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Academics: Environmental Studies major

The Environmental Studies Major educates students for a broad range of environmental careers, from environmental law to land use planning. Majors choose one of three disciplinary tracks: Geography, Political Science, or Economics. Students are strongly urged to do an internship as part of the major. Course substitutions may be approved by the environmental-studies program advisor.

Required courses for all tracks (35 Hours)

  • BIOL 123 - The Living World
  • BIOL 225 - Ecological and Evolutionary Systems
  • ECON 232 - Environmental and Resource Economics
  • ENST 210 - Human Impacts on the Environment
  • ENST 302 - Environment and Society
  • ENST 395 - History and Philosophy of Environmental Thought (Capstone)
  • GEOG 120 - Earth Systems; OR GEOL 151: Introduction to Geology
  • GEOG 261 - Cartography and GIS
  • POLS 212 - American Public Policy
  • Cognate: MATH 143 - Introduction to Probability & Statistics (Depending on other majors or minors, some students may substitute MATH 243 - Statistics, or PSYC 255 - Statistics and Research Design.)

Required courses for the disciplinary tracks (15-19 hours)

Five additional offerings—semester courses, interim courses, off-campus programs, and internships—from the list below or approved by the student’s advisor in one of the following disciplines: Geography, Political Science, or Economics. Students may also choose to focus their studies in another discipline if approved by the Environmental Studies program director and an advisor in that discipline. (50-54 Total Hours in the Major)

GEOGRAPHY

  • GEOG 110 - World Regions
  • GEOG 181 - First Year Research in Earth Sciences: Dunes (first year students only)
  • GEOG 200 - People, Place and Community
  • GEOG 230 - The Global Economy
  • GEOG 250 - Meteorology
  • GEOL 251 - Oceanography
  • GEOG 252 - Geomorphology
  • GEOG 295 - Special Topics in Geography
  • GEOG 310 - Urban Geography
  • GEOG 322 - Coastal Geomorphology
  • GEOG 351 - City and Regional Planning
  • GEOG 361 - Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG 385 - Internship in Geography (negotiable)

POLITICAL SCIENCE

  • POLS 101 - Ideas and Institutions American Politics OR POLS 110 - Persons in Political Community
  • POLS 202 - State Politics and American Federalism
  • POLS 207 - Introduction to International Politics
  • POLS 209 - Public and Non-Profit Administration or 234 - The President and Congress
  • POLS 251 - Foundations of Political Science Research
  • POLS 276 - Latin American Politics or 279 - African Politics
  • POLS 308 - International Organizations and Law
  • POLS 380 - Internship in State or Local Politics (negotiable)

ECONOMICS

  • ECON 221 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 222 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 325 - Managerial Economics/Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECON 326 - Business Cycles and Forecasting/Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 330 - Urban Growth and Development
  • ECON 339 - Government Finance and Public Policy
  • ECON 343 - Research Methods in Economics
  • BUS 359 - Internship in Business (negotiable)

 

 

Requirements for the Environmental Studies minor.

 

Courses

Geology
Geography
Environmental studies

Advisors

Dr. Jamie Skillen
jrs39@calvin.edu

Dr. Skillen is the program advisor and will be responsible for the student’s overall academic progress, with particular attention to core requirements and various electives.

Majors will also have an advisor from the department of the chosen discipline. The disciplinary advisor will be responsible for work that the student does in his or her disciplinary track.

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