Requirements for the Major in Environmental Science

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. Required Science and Mathematics Courses 
  • Biology 
    • 164 Evolution and Diversity
  • Chemistry 
    • 141 and 142 General Chemistry or
  • Physics 
    • 141 Foundations of Mechanics and 145 Foundations in Electromagnetism and Optics
  • Geology
     
    • 141 Earth and Environment or
  • Environmental Studies 
    • 212 Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
For students electing the conservation biology or marine science focus area: 
  • Mathematics 
    • 121 Single-variable Calculus and either Mathematics 212 Elementary Statistics or 231 Applied Statistics and Regression Analysis
For students electing the environmental geology or environmental chemistry focus area: 
  • Mathematics 
    • 121 Single-variable Calculus and 122 Series and Multi-variable Calculus
III. Humans and the Environment (Two courses, not 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)
    • 233 Environmental Policy
    • 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)
    • 334 International Environmental Regimes
    • 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
  • 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. Focus Area (Five courses from one of the following focus areas and an additional corresponding culminating experience chosen in consultation with advisor. The Environmental Studies Program will consider well-structured proposals for additional focus areas.)

A. Conservation Biology
 
  • Biology 
    • 163 The Celluar Basis of Life
    • 352 Advanced and Applied Ecology
  • Environmental Studies
     
    • 319 Conservation Biology

Two courses from the following:

  • Biology 
    • 211 Taxanomy of Flowering Plants
    • 237 Woody Plants
    • 254 Matine Invertebrate Zoology
    • 257j Winter Ecology
    • 259j Plants of the Tropics
    • 334 Ornithology
    • 354 Marine Ecology
    • 357 Physiological Ecology
    • 358j Ecological Field Study
    • 373 Animal Behavior
    • 452 Behavioral and Physiological Ecology
Cumminating Experience:
 
  • Biology 
    • 493 Problems in Environmental Science
B. Marine Science:
 
  • Biology 
    • 163 The Cellular Basis of Life
    • 254 Matine Invertebrate Zoology
    • 354 Marine Ecology
Two courses from the following:
 
  • Biology 
    • 276 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
    • 352 Advanced and Applied Ecology
    • 357 Physiological Ecology
    • 358j Ecological Field Study
    • 373 Animal Behavior
    • 452 Behavioral and Physiological Ecology
  • Chemistry 
    • 217 Environmental Chemistry
Culminating Experience:
 
  • Biology 
    • 493 Problems in Environmental Science or
  • Environmental Studies 
    • 491/492 Independent Study
C. Environmental Geology:
 
  • Geology 
    • 142 Deciphering Earth History
    • 225 Mineralogy
    • 254 Principles of Geomorphology
    • 354 Glacial and Quaternary Geology
    • 356 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
Culminating Experience:
 
  • Geology 
    • 493 Problems in the Geosciences or
    • 491/492 Independent Study
D. Environmental Chemistry:
 
  • Chemistry 
    • 217 Environmental Chemistry
    • 241, 242 Organic Chemistry
    • 331 Chemical Methods of Analysis
One course from the following:
 
  • Chemistry 
    • 332 Instrumental Methods of Analysis
    • 341 Physical Chemistry
    • 367 Biochemistry of the Cell
    • 411 Inorganic Chemistry
Culminating Experience:
 
  • Chemistry 
    • 481/482 Special Topics in Environmental Chemistry
V. Senior Colloquia 
  • Environmental Studies 
    • 401, 402 Senior Colloquium

Students are encouraged to consider field courses offered by Colby or other ap-proved programs such as: Biology 257j, 259j, 358j, Geology 279j, SFS Sustainable Development in Costa Rica, and the Semester in Environmental Science at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole. Students electing the marine science focus area are strongly encouraged to consider a semester of off-campus study through programs offered by Denmark’s International Study Program, the School for Field Studies, the Duke University Marine Laboratory, the Maine Biological Laboratory, and other approved programs. An internship or research project in the discipline is strongly recommended. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in research projects, relevant field study, or internships to complement their academic work. Limited financial assistance is available to help environmental studies students participate in research or internship opportunities.

Also available are environmental science concentrations in the biology and chemistry majors. These are discipline-based programs intended to prepare students for positions in firms or government agencies concerned with environmental issues, for graduate study, or for roles as educated citizens in a world increasingly confronted with environmental problems. Requirements are listed in the appropriate departmental section. Students may not double major in environmental studies/science and biology/environmental science or chemistry/environmental science.