Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Major: Environmental Studies and Sustainability
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 03.0313

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-2041

The BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainability is administered in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science. It is a multidisciplinary degree that takes advantage of existing courses in both the Arts and Sciences to educate graduates who will be able to work in government agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations who develop, implement or are affected by environmental policies.

Objective

The objective of this major is to educate students so that they will be successful in finding common solutions to environmental challenges that all societies will face in the 21st century. Graduates will be educated with the goal of thinking in terms of cross-cultural ideas and dialogue. In that way they will be encouraged to help people of all cultures understand environmental problems and act in the area of environmental stewardship.

The BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainability will provide our graduates with communication skills, collaboration abilities and team orientation, a “customer” orientation, creativity and innovative thinking ability, a broad environmental science understanding, analytical ability and critical thinking and problem solving ability, a work orientation with professionalism and a positive attitude, occupation-specific skill and knowledge through co-op, and leadership ability.

Drexel Advantage

There is a distinct advantage to a student in undertaking an environmental studies degree at Drexel. Drexel University was one of the first universities in the nation to establish an undergraduate environmental science degree in the late 1960s. Since that time Drexel is known for its research and scholarship in this area. Over the long history of the program, Drexel has established an extensive network of co-op employers who value Drexel students. Therefore, there is a natural constituency for our students in Environmental Studies and Sustainability as well. Drexel students will take advantage of the co-op program to both get more extensive experience and get paid while doing so.

Degree Requirements

General Requirements
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
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Social and Behavioral Sciences
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
or ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Diversity
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
Social Behavior elective3.0
Physical and Natural Sciences
BIO 109Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
BIO 110Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory1.0
ENVS 101Introduction to Environmental Science5.0
ENVS 230General Ecology3.0
ENSS 275Global Climate Change3.0
or ENVS 289 Global Warming, Biodiversity and Your Future
GEO 201 [WI] Earth Systems Processes3.0
Humanities and Fine Arts
Humanities & Fine Arts Electives9.0
PHIL 340Environmental Ethics3.0
or PHIL 341 Philosophy of the Environment
Diversity Electives6.0
International Studies6.0
Foreign Language (up to 201)7.0-8.0
ENSS Core Requirements
Economics
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ECON elective4.0
Policy and Planning
Choose 3 of the following:12.0
Environmental Politics
Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
Cities and Sustainability
Introduction to Environmental Policy Analysis
Social Science
ENSS 120Introduction to Environmental Studies3.0
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
ENSS 341Environmental Movements in America4.0
ENSS 346Environmental Justice4.0
SOC 355 [WI] Classical Social Theory4.0
Modeling and Research
ENVS 308GIS and Environmental Modeling3.0
SOC 250Research Methods I4.0
ENSS Electives18.0
Senior Sequence
ENVS 441 [WI] Issues in Global Change I: Seminar2.0
ENVS 442Issues in Global Change II: Research2.0
ENVS 443Issues in Global Change III: Synthesis2.0
Free Electives25.0-24.0
Total Credits180.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ENSS 120Introduction to Environmental Studies3.0
ENVS 101Introduction to Environmental Science5.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience1.0
 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 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
Foreign Language (103 or higher)4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
SOC 101
or ANTH 101
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Cultural Diversity
3.0
Foreign Language (201 or higher)3.0-4.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Term 4
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
ENVS 230General Ecology3.0
PSCI 110American Government I4.0
Soc/Behavior Science elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
ENSS 275
or ENVS 289
Global Climate Change
Global Warming, Biodiversity and Your Future
3.0
ENVS 308GIS and Environmental Modeling3.0
SOC 355 [WI] Classical Social Theory4.0
Humanities & Fine Arts elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ENSS 341Environmental Movements in America4.0
Policy & Planning elective4.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
SOC 250Research Methods I4.0
GEO 201 [WI] Earth Systems Processes3.0
International elective3.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
ENSS elective4.0
ECON elective4.0
PHIL 340
or 341
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of the Environment
3.0
Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 9
Policy & Planning elective4.0
ENSS elective3.0
Diversity elective3.0
Humanities/Fine Arts elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
ENVS 441 [WI] Issues in Global Change I: Seminar2.0
ENSS 346Environmental Justice4.0
ENSS elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 11
ENVS 442Issues in Global Change II: Research2.0
ENSS elective4.0
Diversity elective3.0
International elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
ENVS 443Issues in Global Change III: Synthesis2.0
Policy & Planning elective4.0
ENSS elective4.0
Free elective4.0-3.0
 Term Credits14.0-13.0
Total Credit: 180.0

The largest job opportunities exist in the areas of environmental communication, sustainability, environmental policy, community action, water quality, parks, outdoor recreation, ecotourism, natural resources and conservation, policy analyst, naturalist, international environmental specialist, and renewable energy.

