Jun 27, 2019  
Catalog 2019-2020 
Catalog 2019-2020

Environmental Sciences B.A.

Environmental Sciences B.A.
Students in the Environmental Science major must successfully complete at least 53 credits in approved courses

  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 must be an ES-designated course, at least two must be at the 300 level and the third must at least be 200 level, and two of the three must be lab courses);
  5. Two courses from ESS Cluster A: Culture, Society, and the Environment;
  6. Two methods courses: a)   or   and b)  ; and
  7. ESS Senior Year Capstone Sequence of   and  .
  8. Up to 3 credits in total of  ,  ,  , and   may count toward the major.

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

With permission from the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program, students may transfer up to two major or minor courses per semester from approved study abroad or domestic off-campus programs. Only two courses in total may be at the 300-level. No core requirements may be fulfilled from abroad or off-campus programs. Credits received from other accredited institutions may, with permission of the Director, be counted towards ESS requirements.

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 to 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.