Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on the environment and humans’ relationship with it. The program incorporates a variety of approaches in the arts and humanities, the natural sciences, social analysis, and social policy. Students may choose an Environmental Studies major to explore the environment from a scientific perspective or to prepare for a career in one of the many fields that seek to monitor, shape, or interpret our relationship with it. Environmental Studies majors have extensive interaction with the natural world in research, class projects, and internships.

Requirements for the major

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in Environmental Studies are at least 42 credit hours, including at least 18 upper division credit hours, as follows:

 I. The Introductory Course (3 credit hours)
Course ID Course Title
ENVI-1301 Introduction to Environmental Studies
 II. Fundamentals (13-15 credit hours)

In addition to the Introductory Course, the Fundamentals provide foundational knowledge and skills for students engaged in Environmental Studies. Students must take at least one course from each of the categories below.

A. Environmental Science

Course ID Course Title
BIOL-1311  Integrative Biology (with BIOL-1111 Introductory Biology Lab)
GEOS-1409 Earth's Environmental Systems

B. Environmental Policy 

Course ID Course Title
ANTH-2357 Humans and the Environment
ECON-1311 Principles of Microeconomics

 C. Environmental Arts and Humanities 

Course ID Course Title
PHIL-1350 Environmental Ethics
CMLT-2350 Science Fiction and the Environment

 D. Quantitative Skills 

Course ID Course Title
MATH-1320 Statistical Methods or
GEOS-3408 GIS and Remote Sensing or 
URBS-3465/SOCI-3465 Research Methods: GIS
 III. Environmental Science core (11-12 credit hours)

Take at least 3 of the following:

Course ID Course Title
BIOL-2312 Cells and Cell Systems (with BIOL-2112 Cells and Cell Systems Lab)
BIOL-3413 Genes, Phenotypes, and Evolutionary Dynamics
BIOL-3434 Ecology
BIOL-3435 Evolution
BIOL-4351 Conservation Biology 
CHEM-2319 Organic Chemistry I (with CHEM-2119 Laboratory Methods in Organic Chemistry)
GEOS-2400 Solid Earth Processes
GEOS-2402 Earth Surface Processes 
GEOS-3310 Global Climate Change
GEOS-3411 Hydrogeology 
GEOS-3421 Environmental Geochemistry
IV. Environmental Policy core (6 credit hours)

Take at least 2 of the following:

Course ID Course Title
ANTH-3345 International Issues in Health and the Environment (also listed as SOCI-3345)
BUSN-3314 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility: A Global Concern
ECON-3430 Economics and the Environment (also listed as URBS-3430)
ECON-3334 Urban Economics (also listed as URBS-3334)
PLSI-3413  Policy Analysis and the Policymaking Process
PLSI-3464 Environmental Political Theory
SOCI-3345 International Issues in Health and the Environment (also listed as ANTH-3345)
SOCI-3440 Urban Geography (also listed as URBS-3440)
URBS-3430 Economics and the Environment (also listed as ECON-3430)
URBS-3334 Urban Economics (also listed as ECON-3334)
URBS-3440 Urban Geography (also listed as SOCI-3440)
V. Environmental Humanities and Arts core (6 credit hours)

Take at least 2 of the following:

Course ID Course Title
ART-2495 Outdoor Studio
CMLT-2301 World Literature and the Environment
COMM-3323 Environmental Communication in Asia
ENVI-3301 Environmental Literature 
RELI-2312 Religion and the Environment
VI. Beyond Trinity 

Although not required for the major, students are encouraged to engage in off-campus internship opportunities or to gain experience writing grants and fundraising to support environmental not-for-profit organizations.

Course ID Course Title
ALE-3301 Grant Writing and Fundraising
ENVI-4395 Environmental Studies Internship
 VI. Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies (3 credit hours)
Course ID Course Title
ENVI-4301 Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies 
 VIII. University requirements

Completion of all other required elements of the Pathways curriculum and at least 120 credit hours.


Environmental Studies majors are eligible to receive Honors if they have completed two semesters of Senior Thesis credit and presented a senior thesis or project, which has been evaluated and approved by Environmental Studies faculty. In addition, students must attain an overall 3.3 grade point average cumulatively and in the major. Prior to registration for their senior year, Environmental Studies Honors candidates must meet with the Environmental Studies program Director and arrange for the faculty thesis director and two additional faculty members to act as an Honors Advisory Committee. Students must submit to the program Director a written request to graduate with Honors in Environmental Studies no later than the first full week of the student's final semester before graduation. The decision to confer or not to confer Honors will be made by the program Director, the Honors Committee and two additional faculty from the Environmental Studies Committee, based on the quality of the written thesis or art work and the oral presentation of that material.

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  Greg Hazleton, Ph.D. (Program Director)


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