Programmatic Requirements: Environmental Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies program's foundation courses are in the social sciences, humanities and natural sciences with a focus in understanding the environmental field.

This, along with their specific concentration area, allows students in connecting science and society and balancing the needs of humans and other inhabitants with the needs to conserve the earth's precious resources while developing strategies, policies and approaches to solve environmental issues and reduce environmental impact.

Upon completion of degree requirements, students will receive a Bachelor of Acience in Environmental Studies with a specific theme.

Please note that programmatic requirements have changed for students who enter the program on or after Fall 2014. Students who have entered the program prior to Fall 2014 may elect to follow the new programmatic requirements if they wish.

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Environmental Studies Programmatic Requirements (Beginning Fall 2014)

General and University Requirements:

ENGL110 3
First Year Experience (FYE) 3
Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) 3
Multicultural Requirement 3
Second writing course 3
Foreign Language 0-12
Math Requirement 0-4

 

University and Program Breadth Requirements:

At least 2 different areas must be represented in each group.

Creative arts and humanities 9
History and cultural change 9
Social and behavioral sciences 9
Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Technology 10

 

Core Requirements

ENSC101 Introduction to the Environment 3
BISC 104 Principles of Biology with Laboratory 4
CHEM 100 Chemistry and Human Environment 3
GEOL 105 Geological Hazards 3
GEOL 115 Geological Hazards Laboratory 1
APEC 100 Sustainable Development 3
ECON 151 Introduction to Microeconomics OR 3
APEC 150 Economics of Agriculture & Natural Resources
ECON/APEC 343 Environmental Economics 3
GEOG 235 Conservation of Natural Resources 3
GEOG 372 Introduction to GIS OR 3/4
APEC 480 GIS in Natural Resource Management  
MAST 200 The Oceans 3
POSC 240 Introduction to Global Politics OR 3
GEOG 236 Conservation: Global Issues  
POSC 350 Politics and the Environment 3
ENVR 300 Earth Systems: Science and Policy 3
PHIL 448 Environmental Ethics 3
STAT 200 Basic Statistical Practice 3

 

Field Experience (3-6 cr): An approved 3-6 credit studies field experience in which the student integrates the components of his or her concentration in an experiential learning environment. This requirement could be fulfilled by an internship, study abroad experience and/or a research experience.

Studies Concentrations (12-15 cr): 4-5 courses clustered in concentrations that are distributed throughout the colleges and across disciplines (see listings below).

Capstone Course: ENSC 450: Proseminar: The Environment This 3 credit capstone course serves as a culminating experience and is to be completed during the last semester of the senior year. This course will engage students in an exploration and discussion of the history and state of environmental studies and its connection to local, regional, national and global scale environmental issues. Students will develop and refine critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary problem-solving strategies. It serves to be a culminating experience for students on the “science-side” and the “studies-side” to collaboratively solve problems and discuss issues in the current environmental literature.

Electives: After required courses are completed, sufficient credits must be taken to meet the total minimum credits required for the degree (124).

Thematic Concentrations:

Environmental Advocacy
Environmental Planning and Design
Environment and Society

See the University of Delaware Undergraduate Programs Catalog for additional details, including requirements for concentrations.

Honors Environmental Studies Programmatic Requirements (Beginning Fall 2014)

Honors Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies Programmatic Requirements

The degree recipient must complete:

1. All requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and theme (see "Environmental Studies Programmatic Requirements Beginning Fall 2014" above)
2. All of the University Honors Program’s standard requirements for Honor’s Baccalaureate degree.
3. 9 of the 12 Honors credits required in the major must be in ENVR/ENSC courses. The remaining Honors credits in the major may come from related courses required for the major.

The 12 honors credits should be satisfied as follows:

ENSC 101 (3 cr)
ENSC 450 (3 cr)
ENVR 468 (3-6 cr) [Counts as the field experience for honors majors]
One major-related course (3 cr)


Note: When courses are offered at the 4xx/6xx level, courses taken at the 6xx-level or higher may be considered as Honors courses. This does not include those major courses offered only at the 6xx level required for the degree.

Environmental Studies Programmatic Requirements (Before Fall 2014)

General and University Requirements

ENGL110: Critical Reading and Writing (Minimum grade C-) 3
First Year Experience (FYE) 4
Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) 3
Multicultural Requirement 3
Foreign Language 0-8
Second Writing Course (ENSC 450) 3
Math Requirement 0-4

 

Program Breadth Requirements:

At least 2 different areas must be represented in each group.

Group A Understanding and appreciation of the creative arts and humanities (9 cr)
Group B The study of culture and institutions over time (9 cr)
Group C Empirically based study of human beings and their environment (9 cr)
Group D The study of natural phenomena through experiment or analysis (10 cr)

Program Core Requirements

ENSC 101 Introduction to the Environment 4
BISC 107 Elementary Evolutionary Ecology 3
CHEM 100 Chemistry and Human Environment 3
GEOL 105 Geological Hazards 3
GEOL 115 Geological Hazards Laboratory 1
FREC 100 Sustainable Development 3
ECON 151 Introduction to Microeconomics OR 3
FREC 150 Econ. of Agriculture and Natural Resources  
ECON/FREC 343 Environmental Economics 3
GEOG 235 Conservation of Natural Resources 3
GEOG 236 Conservation: Global Issues 3
MAS 200 The Oceans 3
POSC 240 Introduction to International Relations 3
POSC 350 Politics and the Environment 3
PHIL 448 Environmental Ethics 3
STAT 200 Basic Statistical Practice 3

 

Field Experience (3-6 cr): An approved 3-6 credit studies field experience in which the student integrates the components of his or her concentration in an experiential learning environment. This requirement could be fulfilled by an internship, study abroad experience and/or a research experience.

Studies Concentrations (15-18 cr): 5-6 courses clustered in concentrations that are distributed throughout the colleges and across disciplines (see listings below).

Capstone Course: ENSC 450: Proseminar: The Environment This 3 credit capstone course serves as a culminating experience and is to be completed during the last semester of the senior year. This course will engage students in an exploration and discussion of the history and state of environmental studies and its connection to local, regional, national and global scale environmental issues. Students will develop and refine critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary problem-solving strategies. It serves to be a culminating experience for students on the “science-side” and the “studies-side” to collaboratively solve problems and discuss issues in the current environmental literature.

Electives: After required courses are completed, sufficient credits must be taken to meet the total minimum credits required for the degree (124).

Concentrations:

International Environmental Law, Policy and Politics
Environmental Economics and Resource Policy Concentration
Environmental Law, Policy, and Politics Concentration
Environment, Society, and Sustainability Concentration

See the University of Delaware Undergraduate Programs Catalog for additional details, including requirements for concentrations.

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