Environmental Studies Major

The major requires 12 courses, up to eight of which may also count toward the core curriculum through appropriate course selection.

Summary of requirements

Course Title Credits
ENST 1000INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES3
Three natural science courses9
At least one must be a physical science
At least one must be a life science
ECON 1200BASIC MICROECONOMICS3
One course in Environmental History and Culture3
One course in Environmental Economics3
One course in Environmental Politics and Law3
One course in Environmental Ethics and Justice3
One course in Sustainable Design3
ENST 3000ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH METHODS4
ENST 4000SENIOR THESIS4

Freshman Introductory Course

This course provides an overview of environmental problems and their societal causes and effects from natural science, social science, and humanities perspectives, and introduces students to interdisciplinary methods of integrating these disciplines in policy solutions to environmental problems.

1. One course in introductory environmental studies.

Course Title Credits
ENST 1000INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES3

Freshman/Sophomore Natural Science Courses

The following natural science courses provide foundational knowledge of physics, chemistry, and biology. Additional natural science courses can be taken by choosing a concentration in conservation biology and minoring in biological sciences (see the major concentrations and career tracks page on the program website). If you have relevant AP courses with a score of at least 4, these courses might count toward the following requirements.

2-4. Three of the following natural science courses, at least one of which should be a physical science and one a life science.

Note that some courses have prerequisites that must be completed. Among science courses, courses with the NSCI (Natural Sciences) and HPLC (Honors Program Lincoln Center) subject codes are offered at the Lincoln Center campus while courses with the PHYS (Physics), CHEM (Chemistry), BISC (Biological Sciences), and HPRH (Honors Program Rose Hill) subject codes are offered at Rose Hill campus.

Courses in this group have the ESNS attribute.

Course Title Credits
BISC 1000LIFE ON THE PLANET EARTH3
BISC 1002ECOLOGY: A HUMAN APPROACH3
BISC 1010FOUNDATIONS OF BIOLOGY3
BISC 1401INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY I4
BISC 1402INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGY II4
BISC 1403INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY I3
BISC 1404INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY II3
CHEM 1109CHEMISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT3
CHEM 1321GENERAL CHEMISTRY I4
ENVS 3000ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE3
HPLC 1603HONORS: NATURAL SCIENCE I4
HPLC 1604HONORS: NATURAL SCIENCE II4
HPRH 2004HONORS: SCIENCE I3
HPRH 2005HONORS: SCIENCE II3
NSCI 1020PHYSICAL SCIENCE: TODAY'S WORLD3
NSCI 1040PEOPLE AND THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT3
NSCI 1321GENERAL CHEMISTRY LECTURE I4
NSCI 1403GENERAL BIOLOGY LECTURE I3
NSCI 1404GENERAL BIOLOGY LECTURE II3
NSCI 1423CONCEPTS IN BIOLOGY LECTURE I3
NSCI 1424CONCEPTS IN BIOLOGY LECTURE II3
NSCI 1501GENERAL PHYSICS LECTURE I3
NSCI 2010GLOBAL ECOLOGY LECTURE3
NSCI 2060ENVIRONMENT: SCIENCE, LAW, AND POLICY3
PHYS 1203ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICS3
PHYS 1501GENERAL PHYSICS I3
PHYS 1601INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS I4
PHYS 1701PHYSICS I3

Freshman/Sophomore Social Science Courses

The following courses provide foundational skills in economics and statistics. If you have relevant AP courses with a score of at least 4, these courses might count toward the following requirements.

5. One course in introductory economics.

Course Title Credits
ECON 1200BASIC MICROECONOMICS3

Upper Policy Areas, Electives and Concentrations

The following courses provide advanced knowledge and methods in the policy areas of environmental economics, design, politics and law, history, anthropology, media and communications, and ethics and justice. To develop a concentration in one of these areas, see the major concentrations and career tracks page on the program website.

6. One course in environmental history and culture.

HIST 3990 NORTH AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY is recommended, but any course listed below may apply to this requirement.

Courses in this group have the ESHC attribute.

