Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Science Degree: 182.0 quarter credits

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 Environmental Studies page at Drexel University.


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: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across 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 260 [WI] Classical Social Theory3.0
ANTH 410Cultural Theory3.0
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 Crimes3.0
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
Fundamentals of Journalism
Business Communication
Public Relations Principles and Theory
Technical Communication
Film, Celebrity and the Environmental Movement
Science Writing
Message 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
Developing Nations and the International Division of Labor
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: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
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: Thematic Analysis Across 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 260 [WI] Classical Social Theory3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
CJS 373Environmental Crimes3.0
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 [WI]
or ANTH 410
Contemporary Social Theory
Cultural Theory
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
ANTH 360Culture and the Environment3.0
COM 317 [WI] Environmental Communication3.0
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
SOC 240Urban Sociology3.0
ENVP 345Sociology of the Environment3.0
ENVP 365Introduction to Environmental Policy Analysis3.0
Select two of the following:6.0
Campaigns for Health & Environment
Resource and Environmental Economics
Environmental Politics
Environmental Justice
Environmental Movements in America
Social Change & Planning
Total Credits24.0

Culture and Communication Faculty

Ronald Bishop, III, PhD (Temple University). Professor. Investigative reporting, sports journalism, journalism history, journalism sourcing patterns, textual narrative and ideological analysis, cultural history of fame.
Joan W. Blumberg, BA (Pennsylvania State University) Coordinator of the Publication Management Program. Instructor. Publishing, electronic publishing, publishing and communications, publishing and mass-media.
Robert J. Brulle, PhD (George Washington University). Professor. Environmental policy and politics, critical theory, marine risk, social movements, environmental sociology.
Karen Cristiano, PhD (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Journalism, medical writing, feature writing, copy editing, mass media and society.
Robert D'Ovidio, PhD (Temple University). Associate Professor. The intersection of computer technology, crime, and the criminal justice system.
Daniela De Pau, PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Assistant Teaching Professor. Italian cinema, relationship between literature, cinema and other arts, traveling literature, women writers, the tradition of the Comic and the tradition of the Fantastic, autobiography, politics of immigration, cultural identity in contemporary Italy.
Brenda Dyer, MA (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Teaching Professor. Language acquisition pedagogy, teaching writing, seventeenth and eighteenth century French literature, women writers, translation.
Mary Ebeling, PhD (University of Surrey). Associate Professor. Science and technology studies; emerging technologies and biocapital; media and democratic cultures; radical social movements; sociology of markets; political sociology; and ethnographic methodologies.
Paul Evangelista, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Public relations, communication theory, new technologies in communication (classroom and online); business communication.
Richard Forney Instructor. Broadcast journalism technology and the effects of new technologies on personal and corporate communication skills.
Alexander Friedlander, PhD (Carnegie Mellon University) Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences. Associate Professor. Rhetorical theory and practice, document design, writing and technology.
Anthony Glascock, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Coordinator of the Anthropology Program. Professor. Aging and health, definitions of functionality and impairment, technology and aging, social organization, Ireland, East Africa.
Ernest A. Hakanen, PhD (Temple University) Director of Culture & Communication Graduate Programs. Professor. Telecommunications policy, adolescent media use, communication theory and history, global media, and semiotics.
Julia Hall, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Professor. Criminal justice and juvenile justice reform, including community based alternatives to incarceration, correctional education and programming, reentry and reintegration, restorative justice, and issues relating to special needs offenders, including the el
Maria Hnaraki, PhD (Indiana University) Director of Greek Studies. Associate Teaching Professor. Ethnomusicology, modern Greek language, Greek and Cretan culture.
Barbara Jean Hoekje, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Director of English Language Center. Associate Professor. Sociolinguistic theory, discourse analysis, applied linguistics (language teaching, learning, and testing).
Barbara Hornum, PhD (Bryn Mawr College) Director of Center for Academic Excellence (DCAE). Associate Professor. Comparative gerontology, planned communities, continuing care communities, retirement, faculty development.
Robert J. Kane, PhD (Temple University) Director, Criminal Justice Program. Professor. Police authority and accountability; urban ecology and sociology; violence and public health; police strategies and practices.
Frank Kelley, PhD (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Corporate university systems online, power structure of media enterprises, public relations, event planning.
Emmanuel F. Koku, PhD (University of Toronto). Associate Professor. Social network analysis; qualitative/quantitative research; medical sociology; social epidemiology; social demography; sociology of development; communication and information technology; community and urban sociology.
David Kutzik, PhD (Temple University) Coordinator of the Sociology Program. Professor. Sociology and philosophy of science; applied gerontological research; political economy of health care; microprocessor-based assistive technologies to improve case management and increase independent living among frail populations.
Brent Luvaas, PhD (UCLA). Assistant Professor. DIY and independent media production; transnational consumer culture; popular music; new media and mediated subjectivities; youth culture in the US and Indonesia.
