2018-2019 Catalog 
    Jun 17, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Studies Major

Environmental Studies at Ohio Wesleyan is a broad, cross-disciplinary approach to the environment, encompassing the natural and social sciences, arts, and humanities within the context of the liberal arts. Environmental Studies at Ohio Wesleyan consists of nearly 50 courses taught by more than 20 faculty throughout the university. Program strengths include sustainability, food studies, and climate studies. Students interested in majoring in Environmental Studies are urged to meet with the Director of Environmental Studies at their earliest convenience.

Learning Objectives

• Students will be able to explain how a wide range of interdisciplinary factors (social sciences, natural sciences and humanities) contribute to environmental issues. They will also be able to explain how environmental factors connect to social and political concerns, including cultural conflicts, the built environment, ethical issues, human health, economic issues, poverty, and war.
• Students will develop skills in detecting and conceptualizing complex connections in real-world environmental issues based on their experiences with engaged projects. For example, the role of natural and social science perspectives, as well as humanities (such as ethics), methodologies, politics, and interpersonal relations. This implies a capacity to engage in real-world problem solving.
• Students will be able to connect global environmental concerns to local places and communities and address environmental problems in a global context and from diverse cultural and geographic perspectives.
• Students will gain depth in an environmental issue by choosing a track (sustainability, food, or climate studies). Within this track they will draw on practical experience from internships and projects to reflect critically on received theories.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements (2.25 units) for Environmental Studies major:

  1. BOMI 233 Ecology and the Human Future  
  2. ENVS 100 1 Introduction to Environment and Sustainability
  3. ENVS 100 2: Conversations: Toward a Sustainable Future (0.25 units)

Independent Project (1 unit): A significant project developed in consultation with the Director of Environmental Studies consisting of at least one unit of independent study (ENVS 490 or equivalent) or apprenticeship (ENVS 495 or equivalent). Project may be the outgrowth of travel learning courses, summer science research, theory into practice grant projects, internships, etc. Project will be refined and presented as part of ENVS 100 2 taken during the senior year.

One (1) natural science unit from:

  1. BIOL 122 Organisms and Their Environment  
  2. BOMI 103 Biology of Cultivated Plants  
  3. BOMI 125 Introduction to Microbiology  
  4. CHEM 230 Environmental Chemistry  or CHEM 110 General Chemistry I  
  5. GEOL 110 Physical and Environmental Geology  

One (1) quantitative unit from:

  1. MATH 105 Basic Probability and Statistics  
  2. MATH 200 3 Biostatistics  
  3. MATH 230 Applied Statistics  
  4. PSYC 210 Quantitative Methods  

Two (2) social sciences units from:

  1. ECON 366 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics  
  2. GEOG 235 Energy Resources  
  3. GEOG 249: Weather and Climate or GEOG 347 Environmental Alteration  (travel)
  4. GEOG 360 Environmental Geography  
  5. HHK 200 3 Food, Culture and Society  
  6. PG 362 International Organizations  
  7. PG 280 Environmental Politics and Policy  

Two (2) cultural / humanities / arts units from:

  1. ART 113 A Three Dimensional Design   (Bogdanov)
  2. CMLT 323: Elegance & Brutality: Modern Topics in Japanese Literature
  3. HIST 300.5: Introduction to Environmental History
  4. HIST 350 C Topics: Black Death  
  5. PHIL 250: Environmental Ethics

Six (6) units (no more than three from the same discipline):

  1. BIOL 255 (+lab): Tropical Biology
  2. BOMI 252 (+lab): Biodiversity of Flowering Plants
  3. BOMI 337 (+lab): Adaptive Biology of Plants
  4. BOMI 344 (+lab): Plant Communities and Ecosystems
  5. BOMI 355 (+lab, travel): Plant Responses to Global Change
  6. ECON 353: Economic Development
  7. ECON 370: Economic Systems
  8. ENVS 399: Sustainability Practicum
  9. ENVS 490: Independent Study
  10. ENVS 491: Directed Readings
  11. ENVS 493: Topics in Environment & Sustainability
  12. GEOG 353: Cartography or GEOG 355: Geographic Information Systems
  13. GEOG 369: Remote Sensing of the Environment
  14. GEOG 375: Climate Change
  15. GEOL 270: Economic Geology
  16. GEOL 275: Hydrogeology
  17. GEOL 280: Volcanology
  18. MATH 200.2: Mathematical Modeling of Climate Change
  19. MATH 280: Differential Equations
  20. PG 356: Public Administration or PG 355: American Public Policy
  21. PHIL 343: Philosophy and Science
  22. PSYC 262: Health Psychology
  23. SOAN 367: Human Ecology
  24. ZOOL 311: (+lab) Invertebrate Zoology
  25. ZOOL 313: (+lab) Entomology
  26. ZOOL 341: (+lab) Ornithology
  27. ZOOL 345: (+lab) Marine Biology
  28. ZOOL 347: (+lab) Population and Community Ecology
  29. ZOOL 349: (+lab) Island Biology
  30. ZOOL 353: Conservation Biology