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Concentration Environmental StudiesThe Environmental Studies concentration is designed to provide an interdisciplinary education in environmental issues that draws from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. The required courses provide all environmental studies students the opportunity to ground themselves in relevant concepts and topics, as well as scientific methodologies and mapping skills that span the disciplines. Beyond these requirements, students who wish to explore the natural science aspects of these issues in more depth may pursue the Environmental Science track (23-27 credits in addition to Gateway courses), while those with greater interest in social science/humanities and policy themes may pursue the Environmental Studies track (18-19 credits in addition to Gateway courses). In addition to concentration requirements, students are strongly advised to complete an environmental studies internship to fulfill that graduation requirement. Environmental Studies graduates may also qualify to apply for and receive the Certificate in Environmental Studies from FAU.

Advisory Board:

Dr. Jon Moore   Dr. William O'Brien   Dr. Jim Wetterer

Courses

Available Options: Environmental Science Track,   Environmental Studies Track,   Minor Concentration.

Required Courses: These courses are required for both tracks of the Concentration in Environmental Studies.

REQUIRED COURSES
Course # Course Name Credits
EVR 2017 Honors Environment and Society 3
EVR 3352, or 
PCB 4043
Honors Issues in Human Ecology, or 
Honors Principles of Ecology
3
PHI 3682 Honors Environmental Philosophy 3
BSC 1011, 1011L Honors Biodiversity, with Lab 4
ECO 2023 Honors Microeconomic Principles 3
ECP 4302 Honors Environmental Economics 2
CHM 2045, 2045L Honors General Chemistry I, with Lab 4
STA 2023 Honors Introductory Statistics 3
GEO 3144C Honors Geographic Information Systems 3
EVR 4970 Honors Thesis in Environmental Studies 6
  Total Credits (gateway courses) 35

 

 

Environmental Science Track: In addition to the required courses listed above, students on this track must take the following courses:

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TRACK COURSES
Course # Course Name Credits
CHM 2046, 2046L Honors General Chemistry II, with Lab 4
CHM 2210, 2210L Honors Organic Chemistry I, with Lab* 4
  Science Electives 
from 2 or more disciplines**
12-16
  Humanities / Social Science Elective 3
  Total Credits (science track) 23-27
  Total Credits (incl. gateway courses) 55-59
* Students are strongly encouraged to take CHM 2211 / 2211L, 
   Organic Chemistry II with Lab.
 
** BSC 1005 & 1005L may not be counted as a science elective.
 

Environmental Studies Track: In addition to the required courses listed above, students on thsi track must take the following courses:

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES TRACK COURSES
Course # Course Name Credits
  Science Elective 3-4
  Humanities / Social Science Electives 15
  Total Credits (environmental studies track) 18-19
  Total Credits (including gateway courses) 50-51
 

Science Electives: Courses on this list may be used to fill the science electives section of both the Environmental Science and Environmental Studies tracks (except as indicated above). Please be aware that some courses on this list have prerequisites. Students are reminded that they need 45 upper-level (3000 or 4000-level) credits to graduate.

SCIENCE ELECTIVES
Course # Course Name Credits
BCH 3033, 3033L Honors Biochemistry with Lab 4
BOT 3501, 3501L Honors Intro. to Plant Biology with Lab 4
BSC 1010, 1010L Honors Biological Principles 4
BSC 1933 Honors Freshman Seminar in Biology 3
CHM 1025C Honors Contemporary Chemical Issues 3
CHM 2046, 2046L Honors General Chemistry II with Lab 4
CHM 2210, 2210L Honors Organic Chemistry I with Lab 4
CHM 2211, 2211L Honors Organic Chemistry II with Lab 4
CHM 2214, 2214L Honors Introduction to 
Organic Spectroscopy with Lab
2
CHM 3080 Honors Environmental Chemistry 3
CHM 3609 Honors Inorganic Chemistry with Lab 4
CHM 3120 Honors Quantitative Analysis 4
CHM 4130 Honors Instrumental Methods 
of Analysis with Lab
3
EVR 2001 Honors Intro. to Environmental Science 3
EVR 4420/BSC4930 Honors Marine Conservation 3
Course # Course Name Credits
EVS 4414 Honors Conservation Biology 3
GEO 4930 Honors Special Topics in Geography* 3
OCB 3012, 3012L Honors Marine Biology 
and Oceanography with Lab
4
OCB 2000 Honors Survey of Marine Biology 3
OCE 2001 Honors Introduction to Oceanography 3
PCB 3351, 3351L Honors Tropical Rainforest with Lab 6
PCB 3411 Honors Animal Behavior 3
PCB 4043 Honors Principles of Ecology 3
PCB 4414 Honors Behavioral Ecology 4
PCB 4673 Honors Evolution 3
PHY 2048, 2048L Honors General Physics I with Lab 5
PHY 2049, 2049L Honors General Physics II with Lab 5
PHY 2020 Honors Conceptual Physics 3
PSC 2514C Honors Energy and the Environment 4
ZOO 2303, 2303L Honors Vertebrate Zoology with Lab 4

Humanities and Social Science Electives: Courses on this list may be used to fill the social science and humanities electives section of both the Environmental Science and Environmental Studies tracks. Please be aware that some courses on this list have prerequisites.

