Earth & Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate

Environmental Studies (BA)

Please note: Two majors in the environmental field, a BS in Environmental Science (EVS) and a BA in Environmental Studies (ESP) are offered in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Interested students should contact Karen Berger in the Department Office at (585) 275-5713 or karen.berger@rochester.edu.

BA in Environmental Studies (ESP)

The BA in Environmental Studies is designed to guide students who have interests in environmental management through a program that links courses in the natural and social sciences. Students successfully completing this program could expect to pursue graduate programs in such fields as law, public policy, urban and regional planning, and environmental management or to find entry-level employment with consulting firms and public agencies.

The Environmental Studies Degree Program consists of prerequisite courses, a set of environmental core courses, electives in the natural and social sciences, and a closure experience. Two of the courses must be taken as writing courses (W indicates the option to take a course to meet the upper-level writing requirement).

Prerequisite Courses

All students must take the first course in calculus (MTH 161 or MTH 141-142), chemistry (CHM 131). These are essential prerequisite courses required by several of the core or elective courses.

Core Courses

The core courses deal explicitly with important environmental problems and illustrate the relationship between the content of specific disciplines such as geology, chemistry, economics, and political science and the practice of environmental analysis and management.

Choose two out of five of the following. If more than two courses are taken, then the additional courses may be counted as technical electives.

Elective Courses

Six elective courses must be chosen to create what the student and the faculty advisors view as a coherent program. The elective courses are presented in two groups:

  1. Natural Sciences and Engineering
  2. Social Sciences/Humanities

Some of these courses may require a pre-requisite course not specified as part of the program. . (All courses listed carry 4 credit hours if not indicated otherwise.) Students may distribute their electives in either of the following ways:

  1. Four Social Science/Humanities courses and two Natural Science courses
  2. Three Social Science/Humanities courses and three natural Science courses

NATURAL SCIENCES

BIOLOGICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES

CHEMISTRY and CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

STATISTICS/MATHEMATICS/COMPUTER PROGRAMMING

SOCIAL SCIENCES/HUMANITIES

ECONOMICS

POLITICAL SCIENCE

COURSES IN OTHER DEPARTMENTS

Closure Courses

At least four credit hours are required. Seminars or senior theses with environmental content offered in other departments are also acceptable (after approval by one of the program advisors).

Acceptable substitutions and AP credit: MTH 141-142 for MTH 161.

AP credit accepted (score of 4 or 5) in Environmental Science (EES 103); Chemistry (CHM 131) and mathematics (MTH 161). Transfer credit for required courses is accepted in accordance with rules of the department offering the course, for technical electives on a case by case basis after consultation with a faculty advisor.