Advising Guide to the EES Major

While there is no strict schedule you must follow, students will get the most out of the curriculum by following the guidelines below. Please contact any EES faculty member for more information on what courses you might take if you are considering majoring in EES.

Complete By End of Sophomore Year

  • ENVR 105
  • ECON 132
  • ERTH 121
  • CHEM 115
  • POLI 210
  • BIOL 110 or 125

Complete During Junior Year

  • ERTH 333
  • 2-3 Emphasis Courses
  • POLI 304: Environmental Ethics

Complete During Senior Year

  • ENVR 495, 496: Senior Seminar
  • 1-2 Emphasis Courses

Requirements for the Environmental & Earth Sciences Major (13 Credits)

Common Core (8 credits)

  • BIOL 110 (NW) Principles of Biology (1) or BIOL 125 (NW) Ecology, Evolution and Diversity (1)
  • CHEM 115 (NW) Introductory Chemistry I (1)
  • ECON 132 (US) Introduction to Economic Inquiry (1)
  • ENVR 105 Introduction to Environmental Science (1)
  • ERTH 121 (NW, QA) Earth Systems Science (1)
  • ERTH 333 (QA) Geographic Information Systems (1)
  • POLI 210 (US) American Politics (1)
  • POLI 304W (AR) Politics of Environmental Ethics (1)

Senior Year Experience (1 credits)

  • ENVR 495W Senior Seminar in Environmental Science: Part I (0.5)
  • ENVR 496W Senior Seminar in Environmental Science: Part II (0.5)

Emphasis (4 credits)

Students will take 3 from one group and 1 from the other, depending on their emphasis.

Social Science Emphasis

  • ECON 345 Environmental Economics (1)
  • HIST 315 (TH) Western Civilization and Sustainability
  • ENVR 326 (TH) Environmental History (1)
  • ENVR 327W Water Resources (1)
  • ENVR 348 Health and the Global Environment (1)
  • ENVR 374 Special Topics in Environmental Science (topic dependent) (0.5-1)
  • ENVR 445 Forest Ecology and Policy (1)
  • POLI 341 Environmental Policymaking: Politics and Process (1)

Natural Science Emphasis

  • BIOL 255 General Ecology (1)
  • CHEM 230 Environmental Chemistry (1)
  • ENVR 333 Biogeography (1)
  • ENVR 374 Special Topics in Environmental Science (topic dependent) (0.5-1)
  • ENVR 445 Forest Ecology and Policy (1)
  • ERTH 347 (QA) Earth’s Climate: Past, Present, and Future (1)
  • ERTH 350W Environmental Geology (1)
  • ERTH 351W Archaeological Geology (1)