2. New Major – Environmental Studies (EnSt)
Major Proposal (PCAS form)
Rationale: See attached proposal, sample plan, and checkpoint chart (links above).
EnSt 1101Environmental Problems and Policy, ENVT (4.0 cr)
Rationale: This is a required course for the proposed environmental studies major, serving as an introduction to environmental policy. Environmental policy is fundamental to any environmental studies curriculum, and not currently offered at UMM.
EnSt 2101Environmental Biology, SCI-L (4.0 cr)
Rationale: This is a required course for the proposed environmental studies major. Knowledge of biology is considered core and fundamental in a standard environmental studies curriculum. This course provides a one-course gateway into upper division biology courses normally requiring the biol 1111-2101 sequence, and thus allows environmental studies students a targeted mechanism for studying biology (rather than the broader introduction required of biology majors.)
EnSt 3996Internship/Field Experience in Environmental Studies (2.0 cr)
Rationale: This is a required course in the proposed environmental studies major. It will give students the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to a problem in a work, research or field setting. Furthermore, it will provide experience that they will bring back to the classroom for use in subsequent course work, especially in their environmental studies senior capstone experience.
EnSt 4901Senior Capstone Experience (2.0 cr)
Rationale: This is a required course for the proposed environmental studies major, serving as the capstone experience. It reinforces the interdisciplinary nature of the major by bringing students together to share and discuss their internship experiences and by engaging students with different disciplinary experience and points of view in group work on an interdisciplinary case study. Finally, it will provide formal and informal speaking experience in a small group setting.