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Major/Minor Requirements

Applicable for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Major

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The environmental science major has three tracks:

Integrated Major

Chemistry Concentration

Physics Concentration

 All environmental science majors require the following:

  1. The integrated major or a major in environmental chemistry or environmental physics
  2. A capstone experience that includes Environmental Management (EV 321); Senior Seminar (EV 490, pass/fail, 0 units); and either Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV 420). (2 units)

Integrated Environmental Science major

(updated 4.20.15)

16 total units (14 required + 2 elective options)

Introductory EV base (2 units)
EV128 Introduction to Global Climate Change   

EV141 Sustainable Development        

Natural Science Sequence (7 units)

EV155 Intro Earth Systems Science or GY140 Physical Geology    

MA126 Calculus I

EV228 Analysis of Environmental Data or MA117 Probability & Statistics or MA217 Probability and Statistical Modeling or BY220 Biostatistics and Environmental Design

EV211 Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles

EV209 Ecology  

EV212 Energy

EV311 Water or EV431 Air                                          

Social Science Sequence (3 units)                                

EV271 Environmental Policy or EV 274 Environmental Politics & Policy

SO130 Environmental Sociology or EV277 Eco Feminism or SW301 Political Ecology of the Southwest

EV281 Environmental Ethics or EV221 Environmental Inquiry, or EV 273 Environmental History, or EV 255 Nature & Society

Thematic Electives (2 units)

Chosen with your advisor, must include at least one 300-400 level course.

Note: After your advisor approves your electives, please send an email to the current EV Program Director, your advisor, and Sharon Johnson(sajohnson@coloradocollege.edu) to confirm your plan.  We will enter this information in your academic file.

  1. ______________________
  2. ______________________

Examples (for illustration – you need not select one of these options):

After EV209 Ecology: EV 422 Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology + BY308 Advanced Ecology

After EV155: GY250 Hydrology or EV311 Water and GY320 Surface Processes and Geomorphology

After core, one methods + advanced thematic course (to prepare for capstone)

Capstones (2 units)       

EV321 Environmental Management

EV421 Environmental Synthesis, EV 420 Senior Paper, or EV499 Thesis 

Chemistry Concentration Requirements

Total of 15 units

A student interested in a major in environmental science with an emphasis in chemistry is required to take:

  • Sustainable Development or Microeconomics (EV 141 or EC 151)
  • Environmental Policy (EV 271 or PS 321)
  • General Chemistry I & II (CH 107 and 108)
  • Organic Chemistry I (CH 250)
  • Analytical Chemistry or Bioanalytical Chemistry (CH 241 or CH 345)
  • Calculus I and II (MA 126 and 129)
  • Classical Physics I and II (PC 241 and 242)
  • Environmental Management (EV 321)
  • Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV 420)
  • Senior Seminar (EV 490, pass/fail, 0 units)

And any three of the following:

Organic Chemistry II (CH 251); Environmental Chemistry (CH 210); Organic Chemistry III (CH 351); Instrumental Analysis (CH 342); Biochemistry I (CH 382), Biochemistry II (CH 383), Physical Chemistry I (CH 366); Physical Chemistry II (CH 367); Inorganic Chemistry (CH 475); Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry (EV 431).

Students are encouraged to take the three advanced classes as a concerted sequence that can lead to graduate studies or careers in areas such as toxicology: CH 251, CH 382, CH 383 with CH 345, or atmospheric chemistry: CH 366, CH 367, and EV 431.

Research in Environmental Chemistry and a field biology or geology course are also recommended.

* Note: Students under the old major track should follow these same requirements plus take Environmental Inquiry (EV221)

Physics Concentration Requirements

Total of 14 units

A student interested in a major in environmental science with emphasis in physics is required to take:

  • Sustainable Development or Microeconomics (EV 141 or EC 151)
  • Environmental Policy (EV 271 or PS 321)
  • Calculus I, II, & III (MA 126, 129, and 203)
  • Introductory Classical Physics I & II (PC 241 and 242)
  • Modern Physics (PC 251)
  • Electronics (PC 261)
  • Techniques of Experimental Physics (PC 361)
  • Mechanics I (PC 341)
  • Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry (EV 431)
  • Environmental Management (EV 321)
  • Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV 420)
  • Senior Seminar (EV 490, pass/fail, 0 units)

* Note: Students under the old major track should follow these same requirements plus take Environmental Inquiry (EV221)

A field biology or geology course is also recommended. A student interested in graduate school or an environmental science career in fields such as Atmospheric Physics, Meteorology, Geophysics, and Oceanography should take additional courses, such as differential equations, computer science, chemistry, and more physics.

