Marietta’s environmental studies major focuses directly on the social issues surrounding environmental concerns in order to prepare you for a career in government, law, nonprofit management or journalism.

Throughout your studies, you will enjoy small classes with professors from several different departments. Faculty mentors will train you in the art and science of collaboration so that stakeholders and community leaders can take ownership of the solutions proposed in your projects.

As a senior, you will work with students from our Environmental Science major in a unique, team-based capstone experience where you will apply your collective experience to an environmental problem of local significance. Often the environmental scientists on the team analyze and study the problem, while the environmental studies majors interact with the local community to frame the issue and possible solutions. Through this experience and a wide range of internship opportunities, you will gain the practical knowledge you need to make an impact.

Requirements for a Minor in Environmental Studies

Economics 350 (Note: Economics 350 has a prerequisite of Economics 211 or permission of instructor); Environmental Studies 310, 315; Geology 304; Philosophy 321. Students choose three courses from the following list of electives: Environmental Studies 320, 350; Leadership 308, 333.

Sample Four-Year Schedule

First Year (Fall Semester)
Geology 111 Physical Geology 4 credit hours
FYS/E 101 Computing in Business 4 credit hours
Writing 110 College Composition 3 credit hours
Computer Science 210 Scientific Computing & Problem Solving 3 credit hours
General Education Fine Arts 3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   17 credit hours
 
First Year (Spring Semester)
Biology 102 Environmental Biology 3 credit hours
Biology 105 Introductory Biology Laboratory I 1 credit hour
Mathematics 223 Scientific Computing and Problem Solving 3 credit hours
Communication 101 Fundamentals of Communication 3 credit hours
General Education History 3 credit hours
General Education Literature 3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   16 credit hours
 
Second Year (Fall Semester)
Environmental Science 210 Introduction to Environmental Science 3 credit hours
Chemistry 101 Modern Chemistry  3 credit hours
Economics 211 Principles of Microeconomics 3 credit hours
Environmental Studies 310 Environmental Policy & Law 3 credit hours
General Education Science (with lab) 4 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   16 credit hours
 
Second Year (Spring Semester)
General Education Fine Arts 3 credit hours
General Education Social Analysis 3 credit hours
Environmental Studies 315 Environmental Impact & Resource Assessment 3 credit hours
Environmental Science elective   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   12 credit hours
 
Third Year (Fall Semester)
Economics 350 Environmental Economics 3 credit hours
Geology 304 Introduction to GIS Mapping & Analysis 3 credit hours
General Education Writing 3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   15 credit hours
 
Third Year (Spring Semester)
Environmental Science 391 Experiential Learning 1 credit hour
Philosophy 321 Environmental Ethics 3 credit hours
Writing 305 or 307 Business Writing/Technical Writing 3 credit hours
General Education Writing 3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   13 credit hours
 
Fourth Year (Fall Semester)
Environmental Science 491 Senior Capstone 1 credit hour
General Education Historical Perspectives 3 credit hours
General Education Diversity & Global 3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   13 credit hours
 
Fourth Year (Spring Semester)
Environmental Science 492 Environmental Problem Solving II 2 credit hours
General Education Science 3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Elective of your choice   3 credit hours
Semester Credit Hours   14 credit hours

 

Environmental Studies Electives

Economics 350 (Environmental Economics), Environmental Studies 233 (Religion and Nature), Environmental Studies 311 (Politics of Global Ecology), Environmental Studies 320 (Science Technology and Society), Environmental Studies 350 (Land Use Planning), Leadership 308 (Science and Public Policy), Leadership 333 (Leaders in Environmental Activism), Philosophy 321 (Environmental Ethics), Writing 305 (Business Writing) and Writing 307 (Technical Writing).

Environmental Science Electives

Biology 202 (General Microbiology), Biology 230 (Zoology), Biology 311 (Flowering Plants), Biology 312 (Lower Plants), Biology 450 (Aquatic Biology), Chemistry 304/306 (Organic Chemistry and Lab), Chemistry 420/422 (Biochemistry and Lab), Computer Science 210 (Scientific Computing and Problem Solving), Geology 313 (Sedimentation and Stratigraphy), Mathematics 125 (Calculus I), Mathematics 224 (Calculus II), Physics 211 (College Physics I) and Physics 212 (College Physics II).