The interdisciplinary major in Environmental Studies consists of eleven courses, as follows:
(3) Interdisciplinary Overviews: ENV 201: Environmental Sciences
ENV 202: Environmental Social Sciences
ENV 203: Environmental Humanities
These three courses may be taken in any sequence, but two must be completed by the end of the sophomore year and the third must be completed by the end of the junior year. ENV 201, 202, and 203 are prerequisites for more advanced ENV courses, including ENV 498: Capstone I. Not offered in 2010-2011.
(4) Depth Component Courses: 3 content courses plus a related methodology course. The Depth Component forms a coherent and rigorous investigation into a particular topic or field. Students may choose from one of three tracks (Environmental Sciences, Environmental Social Sciences, Environmental Humanities) or may self-design a Depth Component, subject to the approval of the Environmental Studies Faculty Advisory Committee (ES FAC). At least three courses in the Depth Component must be at the 200 level or above; at least two courses in the Depth Component must be from the same department. The methodology course comes from the same track of the Depth Component and will provide skills to be applied later in the Capstone Project.
(2) Breadth Component Courses: The Breadth Component is determined in conjunction with the Depth Component. If a student chooses one of the established tracks for the Depth Component, the Breadth Component will consist of one course from each of the other two tracks. Students who self-design the Depth Component will also propose a corresponding Breadth Component, again subject to the approval of the ES FAC.
(2) Capstone courses: ENV 498: Capstone I (Prerequisites: ENV 201, 202, 203)
ENV 499: Capstone II (Prerequisite: ENV 498)
Capstone project. ES majors design and propose an independent project that demonstrates both the knowledge and skills of interdisciplinary Environmental Studies. The objectives of the capstone project reflect the assessment criteria for interdisciplinary programs: significance, coherence, complexity, and rigor.
ENV 498 proposals must be submitted by no later than the end of the first week of class of the fall semester of the senior year; ideally, students will submit these proposals at the end of the junior year, especially for projects that require field work to be completed during the summer. The ES FAC evaluates and approves the proposals. With the permission of the ES FAC, students may propose collaborative projects. Any projects involving human subjects research must receive IRB approval; projects involving non-human vertebrate research must receive IACUC approval.
Capstone projects may include some or all of the following: field work, laboratory work, library-based research, creative work, community-based research. Capstone projects will culminate in a major paper or other significant project appropriate to the subject (such as an art installation or performance). All projects require relevant research; an outline and annotated bibliography (or equivalent indication of research/preparation) for the major paper or project is due at the end of the fall semester of the senior year. The major paper or project is due at the end of ENV 499: Capstone II. Students in ENV 498 and ENV 499 will work independently as well as meet with other majors and the Capstone professor in group sessions.
Honors in Environmental Studies. Honors in ES is awarded to students who meet all of these criteria:
• have a 3.2 GPA overall by the time of graduation,
• have a 3.5 GPA in the major by the time of graduation,
• have done exceptional work in ENV 498 and 499, and
• have successfully defended their major paper or project in an oral defense.
a. Students may not choose both the ES major and the ES concentration.
b. No more than two courses at the 100 level may count for the major, including not more than one course at the 100 level in the Depth Component.
c. No more than three courses taken away from Davidson may count toward the major. Once the Registrar has granted transfer credit, students may petition the ES FAC to approve transfer courses for the major.
d. Students may petition the ES FAC to approve independent studies for the major.
e. ENV 201, 202, 203, 498, and 499 must be taken at Davidson; exceptions must be approved by the ES FAC.
f. Careful course planning is important for all Environmental Studies majors, particularly for students who plan to study abroad and those who plan to do graduate work in an environmental field.
g. Most ES majors will receive the Bachelor of Arts degree. To receive the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies, students must: (a) choose the Environmental Sciences track for the Depth Component, (b) complete a capstone project in Environmental Sciences, and (c) take two additional science or mathematics courses at the 200 level or above. These additional courses do not have to be environmental; if a student also chooses a minor in a science or mathematics department, those courses could count as the additional courses for the B.S. degree in ES.
Tracks for Depth and Breadth Components:
Environmental Sciences Track
Methodology courses: BIO 341: Biostatistics, CHE 371: Analytical Chemistry, CSC 121: Programming and Problem Solving, CSC 200/PHY 200: Computational Physics, MAT 140: Multivariable Calculus and Modeling, MAT 210: Mathematical Modeling, MAT 341: Statistics, PHY 201: Mathematical Methods for Scientists, or another course approved by the ES FAC.
ANT 273: Bioarchaeology (#)
BIO 261-267: Seminar (*)
BIO 317: Entomology
BIO 321: Ecology
BIO 322: Vertebrate Field Zoology
BIO 351-359: Group Investigations (*) BIO 361-369: Seminar (*)
BIO 371-373: Research/Indep. Study (*)
ENV 315: Chemical Equilibrium (Hauser only)
ENV 325: Regional Geology
ENV 335: Soil Science
ENV 367: Ecotoxicology
CHE 301: Chemistry of Natural Products
CHE 302: Energy
CHE 304: Topics in Enviro. & Green Chem. CHE 390-397: Independent study (*)
ENV 230: Surface Geology & Landforms
Environmental Social Sciences Track
Methodology courses: ANT 371: Ethnographic Writing and Research, ANT 372: Visualizing Anthropology, ANT 377: Imaging the Earth, ECO 105: Statistics, POL 221: Methods and Statistics, SOC 260: Social Statistics, SOC 399: Methods in Social Research, or another course approved by the ES FAC.
ANT 207: Foragers, Farmers, and Chiefs
ANT 261: Science, Policy and Society
ANT 267: Food and Culture
ANT 271: Human Ecology
ANT 273: Bioarchaeology (#)
ANT 310: Politics Society & Culture
ANT 325: Environment, Economy, & Culture
ANT 360: Development & Sustainability
CIS 273: Enviro. History of the US South
CIS 331: Ecological Economics
CIS 373: Climate and Culture in Am. History
ECO 180: Globalization, Food & Enviro. ECO 226: Enviro. & Nat. Resource Econ.
ECO 236s: Econ. Growth & Sust. Developmt.
ENV 282: Water and Development
ENV 2XX: Human Geography
ENV 3XX: Urban Environments
HIS 244: Settlement of the American West
HIS 246: Fires, Famines, and Floods HIS 373: Global Environmental History
POL 328: Politics of Information
POL 338: Environmental Politics
POL 472: Sem.-Citizens, Consumers, Env't
POL 473: Sem.-Energy & Water Security
POL 479: Sem.-Environmental Law and Policy
Environmental Humanities Track
Methodology courses: CIS 393: Advanced Research Methods in the Humanities, ENG 220: Literary Analysis, PHI 102: Reason and Argument, REL 301: Perspectives in the Study of Religion; or another course approved by the ES FAC.
ART 230: Earth Art
ENG 110: (only as) Environmental Literature
ENG 284: Ethnic American Literatures: Environmental Justice (A. Ingram)
ENG 389: Studies in Literature and Environment
GER 340: Environmentalism on Film
PHI 140: Environmental Ethics
REL 247: Food in Religious Perspective
REL 248: Christianity and Nature
REL 462: Animals, Human and Non-Human