B.A. with a Major in Environmental Studies

 

PoE offers an interdisciplinary Major in Environmental Studies, which gives students:

  • A solid foundation in natural sciences, social sciences, and quantitative methods courses focused on the study of humans in the environment
  • The freedom to incorporate courses from across campus into the ‘Perspectives and Experiences’ requirement
  • A senior capstone project centered around a project-based internship


Degree Requirement Map




Degree Requirement List

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CoEnv GenEd
(75 Credits)

All Environmental Studies majors need to complete the General Education Requirements of the College of the Environment.

ENVIR Core Courses
(20 Credits)

ENVIR 100
Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Foundations

ENVIR 200
Environmental Studies: Research and Communication

ENVIR 250
Environmental Studies: Data Types and Collection Methods

ENVIR 300
Environmental Studies: Synthesis and Application

Biology
(10 credits)

Two courses:

BIOL 180
Introductory Biology

and One course from among:

BIOL 200
Introductory Biology

BIOL 118 + BIOL 119
Survey of Physiology (both courses and lab required)

BIOL/FISH/OCEAN 250
Marine Biology


Chemistry
(5 credits)

One course from among:

CHEM 120
Principles of Chemistry I

CHEM 142
General Chemistry

ENVIR 450
Special Topics: Environmental Chemistry


Quantitative Methods
(10 credits)

STATISTICS

One course from among:

Q SCI 381
Introduction to Probability and Statistics

STAT 220
Basic Statistics

STAT 311
Elements of Statistical Methods

 

OTHER QUANITITATIVE METHODS

One course from among:

ESRM 250
Introduction to GIS in Forest Resources

ESRM 304
Environmental and Resource Assessment

ESRM 430
Hyperspatial Remote Sensing in Natural Resource Management

ESS 421
Introduction to Geological Remote Sensing

FISH 453
Geospatial Pattern Analysis and Geostatistics

GEOG 360
Principles of GIS Mapping

GEOG 471
Methods of Resource Analysis

Q SCI 482
Statistical Inference in Applied Research I


Earth Systems Literacy
(8 - 10 credits)

CLIMATE

One course from among:

ATM S 211
Climate and Climate Change

ESS 201
The Earth System and Climate

 

LAND, WATER, ATMOSPHERE

One course from among:

ATM S 212
Air Pollution: From Urban Smog to the Ozone Hole

ESS 210
Physical Geology

ESS / OCEAN 230
Rivers and Beaches

GEOG 205
Introduction to Physical Sciences and the Environment

OCEAN 200 + OCEAN 201
Introduction to Oceanography (lab required)


Values and Cultures
(15 credits)

All three courses:

ENVIR/ESRM/ECON 235
Introduction to Environmental Economics

ENVIR/HSTAA 221
Environmental History of the U.S.

ENVIR/PHIL 243
Introduction to Environmental Ethics

Perspectives and Experiences
(30 credits)

Consult the list of approved courses.

A minimum of thirty credits (with no more than 5 credits at the 200 level or below) from the list of approved ‘Perspectives and Experiences’ courses.

A minimum of three credits must be completed in each of the following Environmental Perspectives and Experiences categories:

Additional Perspectives and Experiences Notes:

  • Courses may be listed in multiple categories, however, courses are not allowed to meet more than one category requirement.
  • To request that a course not on the approved list be used to fulfill the Environmental Perspectives and Experiences requirement, please submit a completed course substitution petition to poeadv@uw.edu.

Capstone
(10 credits)

Three courses to include at least 5 credits of ENVIR 491:

ENVIR 490
Pre Capstone Seminar

ENVIR 491
Capstone Experience

ENVIR 492
Post Capstone Seminar