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Environmental Studies

Dr. Michele Masucci, Chair of GUS
309 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-5918
215-204-7692
envtstud@temple.edu
www.temple.edu/env-stud

Belinda Wilson, Administrator

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. Degree in Environmental Studies

1. University Requirements:

  • Math 0701 (4sh) and/or English 0701 (4sh), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. See below for a list of the specific courses required for your major.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

2. College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including: 90 credits in CLA/CST courses, 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999). For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits must be taken in the Humanities Departments (English, French, German, Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese (only available at our Japan campus), Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish), Art History, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
  • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.

3.  Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:

1) All students must complete the second level of a foreign language;

2) All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd World Society category; and

3) All students must complete one of the following options:

  • Third level of a foreign language;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language;
  • A second General Education World Society course;
  • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
  • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page.

4. Major Requirements (49 s.h.)

Specifically Required courses:

  • Economics 1101, 1102, 3596
  • Environmental Studies/GUS 1051 (or 1951), 1052, 3062,
  • Biology 1011, 1012
  • Geography and Urban Studies 3161

Other major requirements:

  • A Research Methods course selected from GUS 4197 (which also completes the second writing intensive course) or ENVR ST/GUS 4078 (which is *not* writing intensive, so a student must select a WI Elective to compensate for this).
  • One course selected from the Policy Listing Below
  • One course selected from the Natural Science Topics Listing below
  • One additional course from either area.

5. General electives vary according to a student's individual program of study. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

 

Prerequisite and Fundamental courses:    
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles 3  
Economics 1102 Microeconomic Principles 3  
         
Major courses:    
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
ENST/GUS 1051 or 1951 Environment and Society 3  
ENST/GUS 1052 Introduction to the Physical Environment 4  
Biology 1011 General Biology I (with lab) 4  
Biology 1012 General Biology II (with lab) 4  
ENST/GUS 3062 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3  
GUS 3161 Statistics for Spatial Analysis 3  
Economics 3596 Energy, Ecology, and Economy (prereq. ECON 1101 and 1102) 3 WI
     
Select one Research Methods course from: 3  
GUS

ENST/GUS
4197

4078
Research Methods in Geography and Urban Studies
     or
Research Methods in Environmental Studies**
  WI
Electives   Choose three courses from the list of approved electives below.
One must be a policy course and one must be from the natural sciences.

Note: No electives may double-count between the Environmental Studies
major and either the Geography & Urban Studies major or minor.
9  
Major subtotal:     39  
         
Total     49  

 

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 Attribute column.

** ENST/GUS 4078 is not a designated writing-intensive course.  Students who elect this option must take another Writing Intensive course in Environmental Studies to complete the writing-intensive requirement.

Double-Counting Across Curricula

Many students elect to take a combination of the Environmental Studies major or minor and the Geography and Urban Studies major or minor as they are complementary programs.

The Geography and Urban Studies Department will not permit double-counting of courses (except for the specifically required courses) across these programs. 

Also, please note: students may not combine a major or minor in Environmental Studies with a major or minor in Environmental Science (in CST) as there is too much overlap.

 

Requirements for the Minor

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
ENST/GUS 1051 or 1951 Environment and Society 3  
         
One of the following (plus any required prerequisites): 3-4  
Biology

EES

ENST/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.

Note: No electives may double-count between the Geography & Urban
Studies major and either the Geography & Urban Studies major or minor.
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.

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours NS
         
Policy        
CRP 2014 Planning Policy and Law 3  
ENST/ANTH 3175 Heritage Management in Archaeology 3  
Economics 3512 Public Finance 3  
Economics 3513 Economics of State & Local Government 3  
ENVT 4761 Environmental Regulations 3  
ENST 3025 Environmental Law and Regulation 3  
ENST/GUS 3051 Environmental Policy Issues 3  
ENST/POLS 3152 U.S. Environmental Policy 3  
ENST/POLS 3265 International Environmental Policy 3  
         
Topics        
ENST/ANTH 3170 Methods in Archaeology (Soils, Sediments, Stratigraphy topic only) 3 NS
ENST/ANTH 3189 Field Session in Archaeology 3 NS
ENST/ANTH 4117 Seminar in Environmental Archaeology 3  
ENST/ANTH 4796 Biocultural Adaptations in Human Populations 3  
ENST/ANTH 4896 Environmental Physiology 3 NS
Biology 2227 Principles of Ecology 3 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
CRP 1027 History and Practice of Community and Regional Planning 3  
CRP 2114 Urban Form and Design 3  
CRP 2213 Environmental Planning 3  
CRP 2524 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3  
CRP 3256 Sustainable Community Design and Development 3  
ENST 3000 Special Topics in Environmental Studies 3  
ENST 4082 Independent Study: Environmental Studies 1-3  
ENST 4085 Internship: Environmental Studies 3  
ENST/GUS 2051 The Urban Environment 3  
ENST/GUS 3052 Environmental Problems in Asia 3  
ENST/GUS 3054 Energy, Resources, and Conservation 3  
ENST/GUS 3062 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3  
ENST/GUS 3097 Environment and Development 3  
ENST/GUS 4015 The Geographic Basis of Land Use Planning 3  
ENST/GUS 4051 Hazards Geography 3  
ENST/GUS 4056 Political Ecology 3  
ENST/GUS 4071 Medical Geography 3  
ENST/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  
ENST/History 3214 North American Environmental History 3  
ENST/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  
LARC 2144 Landscape Architecture Design Studio II 6  
LARC 2758 Summer Field Ecology 3 NS
ENST/PHIL 2157 Environmental Ethics 3  
ENST/PHIL 2596 Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment 3  
ENST/REL 3001 Earth Ethics 3  
Public Health 2102 Environmental Health 3  
ENST/SOC 3511 Sociology of the Environment 3  

 

Further information is available at www.temple.edu/gus/undergraduate/esmajor/index.htm.


 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester plan

 

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
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  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foreign Language 1002 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
Economics 1101 Macroeconomic Principles 3  
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  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
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  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
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  
ENST/GUS 1051 or 1951 Environment and Society 3  
Subtotal      16-17  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
ENST/GUS 1052 Introduction to the Physical Environment 4  
Biology 1011 General Biology I * 4  
Economics 3596 Energy, Ecology, and Economy 3 WI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal     17  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Biology 1012 General Biology II * 4  
Math
  or
Statistics
  or
Math
1013
  or
2101
 or
2031
Elements of Statistics
     or
Statistical Methods and Concepts
     or
Probability & Statistics
3

3

3
 
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      16  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
ENST/GUS 3062 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems 3  
ENST/ Various
Departments
2000+ One Approved Environmental Studies Elective (Policy) 3  
ENST/ 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  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
ENST 4198 Senior Research Seminar 3 WI
Various
Departments
1000+ One Approved Environmental Studies Elective (Natural Science) 3-4  
ENST/ 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.
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