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Major and Minor Requirements
Students majoring in Biology, Geology, and International Studies, and considering a minor in Environmental Studies should look at the requirements necessary to complete the Environmental Science concentration in Biology or one of the ES majors. Because of overlap of many requirements in those majors, students may find that, rather than minoring in ES, choosing the ES concentration within their major, or double majoring with ES may be done easily by only adding one or a few more courses.
Majors can follow requirements for their year of graduation or any subsequent year's requirements that are less restrictive.
Recommendations for first-year students considering this major:
Recommendations for first-year students entering Colby at mid-year who are considering the Environmental Studies major:
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Colby College’s Policy on Accepting IB Exams for Transfer into a Degree Program
Colby recognizes the International Baccalaureate and offers advanced placement and credit based on individual Higher Level examination results, as well as performance on the full IB Diploma program. At the discretion of individual academic departments, advanced placement may be earned for scores of 6 and 7 on Higher Level examinations. A full year of credit toward the 128 credits required for graduation and up to two full semesters toward residency requirement may be earned for an IB Diploma point total of 36 or better, assuming all examination scores are 5 or better.
If your IB Diploma point total is 36 or higher and you have no examination scores of less than 5, Colby equates Higher Level examinations with scores of 6 or 7 directly to Colby courses. For example, a Higher Level Biology exam with a score of 6 or 7 would be equivalent to our BI163 – The Cellular Basis of Life and BI164 – Evolution and Diversity; a Higher Level Chemistry exam with a score of 6 or 7 would be equivalent to CH141 – General Chemistry and CH142 – General Chemistry; a Higher Level Mathematics exam with a score of 6 or 7 would be equivalent to MA121 – Single-Variable Calculus and another general math course (no specific equivalent). The Higher Level Economics exam with a score of 6 or 7 would be equivalent to EC133 – Principles of Microeconomics and EC134 – Principles of Macroeconomics.
The ES Standard level exams (Environmental Systems or Environmental Systems and Societies) have no direct course equivalency, but Colby accepts the credits. These exams may be used as prerequisites for higher-level courses at the discretion of the program.
By reviewing the requirements for the majors in Environmental Studies at Colby (see the catalogue), you will be able to determine how your IB examinations may be used to fulfill some of the ES major requirements or be used as prerequisites for others.