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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2002-2003

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Environmental Studies

    Bachelor of Arts

    John Confer, Associate Professor and Coordinator

    This is one of the individual and interdisciplinary studies programs of the School of Humanities and Sciences.

    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 science 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 end of the junior year. A senior capstone experience (such as an 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

303-15100

Environmental Science I

3

303-15200

Environmental Science II

3

303-27500

Field Biology

4

304-11700

Environmental Chemistry I

3

304-11800

Environmental Chemistry II

3

306-28100

Environmental Economics (306-12200 Principles of Microeconomics is a prerequisite to 306-28100.)

3

310-36600

Environmental Politics

3

311-27000

History of American Environmental Thought

3

312-11000

Introduction to Computers and Information Systems

3

314-25000

Environmental Ethics

3

    One of the following

303-12000

Fundamentals of Biology II or

 

303-12200

Principles of Biology II

4

    Restricted elective courses

313-15500

Basic Statistical Reasoning (Math Group 3 and one NS or SS course are prerequisites to 313-15500.) or

 

313-24300

Statistics ( Either 313-10500 or 313-10600 and Math Group 2, or 313-11100 and 313-11200 are prerequisites to 313-24300.) or

 

313-24400

Statistics with Probability (Either 313-10800 or 313-11100 is a prerequisite to 313-24400.)

3-4

xxx-xxxxx

Capstone chosen from an approved tutorial, seminar, internship, or independent study at level 3 or 4

3

    Required self-designed concentration

 

Three courses at any level

9

 

Four courses at level 3 or 4

12

 

Total in the major

62-63

 

Electives

57-58

 

Total, B.A. in environmental studies

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 (1) to introduce students to the substance and complexity of environmental issues, and (2) to explain what is needed to be known 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

303-12000

Fundamentals of Biology II

 

303-11500

Essentials of Biology

 

303-12200

Principles of Biology II

 

303-15100, 303-15200

Environmental Science I, II (both required)

 

    Minimum of one ecology/environment oriented course from the following

303-10400

Environmental Biology

 

303-27100

General Ecology

 

303-28400

Field Ornithology

 

    Minimum of one chemistry course from the following

304-10200

Contemporary Chemical Issues

 

304-10500

Energy and the Environment

 

304-11700, 304-11800

Environmental Chemistry I, II (both required) (Note: Students may satisfy this requirement by selecting any two-course sequence in chemistry.)

 

    Area II: Cultural Solutions (12 credits; minimum of four courses of which at least one is in the humanities and one is in the social sciences)

311-27000

History of American Environmental Thought

 

311-48100, 311-48200

History Seminar, Non-United States

 

311-48300, 311-48400

History Seminar, United States

 

311-49100, 311-49200

Tutorial, Non-United States History

 

311-49300, 311-49400

Tutorial, United States History

 

314-25000

Environmental Ethics

 

377-31900

Writing as a Naturalist

 

306-28100

Environmental Economics

 

306-28200

Natural Resources Economics

 

310-12900

Introduction to Global Studies or

 

339-12900

Introduction to Global Studies

 

310-36600

Environmental Politics

 

311-20300

Introduction to Geography

 

331-30100

Technology and Society

 

331-40200

Society and Nature

 

339-37500

Environmental Anthropology

12

 

One additional course from either Area I or II

3-4

 

Total required for minor

24-32

    Students should be aware that many of the courses in Area II have prerequisites not listed within 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 minor coordinator.

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