Courses and Requirements


Students are expected to check in/meet with the ENSTD Advisor each semester

Includes 4 Required Courses – 2 from natural sciences and 2 from social sciences (see below) (13 credits) +

1 Capstone Course (3 credits) +

6 Elective Courses – at least 2 courses from the natural sciences elective list below and at least 2 courses from the social sciences list below. The other 2 courses can be from either list (18 credits).


Includes 3 Required Courses (10 credits) + 3 Elective Courses (9 credits).

Required Courses are the same as for majors, except for URBST 372, which counts as an elective. Elective courses may be any mix of courses from the natural and social sciences elective list below. ENSCI majors must replace the two required ENSCI courses with ENSCI electives.

REQUIRED – Students must take ALL of the following:

URBST 252: The Changing Urban Environment
URBST 372: Fieldwork in Environmental Studies (click on the link for more info!)
ENSCI 100: Our Planet in the 21st Century (4 credits)
ENSCI 112: Our Changing Planet

CAPSTONE COURSES All students must take at least ONE of the following: 

ENSCI 373W: Solving Environmental Problems
URBST 373W:  Special Problems in Environmental Studies

ELECTIVES (This list may be expanded – check with advisor for details).

Social Science/Humanities ElectivesStudents must take 2-4 courses from the following list:

ANTH 270: Human Disease
ANTH 302: Ecology and Culture
ECON 228, 228W: Economics of the Environment
ECON 232: Economics of Climate Change
ENGL 327, 327W: Environmental Literature
MEDST 270: Media and the Environment (MUST TAKE WITH PROF. MAXWELL)
PHIL 125: Philosophy of the Environment
PSCI 289: Law & Politics: Sustainable Development
PSCI 287: Law, Politics and the Environment
URBST 241: Introduction to Urban Planning
URBST 206: Cities of the World
URBST 207: Development of the American City
URBST 230: Environmental and Public Health Policy
URBST 235: Urban Epidemics
URBST 236: Emerging Diseases and Public Policy
URBST 253: Conflicts in Urban Planning
URBST 254: Urban Transportation Policy
URBST 358: Climate Change and Public Policy
URBST 373W: Special Problems in Environmental Policy (counts as EITHER an elective OR a capstone)
URBST 263: Introduction to GIS
URBST 265: Special Topics (selected sections ONLY – check with advisor)

Natural Sciences Electives Students must take 2-4 courses from the following list:

BIOL 106: General Biology: Life-forms and Ecosystems (4 credits)
GEOL 101: Physical Geology (4 credits)
ENSCI 200 (co-req. CHEM 113): Earth System Science
ENSCI 383* Special Topics in Environmental Science (permission of ENSCI Advisor required!)
GEOL 383* Special Topics in Geology (permission of ENSCI Advisor required!)


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