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  Nov 24, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Environmental Studies, BA


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Department of Environmental Studies, Huxley College of the Environment

98-113 credits

Introduction

Students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Environmental Studies approach environmental understanding and problem solving through diverse programs that examine interacting social and natural systems. By putting the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and environmental professions into direct dialogue, the department’s curriculum is designed to help students make the intellectual connections and gain the practical skills necessary for building socially and environmentally sustainable futures. The department’s undergraduate programs include major specializations in environmental education, environmental policy, geography, and urban planning and sustainable development, as well as an interdisciplinary major in environmental studies. Joint programs are also offered in environmental economics and environmental journalism. A range of minors, including Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Geographic Information Science (GIS), and Sustainable Design, are also available. These programs direct students to specific environmental career paths or provide an excellent background for advanced study in education, law, natural resource management, public administration, urban and environmental planning, and other fields. The department also offers advanced study through graduate degrees in Environmental Education and Geography.

Why Consider an Environmental Studies Major?

Do you want to use your knowledge and skills to promote positive change in the environment?

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Gigi Berardi
Arntzen Hall 204
360-650-2106
Gigi.Berardi@wwu.edu

Huxley College Professional Advisor
Kathryn Patrick
Environmental Studies 539
360-650-3520
Kathryn.Patrick@wwu.edu

 Sample Careers

Environmental Public Relations | Director of Non-Profit Organizations

 Major/Career Resources

www.wwu.edu/careers/students_choosingamajor.shtml

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

How to Apply as a Pre-Major:

At any time, you can declare yourself as a pre-major with interest in environmental policy or any other major in the Department of Environmental Studies. There are several advantages to declaring an Environmental Studies department pre-major during your freshman or sophomore year. Once you are declared as a pre-major you are assigned a Huxley professional advisor and a faculty advisor based on your academic interests. Your professional advisor can help you understand graduation requirements and how to navigate through the Huxley curriculum. Your faculty advisor can discuss with you which courses to take, and when, and give you advice about how to prepare for graduate school or a future career. As a pre-major, your email is added to an email distribution list for Huxley majors so you will begin to receive notifications and general announcements. Pre-major status will also give you access to priority registration for some classes.

How to Apply to the Major:

Admission to the environmental policy major is a competitive process. To apply, students should submit an application that includes a 1-2 page essay describing your reasons for wanting to enter into the major, as well as a plan of study created with the Huxley professional advisor and signed by a faculty advisor. Environmental policy major applications are accepted at central Huxley College office in ES 539 during fall, winter, and spring quarters.

If you have any questions, please contact a professional advisor at the Huxley College Student Support office in Environmental Studies Building 539, or by phone 360-650-2817, or 360-650-3748.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.

Requirements


Environmental Studies Foundations (24 credits)


MATH 112 or suitable math placement score is necessary for some foundations courses, but higher-level math courses are recommended. Students are strongly encouraged to take chemistry, biology, and MATH 114 as part of their GUR courses to access upper division Environmental Science courses.

Environmental Studies Major Core Courses (13-26 credits)


Students must have two advisors sign their plan of study BEFORE beginning senior year.

❑ Choose two lists from the four below (A, B, C, D); take two courses from each chosen list.

List A - Environmental Education


Environmental Studies Depth and Specialization (48 credits)


❑ Minimum 30 credits - ENVS 300-400 level (minimum 15 credits 400-level) or approved substitutions, under advisement.

❑ Minimum 18 credits - 300- or 400-level electives, under advisement.

Culminating Courses - Capstone and Experiential (minimum 13-15 credits)


Huxley Capstone


Students are required to take one ENVS approved course with a capstone “CPST” attribute during their senior year. A capstone class is a field or project based class that can be taken by students from both departments (ENVS/ESCI). This class is meant to be a culminating experience for the students bringing all the varied disciplines together as applied work on a real world issue. Several capstone options are open to all Huxley College students; others have prerequisites.

  • Urban Planning and Sustainable Development majors are encouraged to select from ENVS 410, 474, or ENVS/ESCI 493 as their capstone.
  • Environmental Policy (Extension) majors are required to select ENVS 493 or ESCI 493 as their capstone.

Experiential


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