Course Requirements

Students take one introductory environmental science course (BIOL 120, CHEM 102, or PHYS 109), Biology 250/251, Economics 320 (prerequisite: Economics 200), Biology 398, and one approved non-science elective (e.g., Theology 245, Theology 388 and many others).

Required Courses

  • Biology 250/251 - ECOLOGY (3) + Lab (1) The relationships between organisms and their living and non-living environments. Prerequisite: BIOL 162, BIOL 120, CHEM 102, PHYS 109 or permission of the instructor.
  • Economics 200 - MICROECONOMIC PRINCIPLES (3) Principles governing the efficient allocation of the nation's scarce resources. Economic behavior of consumers, producers, and resource owners.
  • Economics 320 - NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS (3) Economic analysis of managing the environment and allocating natural resources. Historical roots and ethical consequences of existing problems and policies are explored. Fulfills the E/RS Focus elective. Prerequisite: ECON 200.
  • Biology 398 - ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES SEMINAR (3) An environmental issue is selected and each student is responsible for investigating a facet of the problem. The seminar format provides a mechanism for sharing ideas for proper procedure in investigating the problem, analyzing and interpreting data, and exploring the economic, ecological, and ethical consequences of alternative problem resolutions.

Approved Non-science Electives

  • Theology 245 - GOD, CREATION & ECOLOGY (3) To better understand the environment and the harm being done to it. To better integrate Christian beliefs with environmental concerns.
  • Theology 388 - THEOLOGY & ECOLOGY (3) Exploration of the philosophical and theological issues underlying a sane approach to the protection of all life-forms within a finite world in which hard choices frequently have to be made.