Environmental Studies Major

Environmental Studies Major Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete a major in Environmental Studies 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 the natural sciences that need to be a part of sustainable solutions.

The Environmental Studies Major

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


Select eight additional courses (32 total credits), including at least two courses from the list below. At least six of the eight courses must be advanced (300- or 400-level). These eight courses must be relevant to Environmental Studies and must revolve around a central theme. Courses may include those from the Environmental Science department or other departments or off-campus study. 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.

ENVSC 250 - Environmental Education
ENVSC 340 - World Regional Geography
ENVSC 350 - Ecological Economics
ENVSC 352 - Environmental Justice
ENVSC 380 - Climate and Energy Policy

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