Environmental Policy major

(updated 4.20.15)
15 total units (13 required + 2 elective units)

Introductory framework: (2 units)

EV128 Introduction to Global Climate Change 

EV141 Sustainable Development 

Natural Sciences/Quantitative (3 units)

EV211 Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles or EV209 Ecology and the Environment

MA126 Calculus 1 (or equivalent)

MA117 Probability and Statistics (or equivalent)

Economics (2 units)

EC150 Principles of Economics or EC151 Principles of Microeconomics and EC152 Principles of Macroeconomics or EC 201 Economic Theory I.

* Note: The Economics Department will not be teaching EC 150, EC 151, or EC 152 after spring 2015.  During the transition, students who have taken EC 151 or EC 152, but not both, can complete the requirement by taking EC 201 Economic Theory I.                              

Domestic Policy (2 units)

EV271 Environmental Policy or EV 274 Environmental Politics & Policy                                     

EV373/PS321 Public Policymaking (1 unit)

 International Environmental Policy (1 unit)

EV374 Environmental Law and Policy for the Global Commons or PS356 Global Environmental Policy or SW301 Political Ecology of the Southwest or SO130 Environmental Sociology

Environmental Humanities (1 unit)

EV255 Nature and Society or EV281 Environmental Ethics or EV221 Environmental Inquiry

Thematic electives (2 units)

1 unit must be 300 or 400 level; both are to be chosen with your advisor.

Note: After your advisor approves your electives, please send an email to the current EV Program Director, your advisor, and Sharon Johnson (sajohnson@coloradocollege.edu) to confirm your plan.  We will enter this information in your academic file.

 

  1. ______________________
  2. ______________________

 

Examples (for illustration – you need not adopt any of these options):

EV 335 Environmental Economics + EV341 Ecological Economics

EV 277 Ecofeminism + SW301 Political Ecology of the Southwest

EV 272 Cities, Sustainability, & Environmental Justice + EV 374 Environmental Law & Policy for the Global Commons

Capstones (2)

EV321 Environmental Management

EV421 Environmental Synthesis, EV 420 Senior Paper, or EV499 Thesis 

Minor

New Environmental Issues Minor Requirements

Approved December 2013
Advisors - Burns, Hourdequin, Price-Smith

This minor is intended to provide a foundation for understanding the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems and opportunities. For exceptions to the list below, a formal written proposal of the alternative(s) desired should be given to the minor advisors before taking the course(s), especially if the course is not a Colorado College course. Note also: No more than ONE course from your major department may be used to fultill requirements in the minor. The environmental issues minor is comprised of six courses: an introductory course, four core courses, and a capstone course.

Introductory course:
EV128 - Introduction to Global Climate Change

Core Courses:
Students must take one course in each of the following areas, plus a second course in one area. One of the four courses must be at the 300- or 400- level. Selected environmentally-related topics courses in science, social science, and humanities may count toward these requirements with prior approval of the student's environmental issues minor advisor.

Environmental Science:
Any EV science course can count toward this requirement. Recommended courses include:
EV135 - Meteorology
EV155 - Introductory Earth Systems Science
EV209 - Ecology and the Environment
EV211 - Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles
EV212 - Energy: Environmental Thermodynamics and Energetics
EV228 - Analysis of Environmental Data
EV311 - Water: Hydrology, Aquatic Chemistry, and Ecology
EV422 - Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Ecology
EV431 - Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry

Environmental Social Science:
Any EV social science course can count toward this requirement, as well as a number of courses in other departments. Recommended courses include:
EV141 - Sustainable Development
EV271 - Environmental Policy
EV277 - Ecofeminism
EV341 - Ecological Economics and Sustainability
EV374 - Environmental Law and Policy for the Global Commons
ED385 - Environmental Education
PS272/EV272 - Cities, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice
PS31/EV373 - Public Policymaking
PS334/EV334 - United States Environmental Movement
PS356 - Global Environmental Policy
PS358 - Environment, Health and Security
SO130/EV161 - Environmental Sociology
SW220 - Environmental Justice in the Southwest
SW230 - Native Americans Under Federal Law
SW272 - Nature, Region, and Society of the Southwest
SW301 - Political Ecology of the Southwest

Environmental Humanities:
The following courses count toward this requirement:
EV221 - Environmental Inquiry
EV281 - Environmental Ethics
EV261 - Topics in Environmental Humanities
EN280 - Literature and the Environmental Imagination
HY212/EV273 - American Environmental History
HY255/EV255 - Nature and Society
TH240 - Environmental Design for Performance and Community Engagement

Capstone course:
EV321 - Environmental Management