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

CourseTitleCredits
ENST 1000INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES3
Three natural science courses
At least one must be a physical science
At least one must be a life science
ECON 1200BASIC MICROECONOMICS3
or ECON 1100 BASIC MACROECONOMICS
One course in environmental history and culture
One course in environmental economics
One course in environmental politics and law
One course in environmental ethics and justice
One course in sustainable design
One course in research and statistical methods
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.

ENST 1000 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

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.

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

ECON 1200 BASIC MICROECONOMICS or, alternatively, ECON 1100 BASIC MACROECONOMICS.

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.

CourseTitleCredits
HIST 3990NORTH AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY4
Or any of the following courses
ANTH 2700YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT: THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF FOOD4
ANTH 3371PEOPLE AND ENVIRONMENT4
ANTH 3380HAZARDS, DISASTERS, AND HUMAN EXPERIENCE4
ANTH 4373ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN SURVIVAL4
ANTH 4722PRIMATE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION4
COMC 4222MEDIA AND THE ENVIRONMENT4
ENGL 1102COMPOSITION II 13
ENGL 3424ROMANTICS AND THEIR WORLD4
HIST 3538THE GOOD EARTH?4
HIST 3772HUDSON RIVER4
HIST 3992CAPITALISM4
HIST 3993ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY: NEW YORK CITY4
HIST 3994HISTORY OF CLIMATE CHANGE4
HIST 3998PEOPLE AND OTHER ANIMALS IN HISTORY4
HIST 5730HISTORY OF CAPITALISM4
SOCI 3145ENVIRONMENT TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY4
URST 5070Environmental History of the American City3
1

 Certain sections of ENGL 1102 COMPOSITION II (Imagining Nature) may apply toward this requirement.

7. One course in environmental economics.

CourseTitleCredits
ECON 3850ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS4
or one of the following courses:
ECON 3385ECONOMICS OF ENERGY4
ECON 3430ST: SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS4
ECON 3840ENVIRONMENTAL-ECONOMIC POLICY4
HIST 3992CAPITALISM4
HIST 5730HISTORY OF CAPITALISM4
MGBU 3430SPECIAL TOPIC: SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS3

8. One course in environmental politics and law.

CourseTitleCredits
POSC 3307ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS (formerly 2507)4
or one of the following courses:
NSCI 2060ENVIRONMENT: SCIENCE, LAW, AND POLICY3
POSC 3131POLITICS, URBAN HEALTH, AND ENVIRONMENT4
HUST 2001INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH4

9. One course in environmental ethics and justice.

CourseTitleCredits
PHIL 4302ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & ETHICS4
PHIL 3109/4409ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS4
PHIL 3712GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT AND JUSTICE4
or one of the following courses:
ENGL 3632POSTMODERN FICTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE4
ENGL 3916ANIMALS IN LITERATURE4
PHIL 3722NATIVE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3990ENVIRONMENTAL WORLDVIEWS AND ETHICS4
THEO 4008RELIGION AND ECOLOGY4
THEO 4520ANIMALS, ANGELS, AND ALIENS: BEYOND THE HUMAN IN CHRISTIAN THOUGHT3

10. One course in sustainable design.

CourseTitleCredits
VART 2055ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN4
Or one of the following courses:
VART 2050DESIGNING THE CITY4
VART 2070ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN I4
VART 2085SUSTAINABLE NEW YORK3
VART 3055ECOLOGY FOR DESIGNERS4
VART 3056URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN4
ARHI 4555ART AND ECOLOGY4

11. One course in research and statistical methods.

CourseTitleCredits
ENST 3000ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH METHODS (formerly ENST 2000; this course allows students to start work early on the required senior thesis and prepare for Senior Thesis)4
or one of the following courses:
SOCI 2607SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH AND STATISTICS4
SOCI/SSCI 2606SOCIAL SCIENCE STATISTICS4
One of the following courses may be substituted:
ECON 2140STATISTICS I4
PSYC 2000STATISTICS4
SOCI 2650BASIC RESEARCH METHODS4

Senior Thesis Capstone

12. Senior Thesis

ENST 4000 SENIOR THESIS

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 2000 or 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.