Major in Environmental Studies 2013-2014

The Environmental Studies department reserves the right to change major requirements at any time. Please check with the Environmental Studies department or the CU Boulder catalog for the most current listing of requirements. You are subject to the requirements in effect at the time you declare your major as an Arts & Sciences degree seeking student.

Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the required courses listed below.

Courses required for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies at CU-Boulder and Colorado Community College applicable courses.

CU-Boulder Required Courses Colorado Community College Applicable Courses

Students are expected to complete the following Common Curriculum:

1. NATURAL SCIENCES REQUIREMENTS

  • ENVS 1000 (4) Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENV 101 (4) Introduction to Environmental Science

Biology Sequence: (complete one sequence and applicable lab(s))

  • EBIO 1030 (3) Biology: A Human Approach 1 and
  • EBIO 1040 (3) Biology: A Human Approach 2 and
  • EBIO 1050 (1) Biology: A Human Approach Lab

or

  • EBIO 1210 (3) General Biology 1 and
  • EBIO 1230 (1) General Biology Lab 1 and

and

  • BIO 111 (5) General College Biology I with Lab

Note: Students who complete BIO 111 will receive credit for both EBIO 1210 & EBIO 1230 at UCB provided that they do not also take the equivalent UCB courses.

  • EBIO 1220 (3) General Biology 2 and
  • EBIO 1240 (1) General Biology Lab 2
  • BIO 112 (5) General College Biology II with Lab

Note: Students who complete BIO 112 will receive credit for both EBIO 1220 & EBIO 1240 at UCB provided that they do not also take the equivalent UCB courses.

Note: Students who complete BIO 111 or BIO 112 will receive 5 hours of transfer credits provided that they do not take the equivalent UCB courses.

Chemistry or Physics: (complete one sequence and applicable lab(s))

  • CHEM 1011 (3) Environmental Chemistry 1

or

  • CHEM 1113 (4) General Chemistry 1 and
  • CHEM 1114 (1) Lab in General Chemistry 1
  • CHE 111 (5) General College Chemistry I

Note: Students who complete CHE 111 will receive credit for both CHEM 1113 & CHEM 1114 at UCB provided they do not also take the equivalent UCB courses.

or

  • PHYS 1110 (4) General Physics
  • PHY 211 (5) Physics: Calc-Based I with Lab

or

  • PHYS 2010 (5) General Physics with lab
  • PHY 111 (5) Physics: Algebra-Based I with Lab

Earth Science Sequence – (complete one sequence and associated lab(s))

  • ATOC 1050 (3) Weather and the Atmosphere and
  • ATOC 1060 (3) Our Changing Environment: El Nino, Ozone, and Climate and
  • ATOC 1070 (1) Weather and Atmosphere Lab
  • MET 150 (4) General Meteorology

Note: Students who complete MET 150 will receive 4 hours of transfer credit at UCB provided that they do not also take the equivalent UCB course.

  • GEOG 1001 (4) Environmental Systems 1: Climate & Vegetation and
  • GEOG 1011 (4) Environmental Systems 2: Landscapes and Water
  • GEO 112 (4) Physical Geography – Weather and Climate
  • GEO 111 (4) Physical Geography – Landforms

or

  • GEOL 1010 (3) Intro. to Geology 1 and
  • GEOL 1020 (3) Intro. to Earth History and
  • GEOL 1030 (1) Intro. to Geology Lab 1
  • *GEY 111 (4) Physical Geology
  • GEY 121 (4) Historical Geology

Note: Students who complete GEY 121 will receive 4 hours of transfer credit at UCB provided that they do not also take the equivalent UCB course.

or

  • GEOL 1010 (3) Intro. to Geology 1 and
  • GEOL 1040 (3) Geology of Colorado and
  • GEOL 1030 (1) Intro. to Geology Lab 1
  • *GEY 111 (4) Physical Geology

or

  • GEOL 1010 (3) Intro. to Geology 1 and
  • GEOL 1060 (3) Global Change: An Earth Science Perspective and
  • GEOL 1030 (1) Intro. to Geology Lab 1
  • *GEY 111 (4) Physical Geology
  • GEY 135 (3) Environmental Geology

