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Major/Minor Requirements

Applicable for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Major

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Environmental Science Major (3/23/2018)

Introductory framing (2 units):

  • EV145 Environment and Society
  • EV128 Introduction to Global Climate Change

Foundational courses in natural science (4 units):

  • MA126 Calculus
  • MA117 Statistics (OR BE220 Biostatistics and Experimental design OR EV228 Analysis of Environmental Data.)
  • CH107 General Chemistry 1 OR EV110 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
  • EV212 Energy (PR CH107 or EV110)

Earth Systems Core (4 units):

  • GY140 Physical Geology
  • EV209 Ecology and the Environment (PR:  EV128, MA126)
  • EV351 Hydrology (PR EV212)
  • EV333 Atmospheric Dynamics (PR EV212)

Natural Science elective courses (3 units):

  • Any 3 EV Natural Science Courses at 300 or 400 level (independent study at 300 or 400 level may count on case by case basis if approved by advisor. An explicitly EV focused 300 or 400-level course in GY, OBE, PC, CH, MA may also count, if approved by EV academic advisor.)

EV Social Science or EV Humanities Elective (one unit):

  • Any 200, 300, or 400 level EV Social Science or EV Humanities class

Capstone (one unit):

  • EV421 Environmental Synthesis

Thesis (optional for the major, but required for distinction):

  • EV499 Thesis

Environmental Studies (10/10/2018)

  • MA125 or 126:  Calculus
  • EV128:  Introduction to Global Climate Change
  • EV145:  Environment and Society
  • One additional 100- or 200-level Environmental Science, Geology, or Organismal Biology and Ecology course, to be agreed upon with your advisor
  • EC201:  Economic Theory 1
  • One of the following Environmental Policy courses:
           EV271:  Environmental Law & Policy
           EV274: Environmental Politics & Policy
  • One of the following 300-level Policy/Economics courses: 
           EV373/PS321:  Public Policymaking
           EV341: Ecological Economics
           EV321:  Environmental Management
  • One of the following Environmental Justice/Environmental Equity courses: 
           EV274/PS274:  Cities, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice
           EV276/SO130: Environmental Sociology
           EV277:  Ecofeminism
           SW220:  Environmental Justice in the Southwest (WI)
           EV375: Community Forestry
           EV301/SW301:  Political Ecology of the Southwest (WI)
  • Two of the following Environmental Humanities courses: 
           EV281/PH246: Environmental Ethics
           EV255/HY255: Nature and Society
           EV285/EN230: Introduction to Literature and Environment
           EV273/HY212:  American Environmental History
  • Four EV Social Science, Humanities, or Natural Science electives, at least two of which are 300 level.  Environmentally focused courses from outside the Environmental Program may count as electives with advisor approval.  Independent study may count on case-by-case basis if approved by advisor.  EV391: Junior Research Seminar is required as one of the four electives for students writing a thesis.
  • EV421:  Environmental Synthesis
  • EV499 Thesis (optional for the major, but required for distinction)


Environmental Science Chemistry Emphasis (15 credits + optional thesis) (10/15/2018)

Foundational courses in natural science (4 units):

  • MA126 - Calculus 1
  • MA129 - Calculus 2
  • PC241 - Intro Physics 1
  • PC242 - Intro Physics 2

Chemistry Core Courses (4 units):

  • CH107 - General Chemistry 1
  • CH108 - General Chemistry 2
  • CH250 - Structures of Organic Molecules
  • CH241 - Intro to Analytical Chemistry

Environmental Science Core Courses (3 units):

  • EV128 - Introduction to Global Climate Change
  • EV145 - Environment and Society
  • Any 200-, 300-, or 400-level EV Social Science or EV Humanities course

Upper Level Electives (3 units):

Choose any 3 of the following courses; at least 2 must be 300-level or above:

  • CH251 - Reactions of Organic Molecules
  • CH275 - Foundatins of Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH351 - Synthesis of Organic Molecules
  • CH342 - Introduction of Instrumental Methods
  • CH382 - Biochemistry I
  • CH383 - Biochemistry II
  • CH366 - Physical Chemistry I
  • CH367 - Physical Chemistry II
  • CH475 - Inorganic Chemistry I
  • EV333 - Atmospheric Dynamics
  • EV431 - Atmospheric Chemistry

Capstone (1 unit):

  • EV421 - Environmental Synthesis

Thesis (optional for the major, but required for distinction):

  • EV499 - Senior Thesis

Minor

New Environmental Issues Minor Requirements

Approved December 2013
Advisors - Hourdequin, McKendry, Kohout, Lee

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 fulfill 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