits)
  • ENVR 301 Environmental Ethics (4 credits)
  • ENVR 351 Environmental Policy Formation (4 credits)

Plus one additional environmentally-related course from the following:

  • BLAW 351 Environmental Law (4 credits)
  • COJO 372 Environmental Communication (4 credits)
  • ECON 370 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (4 credits)
  • ENGR 123 Energy and the Environment (4 credits)
  • GEOG 331 Conservation Geography (4 credits)
  • PSYC 490 Eco-Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSYC 490 Conservation Psychology (4 credits)
  • THEO 459 Theology & the Environment (4 credits)
  • Or other option with prior approval of the program director
Course Number Title Credits
ENVR  151 Environmental Sustainability 4
ENVR  212 Society and Sustainability 4
ENVR  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
ENVR  269 Research 2 OR 4
ENVR  301 Environmental Ethics 4
ENVR  351 Environmental Pol Formation 4
ENVR  389 Research 2 OR 4
ENVR  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
ENVR  401 Field Seminar 4
ENVR  476 Experiential Learning 2
ENVR  478 Experiential Learning 4
ENVR  491 Research 2 OR 4
ENVR  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4