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Environmental Studies

Michele Masucci, Chair of Geography & Urban Studies
309 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-4429
www.temple.edu/gus

Christina Rosan, Faculty Advisor
320 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-9327
christina.rosan@temple.edu

Belinda Wilson, Administrator
215-204-0472
bwilson@temple.edu

Tycina Cousin, Coordinator
215-204-7692
tcousin@temple.edu

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guses@temple.edu

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major offered by the Department of Geography and Urban Studies that examines the nature, causes and consequences of human interactions with the environment.  Students in Environmental Studies gain the intellectual and methodological tools to understand and address the crucial environmental issues of our time and the impact on individuals, society, and the planet.  Students are introduced to a physical lab science, an understanding of the economic system, and social science methods in order to prepare for our core courses. 

The Environmental Studies core courses are designed to develop the theoretical and methodological frameworks and tools necessary to understand the relationships between people and their environment as they interact through local to global connections.  Students examine environmental policy and the role of political institutions; environmental decision-making; natural hazards and risk assessment; environmental ethics and legal issues; and environmental justice. The electives give students the opportunity to develop an area of emphasis around their particular interests. 

We encourage our students to incorporate a semester abroad and/or an internship into their plan of study.  Each student's program is developed with a departmental advisor to suit individual interests and is designed to maximize educational and career opportunities.  Our graduates find employment with government environmental agencies, nonprofits (domestic and international), citizens' organizations, consulting firms, and corporate environmental affairs departments.  Many also go on to graduate programs in environmental studies, law, geography, planning, and other fields.

We offer the B.A. as well as a minor in Environmental Studies.  Many of our students choose to complete a double major or a minor in a complementary discipline.

Internships

We encourage students to apply their skills and knowledge in a credit-bearing internship that utilizes their academic training.  Assignments at planning, social service, environmental and other agencies, as well as at firms that specialize in mapping and geographic data analysis, have helped in securing employment opportunities.  The internship is complemented by a seminar in which students discuss their experiences. Contact guses@temple.edu for more information on this opportunity.

Requirements for the B.A. Degree in Environmental Studies

1. University Requirements:

2. College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

3.  Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:

1) All students must complete the second level of a foreign language;

2) All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and

3) All students must complete one of the following options:

4. Major Requirements (49 s.h.)

Specifically Required courses:

Other major requirements:

5. General electives vary according to a student's individual program of study. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

Prerequisite and Fundamental courses:       
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
Economics     1101    Macroeconomic Principles     3     
Economics    1102    Microeconomic Principles     3     
Major courses:        
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies     1051 or 1951    Environment and Society     3     
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies     1052    Introduction to the Physical Environment     4     
Biology    1011    General Biology I (with lab)     4     
Biology    1012    General Biology II (with lab)     4     
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies    3062    Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems    3     
Geography & Urban Studies    3161    Statistics for Urban and Spatial Analysis    3     
Economics    3596    Energy, Ecology, and Economy (prerequisites: Economics 1101 & 1102)     3    WI   
Environmental Studies    4198    Senior Research Seminar    3    WI   
Select one Research Methods course from:    3     
Geography & Urban Studies

Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies    4197

4078    Research Methods in Geography and Urban Studies
or
Research Methods in Environmental Studies**      WI   
Electives      Choose three courses from the list of approved electives below.
One must be a policy course and one must be from the natural sciences.

Note: No electives may double-count between the Environmental Studies
major and either the Geography & Urban Studies major or minor.     9     
Major subtotal:        39     
Total      major + prerequisites    45     

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed above and are identified by "WI" in the Attribute column.

Double-Counting Across Curricula

Many students elect to take a combination of the Environmental Studies major or minor and the Geography and Urban Studies major or minor as they are complementary programs.

The ONLY courses that can double-count between the Geography and Urban Studies and Environmental Studies majors are: Geography & Urban Studies 3161, Geography & Urban Studies 4197, Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies 4078.  When used for the major in either program, these courses may not be used to fulfill the minor elective requirements of the other program.  Note Geography & Urban Studies 4198 and Environmental Studies 4198 are NOT cross-listed seminars. Anyone pursuing a double major in Geography & Urban Studies and ES must take both capstone courses.

Students may not combine a major or minor in Environmental Studies and a major or minor in Environmental Science in the College of Science and Technology.

