Recommendations for First-Year Students Considering an Environmental Studies Major

Students planning to choose one of the major tracks in Environmental Studies should take ES118 (Environment and Society) in the spring semester of their first year, unless they have AP credit in Environmental Science (score of 4 or 5). The director of the program, Professor Russell Cole (frcole@colby.edu) is available to answer questions about the program via email. Specific comments about each Environmental Studies major are provided below.

Environmental Science major
First-year students considering the Environmental Science major should enroll in BI163 in the fall and BI164 in the spring. Students with AP credit in Biology (scores of 4 or 5) should enroll in CH141 in the fall and CH142 in the spring semester. If they also have AP credit in Chemistry, they should enroll in ES271. Students should enroll in ES118 in the spring semester. They should take MA121 during their first year. This course is offered in both semesters.

Environmental Policy major

Students considering the Environmental Studies Policy major should enroll in BI131 in the fall semester and in ES118 in the spring semester. Alternatively, students could elect to enroll in BI163 (fall) and BI164 (spring) rather than BI131 (fall). Additionally, Environmental Studies Policy students should consider enrolling in EC 133 in their first year.  This course are offered in both semesters.

Environmental Studies/ Interdisciplinary Computation major

Students interested in the ES Interdisciplinary Computing major should consider enrolling in CS151 in the fall or spring semester. Students should enroll in ES118 in the spring semester.

The Green Cluster
Students interested in any Environmental Studies major track may enroll in “The Green Cluster” (Integrated Studies 126). Students who elect “The Green Cluster” and are interested in the Environmental Science major should also enroll in CH141 (fall) and CH142 (spring) and ES118 (spring). These students should also enroll in MA121 in the spring semester. Students enrolled in ”The Green Cluster” and interested in the Environmental Studies Policy major should enroll in ES118 and, if possible, EC133 in the spring semester.


Recommendations for Mid-Year Students Considering an Environmental Studies Major

Students planning to choose one of the major tracks in Environmental Studies should take ES118 (Environment and Society) in the spring semester of their first year, unless they have AP credit in Environmental Science (score of 4 or 5). Students interested in the Environmental Science major should also consider enrolling in MA121 in their first semester, if possible. Students interested in the Environmental Policy major should also consider enrolling in MA212 in their first semester, if possible.  Students interested in the Environmental Policy major should also consider enrolling in EC133 in their first semester, if possible.