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Environmental Studies

Dr. Benjamin Neimark, Director
309 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-5918
215-204-7692
envtstud@temple.edu
www.temple.edu/env-stud

Environmental Studies is a highly interdisciplinary major, offered by the Department of Geography and Urban Studies.  Students in Environmental Studies are equipped with the scholarly background and intellectual skills to understand a wide range of pressing environmental issues, and they come to appreciate the physical, economic, political, demographic, and ethical factors that define those issues. Among the many environmental problems of interest to our students 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. Many also go on to graduate programs in environmental studies, law, planning, and other fields.

We offer the B.A. as well as a minor in Environmental Studies.  Many of our students choose to complete a double major or a minor in a complementary discipline.

 

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   GenEd Quantitative Literacy course or equivalent 4 GQ
Subtotal     14  
         
Major courses:    
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
EVRN ST/GUS 1051 or 1951 Environment and 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
EVRN ST/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 and 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, and Economy (prereq. ECON 1101 and 1102) 3 WI
EVRN ST 4198 Senior Research Seminar 3 WI
Subtotal     27  
         
Electives   Choose four courses from the list of approved electives below.
One must be a policy course and one must be from the natural sciences.
12  
Subtotal     12  
         
Total     53  

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 and 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, and Economy
   
         
Policy Elective   Select one policy course from the list of approved electives below. 3  
Environmental Studies Electives   Select three topics courses from the list of approved electives below. 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 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.

Department Course # Course Name Hours NS
         
Policy        
C+R PLN 2014 Planning Policy and Law 3  
EVRN ST/ANTHRO 3175 Heritage Management in Archaeology 3  
Economics 3512 Public Finance 3  
Economics 3513 Economics of State & Local Government 3  
ENVT 4761 Environmental Regulations 3  
EVRN ST 3025 Environmental Law and Regulation 3  
EVRN ST/GUS 3051 Environmental Policy Issues 3  
EVRN ST/POL SCI 3152 U.S. Environmental Policy 3  
EVRN ST/POL SCI 3265 International Environmental Policy 3  
         
Topics        
EVRN ST/ANTHRO 3170 Methods in Archaeology (Soils, Sediments, Stratigraphy topic only) 3 NS
EVRN ST/ANTHRO 3189 Field Session in Archaeology 3 NS
EVRN ST/ANTHRO 4117 Seminar in Environmental Archaeology 3  
EVRN ST/ANTHRO 4796 Biocultural Adaptations in Human Populations 3  
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
Biology 4327 Biological Impacts of Global Climate Change 3 NS
Botany 1112 Plant Ecology 3 NS
C+R PLN 1027 History and Practice of Community and Regional Planning 3  
C+R PLN 2114 Urban Form and Design 3  
C+R PLN 2213 Environmental Planning 3  
C+R PLN 2524 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3  
C+R PLN 3256 Sustainable Community Design and Development 3  
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  
EVRN ST/GUS 3052 Environmental Problems in Asia 3  
EVRN ST/GUS 3054 Energy, Resources, and Conservation 3  
EVRN ST/GUS 3062 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3  
EVRN ST/GUS 3097 Environment and Development 3  
EVRN ST/GUS 4015 The Geographic Basis of Land Use Planning 3  
EVRN ST/GUS 4051 Hazards Geography 3  
EVRN ST/GUS 4056 Political Ecology 3  
EVRN ST/GUS 4071 Medical Geography 3  
EVRN ST/GUS 4096 Problems of Environmental Quality 3  
EES 2096 Climate Change: Oceans to Atmosphere 4 NS
EES 2021 Facies Models 4 NS
EES 2061 Introduction to Geochemistry 4 NS
EES 3011 Remote Sensing and GIS 4 NS
EES 3021 Introduction to Hydrology 4 NS
EES 4197/4997 Environmental Seminar 3  
EVRN ST/History 3214 North American Environmental History 3  
EVRN ST/History 4297 Social History of American Medicine 3  
Horticulture 2114 Soils 3 NS
Horticulture 2334/2353 Food Crops I/II 3  
Horticulture 3514 Landscape Restoration 3  
Journalism 3253 Health and 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  
EVRN ST/PHILOS 2596 Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment 3  
EVRN ST/REL 3001 Earth Ethics 3  
Public Health 2102 Environmental Health 3  
EVRN ST/SOC 3511 Sociology of the Environment 3  

Further information is available at www.temple.edu/cla/es.


