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The Program in the Environment is an undergraduate degree program offered by the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) and the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE). This collaborative venture includes courses taught by faculty in SNRE as well as courses taught by faculty in various departments of LS&A and in other schools and colleges. The resulting curriculum presents an expanded range of opportunities for students interested in environmental careers. It draws upon SNRE's history as a leader in environmental and natural resource education and LSA's strength in the liberal arts. The program is housed in the Undergraduate Science Building (USB) and many of its classes and activities are held in the renovated Dana Building, the home of SNRE.

The Program in the Environment attempts to ensure basic scientific literacy, familiarity with advanced problem-solving techniques, and an ability to integrate scientific and social scientific approaches in addressing environmental problems. The program emphasizes the natural sciences and social sciences but requires one course in the humanities, broadly construed, in recognition of the importance of humanistic and cultural perspectives in environmental education. It combines breadth, through exposing students to a variety of disciplines and methodological skills, and depth, through requiring a sequence of courses in one of three specialization areas: Environmental Sciences, Environmental Social Sciences, or Culture and Environment. Concentrators are required to spend time off campus in an organized field study or a supervised internship.

Students who complete the concentration in the Environment will earn either a B.S. or an A.B. degree, depending upon their course of study (the B.S. requires 60 credits of courses in science and mathematics). The degree is awarded collaboratively by LSA and SNRE and bears the names of both schools.

Course Lists:

Environmental Social Science/Breadth Social Science

Culture and Environment

The Environment Major

Effective: Fall 2008 

The Environment

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

The major in Environment is intended to ensure base scientific literacy, familiarity with advanced problem-solving techniques, and an ability to integrate scientific and social scientific approaches in addressing environmental problems. It serves students interested in environmental literacy as well as those interested in a wide range of career tracks related in some way to the environment.

Prerequisites to the Major

Prerequisites need not be completed prior to declaring an Environment major. To ensure a common background and understanding of disciplines relevant to environmental study, students take all of the following (many of these courses also satisfy LSA area distribution):

  1. Introductory Interdisciplinary Course (one of the following):
    • ENVIRON 110 / BIOLOGY 110 / EARTH 171 / AOSS 171 / ENSCEN 171. Introduction to Global Change I. Physical Impacts
    • ENVIRON 111 / SOC 111 / GEOG 111 / AOSS 172 / ENSCEN 172. Introduction to Global Change II. Human Impacts
    • ENVIRON 201. Ecological Issues
    • ENVIRON 270. Our Common Future
    • CEE 260. Environmental Principles
  2. BIOLOGY 162 OR 163 OR 171, OR 100 & 111 (Introductory Biology)
  3. CHEM 130 (General Chemistry)
  4. ENVIRON 117 / EARTH 117 or ENVIRON 116 / EARTH 116 (Introduction to Geology)
  5. ECON 101 (Principles of Economics I) or ENVIRON 211 (Social Sciences and Environmental Problems)
  6. MATH 115 (Calculus I)

Requirements for the major

A minimum of 32 credits required.

  1. Core Courses. These courses expand students knowledge of environmental problems and solutions by exposing them to a wide range of natural science, social science, and humanistic disciplines. Students select one course at the 200 level or above in each of the following categories.

    1. Analytics : One course chosen from: STATS  250 (or 350), 265, 400, 405, 412; ECON 404, 405; or IOE 265).

    2. General Ecology. One of the following:

      • BIOLOGY 281 / ENVIRON 281 and BIOLOGY 282 / ENVIRON 282, General Ecology and Lab
      • EEB 381 / ENVIRON 381, General Ecology

    3. Social Science: Two courses chosen in consultation with the department advisor. One course must be at the 300 level or above.

    4. Natural and Earth Systems Science (AOSS, BIOLOGY, CHEM, ENVIRON, EARTH, PHYSICS): One course chosen in consultation with the department advisor.

    5. Culture and Environment : One course chosen in consultation with the department advisor.

    6. Senior Capstone Course : One course chosen in consultation with the department advisor.

  2. Field Experience Requirement. Students are required to spend time off-campus participating in a pre-approved Internship or Field/Study Abroad course.

