Environmental Studies Concentration

Hiking near Mount St. Helens, observing recovery from a natural disaster.
Hiking near Mount St. Helens, observing recovery from a natural disaster.

The environmental studies concentration is designed for students who have an interest in environmental issues and plan careers in related fields. Due to the varying interests and backgrounds of the students who choose this option, the choice of courses for this concentration is more open than in the environmental science concentration. Participating students may pursue a major in any field. Students who complete this concentration might, for example, enter science journalism or work for environmental advocacy groups.


The following are required for the concentration:

  • ENVN 102, 220.
  • Two skills courses selected from the following: Economics 101, English 203, Mathematics 209, Political Science 216.
  • No more than one lab science course selected from the following (this option not available for science majors): Biology 195, Chemistry 121, Geology 101.
  • Two courses that deal explicitly with environmental issues, selected in consultation with the director.
  • One course in the student’s major that is given an environmental focus by completion of an environmental paper, project or activity within the existing structure of the course. Normally these will be at the 200-level or higher. This work will be done in consultation with the director and the course instructor.
  • Experiential requirements:
    • Attendance at a series of seminars each semester. In these, students who completed internships the previous semester will report on them, and other items of general interest, such as graduate schools and careers, will be discussed.
    • An environmental research project, service project or internship. Students should have prior approval of the concentration director, and must make a presentation in the seminar and submit a paper summarizing the experience.