Environmental Studies

About Environmental Studies at Transy All Environmental Studies Courses

The Environmental Studies minor serves as a general introduction to the facts and questions involved in concern for the natural environment, and is designed to prepare students for a life of critical and informed reflection on the biological, cultural, and social issues related to environmental concern. In addition to a course on environmental science, courses used to fulfill the requirements of the minor should be of two kinds. If taught within the Natural Sciences division, they should lead to a deeper understanding of life forms other than human or deal with the impact of human activity on the environment. If taught within other divisions, they should focus on the social and cultural dimensions of human relations with the natural world, especially in the light of environmental concern. Topics courses, independent studies, or courses taken at other institutions may fulfill a minor requirement, upon approval of the coordinator of Environmental Studies.

Environmental Studies Minor Pattern
Core Course:
ENVS 1024 Environmental Science

In addition, students must take 5 courses, with at least 3 drawn from courses taught outside the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
ANTH 3404 Sustainable Development
ANTH 3424 Appalachia and the Environment
BIO 2064 Field Biology
BIO 2144 Tropical Ecology
BIO 3124 Field Botany
BIO 3144 Ecology
BIO 3164 Ornithology
CHEM 1004 Chemistry in Society
CHEM 2244 Environmental Chemistry
ENG 2134 American Writing of Nature
ENG 2344 The Culture of Nature
PHIL 2084 Environmental Philosophy
SOC 1054 Human Geography
SOC 3404 Sustainable Development
SOC 3424 Appalachia and the Environment

Optional: for a student considering Environmental Studies work after graduation
ENVS 4004 Senior Project
May be taken in addition to the 6 courses above. It will be run as an independent study in the senior year and supervised by more than one faculty member.