  3. Specializations. To gain a deeper understanding of applicable skills in one discipline of environmental study, students take three courses at the 300-level or above, approved by thespecialization committee, in one of the following areas: Environmental Science, Environmental Social Science, or Culture and the Environment.

Honors Plan

The Honors major is open to students who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or better. Request for admission should be made by completing an application available from the program office by October 15 of the junior year. Honors majors will normally take a junior Honors seminar (ENVIRON 399) in which they develop research skills, identify a faculty advisor, and prepare the proposal for the Honors thesis project. In the senior year students enroll in ENVIRON 499 (thesis). The final version of the thesis is due on the last day of classes in the winter term of the senior year.

 

Teacher Certification

For information about teaching certificates, please contact the Program in the Environment.

 

The Environment major (Fall 2006-Summer 2008) +

Effective: Fall 2006 

 

The Environment

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

 

Prerequisites to the Major. To ensure a common background and understanding of disciplines relevant to environmental study, students take all of the following (many of these courses also satisfy LSA area distribution):

  1.  

    Introductory Interdisciplinary Course (one of the following):

    • ENVIRON 110 / BIOLOGY 110 / GEOSCI 171 / AOSS 171 / ENSCEN 171. Introduction to Global Change I. Physical Impacts
    • ENVIRON 111 / SOC 111 / GEOG 111 / AOSS 172 / ENSCEN 172. Introduction to Global Change II. Human Impacts
    • ENVIRON 201. Ecological Issues
    • ENVIRON 270. Our Common Future
    • CEE 260. Environmental Principles

  2. BIOLOGY 162 OR 163 OR 171, OR 100 & 111 (Introductory Biology)



  3. CHEM 130 (General Chemistry)



  4. ENVIRON 117 / GEOSCI 117 or ENVIRON 116 / GEOSCI 116 (Introduction to Geology)



  5. ECON 101 (Principles of Economics I) or ENVIRON 211 (Social Sciences and Environmental Problems)



  6. MATH 115 (Calculus I)

 

Requirements for the Major. A minimum of 32 credits required.

  1. Core Courses. These courses expand students knowledge of environmental problems and solutions by exposing them to a wide range of natural science, social science, and humanistic disciplines. Students select one course at the 200 level or above in each of the following categories.

    1. Analytics: One course chosen from: STATS 265, 350, 400, 405, 412; ECON 404, 405; or IOE 265).

    2. General Ecology. One of the following:

      • BIOLOGY 281 / ENVIRON 281 and BIOLOGY 282, General Ecology and Lab
      • EEB 381, General Ecology

    3. Social Science: Two courses chosen in consultation with the department advisor. One course must be at the 300 level or above.

    4. Natural and Earth Systems Science (AOSS, BIOLOGY, CHEM, ENVIRON, GEOSCI, PHYSICS): One course chosen in consultation with the department advisor.

    5. Culture and Environment: One course chosen in consultation with the department advisor.

    6. Senior Capstone Course: One course chosen in consultation with the department advisor.

  2.  Field Experience Requirement. Students are required to spend time off-campus participating in a pre-approved Internship or Field/Study Abroad course

  3. Specializations. To gain a deeper understanding of applicable skills in one discipline of environmental study, students take three courses at the 300-level or above, approved by thespecialization committee, in one of the following areas: Environmental Science, Environmental Social Science, or Culture and the Environment.

 

Honors Plan. The Honors major is open to students who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or better. Request for admission should be made by completing an application available from the Program office by October 15 of the junior year. Honors majors will normally take a junior Honors seminar (ENVIRON 399) in which they develop research skills, identify a faculty advisor, and prepare the proposal for the Honors thesis project. In the senior year students enroll in ENVIRON 499 (thesis). The final version of the thesis is due on the last day of classes in the winter term of the senior year.

 

Teacher Certification. For information about teaching certificates, please contact the Program in the Environment.