Joanna Lyskowicz, MA (UAM Poznan, Poland). Instructor. Comparative linguistics, translation, business Spanish, medical Spanish, modern Spanish literature, XXth cent. Spanish poetry, magical realism in Latin American literature.
Diamantino Machado, PhD (Temple University). Teaching Professor. Globalization, political economy, political sociology, philosophy of social science, postmodernism and social reflection.
Maria delaluz Matus-Mendoza, PhD (Temple University). Associate Professor. Spanish Linguistic variation in the US; the relationship between language variation and mobility (social and geographical) among the Mexican communities in Mexico and in the United States; second language acquisition; language variation in media.
Jack Maxwell, MS (Saint Joseph 's University). Teaching Professor. Criminal investigations, policing, police administration, domestic violence.
Jordan McClain, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Media framing and music journalism; relationship between television and music; American popular culture; celebrity, consumerism, and consumer behavior; branding, brand positioning, and advertising criticism.
Margaret McClure, PhD (University of California at Berkeley). Assistant Teaching Professor. Research methods, sociology of the family, deviance, military sociology.
Usha Menon, PhD (University of Chicago). Associate Professor. Self, identity & personhood, emotional functioning, Hindu morality, gender relations in Hindu society, adult development, popular Hinduism, post-colonial feminism, Hindu religious nationalism and Islamic radicalism.
Alexander Nikolaev, PhD (Florida State University). Associate Professor. Public relations, political communication, organizational communication, mass communication, international communications and negotiations, communications theory.
Anne-Marie Obajtek-Kirkwood, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Professor. French and francophone 20th and 21st century literature, culture and film. Representations of the Occupation (WWII); war; minorities in France; autobiography; feminist issues.
Rakhmiel Peltz, PhD (Columbia University, Linguistics; University of Pennsylvania, Biological Sciences) Director of Judaic Studies Program. Professor. Sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication, social history of Yiddish language and culture, Yiddish culture of Eastern Europe, language planning, language and ethnic identity, language and group memory, aging and ethnicity, history of urban neighbors.
Douglas V. Porpora, PhD (Temple University). Professor. International political economy, culture, social theory, and philosophy of social science.
Robert Powell, PhD (Temple University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Early and Middle Bronze Age Crete; archaeoastronomy; early state formation; archaeology and anthropology of frontiers; mass communication.
Devon Powers, PhD (New York University). Assistant Professor. Popular music, cultural intermediaries, promotional culture, 20th-century history, journalism studies.
Rachel R. Reynolds, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago). Associate Professor. Sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication, intercultural communication, globalization and the rhetoric of community, political economy of immigration, race and ethnicity, new African immigrants in the United States, Igbo studies.
Cynthia Reed Rickards, MS (St. Joesph's University) Criminal Justice Program. Assistant Teaching Professor. On-line pedagogy; service-learning pedagogy; juvenile justice; domestic violence.
David Ridgway, MS (St. Joseph's University). Instructor. Deviant behaviors, social problems.
Rosemary Rys Instructor. Public relations and marketing.
Simone Schlichting-Artur, EdD (University of Pennsylvania) Assistant Department Head, Culture and Communication. Teaching Professor. International business communication (Germany and the U.S.), public health policy and languages, German post-war history through film and literature, development of writing assessment tools for German minor.
Mimi Sheller, PhD (New School for Social Research) Director of the Mobilities Research and Policy Center at Drexel University. Professor. Sustainable mobility and mobility justice: new cultures and infrastructures of travel, transport, mobile communication, and urbanism; Caribbean Studies: history, culture and political theory of the region, including intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class.
Natsumi Shor Assistant Teaching Professor. Business and professional Japanese; Japanese film and culture; interrelation between Japanese language to the nation’s culture and thought.
Wesley Shumar, PhD (Temple University) Department Head, Culture and Communication. Professor. Ethnography of cyberspace, online learning communities, political economy of higher education, globalization, activity theory, semiotics, critical realism, psychoanalysis, identity and the self.
Diane Sicotte, PhD (Arizona State University). Associate Professor. Sociology of environmental injustice: inequalities in the citing of environmental hazards; community-based research in neighborhoods dealing with industrial hazards; sociology of the environment; urban sociology; social inequalities.
Lawrence Souder, PhD (Temple University). Associate Teaching Professor. Science and technical writing, communication ethics.
Allan Stegeman, MA (University of Houston) Coordinator of the Communication Program. Teaching Professor. Communication, technology and mass media, video.
Robert Stokes, PhD (Rutgers University) Coordinator, Environmental Policy Program. Associate Professor. Economic and community development, sustainability planning and governance, urban planning and public health, public security and violence prevention.
Judith Storniolo, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Teaching Professor. Historical and comparative linguistics, Mesoamerican languages and culture, applied anthropology, public policy, oral traditions and narratives, ideology and ritual, Mesoamerican ethnohistory; and pre-Columbian literature.
Asta Zelenkauskaite, PhD (Indiana University). Assistant Professor. Social media; user-generated content; computer-mediated communication; interactivity; active audience analysis; mobile communication; gender and online identity; prosumer culture; internet of things; quantitative/qualitative research.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Michelle Sahl, PhD, MEd, MBA, MBE (The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia). Assistant Teaching Professor. Health management and policy: management and leadership of health services organizations, urban health, and the history of health care systems.
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