Environmental Studies

Major: Environmental Science
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 182.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 03.0313

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-2041

About the Program

Note: Effective Fall 2014, students are no longer being accepted into this program. Please see the BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainability.

The major in environmental studies is a multi-disciplinary program designed to provide students with both a technical grounding in environmental science as well as a strong emphasis in social science in order to prepare students for environmental policy careers

The causes and consequences of environmental problems are extremely complex, involving the connection of natural ecological systems to human systems such as physical infrastructure and the built environment. Equally important to understanding environmental problems are the social, economic and political considerations that govern society’s ability to balance its current needs and desires with those of future generations. Indeed, ecological problems and their consequences are an enduring problem of society. Problems such as air and water pollution, exposure to toxic chemicals, sprawling land development, environmentally damaging energy extraction and unsustainable energy use practices, to name a few, all conspire to negatively influence our natural world as well as human health and well being.

The environmental studies major draws on the University’s academic strengths in science, technology, social science and communication. Courses and faculty are drawn from a diverse set of academic programs: including the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The program also benefits from Drexel’s urban location -- as issues related to urban sustainability policy and planning, including urban redevelopment and land reuse practices, transportation policy, green building, energy efficiency, urban farming and food systems, recycling, and racial and class-based environmental justice and health -- are core topics of the program of study.

The degree is designed to prepare students for a wide set of vocational opportunities with governmental agencies, corporations, and nonprofit organizations that develop, implement and communicate environmental policies. Students are strongly encouraged to gain valuable professional experience through Drexel’s cooperative education program.

For more information visit the Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science web page.

Degree Requirements 

General Requirements
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
or ANTH 110 Human Past: Anthropology and Prehistoric Archeology
BIO 107Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
BIO 108Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory1.0
BIO 109Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
BIO 110Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory1.0
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience2.0
Two English (ENGL) Electives *6.0
Philosophy (PHIL) Elective3.0
Two History (HIST) Electives6.0
Math Sequences8.0
Select one of the following sequences:
Introduction to Analysis I
and Introduction to Analysis II
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Environmental Studies Core Requirements
Theory Sequence Requirements
COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
SOC 260Classical Social Theory3.0
ANTH 410Cultural Theory I3.0
or SOC 460 Contemporary Social Theory
Methods Sequence Requirements
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
SOC 250Research Methods I3.0
SOC 364Computer-Assisted Data Analysis3.0
Natural Science Requirements
ENVS 230General Ecology3.0
ENVS 286Community and Ecosystem Ecology3.0
ENVS 328Conservation Biology3.0
Natural Science Elective **3.0
Other Required Courses
ANTH 360Culture and the Environment3.0
COM 316Campaigns for Health & Environment3.0
COM 317 [WI] Environmental Communication3.0
CJS 373Environmental Crime3.0
ENSS 325Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning3.0
ENSS 341Environmental Movements in America3.0
ENSS 345Sociology of the Environment3.0
ENSS 346Environmental Justice3.0
ENSS 347Introduction to Environmental Policy Analysis3.0
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
PSCI 331Environmental Politics4.0
SOC 240Urban Sociology3.0
Other Environmental Studies Program Electives
Select ten of the following:30.0
Basics of Cancer
Essential Microbiology
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Applied Chemistry
Human Communication
Techniques of Speaking
Advanced Journalism
Business Communication
Public Relations Principles and Theory
Technical Communication
Film, Celebrity and the Environmental Movement
Science Writing
Document Design and Evaluation
Grant Writing
Environmental Literature
Global Climate Change
Special Topics
Physiological and Population Ecology
Population Ecology Laboratory
Environmental Health
Tropical Ecology
Aquatic Ecology
Advanced Population Ecology
Principles of Toxicology I
Principles of Toxicology II
Issues in Global Change I: Seminar
Colloquium I
Weather I: Climate and Global Change
Global Ethical Issues
Philosophy of the Environment
American Government II
Science, Technology, & Public Policy
City in United States Political Development
Introduction to Social Psychology
Sociology of the Future
Social Problems
Sociology of Health and Illness
Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South
Globalization
The American Experience of the Wilderness
Social Movements
Sociology of Disasters
Free Electives19.0
Total Credits182.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
BIO 107Cells, Genetics Physiology3.0
BIO 108Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory1.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience2.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
BIO 109Biological Diversity, Ecology Evolution3.0
BIO 110Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MATH 122
or 102
Calculus II
Introduction to Analysis II
4.0
Environmental Studies Program Elective*3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 3
COM 150Mass Media and Society3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
ENVS 230General Ecology3.0
ANTH 110
or 101
Human Past: Anthropology and Prehistoric Archeology
Introduction to Cultural Diversity
3.0
Environmental Studies Program Elective*3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 4
COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
COM 220Qualitative Research Methods3.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
SOC 240Urban Sociology3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
ANTH 360Culture and the Environment3.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ENSS 345Sociology of the Environment3.0
SOC 250Research Methods I3.0
SOC 260Classical Social Theory3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
CJS 373Environmental Crime3.0
ENVS 286Community and Ecosystem Ecology3.0
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
SOC 364Computer-Assisted Data Analysis3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
ENSS 346Environmental Justice3.0
PSCI 331Environmental Politics4.0
ENSS 341Environmental Movements in America3.0
Environmental Studies Program Elective*3.0
Natural Science Elective 3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 8
COM 317 [WI] Environmental Communication3.0
English Literature Course 200-level or Above 3.0
Environmental Studies Program Electives*9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
COM 316Campaigns for Health Environment3.0
English Literature Course 200-level or Above 3.0
ENSS 325Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning3.0
Environmental Studies Program Elective*3.0
History (HIST) Elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
Free Elective 3.0
ENSS 347Introduction to Environmental Policy Analysis3.0
Philosophy (PHIL) Elective 3.0
Environmental Studies Program Electives*6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
SOC 460
or ANTH 410
Contemporary Social Theory
Cultural Theory I
3.0
Free Elective 3.0
History (HIST) Elective 3.0
Environmental Studies Program Elective*3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 12
ENVS 328Conservation Biology3.0
Free Electives 13.0
 Term Credits16.0
Total Credit: 182.0

 

*

 See degree requirements.

Minor in Environmental Studies

The environmental studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor designed to give students specializing in other fields a background in contemporary environmental issues and the ability to analyze such issues. For students majoring in such fields as business and engineering, the minor in environmental studies will provide them with the tools to make better decisions about products or projects related to environmental economics, politic pollutants, environmental policy, and environmental justice. For students who are liberal arts majors, the minor in environmental studies offers the opportunity to focus on the social- and natural-science aspects of the environment, and to be prepared for issues they may encounter in their careers.

 

Required Courses
ENSS 120Introduction to Environmental Studies3.0
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
ENSS 326Cities and Sustainability4.0
ENSS 345Sociology of the Environment4.0
ENSS 347Introduction to Environmental Policy Analysis4.0
Select two of the following: *6.0
Global Climate Change
Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
Environmental Movements in America
Environmental Justice
Culture and the Environment
Environmental Crime
Resource and Environmental Economics
Environmental Literature
General Ecology
Physical Geology
Environmental Geology
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of the Environment
Environmental Politics
Social Movements
Total Credits24.0
*

Other courses may be taken as electives with Departmental approval.


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