Degree Essentials
2015-2016

Environmental Studies

Faculty

Associate Professor Abram Kaplan, Director

ENVS faculty:

Olivia Aguilar (Environmental Studies), Monica Ayala-Martinez (Modern Languages), Michael Brady (Political Science), John Cort (Religion), Quentin Duroy (Economics), Annabel Edwards (Chemistry), Tod Frolking (Geosciences), David Goodwin (Geosciences), David Greene (Geosciences), Amanda Gunn (Communication), Harry Heft (Psychology), Erin Henshaw (Psychology), Rebecca Homan (Biology), Abram Kaplan (Environmental Studies), Jordan Katz (Chemistry), Rebecca Kennedy (Classics), Erik Klemetti (Geosciences), Justine Law (Environmental Studies), Jonathan Maskit (Philosophy), Sandra Mathern-Smith (Dance), Andrew McCall (Biology), Gill Miller (Dance), Trey Proctor (History), Joe Reczek (Chemistry), Jessica Rettig (Biology), Karl Sandin (Art History and Visual Culture), Tom Schultz (Biology), Rusty Shekha (Sociology Anthropology), Geoff Smith (Biology), Ahmed Soliman (Environmental Studies), Douglas Spieles (Environmental Studies), Catherine Stuer (Art History and Visual Culture), Steve Vogel (Philosophy), Wes Walter (Physics and Astronomy), James Weaver (English), Andrea Ziegert (Economics); Academic Administrative Assistant Brenda Franks

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the relationship between humans and the environment. Both a major and a minor are available to students with an interest in the rigorous study of these issues. The major requires students to develop a specific environmental focus as a concentration in addition to the environmental core and distribution courses. The minor in ENVS allows students to integrate an environmental perspective with their major field of study.

As an interdisciplinary area, Environmental Studies draws on work in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts. It endeavors to bridge these many intellectual approaches and perspectives in the hope that students will gain a deeper understanding both of the environmental problems facing the world and of proactive opportunities for change. Among issues of concern and investigation are resource utilization, the impact of technology on ecosystems, relationships between the environment and sociocultural systems, geographic information systems analysis, environmental economics and policy, conservation of biological diversity, nature writing, alternative dispute resolution, environmental psychology, political ecology, environmental photography, sustainable agriculture and environmental ethics, among many others.

Environmental Studies Major

The Environmental Studies MAJOR requires nine courses as part of a three-prong program:

  1. Four required core courses: ENVS 101 People and the Environment; ENVS 102 Science and the Environment; ENVS 301 Junior Practicum Seminar; ENVS Senior Experience (either ENVS 401 Senior Project or ENVS 451-452 Senior Research)

  2. Five distribution courses: Students are to take at least one course from each of the five categories listed below. No double counting is permitted among these distribution categories. See the ENVS website for a list of courses that may be used to fulfill these categories. Also note that some of these courses have prerequisites.

    1) One environmental methods course from the approved courses on the ENVS website. Examples include: ENVS 215 Environmental Communication; ENVS 215 Renewable Energy Systems; ENVS 220 Approaches to Environmental Education; ENVS 222 and 223 Geographic Information Systems I and II; ENVS 240 Environmental Politics and Decision Making; ENVS 256 Farmscape; ENVS 262 Environmental Dispute Resolution; ENVS 274 Ecosystem Management; ENVS 284 Environmental Planning and Design; ENVS 290 Sustainable Agriculture.

    2) One environmental course from the Humanities or Arts Divisions from the list of approved courses on the ENVS website. Examples include: AHVC 262 Sustainable Urban Landscape; ENGL 291 Nature and the Literary Imagination; ENVS 256 Farmscape; ENVS 290 Hinduism; ENVS 290 Environmental History of Latin America; ENVS 290 U.S. Environmental Ethics; ENVS 291 Nature and Literary Imagination; PHIL 260 Environmental Ethics; PHIL 296 Nature Art, Environment; REL 205 Religion and Nature; CLAS 301 Ancient Identities.

    3) One environmental course from the Social Science Division from the list of approved courses on the ENVS website. Examples include: ECON 202 Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability; ECON 427 Environmental Economics; ENVS 196 Varieties of Environmentalism; ENVS 215 Environmental Communication; ENVS 220 Approaches to Environmental Education; ENVS 240 Environmental Politics and Decision Making; 251 Renewable Energy Systems; ENVS 262 Environmental Dispute Resolution; ENVS 265 Human, Indigenous & Environmental Rights; ENVS 284 Environmental Planning and Design; ENVS 290 Sustainable Agriculture; ENVS 334 Sustainable Agriculture; POSC 328 Politics of the Global Environment; PSYC 225 Environmental Psychology; SA 244 Environment, Technology, and Society; SA 345.x Political Ecology; SA 345.xx Global Justice Movement.