Course Title Credits
ANTH 2700YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT: THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF FOOD4
ANTH 3380HAZARDS, DISASTERS, AND HUMAN EXPERIENCE4
ANTH 4373ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN SURVIVAL4
ANTH 4722PRIMATE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION4
COMC 4222MEDIA AND THE ENVIRONMENT4
ENGL 3424ROMANTICS AND THEIR WORLD4
ENGL 3633THE ENLIGHTENED EARTH: AMERICAN LIT & CULTURE AFTER 19454
ENGL 3916ANIMALS IN LITERATURE4
ENGL 4147FOOD AND GLOBALIZATION4
ENGL 5104NATURAL HISTORY AND ECOLOGY3
HIST 3538THE GOOD EARTH?4
HIST 3990NORTH AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY4
HIST 3992CAPITALISM4
HIST 3993ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY: NEW YORK CITY4
HIST 3994HISTORY OF CLIMATE CHANGE4
HIST 3998PEOPLE AND OTHER ANIMALS IN HISTORY4
HIST 5730HISTORY OF CAPITALISM4
INST 3100THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT4
SOCI 3145ENVIRONMENT TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY4
URST 5070Environmental History of the American City3

7. One course in environmental economics.

ECON 3850 ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS is recommended, but any course listed below may apply to this requirement.

Courses in this group have the ESEC attribute. 

Course Title Credits
ECON 3430ST: SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS4
ECON 3840ENVIRONMENTAL-ECONOMIC POLICY4
ECON 3850ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS4
HIST 3992CAPITALISM4
HIST 5730HISTORY OF CAPITALISM4
MGBU 3430SPECIAL TOPIC: SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS3

8. One course in environmental politics and law.

POSC 3307 ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS is recommended, but any course listed below may apply to this requirement.

Courses in this group have the ESPL attribute.

Course Title Credits
HUST 2001INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH4
NSCI 2060ENVIRONMENT: SCIENCE, LAW, AND POLICY3
POSC 3131POLITICS, URBAN HEALTH, AND ENVIRONMENT4
POSC 3307ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS4

9. One course in environmental ethics and justice.

PHIL 4302 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & ETHICS, PHIL 4409 ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS, or PHIL 3712 GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT AND JUSTICE are recommended, but any course listed below may apply to this requirement.

Courses in this group have the ESEJ attribute.

Course Title Credits
ENGL 3916ANIMALS IN LITERATURE4
PHIL 3109ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS4
PHIL 3712GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT AND JUSTICE4
PHIL 3722NATIVE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3990ENVIRONMENTAL WORLDVIEWS AND ETHICS4
PHIL 4302ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & ETHICS4
PHIL 4409ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS4
THEO 4008RELIGION AND ECOLOGY4
THEO 4520ANIMALS, ANGELS, AND ALIENS: BEYOND THE HUMAN IN CHRISTIAN THOUGHT3

10. One course in sustainable design.

VART 2055 ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN is recommended, but any course listed below may apply to this requirement.

Courses in this group have  the ESSD attribute.

Course Title Credits
ARHI 4555ART AND ECOLOGY4
VART 2050DESIGNING THE CITY4
VART 2055ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN4
VART 2070ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN I4
VART 3055ECOLOGY FOR DESIGNERS4
VART 3056URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN4

11. One course in research and statistical methods.

ENST 3000 was formerly ENST 2000. This course allows students to start work early on the required senior thesis and prepare for Senior Thesis.,

Course Title Credits
ENST 3000ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH METHODS4

Senior Thesis Capstone

12. Senior Thesis

Course Title Credits
ENST 4000SENIOR THESIS4

This course allows students to concentrate on a particular area of environmental studies in preparation for employment or graduate school and is offered every spring semester at Rose Hill. It requires a 40-page research thesis with possible inclusion of an internship as a case study. It can be used to fulfill the senior thesis capstone requirement only when taken in the senior year, i.e., in one of the student's last two semesters. The preparatory course ENST 3000 ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH METHODS, or other appropriate research methods course, should be taken prior to the thesis course so that students can begin working on their thesis early.

Availability

The major in environmental studies is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Students in Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies may major in environmental studies only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill or Lincoln Center campuses.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum.