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The Environmental Studies Major

Sweet Briar's environmental studies major is designed for maximum flexibility around a solid, multidisciplinary core, allowing students great control in the development of their course of study. The core is designed to give you a strong foundation in science, and then develop your understanding of how economic, social and legal forces affect the human behavior that leads to environmental damage and the overexploitation of natural resources.

With that small but critical core in place, you will complete a personalized program designed with your advisor to suit your particular goals. Each student chooses a concentration in environmental policy, global environmental issues or biodiversity conservation and completes their degree by selecting from a wide variety of courses in fields such as anthropology, economics, government, law, philosophy, sociology, biology and chemistry. Many students elect to minor in another field such as economics, government, sociology or biology, while others design a program to suit their own particular interests.

In environmental studies, we're looking for students who want to be active. We don't just talk about environmental problems, we teach you the skills you need to do something about them. In your course work, you study emerging paradigms in environmental thought and learn a wide variety of analytical tools such as benefit-cost analysis, policy analysis, applied logic, ecological modeling and geographic information systems. You have the opportunity to conduct meaningful research and make a difference in the world even before you graduate.

By the time you graduate, you have developed a broad understanding of both science and social science concepts, and are uniquely qualified to address complex issues arising from the conflict between human development and environmental sustainability.

B.A. in Environmental Studies
(52-53 semester hours)

Core Requirements:
BIOL 324 (4) - General Ecology
ECON 101 (4) - Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 342 (3) - Ecological Economics
ENVR 101 (3) - Introduction to Environmental Issues
ENVR 202 (1) - Environmental Sciences Laboratory
ENVR 208 (3) - Surface Waters
ENVR 215 (3) - Environmental Policy Analysis
ENVR 220 (3) - Applied Environmental Analysis
ENVR 309 (3) - Energy and Atmospheric Pollution
ENVR 316 (3) - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
ENVR 446 (3) - Evaluation of Environmental Issues
MATH 123 (4) - Calculus I

Choose 1 of the following:
ANTH 112 (3) - Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 221 (3) - Culture, Society and the Individual
SOCI 100 (3) - Introduction to Sociology: The Sociological Perspective
SOCI 110 (3) - Introduction to Sociology: Social Research

Senior Exercise
Choose 1 of the following:
ENVR 377 (3) - Internship
ENVR 450 (3) - Senior Research in Environmental Studies

Choose 3 additional courses from the following options, at least one of which must be at the 300 level or above:
ANTH 317 (3) - Ecological Anthropology
BIOL 218 (4) - Field Natural History
BIOL 316 (3) - Seminar in Conservation Biology
ECON 256 (3) - Development Economics
ENVR 131 (3) - Physical Geography: Landscapes
ENVR 210 (3) - Humans and Wildlife
ENVR 223 (3) - The Global Environment
ENVR 228 (3) - Oceanography
ENVR 322 (3) - Ecological Modeling
ENVR 329 (3) - Global Biodiversity Conservation
ENVR 393 (3) - Topics in Environmental Studies
ENVR 416 (3) - Advanced Geographic Information Systems
MATH 320 (4) - Topics in Biomathematics
SOCI 220 (3) - The Community
SOCI 370 (3) - Environmental Sociology