Degree Requirements

All students are required to complete overall degree requirements in addition to their major.  Please see Degree Completion Requirements for full details for students entering in the 2019-2020 catalog year. 

For those students who started at Hiram prior to the 2019-2020 academic year, you will follow the Degree Requirements which are outlined in your catalog of record.

Major Requirements

52-58 credit hours

The environmental studies major requires that students understand both natural and human systems, develop proficiency in communicating ideas and basic quantitative analytical skills, and build other skills that support their individual goals. Students majoring in environmental studies proceed through three key integrative courses, take a series of required courses to build a multidisciplinary foundation, complete a 120-hour internship, and select three elective courses (for 9-12 credits) to complete an emphasis in either natural systems, human social systems, or communicating complexity.

Requirements

Integrative Course Sequence
INTD 22500HUMANS & THE ENVIRONMENT:ES (typically taken in the first- or second-year)4
EVST 21000INTERDISCIPLINARY READINGS (typically taken in the second year)1
EVST 48000SENIOR SEMINAR4
Supportive Skills & Experience
EVST 49800INTERNSHIP1
Natural Systems
EVST 27800ECOLOGY-W/LAB4
Select two of the following:7-8
CHEM IN CONTEXT-W/LAB:SM
GEN I:STRUCTURE/BOND-W/LAB:SM
GEN II:INTR CHEM ANLS-W/LAB:SM
PRINCIPLES PHYSICS I-W/LAB:SM
FUNMNTLS OF PHYSICS-W/LAB I:SM
PRINCIPLES PHYSICS II-W/LAB:SM
FUNMNTL OF PHYSICS-W/LAB II:SM
SEM: (Earth, Space, Science)
Alternative course in geology with approval
Human Social Systems
ECON 20100PRIN OF MICROECONOMICS:MM4
EVST 33800ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM &POLICY4
Select one of the following:4
AMERICN ENVRONMNTAL HIST:CA,UD
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS:ES
Alternative approved by environmental studies faculty
Communicating Complexity
Select two courses in communication or writing from a pre-approved listing6-8
MATH 10800STATISTICS:MM4
or MATH 13200 METHODS OF DECISION MAKING:MM
Area of Emphasis
Select one of the following emphasis areas in consultation with environmental studies advisor:9-12
Natural Systems
Human Social Systems
Communicating Complexity
Total Hours52-58

Supportive Skills & Experience

See Internship Guidelines for details (typically conducted at some point between the end of sophomore year and the beginning of senior year)

Additional elective skills courses may be drawn from any department and may include such diverse subjects as geographic information systems (GIS), field experience, photography, and scuba diving.

Natural Systems

Additional elective courses in this area may be drawn from any of the natural and physical sciences.

Human Social Systems

Additional elective courses in this area are typically drawn from the social sciences and humanities but can be found in many other programs, as well as the College’s INTD offerings.

Communicating Complexity

Additional elective courses in this area are typically drawn from communication and writing but may include art, computer science, math, music, and theater.

A Note about General Education Requirements: It is relatively common for environmental studies majors to complete at least five Core Curriculum requirements (CA, CM, ES, MM, SM, and UD—see College Catalog for descriptions) while meeting course requirements for the major. Additionally, completion of the environmental studies major fulfills the College’s INTD general education requirements.