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.
One of the following
Restricted elective courses
Required self-designed concentration
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
Minimum of one ecology/environment oriented course from the following
Minimum of one chemistry course from the following
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)
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.
A. Ozolins, Office of Publications, 21. October, 2002