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Temple’s schools and colleges are developing interdisciplinary programs that involve students and departments in more than one school or college. This sections contains information about these collaborative ventures:

Phi Beta Kappa

Membership in the society is open only to students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Science and Technology. Eligibility for membership is considered each Spring. At this time, juniors and seniors who are candidates for the B.A. or B.S. degree are eligible for consideration if their undergraduate record fulfills the following minimum requirements:

  1. The candidate shall be majoring in a department or program in those colleges and be taking a course program expected to include not less than 95 hours of letter graded liberal arts and sciences courses (including courses transferred to Temple as arts and sciences courses) among the hours required for the B.A. or B.S. degree.

  2. During the semester in which eligibility is considered,
  1. The candidate must either have completed or be in the process of completing 60 semester hours of courses in CLA or CST at Temple University; (Students transferring to Temple from a college housing a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will have CLA or CST equivalent courses counted as if they were taken at Temple.)
  2. The candidate must have taken 12 semester hours per semester for at least 4 semesters which may include the current semester and/or two consecutive summer sessions;
  3. The candidate must have completed or be enrolled in 2 full-time semesters at one of the Philadelphia campuses of the University.
  1. For election as a junior, the candidate shall have completed not less than 75 nor more than 89 semester hours of college work. The caliber of the candidate's work should be of exceptional distinction, including, for all graded work in arts and sciences courses, a GPA of at least 3.80. The minimum CLA/CST GPA needed for a candidate to be considered for election as a senior is 3.50. Candidates who have achieved this minimum CLA/CST GPA at Temple and who have transferred to Temple 30 or more semester hours of course work, will have their CLA/CST GPA recalculated to include grades received at the transfer institution(s) in liberal arts and sciences equivalent courses.

  2. Candidates shall have demonstrated a knowledge of mathematics and of a foreign language at least minimally appropriate for a liberal education. Candidates shall have completed at least one college level mathematics course. (This would include courses in the Mathematics Department numbered 55 or above. Note that although Statistics 11 and 12 and other courses outside the Mathematics Department may satisfy the University's Core QA and QB requirements, they do not satisfy the Phi Beta Kappa requirement.) Candidates shall also have completed at least one semester of a foreign language at the second year level. At Temple, this generally means completion of a foreign language course numbered 61 or above which was taught in the foreign language. (Courses taught primarily in English do not fulfil the requirement.) Students for whom English is a second language will be exempted from this requirement, provided that a notation to this effect appears on the "events" screen of the student's DARS document. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that this notation is made prior to the semester in which eligibility will be considered.

  3. Weight shall be given to the breadth of the program of each candidate as shown by the number, variety and level of arts and science courses taken outside the major. Weight shall also be given to the balance and proportion in the candidate's degree program as a whole.

Officers of Phi Beta Kappa
Professor Merle Weiss, President,
Department of Economics
Professor Orin Chein, Vice President, Department of Mathematics
Professor Philip Evanson, Secretary, Department of History
Professor Jay Lockenour, Treasurer, Department of History

Academic Programs


Robert J. Mason, Director
(215) 204-5918

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws on the resources of departments in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Offered jointly by the College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Technology, Environmental Studies includes both B.A. and B.S. options. Majors will be equipped with the scholarly background and intellectual skills to understand the environmental issues brought about by demographic, economic, and ethical changes in human populations, economic activities, and values, as well as by physical factors that include global climate fluctuations, ecosystem dynamics, and natural disasters.

B.A. Requirements

Prerequisites s.h.
Math C055, C066, or C067 -Core Math Sequence 6
Geology C050 - Introduction to Geology 4
Economics C051/C052 - Macro/Micro Economics 6
Total 16
Geog. & Urban Studies C050 - Environment & Society 3
Biology C083 - General Biology 4
Biology C084 - General Biology 4
Geology C081- Environmental Resources (Prereq. Geol. C050)
OR 4
Geog. & Urban Studies C052 - The Physical Environment (Prereq. Geol. C050)  
Statistics C023 - A Survey of Statistics (Prereq. Math C055) 3
Economics 255 - Energy, Ecology, and Economy (Prereq. Econ. 51 & 52) 3
Environmental Studies 300 - Senior Research Seminar 3
Total 24



B.A. majors must take five (5) courses from the list of approved electives. One of these courses must be a policy course and one must be from the natural sciences.

B.S. Requirements

Prerequisites s.h.
Geology C050 - Introduction to Geology 4
Chemistry C071/C072 - General Chemistry 8
Chemistry 121 - Organic Chemistry 4
Economics C052 - Micro Economics 3
Math C075/C076  
OR 8
C085/C086 Calculus  
Total 27
Geog. & Urban Studies C050 - Environment and Society 3
Biology 103 - Introduction to Biology 4
Biology 104 - Introduction to Biology 4
Biology 227 - Principles of Ecology (Prereq. Bio. 103/104) 4
Geology 210 - Hydrology 4
Geog. & Urban Studies C052 - The Physical Environment (Prereq. Geol. C050) 4
Statistics C023 - Survey of Statistics 3
Economics 255 - Energy, Ecology, & Economy (Prereq. Econ. C052) 3
Environmental Studies 300 - Senior Research Seminar 3
Total 32


B.S. majors must take four (4) courses from the list of approved electives. One of these courses must be a policy course and one must be from the social sciences.