*Note: Students who complete GEY 111 will receive credit for both GEOL 1010 & GEOL 1030 at UCB, provided they do not also take the equivalent UCB courses

Intermediate Natural Science (3-4 credits)

  • ATOC 3600/ENVS 3600/GEOG 3601 (3) Principles of Climate or
  • CVEN/ENVS 3434 (3) Applied Ecology or
  • EBIO 2040 (4) Principles of Ecology or
  • ENVS 2000 (3) Introduction to Applied Ecology and Environmental Studies or
  • GEOG 3511 (4) Hydrology
  • BIO 148 (4) Basic Ecology

2. SOCIAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT: (3 credits)

  • SOCY 2077 (3) Environment and Society or
  • ENVS 3030 (3) Topics in Environmental Social Science or
  • ENVS 3032 (3) Environment, Media, and Society

3. VALUES REQUIREMENTS: (9 credits)

Environmental Economics

  • ECON 2010 (4) Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 202 (3) Principles of Microeconomics

and

  • ECON 3535 (3) Natural Resource Economics or
  • ECON 3545 (3) Environmental Economics
  • ECO 245 (3) Environmental Economics

Note: Courses taught at the lower-division level will count as lower-division credit at UCB, although they may have upper-division equivalencies at UCB.

Environmental Ethics

  • ENVS/PHIL 3140 (3) Environmental Ethics or
  • GEOG 3422 (3) Conservation Thought or
  • PSCI 3064 (3) Environmental Political Theory

4. POLICY REQUIREMENT: (3 credits)

  • PSCI 2106 (3) Introduction to Public Policy Analysis or
  • PSCI 2116 (3) Introduction to Environmental Policy and Policy Analysis or
  • PSCI 3206 (3) The Environment and Public Policy

5. MATH REQUIREMENT:

(Choose between statistics or calculus 1, and complete one course):

  • EBIO 4410 (4) Biometry
  • GEOG/GEOL 3023 (4) Statistics for Earth Sciences
  • MATH 2510 (3) Introduction to Statistics
  • MATH 2520 (3) Introduction to Biometry
  • PSCI 2075 (3) Quantitative Research Methods
  • PSCI 3105 (3) Designing Social Inquiry
  • PSYC 3101 (4) Statistics & Research Methods in Psychology
  • SOCY 2061 (3) Introduction to Social Statistics
  • MAT 135 (3) Introduction to Statistics
  • MATH 1300 (5) Analytic Geometry & Calculus 1
  • MATH 1310 (5) Calculus, Stochastics & Modeling
  • APPM 1350 (4) Calculus 1 for Engineers
  • MAT 201 (5) Calculus I

6. WRITING REQUIREMENT:

  • EBIO 3940 (3) Argument in Scientific Writing or
  • ENVS 3020 (3) Advanced Writing in Environmental Studies

7. APPLICATION REQUIREMENT: (3 credits minimum)

  • EBIO 4090 (2) Coral Reef Ecology or
  • EBIO 4100 (3) Mountain Research Station field course or
  • EBIO/ENVS/MUSM 4795 (3) Field Methods in Zoology and Botany or
  • ENVS 2100 (3)Colorado Ecosystem Studies or
  • ENVS 3001 (3) Sustainable Solutions Consulting or
  • ENVS 3100 (3) Topics in Environmental Studies or
  • ENVS 3103 (3) Mining 4 Corners or
  • ENVS/CVEN (3) 3434 Applied Ecology or
  • ENVS 3930 (1-3) Internship or
  • EVEN 4100 (3) Environmental Sampling and Analysis or
  • GEOL 2700 (2) Introduction to Field Geology

SPECIALIZATION REQUIREMENT

In addition, students are required to complete 15 credits from one of the following areas of specialization (additional course options may be available, check with department):

Climate and Energy: (Option 1)

