Environment, Sustainability & Society Requirements

Environment, Sustainability and Society Major Requirements

Complete at least 61 credits, as follows:

Foundational Core Courses (25 credits)
Students will take eight courses that reflect the breadth of environmental, sustainability and society concerns and are representative of different modes of inquiry.

Interdisciplinary:

  • ENSS 160 Introduction to Environmental Studies

Physical & Life Sciences:

  • BIOL 260 Conservation Biology
  • MATH 108 Statistics
  • GEOL 109 Global Environment w/lab

Social & Behavioral Sciences:

  • ECON 150 Economics of Sustainability
  • POSC 290 Environmental Policy and Politics

Humanities & the Arts:

  • PHIL 271 Values and Society
  • PHIL 350 Environmental Ethics

Depth and Choice Elective Courses (30 credits)
Working with an advisor, students will determine the direction of their coursework and develop a purposeful plan that adds depth within the field by taking a selection of designated upper-level courses such as:

Interdisciplinary:

  • ENSS 310 Sustainable Agriculture
  • ENSS 320 Geographic Information Systems

Physical & Life Sciences:

  • BIOL 303 Ecology w/Lab
  • BIOL 308 and BIOL 308L Aquatic Ecology and Lab
  • BIOL 310 Ornithology
  • BIOL 435 Behavioral Ecology
  • CHEM 203 Analytical Chemistry
  • ENCH 315 Environmental Chemistry
  • GEOL 200 Oceanography
  • GEOL 202 Meteorology
  • GEOL 274 Off-Campus Field Studies Orientation
  • GEOL 275 Geology and Natural History of Hawaii
  • GEOL 302 Surficial Geology
  • GEOL 305 Groundwater Hydrology
  • PHYS 125 Energy, Environment and Society

Social & Behavioral Sciences:

  • ANTH 223 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 341 Cultural Ecology
  • ECON 223 Econometrics
  • ECON 314 Development and Transition
  • ECON 318 Environmental Economics
  • HIST 240 American Environmental History
  • POSC 325 Global Environmental Governance
  • POSC 350 Environmental Law
  • POSC 380 Energy Policy
  • SOCI 230 Sociology of Environment
  • SOCI 322 Population and Ecology

Humanities & the Arts:

  • ART 160 Works on Paper: Land into Landscape
  • ART 213 Introduction to Digital Media
  • ART 241 Intro Photo: Pinhole to Pixel
  • ART 243 Introduction to Digital Photo
  • ART 344 Photojournalism
  • ENGL 205 Journalism
  • ENGL 213 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 262 Utopia & Dystopia in Literature
  • ENGL 305 Advanced Journalism
  • PHIL 236 Logic
  • PHIL 336 Ethics
  • RELS 225 Native American Religions
  • RELS 241 Religion and Science
  • RELS 243 Religion and Politics in America
  • RELS 347 Religion and Nature

Required Capstone Courses (6 credits)
All majors will participate in an internship (or independent study) and a thesis research project. The internship/independent study and thesis project will be determined by the student’s interest.

  • ENSS 395/495 (Internship) or ENSS 398/498 (Independent Study)
  • ENSS 490 Thesis Project

Environment, Sustainability and Society Minor Requirements

With an academic advisor, complete a program of at least 30 credits distributed as follows:

Foundation Courses (12-13 credits)
Students will take four courses that reflect the breadth of environmental, sustainability and society concerns and are representative of different modes of inquiry.

Required for the minor:

  • ENSS 160 Introduction to Environmental Studies

One course from Arts & Humanities:

  • PHIL 271 Values and Society

One course from Physical & Life Sciences:

  • BIOL 260 Conservation Biology
  • GEOL 109 Global Environment w/lab

One course from Social & Behavioral Sciences:

  • ECON 150 Economics of Sustainability
  • POSC 290 Environmental Policy and Politics

Depth and Choice Courses (15 credits)
Working with an advisor, students will determine the direction of their coursework and develop a purposeful plan that adds depth within the field by taking a selection of designated upper-level courses (see list of courses from the major).

Required Capstone Course (3 credits)
All minors will participate in an internship or thesis research project. The internship or thesis research project will be determined by the student’s interest. Minors take one of the following:

  • ENSS 395/495 (Internship)
  • ENSS-490 Thesis Project