    4) One environmental course from the Natural Science Division from the list of approved courses on the ENVS website. Examples include: BIOL 202 Ecology and Evolution; CHEM 212 Environmental Chemistry; ENVS 274 Ecosystem Management; GEOS 200 Environmental Geology; GEOS 240 Earth Resources.

    5) One elective from any of the four distribution categories above or from the list of approved courses on the ENVS website.

  3. A concentration: Generally concentrations consist of 6-8 courses that can be completed in one of three ways: a disciplinary minor (with demonstrable relevance to ENVS); a second major (with demonstrable relevance to ENVS); or a self-designed concentration (typically 6 courses and a full year of senior research). One course may double count between distribution (category II) and concentration (category III).

Environmental Studies Minor

The Environmental Studies MINOR requires six courses. Regular offerings are listed here for each category: check with the ENVS program office for a list of special offerings that may be allowed to fulfill each requirement. Also note that some of these courses have prerequisites.

  • 1) ENVS 101 - People and the Environment

    2) ENVS 102 - Science and the Environment

  • Four distribution courses: Students are to take at least one course from each of the four categories listed below. No double counting is permitted among these distribution categories. See the ENVS website for a list of courses that may be used to fulfill these categories. Also note that some of these courses have prerequisites.

    1) One environmental methods course from the approved courses on the ENVS website. Examples include: ENVS 215 Environmental Communication; ENVS 215 Renewable Energy Systems; ENVS 220 Approaches to Environmental Education; ENVS 222 and 223 Geographic Information Systems I and II; ENVS 240 Environmental Politics and Decision Making; ENVS 256 Farmscape; ENVS 262 Environmental Dispute Resolution; ENVS 274 Ecosystem Management; ENVS 284 Environmental Planning and Design; ENVS 290 Sustainable Agriculture.

    2) One environmental course from the Humanities or Arts Divisions from the list of approved courses on the ENVS website. Examples include: AHVC 262 Sustainable Urban Landscape; ENGL 291 Nature and the Literary Imagination; ENVS 256 Farmscape; ENVS 290 Hinduism; ENVS 290 Environmental History of Latin America; ENVS 290 U.S. Environmental Ethics; ENVS 291 Nature and Literary Imagination; PHIL 260 Environmental Ethics; PHIL 296 Nature Art, Environment; REL 205 Religion and Nature; CLAS 301 Ancient Identities.

    3) One environmental course from the Social Science Division from the list of approved courses on the ENVS website. Examples include: ECON 202 Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability; ECON 427 Environmental Economics; ENVS 196 Varieties of Environmentalism; ENVS 215 Environmental Communication; ENVS 220 Approaches to Environmental Education; ENVS 240 Environmental Politics and Decision Making; 251 Renewable Energy Systems; ENVS 262 Environmental Dispute Resolution; ENVS 265 Human, Indigenous and Environmental Rights; ENVS 284 Environmental Planning and Design; ENVS 290 Sustainable Agriculture; ENVS 334 Sustainable Agriculture; POSC 328 Politics of the Global Environment; PSYC 225 Environmental Psychology; SA 244 Environment, Technology, and Society; SA 345.x Political Ecology; SA 345.xx Global Justice Movement.

    4) One environmental course from the Natural Science Division from the list of approved courses on the ENVS website. Examples include: BIOL 202 Ecology and Evolution; CHEM 212 Environmental Chemistry; ENVS 274 Ecosystem Management; GEOS 200 Environmental Geology; GEOS 240 Earth Resources.

Additional Points of Interest

Study Abroad Programs Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs when appropriate to enhance the concentration area or otherwise supplement course offerings at Denison. Students who want to study abroad should plan to do so during their junior year. Courses taken abroad that serve as substitutes for courses listed above or that are otherwise used to satisfy elements of the Environmental Studies major must be approved in advance of the student's departure for the off-campus program by the Environmental Studies Director. A maximum of two off-campus courses may be used to satisfy requirements in the major for students who spend one semester off-campus, and a maximum of three off-campus courses may be used to satisfy requirements in the major for students who spend two semesters off-campus.