A Guide to Completing the Environmental Studies Major

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The section below provides guidelines for students and advisors of freshmen and sophomores contemplating a major in EVST. A description of the goals and philosophy of the major is included in the catalog.

Summary of the Major

The EVST major consists of the Core (28 hours) which is focused on foundational content, skill-development, interdisciplinary problem-solving (teamwork) and integrating those aspects; and the Area of Expertise (15 hours) designed to provide technical expertise in a discipline chosen by the student.  All courses counted towards the major must be passed with at least a C-.

The Core

The Core is a set of required courses that contain interdisciplinary problem-solving courses and foundational content/skill development courses. The problem-solving courses (EVST 105, 305, 405) must be taken in sequence. EVST 105 and EVST 106 can be taken in any order. Because the Core courses are sequenced, it is important that students considering EVST begin the sequence in their freshman year (although it can be started as a sophomore if absolutely necessary). The internship (EVST 451) can be done anytime during the Junior or Senior years. 

**It is recommended that the foundational content courses (EVST 200, 213, 226 and COMM 334) be completed before taking EVST 305.


When Offered/When Taken


(4 hr)
Every fall / Freshman year Ideally, an EVST major will be enrolled in EVST105 during fall of their freshman year.
(1 hr)
Every spring / Freshman year. If no other choice is available, this can be taken as a sophomore. Ideally, this course will be taken during spring of freshman year to help students identify their Area of Expertise. If a freshman missed EVST105 in the fall, he/she should still take EVST106 in the spring.
EVST 200
(3 hr)
Every other fall  
It is recommended that all these courses be completed before taking EVST 305. 


EVST 213
(3 hr)
Every spring
EVST 226
(3 hr)
Every spring
COMM 334
(3 hr)
Every other J-term
(4 hr)
Every spring / Junior year This course can be taken so long as EVST105 was passed (i.e., at least a D- was earned). This course cannot be taken concurrently with EVST405. 
(4 hr)
Every spring / Senior year This course cannot be taken unless EVST305 was passed with at least a C-. This is the capstone to the major.

or 450
(3 hr)

Every term / Junior or Senior year This is an internship. Students with a GPA < 2.25 should enroll in EVST450 and all others in EVST451.

The Area of Expertise

The Area of Expertise is a set of electives from any department or program on campus with the following constraints:

  1. They must total at least 15 credit hours.
  2. All credit hours must be within a single discipline and must be beyond the introductory level. Courses counting for certain disciplines are listed in the table below (consult the Chair of EVST about disciplines not listed). Students are encouraged to satisfy the College’s AOK requirement with pre-requisite(s) needed to take courses in the Area of Expertise.
  3. We encourage students to double major in their area of expertise, but keep in mind the college rule stipulating that at least ½ the credit hours counted towards a major must be unique to that major (i.e., 21 of the credits counted towards EVST cannot be counted towards a second major).

Although the Area of Expertise allows students to explore a particular discipline in some depth, many students, particularly those considering graduate school, should be encouraged to take more than the minimum requirements.  


Courses Counting on the EVST Area of Expertise:

Accounting 200 level or above
Biology 200 level or above
Business 200 level or above
Chemistry 200 level or above (excluding 215)
Communications 300 level and above (but COMM 225 can count)
Economics 300 level and above
English 300 level and above
Ethics Consult the EVST Chair
Geology 200 level and above, CHEM 305 (x-listed as GEOL 305),  EPHY 300, EPHY 305, PHYS 250
Mathematics 200 level and above 
Physics and Engineering Physics 200 level and above
Political Science 300 level and above
Sociology 300 level and above 

200 level and above
200 level and above
300 level and above
300 level and above