Major in Environmental Studies (B.A.)

Learn more: Department of Cultural, Environmental and Global Studies

Our environmental studies program exposes students to the broad range of issues that arise from the interaction of humans with the natural world, and to the tools required to understand and solve environmental problems.

Coursework is drawn from fields such as biology, math, public policy, economics and cultural and historic preservation. Student-directed research leads to a thesis in the senior year, and majors are encouraged to address real-world problems through internships and field study.

Students in the environmental studies program enjoy a geographic proximity to freshwater, saltwater, forests and farmland, and have the opportunity to collaborate with local and regional groups such as the Atlantic Division of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the Graduate School of Oceanography of the University of Rhode Island and the Aquidneck Land Trust.

To earn the bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, students take a minimum of 16 courses (46-48 credits). Students are also required to complete either directed research or an internship.

Required courses:

  • BIO140: Humans and Their Environment
  • BIO140L: Humans and Their Environment Lab
  • BIO255: Conservation Biology
  • CEG222: Research Methods
  • CEG390: Current Issues
  • CEG490: Capstone
  • CHP290: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • ECN101: Introductory Macroeconomics
  • ENV334: Environmental Justice
  • POL213: Global Environmental Politics
  • One of the following: GLO100: Introduction to Global Studies, SOA110: The Sociological Imagination or SOA130: Anthropology: Interpreting Cultural Differences
  • Two of the following: BIO260: Marine Biology, BIO275: Tropical Biology, BIO310: Ecology or STA201: Statistical Methods
  • Two of the following: CHP260: The City as a Work of Art, ENV350: Natural Resource Management or RTS332: Care for Creation: Christianity, Ethics and the Environment
  • One of the following: BIO390: Environmental Science Internship, ENV397: Environmental Studies Internship or ENV497: Undergraduate Research