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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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