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Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Science
School of Sciences and Social Sciences

The Environmental Studies (ENST) major provides students with a conceptual framework and set of skills needed to make effective, relevant, and sustaining contributions to society with respect to environmental issues, both as professional practitioners and as individual citizens. Through field and inquiry-based projects in the regional setting, students gain knowledge and develop skills in investigating environmental issues and formulating solutions.

Students intending to major in Environmental Studies are encouraged to select a faculty advisor and formally declare their major as early as possible, preferably by the end of their first year. In addition, ENST majors are strongly encouraged to undertake a disciplinary minor to develop an area of specialization, which will help with postgraduate placement.


40 credits minimum

The following ISP courses are recommended (but not required) for ENST majors:

Natural Science Perspectives:

  • INGEOL 151 Physical Geology
  • INCHEM 103 Fundamentals of Chemistry

Social Science Perspectives:

  • ISECON 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ISGEOG 204 Physical Geography

Quantitative Literacy:

  • MATH 141 Introductory Statistics

Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor regarding the selection of ISP courses that would best complement their interests.


44 credits

IIENST 150 Global Environmental Change OR IIENST 151 The Environment of Central New England
ENST 250 Principles of Sustainability
ENST 251 Matter and Energy in the Environment
ENST 252 Ecology of a Changing Planet
ENST 253 Environmental Governance
ENST 395 Junior Seminar
ENST 495 Senior Seminar

Select one of these human dimensions courses:

  • ENST 304 Environmental Law and Regulation
  • ENST 308 Environmental Issue Management
  • ENST 404 Risk and the Environment
  • ENST 431 Environmental Policy Analysis

Select one of these environmental science courses:

  • ENST 312 Energy and Sustainability
  • ENST 352 Conservation of Ecological Systems
  • ENST 452 Ecosystems and the Environment
  • ENST 460 Groundwater in the Environment

Select two additional courses at the 300 level or above in ENST. The following courses may be substituted to meet this requirement (note that these courses have pre-requisites that are not part of the ENST major, but may be part of the ISP):

  • ECON 340 Environmental Economics
  • GEOG 330 Natural Resource Management
  • GEOG 332 Global Water Resources
  • GEOG 324 Fundamentals of GIS
  • GEOG 327 Environmental Remote Sensing
  • POSC 315 Environmental Policy
  • SOC 380 Environmental Sociology
  • Still other courses, for example special topics courses, may also be substituted to meet this requirement with the approval of the Environmental Studies Department Chair.

Students must earn a grade C or higher in ENST 250, ENST 251, ENST 252, and ENST 253 in order to take ENST 395.


Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits.


120 credits