2024-2025 Catalog 
    
    Jun 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Environmental Studies Major


Professors Anderson, Krygier

Associate Professor Rowley

Visiting Assistant Professor Umar

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.

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.

 

Major Requirements


Core Requirements (5-5.5 units) for Environmental Studies major:

  1. ENVS 110 Introduction to Environment & Sustainability  
  2. ENVS 111 Introduction to Earth Science  
  3. ENVS 112 Ecology and the Human Future  
  4. ENVS 198  and ENVS 498 Conversations Towards a Sustainable Future  (.25 units)
  5. GEOG 291 Geospatial Analysis with Desktop GIS  and GEOG 292 Geospatial Analysis with Web GIS   [module courses, each worth 0.5 credits] or GEOG 291 Geospatial Analysis with Desktop GIS  and GEOG 369 Remote Sensing of the Environment 
  6. GEOG 347 Human Impacts on the Environment 

One (1) natural science unit from:

  1. GEOG 245 Weather & Climate 
  2. BIOL 122 Organisms and Their Environment  
  3. BIOL 103 Biology of Cultivated Plants  
  4. CHEM 230 Environmental Chemistry  or CHEM 110 General Chemistry I  

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  

Three (3) social sciences units from:

  1. ECON 366 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics  
  2. ENVS 399 Sustainability Practicum 
  3. ENVS 499 Topics in Environment & Sustainability   
  4. GEOG 235 Energy Resources  
  5. GEOG 345 Economic Geography 
  6. GEOG 360 Environmental Geography  
  7. GEOG 370 Urban Geography 
  8. HIST 300 5 Introduction to Environmental History   
  9. NUTR 300 12 Global Food Systems  
  10. PG 362 International Organizations  
  11. PG 280 Environmental Politics and Policy  
  12. PHIL 250 Environmental Ethics  
  13. SOAN 367 Human Ecology  

One (1) cultural / humanities / arts units from:

  1. ART 114 Materials Foundation  (Bogdanov) 
  2. ENVS 201 1 The Science Behind the Environmental Classics  
  3. HIST 300 5 Introduction to Environmental History  
  4. HIST 350 C Topics: Black Death  
  5. PHIL 250 Environmental Ethics  

Two (2) units (no more than one from the same discipline):

  1. BIOL 255 Tropical Biology  (+lab)
  2. BIOL 252 Biodiversity of Flowering Plants  (+lab)
  3. BIOL 311 Invertebrate Zoology  (+lab)
  4. BIOL 313 Entomology  (+lab)
  5. BIOL 337 Adaptive Biology of Plants  (+lab)
  6. BIOL 341 Ornithology  (+lab)
  7. BIOL 344 Plant Communities and Ecosystems  (+lab)
  8. BIOL 345 Marine Biology  (+lab)
  9. BIOL 347 Population and Community Ecology  (+lab)
  10. BIOL 349 Island Biology  (+lab)
  11. BIOL 353 Conservation Biology  
  12. BIOL 355 Plant Responses to Global Change  (+lab, travel)
  13. ECON 353 Economic Development  
  14. ECON 370 Economic Systems   
  15. ENVS 490 Independent Study  
  16. ENVS 491 Directed Readings  
  17. GEOG 369 Remote Sensing of the Environment  
  18. MATH 200 2 Mathematical Models of Climate  
  19. MATH 280 Differential Equations  
  20. PG 356 Public Administration  or PG 355 American Public Policy  
  21. PHIL 343 Philosophy of Science  
  22. PSYC 262 Health Psychology  
  23. SOAN 367 Human Ecology