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  Academic Programs / Liberal Arts

Environmental Studies

Dr. Robert Mason, Director
330 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-5918
envtstud@temple.edu
www.temple.edu/env-stud

Students will be equipped with the scholarly background and intellectual skills to understand a wide range of pressing environmental issues, and they will come to appreciate the physical, economic, political, demographic, and ethical factors that define those issues. Among the many environmental problems central to our program are groundwater contamination, suburban sprawl, river basin management, environmental justice, and the greening of abandoned urban spaces. Our graduates find employment with government environmental agencies, citizens' organizations, consulting firms, and corporate environmental affairs departments.

The College of Liberal Arts offers a B.A. and a minor in Environmental Studies, while the College of Science and Technology offers a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Environmental Studies.

 

Requirements for the B.A.

Prerequisite and Fundamental courses:    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
EES 2001 Physical Geology 4  
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles 3 IN
Economics 1102 Microeconomic Principles 3 IN
Math/STAT   to be determined 3  
Subtotal     13  
         
Major courses:    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
EVRN ST/GUS 1051 or 1951 Environment & Society 3 IN
EVRN ST/GUS 1052 Introduction to the Physical Environment 4 SB
Biology 1011 General Biology I (with lab) 4 SA
Biology 1012 General Biology II (with lab) 4 SB
GUS 3062 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3  
Math
   or
Statistics
   or
Math
1013
  or
2101
  or
2031
Elements of Statistics (prereq. Math 1011)
     or
Statistical Methods & Concepts (prereq. Math 1031 or 1041 or STAT 1001)
     or
Probability & Statistics (prereq. Math 1031 or two semesters of calculus)
3

3

3
QB

QB
Economics 3596 Energy, Ecology & Economy (prereq. ECON 1102) 3 WI
EVRN ST 4198 Senior Research Seminar 3 WI
Subtotal     27  
         
Electives   Choose 4 courses from the list of approved electives.
One must be a policy course and one must be from the natural sciences.
12  
Subtotal     12  
         
Total     52  

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed above and are identified by "WI" in the RCI column.

Requirements for the Minor

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
EVRN ST/GUS 1051 or 1951 Environment & Society 3  
         
One of the following (plus any required prerequisites): 3-4  
Biology

EES

EVRN ST/GUS

Economics
2227

3021

3062

3596
Principles of Ecology
     or
Introduction to Hydrology
     or
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
     or
Energy, Ecology & Economy
   
         
Policy Elective   Select one policy course from the list of approved electives. 3  
Environmental Studies Electives   Select three topics courses from the list of approved electives. 9  
         
Total     18-19  

Environmental Studies Electives List

Note: Upper-level Science and Liberal Arts courses from this list can be used to satisfy the CLA/CST 45 credit upper-level distribution requirement. Please consult with an advisor.

*NS - Indicates that the course counts as a Natural Science course in fulfillment of B.A. requirements.

*SSH - Indicates that the course counts as a Social Science/Humanities course in fulfillment of requirements for the B.S.

Department Course # Course Name Hours *NS/SSH
         
Policy        
C+R PLN 2014 Planning Policy and Law 3 SSH
EVRN ST/ANTHRO 3175 Heritage Management in Archaeology 3 SSH
Economics 3512 Public Finance 3 SSH
Economics 3513 Economics of State & Local Government 3 SSH
ENVT 4761 Environmental Regulations 3 SSH
EVRN ST 3025 Environmental Law and Regulation 3 SSH
EVRN ST/GUS 3051 Environmental Policy Issues 3 SSH
EVRN ST/POL SCI 3152 U.S. Environmental Policy 3 SSH
EVRN ST/POL SCI 3265 International Environmental Policy 3 SSH
         
Topics        
EVRN ST/ANTHRO 3170 Methods in Archaeology 3 NS
EVRN ST/ANTHRO 3189 Field Session in Archaeology 3 NS
EVRN ST/ANTHRO 4117 Seminar in Environmental Archaeology 3 SSH
EVRN ST/ANTHRO 4796 Biocultural Adaptations in Human Populations 3 SSH
EVRN ST/ANTHRO 4896 Environmental Physiology 3 NS
Biology 2227 Principles of Ecology 4 NS
Biology 2238 Marine Environments 3 NS
Biology 3196 Experimental Marine Biology 4 NS
Biology 3245 Marine Ecology 4 NS
Biology 3316 Tropical Marine Biology 4 NS
Biology 3336 Freshwater Ecology 4 NS
Botany 1112 Plant Ecology 3 NS
C+R PLN 1027 History and Practice of Community and Regional Planning 3 SSH
C+R PLN 2114 Urban Form and Design 3 SSH
C+R PLN 2213 Environmental Planning 3 SSH
C+R PLN 2524 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3  
C+R PLN 3256 Sustainable Community Design and Development 3 SSH
EVRN ST 3000 Special Topics in Environmental Studies 3  
EVRN ST 4082 Independent Study - Environmental Studies 1-3  
EVRN ST 4085 Internship - Environmental Studies 3  
EVRN ST/GUS 2051 The Urban Environment 3 SSH
EVRN ST/GUS 3052 Environmental Problems in Asia 3 SSH
EVRN ST/GUS 3054 Energy, Resources, and Conservation 3 SSH
EVRN ST/GUS 3062 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3  
EVRN ST/GUS 3097 Environment and Development 3 SSH
EVRN ST/GUS 4015 The Geographic Basis of Land Use Planning 3 SSH
EVRN ST/GUS 4051 Hazards Geography 3 SSH
EVRN ST/GUS 4056 Political Ecology 3 SSH
EVRN ST/GUS 4071 Medical Geography 3 SSH
EVRN ST/GUS 4096 Problems of Environmental Quality 3 SSH
EES 2015 Climate Change: Oceans to Atmosphere 4 NS
EES 2021 Facies Models 4 NS
EES 2061 Introduction to Geochemistry 4 NS
EES 3011 Remote Sensing & GIS 4 NS
EES 3021 Introduction to Hydrology 4 NS
EES 4197/4997 Environmental Seminar 3 SSH
EVRN ST/History 3214 North American Environmental History 3 SSH
EVRN ST/History 4297 Social History of American Medicine 3 SSH
Horticulture 2114 Soils 3 NS
Horticulture 2334/2353 Food Crops I/II 3  
Horticulture 3514 Landscape Restoration 3  
Journalism 3253 Environmental Reporting 3  
LAN ARC 2144 Landscape Architecture Design Studio II 6  
LAN ARC 2758 Summer Field Ecology 3 NS
EVRN ST/PHILOS 2157 Environmental Ethics 3 SSH
EVRN ST/PHILOS 2596 Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment 3 SSH
EVRN ST/REL 3001 Earth Ethics 3 SSH
Public Health 2102 Environmental Health 3 SSH
EVRN ST/SOC 3511 Sociology of the Environment 3 SSH

 

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