 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester plans

 

Requirements For new Freshman Starting in the 2009-2010 Academic year

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812, or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foreign Language 1002 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles 3 IN
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 1-3  
Subtotal      14-16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Foreign Language/
GenEd
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
GenEd World Society course or
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
3
GG
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Economics 1102 Microeconomic Principles 3 IN
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
GenEd 08xx or 09xx World Society 3 GG
EES 2001 Physical Geology 4  
EVRN ST/GUS 1051 or 1951 Environment and Society 3 IN
Subtotal      16-17  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
EVRN ST/GUS 1052 Introduction to the Physical Environment 4 SB
Biology 1011 General Biology I 4 SA
Economics 3596 Energy, Ecology, and Economy 3 WI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal     17  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Biology 1012 General Biology II 4 SB
Math
  or
Statistics
  or
Math
1013
  or
2101
 or
2031
Elements of Statistics
     or
Statistical Methods and Concepts
     or
Probability & Statistics
3

3

3
QB

QB
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      16  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
EVRN ST/GUS 3062 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3  
EVRN ST/ Various
Departments
2000+ One Approved Environmental Studies Elective (Policy) 3  
EVRN ST/ Various
Departments
1000+ One Approved Environmental Studies Elective (Topics) 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
EVRN ST 4198 Senior Research Seminar 3 WI
Various
Departments
1000+ One Approved Environmental Studies Elective (Natural Science) 3-4  
EVRN ST/ Various
Departments
2000+ One Approved Environmental Studies Elective (Topics) 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
         
Degree Total   123  
*Completion of the Biology sequence fulfills the GenEd Science & Technology requirement.

 

Requirements For new Transfer Students Starting in the 2009-2010 Academic year

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812, or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 CO/GW
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
Core 0800+ One Quantitative Reasoning A Course 3-4 QA/GQ
Core 0800+ One Arts Course 3-4 AR/GA
Subtotal      14-16  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 IA/GY
Foreign Language 1002 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
Core 0800+ One Studies in Race Course 3 RS/GD
Core 0800+ One International Studies Course 3 IS/GG
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles 3 IN
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Foreign Language 0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
Core International Studies course
3
IS/GG
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 IB/GZ
Economics 1102 Microeconomic Principles 3 IN
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Core 0800+ One American Culture Course 3 AC/GU
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
EES 2001 Physical Geology 4  
EVRN ST/GUS 1051 or 1951 Environment and Society 3 IN
Subtotal      16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
EVRN ST/GUS 1052 Introduction to the Physical Environment 4 SB
Biology 1011 General Biology I 4 SA
Economics 3596 Energy, Ecology, and Economy 3 WI
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal     17  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Biology 1012 General Biology II 4 SB
Math
  or
Statistics
1013
  or
2101
Elements of Statistics
     or
Statistical Methods and Concepts
3 QB

QB
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      16  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
GUS 3062 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3  
EVRN ST/ Various
Departments
2000+ One Approved Environmental Studies Elective (Policy) 3  
EVRN ST/ Various
Departments
1000+ One Approved Environmental Studies Elective (Topics) 3  
Any 1000+ One Writing Intensive Course 3 WI
Any 0800+ One Elective in Any School or
College
3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
EVRN ST 4198 Senior Research Seminar 3 WI
Various
Departments
2000+ One Approved Environmental Studies Elective (Natural Science) 3-4  
EVRN ST/ Various
Departments
2000+ One Approved Environmental Studies Elective (Topics) 3  
Any 0800+ One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Any 0800+ One Elective in Any School or College 2-3  
Subtotal      14-16  
         
Degree Total   123  
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