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Environmental Science Major

The environmental science major has three tracks:

Integrated Major

Chemistry Concentration

Physics Concentration

All environmental science majors require the following:

1.  The integrated major or a major in environmental chemistry or environmental physics

2.  A capstone experience that includes Environmental Management (EV 321); Senior Seminar (EV 490, pass/fail, 0 units); and either Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV 420). (2 units)

EV-Integrated Environmental Science major (updated 4.20.15)
16 total units (14 required + 2 elective options)

Introductory EV base (2 units)
EV128 Introduction to Global Climate Change   

EV141 Sustainable Development        

Natural Science Sequence (7 units)

EV155 Intro Earth Systems Science or GY140 Physical Geology    

MA126 Calculus I

EV228 Analysis of Environmental Data or MA117 Probability & Statistics or MA217 Probability and Statistical Modeling or BY220 Biostatistics and Environmental Design

EV211 Human Impacts on Biogeochemical Cycles

EV209 Ecology  

EV212 Energy

EV311 Water or EV431 Air                                          

Social Science Sequence (3 units)                                

EV271 Environmental Policy or EV 274 Environmental Politics & Policy

SO130 Environmental Sociology or EV277 Eco Feminism or SW301 Political Ecology of the Southwest

EV281 Environmental Ethics or EV221 Environmental Inquiry, or EV 273 Environmental History, or EV 255 Nature & Society

Thematic Electives (2 units)

Chosen with your advisor, must include at least one 300-400 level course.

Note: After your advisor approves your electives, please send an email to the current EV Program Director, your advisor, and Sharon Neely (sneely@coloradocollege.edu) to confirm your plan.  We will enter this information in your academic file.

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Examples (for illustration – you need not select one of these options):

After EV209 Ecology: EV 422 Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology + BY308 Advanced Ecology

After EV155: GY250 Hydrology or EV311 Water and GY320 Surface Processes and Geomorphology

After core, one methods + advanced thematic course (to prepare for capstone)

Capstones (2 units)       

EV321 Environmental Management

EV421 Environmental Synthesis, EV 420 Senior Paper, or EV499 Thesis 

 

Chemistry Concentration Requirements:

Total of 15 units

A student interested in a major in environmental science with an emphasis in chemistry is required to take:

  • Sustainable Development or Microeconomics (EV 141 or EC 151)
  • Environmental Policy (EV 271 or PS 321)
  • General Chemistry I & II (CH 107 and 108)
  • Organic Chemistry I (CH 250)
  • Analytical Chemistry or Bioanalytical Chemistry (CH 241 or CH 345)
  • Calculus I and II (MA 126 and 129)
  • Classical Physics I and II (PC 241 and 242)
  • Environmental Management (EV 321)
  • Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV 420)
  • Senior Seminar (EV 490, pass/fail, 0 units)

And any three of the following:

Organic Chemistry II (CH 251); Environmental Chemistry (CH 210); Organic Chemistry III (CH 351); Instrumental Analysis (CH 342); Biochemistry I (CH 382), Biochemistry II (CH 383), Physical Chemistry I (CH 366); Physical Chemistry II (CH 367); Inorganic Chemistry (CH 475); Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry (EV 431).

Students are encouraged to take the three advanced classes as a concerted sequence that can lead to graduate studies or careers in areas such as toxicology: CH 251, CH 382, CH 383 with CH 345, or atmospheric chemistry: CH 366, CH 367, and EV 431.

Research in Environmental Chemistry and a field biology or geology course are also recommended.

* Note: Students under the old major track should follow these same requirements plus take Environmental Inquiry (EV221)

Physics Concentration Requirements:

Total of 14 units

A student interested in a major in environmental science with emphasis in physics is required to take:

  • Sustainable Development or Microeconomics (EV 141 or EC 151)
  • Environmental Policy (EV 271 or PS 321)
  • Calculus I, II, & III (MA 126, 129, and 203)
  • Introductory Classical Physics I & II (PC 241 and 242)
  • Modern Physics (PC 251)
  • Electronics (PC 261)
  • Techniques of Experimental Physics (PC 361)
  • Mechanics I (PC 341)
  • Air: Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry (EV 431)
  • Environmental Management (EV 321)
  • Environmental Synthesis (EV 421) or Senior Thesis (EV 499) or Senior Paper (EV 420)
  • Senior Seminar (EV 490, pass/fail, 0 units)

* Note: Students under the old major track should follow these same requirements plus take Environmental Inquiry (EV221)

A field biology or geology course is also recommended. A student interested in graduate school or an environmental science career in fields such as Atmospheric Physics, Meteorology, Geophysics, and Oceanography should take additional courses, such as differential equations, computer science, chemistry, and more physics.