2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Dec 10, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Environmental Studies (B.A.)


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The B.A. degree in Environmental Studies exposes students to the broad range of issues that arise from the interaction of humans with the natural world, and to the tools required to understand and solve environmental problems. Climate change, water pollution, habitat loss, biodiversity decline, acid rain, and endocrine disruption are examples of recent environmental problems which require interdisciplinary thinking that crosses existing disciplinary boundaries. The tools required to address these problems are drawn from fields such as natural resource management, land use planning, cultural, historic, nature preservation, population, cultural and global studies, and ethics. Consequently, Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program, taught by faculty from across the University.

The major consists of 47-49 credit hours, with courses drawn from fields such as biology, math, public policy, economics and cultural and historic preservation. These courses are followed by student-directed research leading to a thesis in the senior year. The Environmental Studies major encourages students to address real-world problems through research, internships and field study.

Salve Regina University is uniquely poised to offer the environmental studies major because of our mission to be stewards of the earth, the talents of our faculty, the obvious connection with its beautiful surroundings, its geographic proximity to fresh and saltwater bodies, forests and farmland, and collaborations with local and regional groups, such as the Atlantic Division of the EPA, the R.I. Department of Environmental Management, the Graduate School of Oceanography of the University of Rhode Island, and the Aquidneck Land Trust.

Major Requirements


Students majoring in Environmental Studies complete a minimum of 120 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree: 49-51 credits of core courses, 20-28 elective credits, and 47-49 credits of major courses. Students complete ten foundational courses (31 credits) and at least six elective courses (16-18 credits). Students are also required to complete either directed research or an internship.

Elective courses (16-18 credits)


Two of the following courses (7-8 Credits)


Degree Plan


Degree Plan for Environmental Studies (B.A.)

 
Fall
Spring
First Year
 
 
UNV101: University Seminar I (3 credits) &
FYT100: First Year Transitions (1 credit)
X
 
One of the Following ENV Electives: SOA130: Anthropology: Interpreting Cultural Differences, GLO100: Introduction to Global Studies, or
SOA110: The Sociological Imagination  (3 credits)
X
 
Core Course (3 credits)
X
 
Core Course (3 credits)
X
X
Core Course (3 credits)
X
X
UNV102: University Seminar II (3 credits)
 
X
ECN101: Introductory Macroeconomics (3 credits)
 
X
BIO140: Humans and Their Environment (3 credits) & BIO140L: Humans and Their Environment Laboratory (1 credit)
 
X
Second Year
 
 
RTS225: Quest for the Ultimate (3 credits) or
PHL225: Quest for the Good Life (3 credits) (one each semester)
X
X
HIS Core (3 credits) (HIS265: Modern Global History Recommended)
X
 
ENG Core (3 credits) (ENG205: Contemporary Global Literature Recommended)
X
 
Core Course (3 credits)
X
 
Elective (3 credits)
X
X
BIO255: Conservation Biology (3 credits)
 
X
CEG222: Research Methods (3 credits)
 
X
CHP290: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
 
X
Third Year
 
 

BIO260: Marine Biology & Lab, BIO275: Tropical Biology (3 credits), BIO310: Ecology & Lab (4 credits), or STA173: Statistical Methods (3 credits)

X
 
CEG390: Current Issues (3 credits)
X
 
POL345: International Environment and Development (3 credits)
X
 
Core Course (3 credits)
X
 
Two of the Following Electives: CHP260: The City as a Work of Art, ENV350: Natural Resource Management, or RTS332: Care for Creation: Christianity, Ethics and the Environment (3 credits) (one each semester)
X
X
ENV334: Environmental Justice (3 credits)
 
X
BIO260: Marine Biology & Lab, BIO275: Tropical Biology (3 credits), BIO310: Ecology & Lab (4 credits), or STA173: Statistical Methods (3 credits)
 
X
Elective (3 credits)
 
X
Elective (3 credits)
 
X
Fourth Year
 
 
CEG450: Capstone (3 credits)
X
 
One of the Following ENV Electives: ENV360: Hydroponics Practicum, ENV397: Environmental Studies Internship, ENV497: Undergraduate Research (3 credits), or BIO390: Environmental Science Internship
X
 
Elective (3 credits)
X
X
Elective (3 credits)
X
X
Elective (3 credits)
X
X
Elective (3 credits)
 
X
Art Core (3 credits) (ART202: Sculptural Concepts Recommended)
 
X

*Suggested Plan to Complete Degree Requirements


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