  • ATOC 3300/GEOG 3301 (3) Analysis of Climate & Weather Observations
  • ATOC 3500 (3) Air Chemistry & Pollution
  • ATOC 4215 (3) Descriptive Physical Oceanography
  • ATOC 4700 (3) Special Topics: Weather Analysis & Forecasting
  • ATOC 4720 (3) Introduction to Atmospheric Physics & Dynamics
  • ATOC 4750 (3) Desert Meteorology & Climate.
  • ENVS/PHYS 3070 (3 ) Energy & the Environment
  • ENVS /GEOL 3520 (3) Environmental Issues in Geosciences
  • ENVS 3521 (3) Climate, Politics, and Policy
  • ENVS 3621 (3) Energy Policy & Society
  • ENVS 4800 (3) Policy & Climate
  • ENVS/GEOG 4201 (3) Biometeorology
  • GEOG 4271 (3) The Arctic Climate System
  • GEOL 3040 (3) Global Change: The Recent Geological Record
  • GEOL 4060 (4) Oceanography

Natural Resources and the Environment: (Option 2)

  • CVEN 4404 (3) Water Chemistry
  • CVEN 4414 (1) Water Chemistry Laboratory
  • EBIO/ENVS 3040 (4) Conservation Biology
  • EBIO 3190 (3) Tropical Marine Ecology
  • EBIO 3270 (3)Ecosystem Ecology
  • EBIO 4020 (3) Stream Biology
  • EBIO 4030 (3) Limnology
  • EBIO 4060 (3) Landscape Ecology
  • EBIO/ENVS/GEOL 4160 (3) Introduction to Biogeochemistry
  • ENVD 4023 (3) Environmental Impact Assessment
  • ENVS/PHYS 3070 (3) Energy & the Environment
  • GEOG 3053 (4) Cartography: Visualization & Information Design
  • GEOG 3251 (3) Mountain Geography
  • GEOG 3351 (3) Biogeography
  • GEOG 4321 (3-4) Snow Hydrology
  • GEOG 4501 (3) Water Resources & Water Management of Western US
  • GEOG/GEOL 4093 (4) Remote Sensing of the Environment
  • GEOG/GEOL 4241 (4) Principles of Geomorphology
  • GEOG 4371 (3) Forest Geography: Principles & Dynamics
  • GEOL 3030 (3) Introduction to Hydrogeology
  • GEOL 3320 (3) Introduction to Geochemistry
  • GEOL 4060 (4) Oceanography
  • GIS 101 (3) Intro to Geographic Information Systems

Note: Courses taught at the lower-division level will count as lower-division credit at UCB, although they may have upper-division equivalencies at UCB.

Sustainable Development: (Option 3)

  • ANTH 4020 (3) Explorations in Anthropology: Conservation and Indigenous Peoples
  • ECON 3403 (3) International Economics & Policy
  • ECON 3784 (3) Economic Development & Policy
  • ENVS/SOCY 4027 (3) Inequality, Democracy and the Environment
  • GEOG 3402 (3) Natural Hazards
  • GEOG 3682 (3) Geography of International Development
  • GEOG 3812 (3) Mexico, Central America, & the Caribbean
  • GEOG 3822 (3) Geography of China
  • GEOG 3862 (3) Geography of Africa
  • GEOG 4632 (3) Development of Geography
  • GEOG 4712 (3) Political Geography
  • GEOG 4732 (3) Population Geography
  • GEOG 4852 (3) Health and Medical Geography
  • HIST 4417 (3) Environmental History of North America
  • PHIL 2140 (3) Environmental Justice
  • PSCI 3206 (3) The Environment & Public Policy
  • PSCI 4012 (3) Global Development
  • SOCY 3002 (3) Population & Society
  • SOCY 4007 (3) Global Human Ecology
  • ECO 235 (3) International Economics

Note: Courses taught at the lower-division level will count as lower-division credit at UCB, although they may have upper-division equivalencies at UCB.

9. CAPSTONE REQUIREMENT: (3 credits)

  • ATOC 4800 (3) Policy Implications of Climate Controversies
  • EBIO 4800 (3) Critical Thinking in Biology
  • ENVS 3800 (3) The Art of Research
  • ENVS 4800 (3) Critical Thinking in Environmental Studies (topics vary, check with department for approved topics)
  • ENVS 4990 (3) Senior Thesis
  • GEOG 4430 (3) Conservation Trends
  • GEOG 4742 (3) Environment and Peoples