 

The Environment major (Fall 2005 - Summer 2006) +


Effective: Fall 2005 - Summer 2006

The Environment

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Prerequisites to the Major. To ensure a common background and understanding of disciplines relevant to environmental study, students take all of the following (many of these courses also satisfy LSA area distribution):

1.   Introductory Interdisciplinary Course (one of the following):

¬タᄁ  ENVIRON 110 / BIOLOGY 110 / GEOG 110 / GEOSCI 171 / AOSS 171 / ENSCEN 171. Introduction to Global Change I. Physical Impacts

¬タᄁ  ENVIRON 111 / SOC 111 / GEOG 111 / AOSS 172 / ENSCEN 172. Introduction to Global Change II. Human Impacts

¬タᄁ  ENVIRON 201. Ecological Issues

¬タᄁ  ENVIRON 240 / RCIDIV 240. Big Questions for a Small Planet

¬タᄁ  ENVIRON 270. Our Common Future

¬タᄁ  CEE 260. Environmental Principles

2.   BIOLOGY 162 OR 163 OR 100 & 111 (Introductory Biology)

3.   CHEM 130 (General Chemistry)

4.   ENVIRON 117 / GEOSCI 117 or ENVIRON 116 / GEOSCI 116 (Introduction to Geology)

5.   ECON 101 (Principles of Economics I) or ENVIRON 211 (Social Sciences and Environmental Problems)

6.   MATH 115 (Calculus I)

Requirements for the major. A minimum of 36 credits required.

A.  Core Courses. These courses expand students' knowledge of environmental problems and solutions by exposing them to a wide range of natural science, social science, and humanistic disciplines. Students select two courses in Analytics and one course at the 200 level or above in each of the other categories.

1.   Analytics (Two courses):

a. One must be either ENVIRON 395 (Tools for Environmental Problem Solving) or ENVIRON 239 (Introduction to Environmental Analysis). You may satisfy the requirement by taking both.

b. The second course may be chosen from the following list:

SOC 210, Elementary Statistics

ENVIRON 239, Introduction to Environmental Analysis

STATS 350, Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

ENVIRON 395, Tools for Environmental Problem Solving

ECON 404, Statistics for Economists

ECON 405 / STATS 405, Introduction to Statistics

AOSS 408 / ENSCEN 408, Environmental Problem Solving with Computers

MATH 425 / STATS 425, Introduction to Probability

ENVIRON 438 / NRE 438, Natural Resource Statistics

2.   General Ecology. One of the following:

BIOLOGY 281 / ENVIRON 281 and BIOLOGY 282, General Ecology and Lab

EEB 381, General Ecology

3.   Social Science

a.   One of the following:

ENVIRON 210, Introduction to Environmental Policy

ENVIRON 211 Social Sciences and Environmental Problems (if not taken as a prerequisite)

ENVIRON 212 Introduction to Global Change III: Studies of Global Sustainability

b.   Additional Breadth Social Science: One course chosen in consultation with the department advisor.

4.   Natural and Earth Systems Science (AOSS, BIOLOGY, CHEM, ENVIRON, GEOSCI, PHYSICS): One course chosen in consultation with the department advisor.

5.   Culture and Environment: One course chosen in consultation with the department advisor.

6.   Senior Capstone Course: One course chosen in consultation with the department advisor.

B.   Field Experience Requirement. Students are required to spend time off-campus participating in an Internship or Field/Study Abroad course

C.  Specializations. To gain a deeper understanding of applicable skills in one discipline of environmental study, students take three courses at the 300-level or above, chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the a faculty specialization advisor and the department advisor, in one of the following areas: Environmental Science, Environmental Social Science, or Culture and the Environment.

Honors Plan. The Honors major is open to students who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or better. Request for admission should be made by completing an application available from the Program office by October 15 of the junior year. Honors majors will normally take a junior Honors seminar (ENVIRON 399) in which they develop research skills, identify a faculty advisor, and prepare the proposal for the Honors thesis project. In the senior year students enroll in ENVIRON 499 (thesis). The final version of the thesis is due on the last day of classes in the winter term of the senior year.

Teacher Certification. For information about teaching certificates, please contact the Program in the Environment.

