Environmental Science Major

Environmental Science Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete a major in Environmental Science are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the breadth and interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues (ENVSC 110);
  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the qualitative and quantitative research methods to gain empirical evidence bearing on evaluation of environmentally sustainable alternatives (ENVSC 210);
  • Demonstrate depth of critical analysis and writing of environmental problems that span popular, "gray" and primary publications (FSENV 201);
  • Demonstrate the ability to locate, interpret and apply published research and lessons from successful projects to a focused environmental solution with potential regional stakeholders (Junior Seminar);
  • Design, conduct and present (orally and in writing) independent research that is consistent with the highest standards and practices of research in environmental science (Senior Project);
  • Be well-prepared for meaningful careers and post-graduate education in fields related to environmental science and beyond;
  • Articulate the interdisciplinary context of environmental issues;
  • Identify and justify key stakeholders in humanities and social sciences that need to be a part of sustainable solutions;
  • Formulate an action plan for sustainable alternatives that integrate science, humanist, and social perspectives.

The Environmental Science Major

Because this program is interdivisional, students who major in Environmental Science may complete any minor to satisfy the college requirement that the major and minor be in different divisions.


The five foundation and three advanced courses must revolve around a central theme. Courses must be selected in consultation with a faculty member in Environmental Science by the end of the sophomore year. For most students, this selection process will occur during enrollment in ENVSC 210. The department expects that students may change course selection during their tenure at Allegheny; the student's advisor must approve all schedule changes.

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