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Environmental Studies

2013-14 FINALIZED 2-3-14 

Advisors:
BOHDAN DZIADYK, Professor (Biology)
B.A., M.S., Southern Illinois; Ph.D., North Dakota State

REUBEN A. HEINE, Associate Professor (Geography)
B.A., St. Cloud; M.S., Ph.D., Southern Illinois (Carbondale)

The term “environment” has broad implications — from a neighborhood to a region to the world — and includes resources such as water, air, soils, plants, animals, energy sources, recreational areas, farmlands, and urban and suburban areas. One concern is to preserve healthy rural and urban environments; another is to improve our polluted and degraded landscapes. Yet another is to identify and adopt sustainable practices as societies continue to put demands on the earth’s finite resources and contribute to global climate change.

To understand the complexity of the environmental studies field, students need both disciplinary depth and breadth of understanding. Augustana’s program emphasizes the connections between disciplines in the natural and social sciences and humanities so that students may develop a general perspective on environmental issues and a focus related to their specific interests.

The major is intended for two categories of students: (1) those with no other major or with a major outside of the natural sciences who desire a good broad-based perspective on the environment and a modest level of focused study in biology, chemistry, geography, geology or political science and humanities; and (2) those who have declared majors in other disciplines explicitly related to studying and managing natural and/or urban environments (e.g., biology, chemistry, geography, geology and political science) who desire this second major to add breadth of perspective to complement the focused perspective of their other discipline.

MAJOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES. 37 credits, distributed among Core Courses (seven courses/21 credits); Elective Supporting Courses (two courses/6 credits); and Integrative Experiences, including an academic internship (four courses/ 10 credits).

MINOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES. 27 credits, distributed among Core Courses (six courses/18 credits); Elective Supporting Courses (two courses/6 credits); ENVR-INTR Academic Internship or ENVR-380.

Core Courses

BIOL-200 (PN) General Zoology or BIOL-220 General Botany
BIOL-180 Fundamentals of Ecology or BIOL-380 General Ecology
CHEM-101 Fundamentals of Chemistry or CHEM-121 (PN,I)
General Chemistry
GEOG-101 (PN,I) Global Weather and Climate Systems
or GEOG-102 (PN,I) Landforms and Landscapes
or GEOG-103 (PN,I) Water and Land Resources
GEOG-307 Environmental Conservation and
Development or GEOG-308 Land Resources Management
GEOL-101 or GEOL-105 (both PN,I) Physical Geology
or GEOL-115 (PN,I) Environmental Geology
or GEOL-116 (PN,I) Energy Resources and the Environment
ENGL-315 Environmental Literature or POLS-336 (PS) Politics of Environmental Policy

 

Elective Supporting Courses

Two 300- or 400-level electives from one discipline are required for a major or minor in environmental studies to supplement a non-science major. Two 300- or 400-level electives in two different disciplines outside the primary major are required for a major or minor in environmental studies to supplement another environment-oriented major.
BIOL-200 (PN) General Zoology
BIOL-220 General Botany
BIOL-225 Local Flora
BIOL-323 Plant Diversity
BIOL-326 Plant Ecology
BIOL-331 Vertebrate Zoology
BIOL-333 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL-335 (PN,I) Entomology
BIOL-385 (PN) Applied Ecology
BIOL-387 Aquatic Biology
CHEM-121, CHEM-122 (both PN,I) & CHEM-123 General Chemistry I, II
and III
CHEM-200 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
CHEM-311 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM-315 Environmental Chemistry
CSC-211 Introduction to Computer Science I
ECON-202 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON-351 Environmental Economics
ENGL-315 Environmental Literature
GEOG-101 (PN,I) Global Weather and Climate Systems
GEOG-102 (PN,I) Landforms and Landscapes
GEOG-103 (PN,I) Water and Land Resources
GEOG-305 Water Resources Management
GEOG-307 Environmental Conservation and Development
GEOG-308 Land Resources Management
GEOG-373 GIS and Remote Sensing
GEOG-101 or GEOG-105 (both PN,I) Physical Geology
GEOL-115 (PN,I) Environmental Geology
GEOL-116 (PN,I) Energy Resources and the Environment
GEOL-301 Mineralogy
GEOL-309 Geomorphology
GEOL-330 Hydrogeology 

MATH-315 Probability and Statistics or Psyc-240 (Q)
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PHYS-102 & PHYS-103 (both PN,I) Principles of Physics II and III
PHYS-202 (PN,I) & PHYS-203 Basic Physics II and III
POLS-336 (PS) Politics of Environmental Policy
RELG-325 (PH) Environmental Ethics 

Individual Studies and Internships

ENVR-INTR Experiential/Volunteer (0-9)

This internship would be used for an experience in addition to one used for ENVR 430, the three-credit field experience required for the major.


Integrative Studies