 

The Environment major (September 3, 2002 through Summer 2005) +


Major Effective: September 3, 2002 through Summer 2005 

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Prerequisites to the Major. To ensure a common background and understanding of disciplines relevant to environmental study, students take all of the following (many of these courses also satisfy LSA area distribution):

  1. Introductory Interdisciplinary Course (one of the following):

    • ENVIRON 110 / BIOLOGY 110 / GEOSCI 171 / GEOG 110 / AOSS 171 / ENSCEN 1711. Introduction to Global Change I. Physical Impacts
    • ENVIRON 111 / SOC 111 / GEOG 111 / AOSS 172 / ENSCEN 172. Introduction to Global Change II. Human Impacts
    • ENVIRON 201. Ecological Issues
    • ENVIRON 240 / RCIDIV 240. Big Questions for a Small Planet
    • ENVIRON 270 / NRE 270. Our Common Future
    • CEE 260. Environmental Principles


  2. BIOLOGY 100 (with lab) or 162 (Introductory Biology)

  3. CHEM 130 (General Chemistry)

  4. GEOSCI 117 or 116(Introduction to Geology)

  5. ECON 101 (Principles of Economics I)

  6. MATH 115 (Calculus I)

Requirements for the major. A minimum of 36 credits required.

  1. Core Courses. These courses expand students' knowledge of environmental problems and solutions by exposing them to a wide range of natural science, social science, and humanistic disciplines. Students select two courses in Analytics and one course at the 200 level or above in each of the other categories.

    1. Analytics (Two courses):

      1. One must be either ENVIRON 395 (Tools for Environmental Problem Solving) or ENVIRON 239 / NRE 239 (Introduction to Environmental Analysis). You may satisfy the requirement by taking both.

      2. The second course may be chosen from the following list:
        • SOC 210, Elementary Statistics
        • ENVIRON 239 / NRE 239, Introduction to Environmental Analysis
        • STATS 350, Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
        • ENVIRON 395, Tools for Environmental Problem Solving
        • ECON 404, Statistics for Economists
        • ECON 405 / STATS 405, Introduction to Statistics
        • AOSS 408 / ENSCEN 408, Environmental Problem Solving with Computers
        • MATH 425 / STATS 425, Introduction to Probability
        • ENVIRON 438 /NRE 438, Natural Resource Statistics
    2. General Ecology. One of the following:

      • BIOLOGY 281/ENVIRON 281 and BIOLOGY 282, General Ecology and Lab
      • EEB 381, General Ecology
      • ENVIRON 330 / NRE 330, Habits and Organisms: Science of Interaction

    3. Social Science

      1. One of the following:

        • ENVIRON 210 / NRE 210, Introduction to Environmental Policy
        • ENVIRON 305 / NRE 305, Society and Environment
        • ENVIRON 375 / NRE 375 / ECON 370, Natural Resource Economics

      2. Advanced Social Science (approved list available in program office): One course chosen in consultation with the department advisor.

    4. Natural and Earth Systems Science (AOSS, EEB, CHEM, GEOSCI, PHYSICS, ENVIRON, NRE): One course chosen in consultation with the department advisor.

    5. Culture and Environment (approved list available in program office): One course chosen in consultation with the department advisor.

    6. Senior Capstone Course: One course chosen in consultation with the department advisor.

  2. Field Experience Requirement. Students are required to spend time off-campus participating in an Internship or Field/Experiential Course (e.g., at UM's Biological Station or Camp Davis).

  3. Specializations. To gain a deeper understanding of applicable skills in one discipline of environmental study, students take three courses at the 300-level or above, chosen in consultation with and approved by the department advisor, in one of the following areas: Environmental Science, Environmental Social Science, or Culture and the Environment.


Honors Plan. The Honors major is open to students who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or better. Request for admission should be made by completing an application available from the Program office by October 15 of the junior year. Honors majors will normally take a junior Honors seminar (ENVIRON 399) in which they develop research skills, identify a faculty advisor, and prepare the proposal for the Honors thesis project. In the senior year students enroll in ENVIRON 499 (thesis). The final version of the thesis is due two weeks prior to the last day of classes in the winter term of the senior year.

Teacher Certification. For information about teaching certificates, please contact the Program in the Environment.

 


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