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVES
Course # Course Name Credits
AMH 3630 Honors American 
Environmental History
3
AML 3452 Honors Environmental Imagination 
in American Literature and Culture
3
ECO 2013 Honors Macroeconomic Principles 3
ECS 3013 Honors International 
Economic Development
3
ENC 3362 Honors Environmental 
Writing and Rhetoric
3
EUH 3618 Honors Sense of Place Across Time 3
EVR 1933* Honors Freshman Seminar 
in Environmental Studies
3
EVR 4930* Honors Sepcial Topics 
in Environmental Studies
3
EVS 3403 Honors Global Environmental Issues 3
GEO 2370 Honors Conservation and 
Use of Natural Resources
3
GEO 3402 Honors Human Geography 3
GEO 4930 + Honors Special Topics in Geography 3
IDS 3932 Honors Ethics in Business, 
Government and Society
3
PAD 3003 # Honors Public Management 
and Administration
3
Course # Course Name Credits
PAD 3104 # Organizational Behavior and Administrative Communication 3
PAD 4332 # Managing for Excellence 
in Public and Non-Profit Sectors
3
PAD 4320 # Program Evaluation 
in Public Management
3
PAD 4604 # Administrative Process and Ethics 3
PAD 4806 # State and Local 
Government Administration
3
PHI 3644 Honors Obligations 3
POS 3691 Honors Law and American Society 3
POS 4603 Honors Constitutional Law 3
POS 4931 # Law and Government Agencies 3
PUP 4008 # Policy Analysis 3
PUP 4212 Honors Environmental Conflict 3
SOP 4716 Honors Environmental Psychology 3
SYD 4792 Honors Race, Gender, 
Class, Sexuality and Science
3
SYP 4803 Honors Gender and Technology 3

* Can Count multiple times given different topics. 
+ Human geography topics may count for social science elective credit. 
# Non-Honors College course, taught on the Jupiter Campus.

Minor Concentration: The minor concentration in Environmental Studies consists of at least 18 credit hours from relevant courses in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, at least 9 of which must be upper division courses. To count toward the minor, a course must be guided by an explicit environmental theme. At least 6 credits must be in the social sciences and humanities, while at least 3 credits of the minor must be from a relevant natural science. Only 6 credits used to satisfy the student s concentration may overlap with the minor concentration. At least 50 percent of upper level credits must be taken at the Wilkes Honors College. Students must maintain a 2.0 in courses taken for the minor concentration. 
Courses that count for the minor concentration are listed below. Special Topics and Freshman Seminar courses, besides those in Environmental Studies, as well as relevant team-taught ICIS courses, must be approved by the Environmental Studies advisory Board to ensure that course content reflects an environmental theme.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES MINOR CONCENTRATION
SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES COURSES
Course # Course Name Credits
AMH 3630 Honors American 
Environmental History
3
AML 3452 Honors Environmental Imagination 
in American Literature and Culture
3
ASN 4405 Honors Humans and Nature 
in Japan and East Asia
3
ECP 4302 Honors Environmental Economics 3
ENC 3362 Honors Environmental 
Writing and Rhetoric
3
EVR 1933 Honors Freshman Seminar 
in Environmental Studies
3
EVR 2017 Honors Environment and Society 3
EVR 4930 Honors Sepcial Topics 
in Environmental Studies
3
EVS 3403 Honors Global Environmental Issues 3
GEO 2370 Honors Conservation and 
Use of Natural Resources
3
GEO 4930 Honors Special Topics in Geography 3
PHI 3682 Honors Environmental Philosophy 3
PUP 4212 Honors Environmental Conflict 3
SOP 4716 Honors Environmental Psychology 3
NATURAL SCIENCE COURSES
Course # Course Name Credits
BSC 1011, 1011L Honors Biodiversity with Lab 4
BSC 1933 Honors Freshman Seminar in Biology 3
CHM 1025C Honors Contemporary Chemical Issues 3
CHM 3080 Honors Environmental Chemistry 3
EVS 4414 Honors Conservation Biology 3
GEO 3144C Honors Geographic 
Information Systems
3
OCB 3012, 3012L Honors Marine Biology and Ocenography, with Lab 4
PCB 3351, 3351L Honors Tropical Rainforest with Lab 6
PCB 3352 Honors Issues in Human Ecology 6
PCB 4043 Honors Principles of Ecology 6
PSC 2514C Honors Energy and the Environment 6

* Updated 05/28/2008

 

 
Last Modified 3/20/14