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Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Science

The Environmental Studies major provides a conceptual framework and skills for students to address environmental issues effectively and sustainably. Students gain these skills in field and inquiry-based projects, where they investigate environmental issues and formulate solutions. Graduates use their training in Environmental Studies both as professional practitioners and as individual citizens.

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. Environmental Studies majors are also strongly encouraged to undertake a disciplinary minor or second major to develop an area of specialization.

Major Requirements

48 credits

Foundation. Choose one:

  • IIENST 150 Global Environmental Change
  • IIENST 151 The Environment of Central New England

Core. Complete all, earning a grade of C or higher in all courses:

  • ISENST 120 Principles of Sustainability
  • INENST 201 Earth Cycles and Systems
  • ENST 252 Ecology of a Changing Planet
  • ENST 253 Environmental Governance

Lab science. Choose one:

  • INCHEM 111 General Chemistry
  • INPHYS 141 College Physics I
  • INSAFE 213 Safety Chemistry

Capstone. Complete both:

  • ENST 395 Seminar I
  • ENST 495 Seminar II

Choose one elective in the human dimensions of environmental studies:

  • IIENST 302 Apocalypse Science and Society
  • ENST 304/SAFE 304 Environmental Law and Regulation
  • ENST 308 Sustainability & Justice Planning
  • ENST 325 Mapping Social Patterns – GIS
  • ENST 330 Natural Resources Management
  • ENST 344 Community Solutions to Climate Change
  • ISENST 350 Energy Policy and Politics
  • ENST 371 Environmental Ethics
  • ENST 373 Field Study Environmt & Sust
  • ENST 393 Sustainability for Organizations
  • ENST 404 Risk and the Environment
  • ENST 492 Advanced Topics in Human Dimension

Choose one elective in environmental science:

  • INENST 303 Life Sust. in Earth’s History
  • ENST 311 Environmental Health
  • ENST 313 Air Quality Science
  • INENST 320 Earth's Climate: Past & Future
  • ENST 323 Mapping Nature with GIS
  • ENST 352 Conservation of Ecological Systems
  • ENST 353 Restorative Ecology
  • ENST 461 Freshwater Science and Systems
  • ENST 491 Adv Topics in Environmental Science

Select two additional Environmental Studies courses at the 300 level or above.


Select courses to reach a total of 120 credits.

Degree Requirements

120 credits
40 credits at the upper-level