Environmental Science Curriculum

Curricular Requirements

Since 1991 the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences has defined environmental awareness as a major theme in the College's Core Curriculum, and asked the Department of Environmental Studies to deliver the course Introduction to Environmental Issues to all undergraduates regardless of major. The UNE College of Arts and Sciences is one of the few in the nation that requires formal instruction in environmental studies as a requirement for graduation.

  credits

CAS Core Requirements (includes 19 credits required by major)

42-46
  Credits
Program Required Courses including Green Learning Community (First year) 28
ENV 100 & 101 - Introduction to Environmental Issues  3
BIO 105/105L - Biology I : Ecology/Evolution  4
BIO 106/106L - Biology II : Cellular/Molecular 4
LIT 121 & 122 - Literature, Nature and The Environment  3
BUEC 104 & 105 - Economics in Context  3
CHE 110/110L - General Chemistry I 4
CHE 111/111L - General Chemistry II 4
MAT 151 - Statistics for Environmental Sciences  3
   
Interdisciplinary Environmental Issues Courses (Second year)  13
ENV 200 - Society, Population, and Environment: A Global Perspective 3
ENV 220 - Conservation and Preservation 3
ENV 220L - Conservation and Preservation Lab 2
ENV 240 - Environmental Sustainability Lab 2
ENV 250 - Environmental Policy in Comparative Perspective 3
   
BIO 350/350L - Ecology w/ Field Lab (Third year) 4
   
Upper-Division Science Electives  16
 After consulting with their academic advisors, ENV Science Majors will choose at least sixteen credit hours of upper-division science courses from the Department of Environmental Studies, and from the Departments of Biology, Marine Science, Chemistry/Physics and/or Psychology. (This group of courses should be taken during third and fourth years.)  
Environmental Studies Distribution Requirements** (Third and fourth year - See listing below)  6 - 8
Two courses chosen from different distribution groups in the list of Environmental Studies Distribution Requirements  
Internship:  3-9*

*Up to 12 credits may be arranged with special permission from the department chair.

ENV 295 and/or 495

 
Senior Capstone in Environmental Studies  3
ENV 499  
Open Elective Courses (needed to reach 120 credits) variable
Minimum Required Total Credits  120

**Environmental Studies Distribution Requirements List 

 
Group One: Conservation, Preservation, Restoration

Credits

ENV 275 - Environmental Studies Colloquium 1
ENV 309 - Sustainability and Ecological Restoration 3
ENV 312/312L- Wetland Conservation and Ecology w/ Field Lab 4
ENV 313/313L - Wetland Restoration: Science and Policy w/ Field Lab 4
ENV 314/314L - Restoring Coastal Habitats in the Gulf of Maine w/ Field Lab 4
ENV 315 - Land Conservation Practicum 3

ENV 316/316L - Land Conservation Practicum w/ Field Lab

4
ENV 317 - Case Studies in Preserving Biodiversity and Protected Areas 3
ENV 318/318L - Advanced Field Methods in Avian Ecology & Conservation w/ Field Lab 4
ENV 398 - Topics in Environmental Studies (3 credits) 3
ENV 399 - Topics in Environmental Studies w/ Lab (4 credits) 4
   
Group Two Environmental Policy and Management  
ENV 275 - Environmental Studies Colloquium 1
ENV 321 - Environmental Communication: Expert Practices for Ecosystem Management 3
ENV 328 - Environmental Pollution: Ecosystems, Wildlife and Human Health 3
ENV 357 - Sustaining Water 3
ENV 372 - Forest Landscape Ecology and Management 3
ENV 398 - Topics in Environmental Studies  3
ENV 399 - Topics in Environmental Studies w/ Lab  4
BUEC 390 - Environmental Economics 3
BUEC 395 - Ecological Economics 3
   
Group Three:  Arts, Humanities, and Values   
ENV 275 - Environmental Studies Colloquium 1
ENV 331 - Women and the Environment 3
ENV 332 - The Literature of Nature 3
ENV 333/333L - The Nature Writers w/ Field Lab 4
ENV 334 - Contemporary Nature Writing 3
ENV 334L - Contemporary Nature Writing Lab 1
ENV 335 - Environmental History of New England  3
ENV 336 - Seminar on Edward Abbey 3
ENV 337 - Outdoor Environmental Education 3
ENV 338 - Environmental Themes in Popular Lyrics 3
ENV 398 - Topics in Environmental Studies  3
ENV 399 - Topics in Environmental Studies w/ Lab  4
   
Group Four: Global Ecology and Social Justice   
ENV 275 - Environmental Studies Colloquium 1
ENV 340 - Environmental Movements and Social Change 3
ENV 341 - Indigenous Ecology, Conservation Biology, and the Politics of Knowledge 3
ENV 344 - Environmental Ethics 3
ENV 348/348L - Environment, Health, and Community Development in E. Africa w/ Lab

4

ENV 376 - Caribbean Sustainable Development 3
ENV 398 - Topics in Environmental Studies  3
ENV 399 - Topics in Environmental Studies w/ Lab  4

The Environmental Science department also offers minors in the following areas: 

 

Students wishing to pursue teacher certification in Life Science can complete a double major with Environmental Science and Secondary Education OR a major in Secondary Education and a concentration in Environmental Science.  For more Information, see the Secondary Education catalog page.