Distinction in Major

Environmental Studies majors may graduate with distinction in major with a 3.5 in Environmental Studies coursework and a 3.0 GPA overall.

Requirements for the Minor

Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies     1051 or 1951     Environment and Society     3     
One of the following (plus any required prerequisites):     3-4     
Biology

Earth & Environmental Science

Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies

Economics    2227

3021

3062

3596    Principles of Ecology
or
Introduction to Hydrology
or
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
or
Energy, Ecology, and Economy        
Policy Elective       Select one policy course from the list of approved electives below.     3     
Environmental Studies Electives       Select three topics courses from the list of approved electives below.

Note: No electives may double-count between the Geography & Urban
Studies major and either the Geography & Urban Studies major or minor.    9     
Total        18-19     

Environmental Studies Electives List

Note: Upper-level Science and Liberal Arts courses from this list can be used to satisfy the CLA 45 credit upper-level distribution requirement. Please consult with an advisor.

*NS - Indicates that the course counts as a Natural Science course in fulfillment of B.A. requirements.

Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    NS   
Select at least three electives, one must be policy-related, one must be science-related,
the third can be any course on this list.       
Policy Electives  Select at least one:       
Community & Regional Planning    2014    Planning Policy and Law     3     
Environmental Studies/Anthropology     3175    Heritage Management in Archaeology     3     
Economics    3512    Public Finance     3     
Economics    3513    Economics of State & Local Government     3     
Environmental Engineering Technology    4761    Environmental Regulations     3     
Environmental Studies     3025    Environmental Law and Regulation     3     
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies     3051    Environmental Policy Issues     3     
Environmental Studies/Political Science     3152    U.S. Environmental Policy     3     
Environmental Studies/Political Science     3265    International Environmental Policy     3     
Natural Science Electives  Select at least one:       
Environmental Studies/Anthropology     3170    Methods in Archaeology (Soils, Sediments, Stratigraphy topic only)    3    NS   
Environmental Studies/Anthropology     3189    Field Session in Archaeology     3    NS   
Anthropology     3774    Environmental Physiology and Health    3    NS   
Biology    2227    Principles of Ecology     3    NS   
Biology    3196    Experimental Marine Biology     4    NS   
Biology    3245    Marine Ecology     4    NS   
Biology    3316    Tropical Marine Biology     4    NS   
Biology    3336    Freshwater Ecology     4    NS   
Biology    4327    Biological Impacts of Global Climate Change    3    NS   
Botany    1112    Plant Ecology     3    NS   
Earth & Environmental Science    2096    Climate Change: Oceans to Atmosphere     4    NS   
Earth & Environmental Science    2021    Facies Models     4    NS   
Earth & Environmental Science    2061    Introduction to Geochemistry     4    NS   
Earth & Environmental Science    3011    Remote Sensing and GIS    4    NS   
Earth & Environmental Science    3021    Introduction to Hydrology     4    NS   
Horticulture    2114    Soils    3    NS   
Landscape Architecture    2758    Summer Field Ecology     3    NS   
Topics           
Environmental Studies/Anthropology     4117    Seminar in Environmental Archaeology     3     
Environmental Studies/Anthropology     4796    Biocultural Adaptations in Human Populations     3     
Community & Regional Planning    1027    History and Practice of Community and Regional Planning     3     
Community & Regional Planning    2114    Urban Form and Design     3     
Community & Regional Planning    2213    Environmental Planning     3     
Community & Regional Planning    2524    Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems     3     
Community & Regional Planning    3256    Sustainable Community Design and Development     3     
Environmental Studies     3000    Special Topics in Environmental Studies     3     
Environmental Studies     4082    Independent Study: Environmental Studies     1-3     
Environmental Studies     4085    Internship: Environmental Studies     3     
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies     2051    The Urban Environment     3     
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies     3052    Environmental Problems in Asia     3     
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies     3054    Energy, Resources, and Conservation     3     
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies     3062    Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems     3     
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies     3097    Environment and Development     3     
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies     4015    The Geographic Basis of Land Use Planning     3     
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies     4051    Hazards Geography     3     
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies     4056    Political Ecology     3     
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies     4071    Medical Geography     3     
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies     4096    Problems of Environmental Quality     3     
Environmental Studies/History     3214    North American Environmental History     3     
Environmental Studies/History    4297    Social History of American Medicine     3     
Horticulture    2334/2353    Food Crops I/II     3     
Horticulture    3514    Landscape Restoration     3     
Journalism    3253    Health and Environmental Reporting     3     
Landscape Architecture     2144    Landscape Architecture Design Studio II     6     
Environmental Studies/Philosophy    2157    Environmental Ethics     3     
Environmental Studies/Philosophy    2596    Philosophical Perspectives on the Environment     3     
Environmental Studies/Religion    3001    Earth Ethics     3     
Public Health     2102    Environmental Health     3     
Environmental Studies/Sociology    3511    Sociology of the Environment     3     

