Environmental Studies

Starting a major

  • Typically the environmental studies major begins with ES 137: Introduction to Environmental Studies. Students earning a four or higher on the Environmental Science AP exam may elect to count it in lieu of ES 137.
  • Should you be unable to enroll in ES 137 (due to class conflicts or closed courses), you may start the major in other ways. Several courses in natural science, social science, and arts and humanities contribute to the major, and do not have prerequisites.
  • The following classes, open to first-year students, will contribute to your major. Please note the two BI/ES courses have a one course prerequisite.
    • ES 123 Geophysics
    • ES 202 Culture of Nature
    • ES 232 Environ Policy and Regulation
    • ID 234 Human Geography – Middle East
    • BI/ES 226 Conservation Biology
    • BI/ES 238 Environmental Health

Are there Courses students MUST, SHOULD, or CAN take their Year?

  • There are no courses students MUST take during their first year.
  • If you are considering the Natural Sciences area of environmental studies, we encourage you to begin in that study area with CHEM 125/126, 121/123/126, or CHBI 125/126 (note that calculus is a prerequisite for CHEM 126 and CHBI 126). 
  • We encourage completion of ES 137 by the end of the sophomore year since upper level ES courses require that course.

Credit for previous coursework

Students wishing to transfer credit from other institutions must receive the permission of the department chair.


A score of four or above on the Environmental Science AP exam will relieve students of the need to take ES 137 as a requirement for the major.

Informational Events

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