Environmental Studies

Environmental issues and problems arise at the interface of complex human and natural systems, and addressing them requires a synergistic combination of scientific, social and cultural knowledge. Addressing these issues and problems also requires scientific, social and cultural skills. The program described below has been designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms of society, as well as the scientific foundations of environmental science. The goal of the program is to train students to draw on their knowledge in one area to consider problems in another. Students need to understand the scientific basis of environmental issues just as much as the workings of the government agencies that have the power to address these issues. It is only through acquiring this interdisciplinary knowledge and skill-set that students can be prepared to work for a more ecologically sustainable and socially just world.

The director of the major is the director of environmental science systems; however, because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program, curricular oversight is shared with the Department of Biological Sciences.

Environmental Studies Major

Core RequirementsHours
COR 100 First Year Seminar3
WRT 101 Critical Writing3
PHL 110 Introduction to Philosophy3
HST 110 - HST 111 World Civilization6
ENG 210 Major Authors3
PHL 210 Moral Philosophy3
EAC Encountering Another Culture/Language6
ENG 310 Literature and Culture3
Social Science*3
Natural Science*3
IDS Interdisciplinary Studies*3
COR 400 Transformations3
Visual & Performing Arts*1

* NOTE: Some Core requirements may be fulfilled by major requirements. See core section for more information. Because there have been substantial changes to the core curriculum, the above requirements may not apply to all students; for students who entered Le Moyne College prior to Fall 2013, be sure to consult with your advisor for appropriate course selection(s).

Environmental Studies Major B.S.

Major RequirementsHours
ANT 231 Environment, Culture and Power 3
BIO 191 General Biology I or CHM 1514
BIO 192 General Biology II or CHM 1524
BIO 470 Seminar: Environmental Topics 3
ECO 205 Economics of Public Policy Analysis 3
One from: 3
ECO 113 Principles of Microeconomics3
ECO 114 Principles of Macroeconomics3
One from: 3
BSC 128 Global Ecosystems: Costa Rica3
BSC 129 Global Ecosystems: North America3
ENS 130 Ecology of Place: England's River Thames3
ESS 121 Global Resources3
One from: 3/4
BIO 225 The Poisoning of a Planet3
BIO 230 General Ecology4
PSC 101 American National Politics 3
PSC 221 State Government and Politics 3
PSC 332 Public Policy 3
Two additional BIO, CHM, or ESS electives at 200 or higher 6-8
Two additional PSC or ECO electives at 200-level or higher (Three hours of PSC service learning counts as one elective) 6
Two from: 3
PSC 202 Methods of Political Science3
PSC 333 Environmental Politics3
PSC 340 Science Technology and Society3
SOC 265 Population/Demography3
SOC 402 Program Eval Research Methodol & Policy3
Major SupportHours
Two from: 6-8
MTH 110 Introduction to Statistics I (no Computer Lab)3
MTH 111 Introduction to Statistics I (with Computer Lab)4
MTH 112 Introduction to Statistics II3
MTH 122 Brief Calculus3
MTH 145 Calculus I4
MTH 146 Calculus II4
One from: 3
ENG 395 Nonfiction Writing Workshop3
CMM 224 Environmental Journalism3
CMM 397 Writing Nonfiction:3
Free electives (minimum for graduation) 10-16

Typical Program for Environmental Studies Major B.S.

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
Freshman Year
BIO 1914 BIO 1924
ECO 1133 PSC 1013
WRT 1013 PHL 1103
HST 1103 HST 1113
COR 1003 ESS 1283
Sophomore Year
MTH 122/1453 PSC 2213
BIO 2304 ECO 2053
ENG 2103 MTH 110 or 1113
PHL 2103 Theology3
Junior Year
PSC/SOC Elective3 Science Elective3/4
Science Elective3/4 ANT 2313
Free Elective3 Free Elective3
PSC 3403 CRW 3953
VPA3 ENG 3103
Senior Year
Free Elective3 PSC 3333
PSC 3323 Free Elective3
Free Elective3 PSC/SOC Elective3
BIO 4703 COR 400A3
IDS3 Religion3

Environmental Studies Minor

A minor in environmental studies requires 15 credit hours, with no more than three credit hours (one course) allowable to count towards both the environmental studies minor and another major or minor.

Choose one from each group:

ECO 113 or ECO 114;

PSC 332 or ECO 205;

PSC 333, PSC 340 or ANT 231;

ESS 121 (2) or MGT 483 (1);

BIO/ESS 127 (2), 128 (2), 129 (2) or BIO 225 (2 & 3)

1 MTH prerequisite

2 May not be used toward Core Requirements

3 BIO prerequisite


ENS 130 . Ecology of Place: England's River Thames (3).

This core science course seeks to combine the science of stream structure and function and its interactions with the near-stream terrestrial ecosystem with the historical and cultural development of the human populations living along that stream. Our focus will be the River Thames, chosen because it is a large river system, but at the same time one that is contained in a fairly small, logistically workable watershed within which humans have a long, rich national history.

ENS 260 (ESS 260). Sustainability: Ecological Entrepeneurship (3).

The concept and practice of Sustainable Growth and Development have generated increasing concern over the past four decades. Recently, due to a heightened focus on climate change, ecological damage, rising inequalities of resource distribution, etc., even more attention and effort have been directed toward the concept of Sustainability. This course explores the connections among science, technology, products, and markets in the service of society, (emphasizing that none of these forces works in a vacuum), in order to study the many aspects of sutainability. Students are encouraged to be entrepreneurs of sustainability, acting to find a balance among social, ecological, and economic needs. Course satifies core natural science requirement. Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

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