Requirements for a Major in Environmental Sciences

A total of fifty four to fifty six (54-56) hours and one additional environmental experience as follows:

  1. Four Introductory Courses:
    1. ENVS 150: Environment and Society.
    2. Three introductory courses from the following list:
      1. BIOL 120(L): Environmental Science.
      2. CHEM 120(L): Foundations of Chemistry.
      3. ENVS 106(L): Introductory Topics in Environmental Science.
      4. ENVS 111(L): Physical Geology.
      5. ENVS 170: Rocky Mountain Field Research. (at Teton Science Schools)
      6. MATH 214: Discrete Mathematical Modeling with Biological Applications.
  2. One statistics course from the following list:
    1. ECON 290: Statistical Analysis for Economics and Business.
    2. MATH 111: Applied Statistics for Liberal Arts.
    3. MATH 211: Applied Statistics for the Formal & Natural Sciences
    4. PSYC 211: Statistical Methods.
  3. Four upper-level Environmental Sciences electives. Three courses must contain a lab component. Courses must come from at least two departments. Additional courses may be designated by the Environmental Studies and Sciences program.
    1. Prerequisites: ENVS 111 or BIOL 120 or CHEM 120
      1. ENVS 206(L): Topics in Environmental Science.
      2. ENVS 211(L): Geomorphology.
    2. Prerequisites: BIOL 120 and CHEM 120 or BIOL 130-131 and 140-141
      1. BIOL 212: Environmental Issues in Southern Africa.
      2. BIOL 315(L): Ecology.
      3. BIOL 318(L): Entomology.
      4. BIOL 320(L): Conservation Biology.
      5. BIOL 345(L): Ornithology.
      6. BIOL 365: Advanced Topics in Biology. (Environmentally-related topic approved by the chair of the Environmental Studies and Sciences program)
    3. Prerequisites: BIOL 120 and CHEM 120 or BIOL 130-131, BIOL 140-141, and CHEM 120
      1. BIOL 280: Microbial Methods in Ecology. (Semester in Environmental Science Program, Woods Hole)
      2. ENVS 260: Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis. (Semester in Environmental Science Program, Woods Hole)
      3. ENVS 270: Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis. (Semester in Environmental Science Program, Woods Hole)
      4. ENVS 450: Independent Research Project.
    4. Prerequisites: BIOL 130-131 and 140-141
      1. BIOL 200(L): Evolution.
      2. BIOL 201(L): Mycology.
      3. BIOL 207(L): Animal Behavior.
      4. BIOL 301(L): Microbiology.
      5. BIOL 322(L): Plant Diversity and Evolution.
      6. BIOL 365(L): Advanced Topics in Biology. (Environmentally-related topic approved by the chair of the Environmental Studies and Sciences program)
    5. Prerequisite: CHEM 120
      1. CHEM 206: Environmental Chemistry.
      2. CHEM 211: Organic Chemistry I.
    6. Prerequisite: CHEM 211
      1. CHEM 240(L): Analytical Chemistry.
    7. Prerequisite: CHEM 240
      1. CHEM 406: Instrument Analysis.
    8. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor
      1. ENVS 451-452: Research.
      2. ENVS 495-496: Honors Tutorial.
  4. Two Environmental Studies electives from the following list:
    1. ANSO 201: Human Evolution.
    2. ANSO 221: North of the Rio Grande: Indigenous People of North America.
    3. ANSO 265: Selected Introductory Topics in Anthropology and Sociology. (i.e. Southern Foodscapes, or other environmentally-related topic approved by the chair of the Environmental Studies and Sciences program)
    4. ANSO 271: Ecological Anthropology.
    5. ANSO 273: Gender and the Environment.
    6. CHIN 216: Asian Urbanization through Cinema.
    7. ECON 100: Introduction to Economics
    8. ECON 349: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.
    9. ENVS 205: Topics in Environmental Studies. (When approved by the chair of the Environmental Studies and Sciences program)
    10. HIST 105: Disease & Epidemics.
    11. HIST 105: Human Reproduction.
    12. HIST 207: Global Environmental History.
    13. HIST 209: Natural Disasters.
    14. HIST 307: Nature and War.
    15. HUM 201: Search for Values. (Jackson’s, Bakewell's, or Loth's section only)
    16. INTS 220: Global Ecopolitics.
    17. INTS 221: Population and National Security.
    18. INTS 340: The Politics of Migration.
    19. INTS 341: Comparative Ecopolitics.
    20. PHIL 230: Environmental Ethics.
    21. POLS 206: Urban Politics and Policy.
    22. URBN 201: Introduction to Urban Studies.
    23. URBN 235: Principles of Public Health
  5. INTD 225: Geographic Information Systems.
  6. ENVS 486: Senior Seminar.
  7. Experiential Learning. Each student in the major will be required to complete an environmentally-oriented experience in which they will have a substantial engagement with environmental issues outside the Rhodes campus. There are several ways to complete this requirement, some of which are credit-bearing, but others are not. As with the College’s F11 requirement, students are not required to receive academic credit. The experiential learning component may be fulfilled by a course that counts as one of the electives for the major.
    1. Students may enroll in one of the following:
      1. ARCE 120: Field Research in Environmental Archaeology.
      2. ARCE 450: Archaeological Field School.
      3. BIOL 214: Environmental Field Study in Namibia.
      4. ENVS 170: Rocky Mountain Field Research (at Teton Science Schools).
      5. ENVS 450: Independent Research Project. (Semester in Environmental Science Program, Woods Hole)
      6. ENVS 451-452: Research.
      7. ENVS 460: Internship in Environmental Studies and Sciences.
      8. ENVS 495-496: Honors Tutorial.
    2. Experiences other than those listed above must be approved by the chair of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program and will require a substantial essay, evaluated by the chair of the program, which links the student’s experience with what they learned in the classroom. Experiences may include organized service projects at Rhodes with faculty or staff oversight (such as the Summer Service Fellowships), or study abroad experiences approved by Rhodes with significant environmental content as determined by the chair of the Environmental Studies and Sciences program.

 

N.B.: Although not required for the major, COMP 141: Computer Science I, is strongly recommended.