School of Humanities and Sciences

Environmental Studies Program

Bachelor of Arts

Susan M. Allen-Gil, Associate Professor and Coordinator

The program in environmental studies offers two majors. Environmental studies focuses on the humanities, including implementation, values, and aesthetics, while providing a strong science background. Environmental science focuses on the sciences and prepares students to conduct original research designed to solve environmental problems in the context of social values and economic and political reality.

Environmental Studies, B.A.
Environmental Science, B.A.
Environmental Studies Minor

Major in Environmental Studies

Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary major dealing with questions and issues that pertain to the interaction between humanity and nature. No one discipline can possibly cover such a broad area for reflection; consequently, students in this major are required to develop considerable intellectual breadth. The core curriculum requires not only a significant amount of biology and chemistry but also history, economics, politics, and philosophy. In consultation with their advisers, students will construct an area of concentration. Students must submit the self-designed concentration to the registrar no later than the first semester of the junior year. A senior capstone experience (such as an experiential course, internship, research paper, or special project) will integrate the major and prepare graduates for graduate school or environmental careers.

Requirements for the Major in Environmental Studies -- B.A.

Required courses

BIOL 15100

Environmental Science

4

BIOL 27500

Field Biology

4

CHEM 11700

Environmental Chemistry I

3

CHEM 11900

Environmental Chemistry Laboratory

1

ECON 28100

Environmental Economics

3

POLT 36600

Environmental Politics

3

HIST 27000

History of American Environmental Thought

3

PHIL 25000

Environmental Ethics

3

Total, required courses 24

Restricted electives

BIOL 12000

Fundamentals of Biology II or

BIOL 12200

Principles of Biology II

4

MATH 15500

Basic Statistical Reasoning or

MATH 24300

Statistics or

MATH 24400

Statistics with Probability

3-4

ENVS 45000

Capstone Seminar for Environmental Studies/Science Majors or

ENVS 49000

Independent Study: Environmental Studies or

ENVS 49500

Internship: Environmental Studies

4

Total, restricted electives 11-12

Required self-designed concentration

See the environmental studies website for examples:
Environmental Studies

Three courses at any level

      9

Four courses at level 3 or 4

     12

Summary

Total, required courses

24

Total, restricted electives

11-12

Total, self-designated concentration 21

Electives

63-64

Total, B.A. in environmental studies

120

Major in Environmental Science

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary program that provides strong training in the sciences; a choice of focal areas in anthropology, biology, or chemistry; and a background in related courses in the humanities. Core science requirements include 43 credit hours of classes for science majors. In addition, the environmental science major develops a significant expertise in one of the three focal areas. Majors in both environmental studies and environmental science share in the senior capstone experience -- a real, applied project -- which integrates the experiences of students with different skills and training and prepares students for graduate school or environmental careers.

Requirements for the Major in Environmental Science -- B.A. with a Concentration in Anthropology, Biology, or Chemistry

Science background courses

BIOL 12100

Principles of Biology I

4

BIOL 12200

Principles of Biology II

4

BIOL 15100 Environmental Science 4

BIOL 27500

Field Biology or

PHYS 17200

Earth Science

4

CHEM 12100

Principles of Chemistry

3

CHEM 12400

Experimental Chemistry I

2

CHEM 22500

Experimental Chemistry II

2

CHEM 22100

Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 22200

Organic Chemistry II

3

CHEM 23200

Quantitative Chemistry

3

MATH 11100

Calculus I or

MATH 10800

Calculus for Decision Making

4

MATH 24400

Statistics with Probability

4

Total, science background

43

Cultural background courses

A minimum of two courses from each of the two lists below, with at least one in humanities and one in social sciences. Courses chosen to fulfill this requirement cannot be used to fulfill requirements for the focal area.

Select two of the following:

PHIL 25000

Environmental Ethics

3

POLT 36600

Environmental Politics

3

HIST 27000

History of American Environmental Thought

3

Select two of the following:

ANTH 10300

Biological Anthropology

3

ANTH 12900

Introduction to Global Studies

3

ECON 28100

Environmental Economics

3

ECON 28200

Natural Resource Economics

3

HIST 20300

Introductory Geography

3

HIST 27000

History of American Environmental Thought

3

POLT 12900

Introduction to Global Studies

3

POLT 36600

Environmental Politics

3

SOCI 30100

Technology and Society

3

SOCI 40200

Society and Nature

3

CMSP 31900

Writing as a Naturalist

3

Total, cultural background courses

12

Integrative experience

ENVS 45000

Environmental Capstone

4

ENVS 40100

Environmental Seminar

1

Total, integrative experience

5

Focused studies

Each student will fulfill requirements in one of the three focal areas listed below.

