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Skidmore College
Environmental Studies and Sciences

Majors

Environmental Studies B.A.:
Students in the Environmental Studies major must successfully complete at least 41 credits in approved courses.

  1. Foundation courses: ES 100 - Environmental Concerns in Perspective and ES 105 - Field Studies in Environmental Science;
  2. Three courses from the Social and Cultural Core classes: EC 104, EN 224, ES 221, ES 224, PL 231/GO 231, HI 266, SO 223;
  3. Three additional courses from ESS Cluster A: Culture, Society and Environment (at least 6 credits must be at the 300 level);
  4. Two courses from ESS Cluster B1: Exploring the Natural World (at least one course with a lab);
  5. One methods course: EC 237, ID 210, MS 104, PL 202, SO 226 or SO 227 and;
  6. ESS Senior Year Capstone Sequence of ES 374 and ES 375.
  7. Up to 3 credits in total of ES 271 A-D, ES 371 A-D, ES 299 A-D, and ES 399 A-D may count toward the major.

With permission from the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program, students may transfer up to two major or minor courses per semester from approved study abroad or domestic off-campus programs. Only two courses in total may be at the 300-level. No core requirements may be fulfilled from abroad or off-campus programs. Credits received from other accredited institutions may, with permission of the Director, be counted towards ESS requirements.

(See Environmental Studies and Sciences for a listing of cluster courses.)

Environmental Sciences B.A.
Students in the Environmental Science major must successfully complete at least 53 credits in approved courses

  1. Foundation course: ES 100 - Environmental Concerns in Perspective;
  2. Natural science disciplinary foundation: BI 106 or BI 108, CH 125, and ES 105 or GE 101;
  3. Interdisciplinary natural science core courses: ES 205 and ES 206;
  4. Three additional courses from ESS Cluster B2 (one must be an ES-designated course, at least two must be at the 300 level and the third must at least be 200 level, and two of the three must be lab courses);
  5. Two courses from ESS Cluster A: Culture, Society, and the Environment;
  6. Two methods courses: a) MS 104 or BI 235 and b) ID 210; and
  7. ESS Senior Year Capstone Sequence of ES 374 and ES 375.
  8. Up to 3 credits in total of ES 271 A-D, ES 371 A-D, ES 299 A-D, and ES 399 A-D may count toward the major.

(See Environmental Studies and Sciences for a listing of cluster courses.)

With permission from the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program, students may transfer up to two major or minor courses per semester from approved study abroad or domestic off-campus programs. Only two courses in total may be at the 300-level. No core requirements may be fulfilled from abroad or off-campus programs. Credits received from other accredited institutions may, with permission of the Director, be counted towards ESS requirements.

Writing in the Major Requirement: Both Environmental Studies and Environmental Science require writing that synthesizes information from a variety of sources, clearly articulates both science- and value-based arguments, and conveys complicated ideas. Students must learn to write independent pieces and to write effectively in a collaborative setting. In introductory courses for the major, students advance their writing skills through analytical case studies and scientific papers and reports; this focus continues in 200-level courses. The capstone challenges students to describe their complex research findings in narrative and graphical forms and to discuss the relevance of their finding in a manner accessible to community groups. Majors in both Environmental Science and Environmental Studies fulfill the Skidmore writing-in-the-major requirement as they complete their major requirements, learning to write in a variety of disciplines and for a variety of audiences, including the general public.

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