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Director, Professor Tom Tietenberg
Advisory Committee: Professors Elizabeth DeSombre (Environmental Studies and Government), Tietenberg (Economics), F. Russell Cole (Biology), David Firmage (Biology), James Fleming (Science, Technology, and Society), Whitney King (Chemistry), David Nugent (Anthropology), John Talbot (Sociology), and James Webb (History)
The environmental studies programs are designed to provide a broad-based course of study. They are intended to prepare students to be well versed in both policy and science issues as related to the environment and to be able to pursue graduate study or entry-level work in fields such as natural resource management, land-use planning, urban/rural planning, technology and policy, and environmental and public policy.
Requirements for the Major in Environmental Policy
II. Five of the following courses
III. Policy Process
Government 131 (Introduction to International Relations) and one course from the following list:
IV. Environmental Issues
No requirement for the major may be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory. AP credits in a subject cannot replace more than one course.
The environmental studies minor
Requirements for the Minor in Environmental Studies
(4) One course selected from:
No requirement for the minor may be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory. AP credits in a subject cannot replace more than one course.
Honors in Environmental Studies
Also available are environmental science concentrations in biology and chemistry majors and an environmental science option in the geology major. These are interdisciplinary programs intended to prepare students for entry-level 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. Students are encouraged to participate in relevant field study or internships to complement their academic work. Requirements are listed in the appropriate departmental section.
A student cannot elect both the environmental studies minor and an environmental science concentration or option.
118s Environment and Society An interdisciplinary course focusing on the human relationship with and impact on the environment. A look at some of the environmental problems that have arisen as a result of the growth of society in various areas of the world. The causes of each problem, methods for investigating the problem, and possible solutions investigated from a scientific and a public policy perspective. Lecture and discussion. Four credit hours. BAUM, FIRMAGE, TIETENBERG
197j Food, The Earth, and Colby Current issues in food policy that have major effects on the environment. Connections between these effects and local policy action. Each student will join a research group to explore an issue area. Possible areas include: endangered fish/endangered oceans, genetically modified food, organically-grown food and the environment, is there a reason to save the family farm? Each group, with guidance from the instructor, will define a problem within the issue area, document its connection to environmental concerns, and propose a policy action within the Colby or wider local community to address the problem and the concern. Three credit hours. ROSS
215s Global Change: Environmental Science and Society Listed as Science, Technology, and Society 215 (q.v.). Four credit hours. N. FLEMING
217s Environmental Chemistry Listed as Chemistry 217 (q.v.). Three credit hours. KING
231f Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Listed as Economics 231 (q.v.). Three or four credit hours. TIETENBERG
235s Sustainable Development Listed as Government 235 (q.v.). Four credit hours. DESOMBRE
281s History of Global Environmental Change Listed as Science, Technology, and Society 281 (q.v.). Four credit hours. H. FLEMING
 Conservation Biology Listed as Biology 319 (q.v.). Three credit hours.
334f International Environmental Law Listed as Government 334 (q.v.). Four credit hours. DESOMBRE
398s Land and Language Listed as English 398B (q.v.). Four credit hours. L. TATELBAUM
476s Advanced Topics in Environmental Economics Listed as Economics 476 (q.v.). Four credit hours. TIETENBERG
491f, 492s Independent Study Independent study devoted to a topic chosen by the student with the approval of the program committee. Prerequisite: Senior standing as environmental policy major or environmental studies minor. One to four credit hours. FACULTY
493f Environmental Policy Seminar The seminar focuses both on how to make and how to study environmental policy. It examines issues essential in understanding how environmental policy works and explores these topics in depth through case studies of current environmental policy issues. Students undertake an original research project and work in groups to influence or create local environmental policy. Prerequisite: Senior standing in the environmental policy major. Four credit hours. DESOMBRE
498s Composting on Campus Two credit hours. DESOMBRE
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Colby is a four-year, residential, liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine. Colby offers undergraduate courses during fall and spring semesters and grants bachelors of arts degrees.