Requirements for the Major in Environmental Policy

I. Required Environmental Studies Core Courses   
  • Environmental Studies 
    • 118 Environment and Society
  • Biology 
    • 271 Introduction to Ecology
  • Economics 
    • 133 Principles of Microeconomics
    • 231 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
II. All of the Following Courses 
  • Biology 
    • 131 Biodiversity or
    • 164 Evolution and Diversity
  • Environmental Studies 
    • 233 Environmental Policy
    • 334 International Environmental Regimes
  • Government 
    • 131 Introduction to International Relations
  • Mathematics 
    • 212 Introduction to Statistical Methods or
    • 231 Applied Statistics and Regression Analysis
III. Humans and the Environment (Three courses not all taken from the same discipline unless that discipline is environmental studies) 
  • Anthropology 
    • 256 Land, Food, Culture, and Power
    • 355 Development, Globalization, and Poverty
  • Economics
    • 341 Natural Resource Economics
  • Environmental Studies 
    • 126 Environmental Activism
    • 212 Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing (if not used to satisfy IV below)
    • 235 International Environmental Human Rights
    • 236 Tropical Forests and Sustainable Development
    • 266 Environment and Human Health (if not used to satisfy IV below)
    • 268 Hazardous Waste and Environmental Justice
    • 319 Conservation Biology (if not used to satisfy IV below)
    • 336 Endangered Species Policy and Practice
    • 339 Development, Trade, and the Environment
    • 340 Conflict, Cooperation, and the Environment
    • 341 Environmental Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
  • History 
    • 364 Ecology and Economic History of Africa
    • 394 Ecological History
    • 445 Nuclear Madness
    • 446 Historical Epidemiology
  • Philosophy 
    • 126 Philosophy and the Environment
    • 328 Radical Ecologies
  • Science, Technology, and Society 
    • 215 Weather, Climate, and Society
    • 253 Energy Presence, Energy Futures
    • 356 The Biography of Oil
    • 358 Climbing the Oil Peak
IV. Three of the Following Courses 
  • Biology 
    • 211 Taxonomy of Flowering Plants
    • 237 Woody Plants
    • 257j Winter Ecology
    • 259j Plants of the Tropics
    • 334 Ornithology
    • 352 Advanced and Applied Ecology
    • 354 Marine Ecology
    • 357 Physiological Ecology
    • 358j Ecological Field Study
    • 373 Animal Behavior
    • 452 Behavioral and Physiological Ecology
  • Chemistry 
    • 141 General Chemistry
    • 142 General Chemistry
    • 217 Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Studies 
    • 212 Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
    • 266 Environment and Human Health
    • 319 Conservation Biology
  • Geology
     
    • 141 Earth and Environment
  • Physics 
    • 141 Foundations of Mechanics or
    • 143 Honors Physics
    • 145 Foundations of Electromagnetism and Optics
V. One of the Following Capstone Courses 
  • Environmental Studies 
    • 493 Environmental Policy Practicum or
  • Biology 
    • 493 Problems in Environmental Science (open only to double majors in biology)
VI. Senior Colloquia 
  • Environmental Studies 
    • 401, 402 Senior Colloquium

The interdisciplinary environmental science major also begins with the foundation course in environmental studies and is followed by core courses in environmental economics, biology and ecology, chemistry or physics, geology or GIS, and mathematics. Students select a focus area to explore in depth. Current focus areas include conservation biology, marine science, environmental chemistry, and environmental geology. Students can also propose well-structured alternative focus areas. The senior capstone seminar provides a hands-on approach to environmental science research.

Environmental science majors are encouraged to enroll in Biology 163 (fall) and Environmental Studies118 (spring) in their first year and Biology 271 (fall) in their sophomore year.  Majors must complete at least two courses at the 300 level or above selected from categories III and IV below. No more than one course at the 100 level may be used to fulfill category III. No requirement for the major may be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory. AP credits can fulfill core course requirements based on exam performance and coverage. AP credits also can provide advanced placement in focus areas, but in no case can AP credits reduce the number of required focus area courses below five. Environmental studies majors electing the science concentration should consult with the program director or the advisor for their selected focus area as early as their first year at Colby to identify any courses beyond the major requirements that may be desirable to meet their postgraduate goals, especially graduate or professional school.