2013-2014 HillBook (Class of 2017) [ARCHIVED HILL BOOK]
Environmental Sciences and Studies
Susan M. Mooney
Environmental Sciences and Studies Steering Committee:
Christopher Ives, Religious Studies
Bridget Meigs, Environmental Studies
Sean Mulholland, Economics
Robert Rodgers, Political Science
Cheryl Schnitzer, Chemistry
Maura Tyrrell, Biology
Two majors are offered: a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. Another option is a minor in Environmental Sciences & Studies.
The ENV program learning outcomes are:
• Develop relevant disciplinary knowledge (in the natural & social sciences & the humanities).
• Integrate knowledge across disciplines.
• Think critically about environmental issues and problems.
• Value the natural world and future humanity, developing/adopting an environmental ethic.
• Take personal and political action in keeping with those values.
Given the complexity and multidisciplinary nature of environmental problems, students aspiring to contribute toward the solutions must acquire knowledge in a variety of areas.
Consequently, Environmental Studies is an interdepartmental program, taught by faculty from across the college. Additionally, the program collaborates with student clubs such as the Students for Environmental Action (SEA), as success in environmental work ultimately demands organizing and activism skills which Environmental Studies majors and minors are encouraged to develop via taking leadership roles in such clubs here on campus.
Environmental Sciences and Studies students are strongly encouraged to study away from campus for at least one semester; studying another ecosystem and the human culture(s) that resides there greatly enhances one’s preparation for environmental work. Options available to ENV students, in addition to traditional study in another country, include a semester at the University of Portland, Oregon or the SEAmester oceanography sailing program based at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
The Environmental Sciences and Studies program provides students with knowledge of the basic principles of ecology and environmental science, including economic, political, sociological, and philosophical dimensions. Students have the opportunity to tailor the program to their career and personal goals through the choice of two majors, course selection, directed study, internships, independent research, and senior thesis.
Students in the major and minor programs ordinarily enroll in the upper-level courses from a variety of disciplines listed in the major without completing the pre-requisites that majors in those disciplines are required to complete.
ProgramsMajorMinorEngineering Dual Degree