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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 104EN 224, ES 221, ES 224, PL 231/GO 231HI 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 237ID 210MS 104PL 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 271ES 371ES 299, and ES 399 may count toward the major.

(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 108CH 125, and 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, ES 371, ES 299, and ES 399 may count toward the major.

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



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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