List of Environmental Studies Electives (subject to change)

Policy electives

Anthropology 205 - Cultural Resources Management
Economics 246 - Public Finance
Economics 248 - Economics of State & Local Government
Economics 281 - Government Regulation of Business
Environmental Engineering
Technology 316 - Environmental Regulations
Geography & Urban Studies 250 -Environmental Policy Issues
Political Science 152 - U.S. Environmental Policy
Political Science 265 - International Environmental Policy

Topics electives

Anthropology 220 - Environmental Physiology
Anthropology 222 - Economic Anthropology
Anthropology 317 - Seminar in Environmental Archaeology
Anthropology 320 - Field Session in Archaeology
Anthropology 321 - Methods in Archaeology
(Sediments, Soil, & Stratigraphy)
Anthropology 325 - Biocultural Adaptions
Architecture 172 - Introduction to Planning
Biology 227 - Principles of Ecology
Biology 236 - Freshwater Ecology
Biology 237 - Marine Environments I
Biology 238 - Marine Environments II
Biology 245 - Marine Ecology
Botany 102 - Plant Ecology
Geography & Urban Studies 215 - Geographic Basis of Land Use Planning
Geography & Urban Studies 238/
Asian Studies 238 - Environmental Problems in Asia
Geography & Urban Studies 239 - Medical Geography
Geography & Urban Studies 252 - Problems of Environmental Quality
Geography & Urban Studies 254 - Energy, Resources, and Conservation
Geography & Urban Studies 256 - Environment and Development
Geography & Urban Studies 257 - Hazards Geography
Geography & Urban Studies 262 - Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
Geography & Urban Studies 295 - Independent Study--Environmental Geography
Geology 210 - Hydrology
Geology 211 - Facies Models
Geology 261 - Introduction to Geochemistry
Geology 381 - Environmental Seminar
Horticulture 236 - Soils
Horticulture 310 - Landscape Management and Restoration
Horticulture 318 - Sustainable Food Crops
Landscape Architecture 206 - Environmental Land Planning
Landscape Architecture 208 - Land Planning Studio
Landscape Architecture 210 - Summer Field Ecology
Statistics 278 - Statistics for Experiments


Carolyn T. Adams (Geography & Urban Studies)
Katie G. Cannon (Religion)
Sanjoy Chakravorty (Geography & Urban Studies)
Richard S. Cohen (Mechanical Engineering)
Stephanie Cohen (Landscape Architecture & Horticulture)
Thomas J. Dean (Religion)
Trevor Douglas (Chemistry)
Charles E. Dyke (Philosophy)
David E. Grandstaff (Geology)
Claire Haignere (Health Studies)
Terry Halbert (Legal Studies)
Patricia K. Hansell (Anthropology)
Donald Humphreys (Civil & Environmental Engineering)
Robert L. Kidder (Sociology)
Grant R. Krow (Chemistry)
Valencia Libby (Landscape Architecture & Horticulture)
Robert J. Mason (Geography & Urban Studies)
Michele Masucci (Geography & Urban Studies)
Richard L. Miller (Biology)
Stuart E. Neff (Biology)
Jonathan Nyquist (Geology)
Robert M. Patterson (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Anthony J. Ranere (Anthropology)
James M. Rogers (Political Science)
Rickie Sanders (Geography & Urban Studies)
Robert W. Sanders (Biology)
Elizabeth A. Sluzis (Landscape Architecture & Horticulture)
Woollcott K. Smith (Statistics)
John A. Sorrentino (Economics)
Michael Stewart (Anthropology)
Laura Toran (Geology)
Gene C. Ulmer (Geology)
Morris J. Vogel (History)
William J. Young (Geography & Urban Studies)
Gerald Zeitz (Human Resource Administration)


This is a joint degree B.A. program offered by the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Economics. The required courses are as follows (it is not necessary to complete all of the courses listed above as common requirements). All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

Three semesters of calculus (Mathematics C085, 0086, or 0127.

One semester of computer programming (Computer and Information Sciences C059 or C061 or C071).


W141 Basic Mathematical Concepts
0147 Linear Algebra
0233 Introduction to Probability
0234 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
0253 Numerical Analysis I


C053 Economic Principles
0201 Intermediate Economic Analysis - Microeconomics
0202 Intermediate Economic Analysis - Macroeconomics
0240 Mathematical Economics
0241 Introduction to Econometrics
0287 Managerial Economics
W302 Economics Writing Seminar

In addition to these courses, every major in Mathematical Economics must take two additional mathematics courses numbered 0200 or higher, and one additional economics courses as approved by the advisor. (Mathematics 0227 and Economics 0283 cannot both be counted toward the major.)