Biology

Select five of the following:

BIOC 35300

Biochemistry I

4

BIOC 35400

Biochemistry II

4

BIOL 20300

Invertebrate Zoology

4

BIOL 21400

Animal Physiology

4

BIOL 22700

Genetics

4

BIOL 27100

General Ecology

4

BIOL 27800

Environmental Health and Medicine

3

BIOL 28400

Field Ornithology

4

BIOL 30800

Animal Behavior

4

BIOL 35400

Cell Biology

4

BIOL 37800

Environmental Toxicology

4

BIOL 40500

Parasites and Vectors of Disease

4

BIOL 45200

Microbiology

4

BIOL 47300

Plant Physiology

4

BIOL 47900

Ecology of Aquatic Communities

4

Total, biology focal area

19-20

Chemistry

CHEM 32400

Experimental Chemistry III

3

CHEM 32600

Experimental Chemistry V

3

CHEM 33100

Physical Chemistry I or

CHEM 33200

Physical Chemistry II

3

PHYS 10100-PHYS  10200

Introduction to Physics I-II or

PHYS 11700-PHYS 11800

Principles of Physics I-II

8

MATH 11200

Calculus II

4

Total, chemistry focal area

21

Anthropology

ANTH 10400

Cultural Anthropology

3

Select six of the following:

ANTH 26500

South American Archaeology

3

ANTH 26900

Mesoamerican Archaeology

3

ANTH 27500

North American Archaeology

3

ANTH 31400

The Beastly Mirror

3

ANTH 37500

Environmental Anthropology

3

ANTH 38000

Medical Anthropology

3

ANTH 38800

Origins of Agriculture

3

Total, anthropology focal area

21

Summary

Total, science background courses

41

Total, cultural background courses 12
Total, integrative experience courses 5
Total, focused studies courses 19-21
Electives 41-43
Total, B.A. in environmental science 120

Minor in Environmental Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in environmental studies at Ithaca College is administered by the School of Humanities and Sciences. The object of the minor is to (1) introduce students to the substance and complexity of environmental issues, and (2) explain what they must know before they can begin to participate in responsible discussion and policy making on any level.

Students pursue eight courses for an integrated inquiry into two related areas: area I: foundations in science -- toward an understanding of and an appreciation for the principles of ecology, and thus a recognition of the necessity for integrity and stability in the natural environment; and area II: cultural solutions -- an analysis of economic, political, cultural, and intellectual forces that motivate adverse human impact on the natural environment, and an encouragement of an "active hope" for solutions to environmental issues.

Requirements for the Minor in Environmental Studies

Area I: Foundations in science

(9-16 credits; minimum of three courses)

Minimum of one survey of biology from the following:

BIOL 12000

Fundamentals of Biology II

4

BIOL 12200

Principles of Biology II

4

Minimum of one environment survey course from the following:

BIOL 10400

Environmental Biology

3

BIOL 15100

Environmental Science

4

BIOL 27100

General Ecology

4

BIOL 27500

Field Biology

4

PHYS 17100

Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World

3

PHYS 17200

Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World with Lab

4

Minimum of one chemistry course from the following:

CHEM 10200

Contemporary Chemical Issues

3

CHEM 10500

Energy and the Environment

3

CHEM 11700

Environmental Chemistry

3

Total, area 1

10-11

Area II: Cultural solutions

12 credits; a minimum of four courses, of which at least one is in the humanities and one is in the social sciences. A list of approved electives is available from the environmental studies program coordinator.

Total, area I

9-10

Total, area II

12

Total, minor in environmental studies

22-23

Students should be aware that many of the courses in area II have prerequisites not required for the minor. Therefore, to successfully complete the minor, it is important to plan carefully and seek advice early from a minor adviser. Courses listed as seminar or tutorial apply only if the topic is appropriate to the minor and prior approval is granted by the environmental studies program coordinator.