Apr 14, 2021  
Catalogue 2020-2021 
Catalogue 2020-2021

Environmental Studies Program

Director: Mary Ann Cunningham;

Steering Committee: Pinar Batur (Sociology), April M. Beisawb (Anthropology), Stuart L. Belli (Chemistry), Jonathan Chenette (Music), Lynn Christensonb (Biology), Zachary Cofran (Anthropology), Mary Ann Cunningham (Geography), Yvonne Elet (Art), Myra Hugheya (Biology), Kirsten Menkingab (Earth Science), Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert (Hispanic Studies), Thomas Parker (French and Francophone Studies), Margaret Ronsheim (Biology), Paul Ruud (Economics), Jodi Schwarz (Biology), Alison Spodek (Chemistry), Jeffrey R. Walker (Earth Science);

Participating Faculty: Pinar Batur (Sociology), April Beisawb (Anthropology), Stuart L. Belli (Chemistry), Christopher Bjork (Education), Jonathan Chenette (Music), Lynn Christensonb (Biology), Zachary Cofran (Anthropology), Randolph R. Corneliusa (Psychology), Mary Ann Cunningham (Geography), Rebecca Edwardsb (History), Yvonne Elet (Art), Ashley Fent (Geography), Kathleen Gemmill (English), Brian Godfrey (Geography), Kathleen R. Hart (French and Francophone Studies), Benjamin Ho (Economics), Myra Hughey(Biology), E H Rick Jarowb (Religion), Paul Kaneb (English), Martha Kaplan (Anthropology), Jamie T. Kellyab (Philosophy), Aude Lochet (Biology), John H. Long, Jr.ab (Biology), Jenny Magnes (Physics and Astronomy), Erin McCloskey (Education), Molly McGlennen (English), Kirsten Menkingab (Earth Science), Himadeep Muppidi (Political Science), Osman Nemli (Philosophy), Leonard Nevarez (Sociology), Joseph Nevins (Geography), Carolyn Palmer (Psychology), Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert (Hispanic Studies), Thomas Parker (French and Francophone Studies), Margaret Ronsheim (Biology), Paul Ruud (Economics), Claire Sagana (Political Science), Mark A. Schlessman (Biology), Jill Schneiderman (Earth Science), Jodi Schwarz (Biology), Jeffrey Seidmanab (Philosophy), Alison Spodek (Chemistry), Kathleen Susman (Biology), Justin Touchon (Biology), Jeffrey R. Walker (Earth Science), Yu Zhou (Geography).

a   On leave 2020/21, first semester

b   On leave 2020/21, second semester

ab On leave 2020/21

Environmental Studies is a multidisciplinary program that involves the natural and social sciences as well as the arts and humanities. It explores the relationships between people and the totality of their environments-natural, built, and social. As part of that exploration, environmental studies concerns itself with the description and analysis of natural systems; with interspecies and species-environment relationships and the institutions, policies and laws that affect those relationships; with aesthetic portrayals of nature and how these portrayals affect human perceptions and behavior toward it; and with ethical issues raised by the human presence in the environment. A component of the program is the Environmental Research Institute (ERI), whose mission is to broaden and enrich the Environmental Studies program by emphasizing and supporting fieldwork, research, and engagement in the community.

Students majoring in Environmental Studies are required to take courses offered by the program, a set of courses within a particular department, and other courses from across the curriculum of the college. Therefore, a student interested in the major should contact the program office to connect with a member of the faculty subcommittee during their first or sophomore year to plan a course of study. They will recommend ENST participating faculty with expertise in your area of interest to help structure a sequence of specific courses for your major. The steering committee approves each major’s program, and is concerned not only with the formal requirements but also with the inclusion of relevant environmental courses in the student’s chosen areas of study, interconnections among groups of courses, and adequate concentration in the methods of a discipline. Students are admitted to the program subject to the approval of their program of study by the steering committee. For additional information please consult the program website.

Research studies by Environmental Studies majors are supported by the Environmental Research Institute.

Environmental Studies is a major in which students concentrate in two disciplines or areas of focus (one in the natural sciences). Potential majors are encouraged to take additional introductory courses in the disciplines or areas where their focus may be.



Correlate Sequences in Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies: I. Introductory

Environmental Studies: II. Intermediate

Environmental Studies: III. Advanced