Further information is available at www.temple.edu/gus/undergraduate/esmajor/index.htm.


Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan

Freshman Year – 1st Semester      
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
English    0802, 0812, or 0902     Analytical Reading & Writing     4    GW   
GenEd     08xx or 09xx    Quantitative Literacy     4     GQ   
Foreign Language    1001    Foreign Language (first level)    4     
GenEd    08xx or 09xx    Race & Diversity    3    GD   
Subtotal          15     
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester      
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
Intellectual Heritage    0851 or 0951     Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I     3    GY   
Foreign Language    1002    Foreign Language (second level)    4     
Economics    1101    Macroeconomic Principles     3     
CLA/CST    0800-4999    Any CLA/CST Elective    3     
Any    0800-4999    One Elective in Any School or College    2     
Subtotal          15     
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester      
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
Foreign Language/
GenEd    0800+    Foreign Language (third level) or
GenEd World Society course or
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List    3   
GG   
Intellectual Heritage    0852 or 0952     Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II     3    GZ   
GenEd    08xx or 09xx    Human Behavior     3    GB   
Economics    1102    Microeconomic Principles     3     
CLA/CST    2000+    One 2000+ CLA/CST Course     3     
Subtotal          15     
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester      
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
GenEd    08xx or 09xx    Arts    3-4    GA   
GenEd    08xx or 09xx     U.S. Society     3     GU   
GenEd    08xx or 09xx    Global/World Society     3     GG   
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies    1051 or 1951     Environment and Society     3     
CLA/CST    0800-4999    Any CLA/CST Elective    3     
Subtotal          15-16     
Junior Year – 1st Semester      
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
CLA/CST    2000+    One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course    3     
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies    1052    Introduction to the Physical Environment     4     
Biology    1011    General Biology I *    4     
Economics    3596    Energy, Ecology, and Economy    3    WI   
CLA/CST    2000+    One 2000+ CLA/CST Course     3     
Subtotal        17     
Junior Year – 2nd Semester      
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
CLA/CST    2000+    One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course    3     
Biology    1012    General Biology II *    4     
Geography & Urban Studies    3161    Statistics for Urban and Spatial Analysis    3     
CLA/CST    2000+    One 2000+ CLA/CST Course     3     
CLA/CST    2000+    One 2000+ CLA/CST Course     3     
Subtotal          16     
Senior Year – 1st Semester      
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies    3062    Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems     3     
Environmental Studies Electives List    1000+    One Approved Environmental Studies Elective
(Natural Science)    3     
Environmental Studies Electives List    2000+    One Approved Environmental Studies Elective (any)    3     
Select one Research Methods Course:      3     
Geography & Urban Studies
or
Environmental Studies/Geography & Urban Studies    4197
or
4078    Research Methods in Geography and Urban Studies
or
Research Methods in Environmental Studies      WI   
CLA/CST    2000+    One 2000+ CLA/CST Course     3     
Subtotal          15     
Senior Year – 2nd Semester      
Subject    Course #    Course Title    Hours    Attribute   
Environmental Studies     4198    Senior Research Seminar     3    WI   
Environmental Studies Electives List    2000+    One Approved Environmental Studies Elective
(Policy)    3-4     
CLA/CST    2000+    One 2000+ CLA/CST Course     3     
CLA/CST    2000+    One 2000+ CLA/CST Course     3     
CLA/CST    0800-4999    Any CLA/CST Elective    3     
Subtotal          15-16     
Degree Total       123     
*Completion of the Biology sequence fulfills the GenEd Science & Technology requirement.   

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