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    Skidmore College
   
 
  Sep 21, 2017
 
Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Catalog 2017-2018

Environmental Sciences B.A.


Environmental Sciences B.A.
Students in the Environmental Science major must successfully complete 60 to 63 credits in approved courses that count toward the ES major.

  1. Foundation course:  ;
  2. Natural science disciplinary foundation:   or   , and  ;
  3. Interdisciplinary natural science core courses:   and  ;
  4. Three additional courses from ESS Cluster B2, one of which must be an ES-designated course (two of these courses must be at the 300 level, the third must at least be 200 level, and two of the three must be lab courses);
  5. a)  One course, at least 3 credits, from ESS Cluster A: Culture, Society, and the Environment; and
    b)  An additional 3 credits in ESS Cluster A;
    c)  Up to 3 credits in total of  ,  ,  , and   may count toward the major.
  6. Two methods courses: a)   or   and b)  ; and
  7. ESS Senior Year Capstone Sequence of   and  .


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 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.

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