Academic Majors & Minors
- Students can declare a major/minor during, or after the second semester of their freshman year. Students should declare a major/minor no later than the end of the sophomore year.
- No more than 2 concentrations allowed, either:
- 2 majors OR
- 1 major and 1 minor OR
- 1 major
- Maintain at least a C (2.0) average in any major or minor.
- Only one (1) undergraduate degree may be earned from Emory.
Major in Environmental Sciences BA
|Hours To Complete||39 - 42|
|Declaration of Major Contact|
Students who seek a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Sciences must complete eleven courses in four areas: Foundation Courses, Intermediate Breadth Courses, Upper Level Electives, and Independent Study. One Field Course and one Upper Level Lab course; two labs; or two field courses are required as part of, but not in addition to, the coursework. No 100-level courses (with the exception of ENVS 131) may be applied toward the major. Oxford College students should check the ENVS website for Oxford course equivalencies.
Foundation Courses (three required): the foundation consists of three courses (ENVS 131, 260 and 390) designed for students seeking a major. Intermediate Breadth Courses (three required): at least one 200-level course in each of three discipline areas: Ecology/Conservation, Earth Science, and Social Science and Policy. Upper Level Electives (four required): students will choose four courses (200 level and above) to form a focus in a particular area. Students are given a great deal of flexibility and responsibility in choosing their elective courses. The Upper Level Elective area course options include courses offered in the department and those cross-listed with other departments. Elective courses are intended to provide students with the opportunity to focus their studies in a given area. Focus area choices are guided by a student’s interests and in consultation with the faculty advisor. A limited number of study abroad courses, Emory courses outside the department, or transfer courses may be counted for the major, subject to ENVS department approval. 400-level variable credit Independent Study courses must be taken for at least 4-credit hours to fulfill the Independent Study requirement.
Foundation Courses (three courses required)
Student must complete
- ENVS 131: Introduction to Environmental Sciences (with lab)
- ENVS 260: Quantitative Methods in Environmental Sciences
- ENVS 390: Environmental Sciences Seminar.
Intermediate Breadth Courses (three courses required; one course from each category A-C)
A. Earth Science
- ENVS 222: Evolution of the Earth (with lab)
- ENVS 230: Fundamentals of Geology (with lab)
- ENVS 235: Environmental Geology
- ENVS 241: Modern and Ancient Tropical Environments (1 credit) and ENVS 242: Modern and Ancient Tropical Environments Field Course (3 credits) [Note: That both ENVS 241 and ENVS 242 are required to fulfill the Earth Science Category. ENVS 241/ENVS 242 also fulfills the field course component of the major]
B. Social Science and Policy
- ENVS 215: Human Ecology
- ENVS 225: Institutions and the Environment
- ENVS 227: Environmental Policy
C. Ecology and Conservation
- ENVS 232: Integrated Methods in Ecology (with lab)
- ENVS 240: Ecosystem Ecology (with lab)
- ENVS 247: Ecology (with lab)
Upper –Level Electives (four courses (of at least 3 credit hours) required, courses must be at the 200-level or above). Note that ENVS 399 must be taken for at least 3 credit hours to count as elective credit.
The following are examples of ENVS courses that satisfy the upper-level electives:
ENVS 250, ENVS 320, ENVS 321, ENVS 324, ENVS 325, ENVS 329, ENVS 330, ENVS 331, ENVS 339, ENVS 340, ENVS 342, ENVS 3442, ENVS 344, ENVS 345, ENVS 346, ENVS 348, ENVS 349, ENVS 350, ENVS 359, ENVS 361, ENVS 371, ENVS 372, ENVS 377, ENVS 383, ENVS 384, ENVS 385, ENVS 399, ENVS 410, ENVS 420, ENVS 442, ENVS 444, ENVS 446, ENVS 458, ENVS 483.
Independent Study (one four hour course required)
The following courses satisfy the independent study requirement:
ENVS 491, ENVS 494, ENVS 495R, ENVS 497R, ENVS 498R, ENVS 499R
Field Study Courses
A field course may also be used to satisfy one other ENVS requirement (Intermediate area or an upper-level elective requirement).
- ENVS 241 and ENVS 242
- ENVS 371 and 372
- ENVS 442
- ENVS 444
- ENVS 446
Upper level lab requirement (one 4 hour ENVS 200-level or above course “with lab”)
Students may complete at least one upper-level lab course. The course may also be used to satisfy one other ENVS requirement (Intermediate area or an upper-level elective requirement).