Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability Major

 

At EMU, you’ll receive a top-notch scientific education thanks to professors who are experts in their fields and our well-rounded, interdisciplinary learning approach. It’s part of what makes EMU a university like no other.

Environmental sustainability majors learn to truly grasp the nature of environmental research and issues by taking courses in a variety of disciplines. Biology, sociology and peacebuilding professors work closely together on environmental sustainability courses that weave forward-thinking sustainability practices with issues of international and community development and conservation.

At the same time, students get a more in-depth education in one field by choosing a science or a social sustainability track within the environmental sustainability major.

 

Our graduate program in peacebuilding is also an asset to any undergrad in the fields of development and sustainability; dozens of grad-level international scholars flock to EMU each year to study at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. And many professors around campus have decades of experience working and living overseas advocating for those in the margins.

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Environmental Science Concentration Environmental and Social Sustainability Concentration
Core Courses

Introduction to Sustainability (11 SH)
BIOL 173 Concepts in Biology: Unity and Diversity of Life (4 SH) 
BIOL 235 Ecology: Adaptation & Environment (4 SH) 
SOC 245 Environment and Society (3 SH)

Integration (18 SH)
*ENVS 205 Environmental Applications of GIS  (3 SH)
*ENVS 385 Conservation Biology (4 SH) 
*ENVS 325 Environmental Ethics  (2 SH) 
*ENVS 365 Environmental Risk and Policy (2 SH) 
STAT 120 Descriptive Statistics (2 SH)
OR
STAT 220 Inferential Statistics. (2 SH)
ENVS 429 Environmental Sustainability Internship  (3 SH) 
ENVS 430 Environmental Sustainability Capstone (2 SH)

Required Supporting Courses (9 SH)
BIOL 255 Biology Research Seminar  1
CHEM 223 General Chemistry I (4 SH) 
*CHEM 285 Environmental Chemistry (4 SH) 

Introduction to Sustainability (11 SH) 
BIOL 173 Concepts in Biology: Unity and Diversity of Life (4 SH)
BIOL 235 Ecology: Adaptation & Environment  (4 SH)
SOC 245 Environment and Society (3 SH)

Integration (18 SH) 
*ENVS 205 Environmental Applications of GIS  (3 SH) 
*ENVS 385 Conservation Biology (4 SH) 
*ENVS 325 Environmental Ethics  (2 SH) 
*ENVS 365 Environmental Risk and Policy (2 SH) 
STAT 120 Descriptive Statistics (2 SH)
OR 
STAT 220 Inferential Statistics. (2 SH)
ENVS 429 Environmental Sustainability Internship  (3 SH) 
ENVS 430 Environmental Sustainability Capstone (2 SH)

Required Supporting Courses (6 SH):
SOC 225 Theories of Social Change (3 SH)
SOC 336 Methods of Social Research (3 SH)

Electives

Environmental Science electives (5 SH) 

Choose 5 SH of the following courses:
BIOL 225 Molecules, Genes, and Cells (4 SH) 
*BIOL 327 Advanced Microbiology. (3 SH)
*BIOL 358 Natural History of the Shen. Valley (4 SH) 
*BIOL 378 Plant Ecophysiology (3 SH)
*BIOL 388 Entomology  (3 SH)
*BIOL 465 Topics in Advanced Ecology (2 SH) 
CHEM 224 General Chemistry II (4 SH) 
*CHEM 305 Alternative Energy (2 SH)
CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry I  (4 SH) 
CHEM 316 Organic Chemistry II (4 SH) 
*CHEM 325 Analytical Chemistry I (2 SH)
*CHEM 345 Analytical Chemistry II  (2 SH) 
ENVS 135 Earth Science (2 SH) 
*ENVS 235 Sustainable Food Systems (2 SH) 
*ENVS 335 Soil Science (2 SH)


Environmental and Social Sustainability electives (6 SH)

Choose 6 SH of the following courses:
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 SH)
SOC 225 Theories of Social Change (3 SH)
SOC 336 Methods of Social Research (3 SH)
*PXD 261 Community & Conflict Analysis Tech (3 SH)
PXD 375 Globalization & Justice (3 SH)
SOC 210 Social Stratification (3 SH)
SOC 255 Social Movements (3 SH)
*SOC 350 Urban Sociology (3 SH)
SOWK 360 Race & Gender (3 SH)
BUAD 221 Principles of Management (3 SH)
BUAD 465 Project Management and Grantwriting (3 SH)
ECON 201 Survey of Economics (3 SH)
ECON 211 Principles of Microeconomics (3 SH)
ECON 212 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 SH)
*ECON 300 Environ. and Ecological Economics (3 SH)
*ECON 311 Contemporary Economic Issues (3 SH)
*ECON 401 Development Economics (3 SH)
*ECON 411 International Economics  (3 SH)
PXD 365 Social and Political Economy (3 SH)
PXD 485 International Development (3 SH)

Economics electives (6 SH)

Choose 6 SH Economics electives: 
ECON 201 Survey of Economics  (3 SH)
OR
ECON 211 Principles of Microeconomics (3 SH)
OR
ECON 212 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 SH)
*ECON 300 Environ. and Ecological Economics (3 SH)
*ECON 401 Development Economics (3 SH) 
PXD 365 Social and Political Economy (3 SH)

Sociology electives (6 SH)

Choose 6 SH Sociology electives:
SOC 210 Social Stratification (3 SH)
SOC 255 Social Movements. (3 SH)
SOC 350 Urban Sociology (3 SH)
SOWK 360 Race & Gender  (3 SH)

Environmental Science elective (2-4 SH)

Choose one environmental science elective:
BIOL 225 Molecules, Genes, and Cells (4 SH) 
*BIOL 327 Advanced Microbiology (4 SH) 
*BIOL 358 Natural History of the Shen. Valley. (4 SH) 
*BIOL 378 Plant Ecophysiology (4 SH) 
*BIOL 388 Entomology  (3 SH)
CHEM 155 Matter and Energy  (3 SH)
CHEM 223 General Chemistry I (4 SH) 
*CHEM 305 Alternative Energy (2 SH)
ENVS 145 Environmental Science (2 SH)
ENVS 135 Earth Science (2 SH)
*ENVS 235 Sustainable Food Systems (2 SH)

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