Course Offerings | Environmental Studies

Division of Science and Mathematics

Anne Lubbers, (chair), David Anderson, Dan Manheim, Preston Miles, Endre Nyerges, Elizabeth Perkins, Conrad Shiba, Brett Werner



No major is offered in the program. The environmental studies minor offers an interdisciplinary exploration of the myriad ways by which the human species influences, and is influenced by, its non-human surroundings. It allows students to examine some of the most serious environmental questions facing human society. While searching for effective solutions, students gain an understanding of the scientific, societal, and ethical dimensions of the relationship between humans and their environment. This interdisciplinary minor therefore incorporates ideas and information from a wide variety of fields such as public policy, economics, anthropology, history, philosophy, religion, ecology, biology, and chemistry. The minor is particularly appropriate for students planning on attending graduate school in environmental studies as well as those who wish to incorporate an environmental dimension into a professional career such as law, public health, or business. It can be combined with any of Centre's major programs. With the exception of the senior project, any of the courses can be taken in any order, although enrollment in the introductory course ENS 210 is recommended as soon as possible, as that course will help the students decide which of the emphases to follow.

Requirements for the Minor:

ENS 210; BIO 370 (Principles of Ecology); HIS 361 (American Environmental History) or ECO 355 (Environmental Economics)

Three courses, at least one from each of the following emphases:

Social/Political Analysis emphasis:
ANT 321 (Anthropology of Development), ANT 350 (Ecological Anthropology), ECO 355 (Environmental Economics) if not used above, ECO 459 (Regulating the Environment), ENG 386 (Getting Back to Nature), HIS 361 (American Environmental History) if not used above, BIO 252/ENS 252 (Sustainability), PHI 452 (Environmental Ethics), REL 453 (World Hunger and the Environment)

Scientific/Technological Analysis emphasis:
ANT 360 (GIS & the Environment), BIO 235 (Marine Ecology), BIO 245 (Freshwater Biology), BIO 260/460 (Tropical Ecology), BIO 375 (Conservation Biology), CHE 251 (Chemistry of the Environment), ENS 251 (Human Ecology in the Yucatan), NSC 140 (Environmental Geology), PYB 330 (Animal Behavior)

Senior project, consisting of one of the following (subject to approval by the Environmental Studies committee): Internship; Independent study; Environmental emphasis in senior project of the major.

NOTE: Many of the courses listed above have prerequisites, and several courses are not offered regularly or are offered only once every two years. Students interested in the minor are encouraged to consult with a program committee member early on to plan their preparation for the minor and to discuss course offering schedules and options for an emphasis in the minor. Upon program committee approval, additional courses may be added to the list of courses fulfilling minor requirements.


Environmental Studies Courses

ENS 210 Introduction to Environmental Studies
A survey of human impacts on our environment, including the ecological bases for, and the ramifications of, these impacts. Includes a consideration of policies that would protect our environment for the long term while incorporating cultural, political and economic realities. A variety of views are discussed, and the policy implications of differing values are considered.

ENS 251 Human Ecology in the Yucatan
What do humans need to live in a sustainable manner for generations to come? How do the actions of the human species limit this potential? This course will focus on the sustained needs for human population: food and fiber, shelter, water, and waste disposal. We will see how technology and the services of natural ecosystems collaborate to provide these services in the Yucatan and compare them to strategies used elsewhere.


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