This major will educate individuals who seek careers and/or additional academic training in the following fields:

  • Sustainability planning and implementation
  • Urban, Regional and Community Planning
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Environmental Communications
  • Environmental Journalism
  • Environmental Law
  • Park Management and Outdoor Recreation
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Environmental Policy Analysis

Environmental Studies and Sustainability Faculty

Walter F. Bien, PhD (Drexel University) Director, Laboratory of Pinelands Research. Research Professor. Natural resource management, restoration ecology, conservation biology, and New Jersey Pinelands community dynamics.
Elizabeth Burke Watson, PhD (University of California, Berkeley). Assistant Professor. The implications of global and regional environmental change, and unraveling the interacting effects of multiple anthropogenic stressors on coastal ecosystems to promote more informed management, conservation, and restoration.
Donald F. Charles, PhD (Indiana University) Senior Scientist and Section Leader, Phycology Section, Academy of Natural Sciences. Professor. Diatoms as water quality indicators; paleolimnological approaches for inferring change in biology and chemistry of lakes; lake management; assessment of perturbations in aquatic ecosystems due to municipal and industrial effluents, land-use change, acid deposition, eutrophication and climate change.
Carol Collier, FAICP, MRP (University of Pennsylvania) Sr. Advisor, Watershed Management and Policy at the Academy of Natural Sciences; Director, Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program.. Water resources management, environmental planning, climate change policy, the intersection of science, policy and decision making.
Ted Daeschler, PhD (University of Pennsylvania) Associate Curator of Vertebrate Zoology; Vice President for Systematic Biology and the Library: Academy of Natural Sciences. Associate Professor. Vertebrate fauna of the Late Devonian Period in eastern North America; fossil collecting; systematic work focusing on freshwater vertebrates; nature of early non-marine ecosystems.
Daniel P. Duran, PhD (Vanderbilt University). Assistant Teaching Professor. Phylogeography, systematics and taxonomy, population and conservation genetics, ecological niche modeling, focusing on insect systems to better understand fundamental evolutionary processes and maintain biodiversity.
Jon Gelhaus, PhD (University of Kansas) Curator, Department of Entomology: Academy of Natural Sciences. Professor. Systematic expertise in crane flies (Tipuloidea); phylogenetic reconstruction; historical and ecological biogeography; biodiversity measures and evolution of morphological character systems.
Richard J. Horwitz, PhD (University of Chicago) Senior Scientist; Fisheries Section Leader; Ruth Patrick Chair of Environmental Sciences. Associate Professor. Reproductive ecology, life history and distribution of freshwater fishes; effects of land use, habitat structure and hydrology on population dynamics and species composition in aquatic systems; ecological modeling and biometry; anthropogenic contaminants in fishes.
Susan S. Kilham, PhD (Duke University). Professor. Aquatic ecology: phytoplankton; physiological ecology, especially of diatoms in freshwater and marine systems; large lakes; food webs; biogeochemistry.
Danielle Kreeger, PhD (Oregon State University). Research Associate Professor. Trophic interactions in aquatic ecosystems.
Tatyana Livshultz, PhD (Cornell University) Assistant Curator of Botany. Assistant Professor. Expertise of the milkweed and dogbane family (Apocynaceae); evolution and species diversity of the genus Dischidia; differences in floral form and function.
Richard McCourt, PhD (University of Arizona) Associate Curator of Botany, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University; 2010-2012: Program Director, Division of Graduate Education, National Science Foundation. Professor. Biodiversity, evolution, ecology, and systematic of green algae, specifically charophyte algae.
Michael O'Connor, MD, PhD (MD, Johns Hopkins University; PhD, Colorado State). Associate Professor. Biophysical and physiological ecology, thermoregulation of vertebrates, ecological modeling.
Sean O'Donnell, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Professor. Tropical ecology, focusing on geographic variation and elevation effects on ecology and behavior of army ants and ant-bird interactions; neurobiology, focusing on brain plasticity and brain evolution in social insects.
Marina Potapova, PhD (Russian Academy of Sciences) Assistant Curator. Assistant Professor. Taxonomy, ecology, and biogeography of freshwater diatoms; methods of quantifying morphological characters of diatom frustules based on geometric morphometrics; systematic of monoraphid freshwater diatoms.
Gary Rosenberg, PhD (Harvard University) Pilsbry Chair of Malacology. Professor. Magnitude and origin of species-level diversity in the Mollusca.
Jacob Russell, PhD (University of Arizona). Associate Professor. Microbiomes and metagenomics; ecology and evolution of symbiosis.
Ron Smith, MS (Rutgers University). Instructor. Shorebird Ecology and Conservation; Amphibians of the NJ Pine Barrens; Restoration Ecology; Climate Change – Regional Effects and Education
James R. Spotila, PhD (University of Arkansas) L. D. Betz Chair Professor. Professor. Physiological and biophysical ecology, thermoregulation of aquatic vertebrates, biology of sea turtles.
Loyc Vanderkluysen, PhD (University of Hawaii). Assistant Professor. The cyclicity of volcanic eruptions, volcanic degassing processes, and large igneous provinces.
Jason Weckstein, PhD (Louisiana State University) Associate Curator of Ornithology. Associate Professor. Avian phylogenetics, comparative biology and evolutionary history; biodiversity surveys of birds and their parasites and pathogens; coevolutionary history of birds and their parasites.

Emeritus Faculty

John G. Lundberg, PhD (University of Michigan). Professor Emeritus. Diversity and diversification of fishes; documenting and interpreting the morphological, molecular, and taxonomic diversity of living and fossil fishes in the interrelated fields of systematic, faunistics and biogeography and paleobiology; exploration and collecting in poorly-known tropical freshwater habitats and regions.
Daniel Otte, PhD (University of Michigan) Senior Curator, Systematics and Evolutionary Biology. Professor Emeritus. Taxonomy and biogeography of Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets, katydids and their relatives).
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