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Major in Environmental Studies

Terraced rice paddies
Terraced rice paddies and timber plantations in Japan.

The expanding human population faces many environmental challenges, including the loss of biological diversity, the fragmentation of habitats, the effects of floods and earthquakes, the need for food resources, and the degradation of water supplies. These challenges are inherently interdisciplinary.

In order to understand the issues and make informed decisions, we need information from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities. Beloit College offers students multiple paths of study to explore environmental issues. Students may major in Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Geology, or Environmental Studies. In addition, students may minor in Environmental Studies.

Internships, research experiences, and off-campus study offer students additional ways to explore environmental studies.

Majors and Minor

Environmental Studies Major
The environmental studies major provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of interactions between humans and the environment. The major includes introductory and advanced courses in the social sciences, natural sciences, and interdisciplinary approaches to environmental issues. Core environmental courses introduce students to the interdisciplinary study of environmental issues and form the foundation for the major. Environmental Studies 380: Senior Colloquium in Environmental Studies provides an opportunity for students to reflect upon the diverse perspectives on environmental issues that they have studied.

Environmental Biology Major
The environmental biology major provides a broad background in the biological sciences with a focus on how humans interact with their biological environments.

Environmental Chemistry Major
The environmental chemistry major provides an understanding of the chemical sciences with a focus on environmental processes and human interactions with these processes.

Environmental Geology Major
The environmental geology major provides an understanding of how earth systems operate and how humans interact with the environment.

Environmental Studies Minor
The environmental studies minor offers the opportunity to study environmentally related topics in economics, political science, natural science, philosophy, and environmental studies courses.