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Environmental Studies

Students may complete an environmental studies concentration as an adjunct to a major in any of the participating departments or programs: anthropology, biology, chemistry, economics, English, geology, growth and structure of cities, or political science.

Director

Maria Louisa Crawford

Steering Committee

Donald C. Barber, Geology
Peter Briggs, English
Sharon Burgmayer, Chemistry
Richard Davis, Anthropology
Karen Greif, Biology
Carol Hager, Political Science
Krynn Lukacs, Chemistry
Gary McDonogh, Growth and Structure of Cities
Michael Rock, Economics
David Ross, Economics
Bethany Schneider, English
Neal Williams, Biology

The environmental studies concentration is an interdisciplinary program involving departments and programs in the natural and social sciences and humanities. The concentration allows students to explore the interactions among earth systems, human societies and local and global environments.

General inquiries concerning the concentration should go to the Environmental Studies Director, Maria Luisa Crawford (mcrawfor@brynmawr.edu). The listed contact persons on the environmental studies steering committee can answer questions pertaining to the concentration in their departments.

The concentration consists of six courses, three of which are fixed, and three of which are chosen from approved groups. Students should consult the catalog listings of their major department for disciplinary coursework specific to the concentration, if any. Additional program information is available on the environmental studies Web site: http://www.brynmawr.edu/es.

All concentrators enroll in GEOL/CITY B103 Earth Systems and the Environment, followed by BIOL B220 Ecology. As seniors, all concentrators reconvene in the Environmental Studies Senior Seminar (ANTH/BIOL/CITY/GEOL B397) to discuss in-depth issues within a broader environmental theme, set by mutual consent at the beginning of the semester. Because the environmental studies concentration seeks to provide perspective on policy questions and the human sides of environmental issues, students also must choose three courses outside the natural sciences. Two of these choices should address issues of planning and policy, and one other course should address issues of humans in the environment. Available recommended courses are listed below, divided into these two groups. Alternative courses not shown below also may fulfill these requirements, but the environmental studies director must approve any such course substitution. Students also are encouraged, but not required, to take additional science courses to augment their curriculum; possible courses are listed. In addition to checking with her department environmental studies contact, each student’s coursework plan for the concentration must be reviewed by the environmental studies director.

Note: Some classes shown below have prerequisites; some are not offered every year. College divisions and how often each course is offered are shown (subject to change).

Planning and Policy (two are required)

Div.

When Offered

ANTH B210 Medical Anthropology

I

Alternate Years

ECON B234 Environmental Economics

I

Occasionally

CITY/ANTH B190 Form of the City

I or III

Every Year (Spring)

CITY B217 Research in Policy Methods

I

Every Year (Spring)

CITY B229 Comparative Urbanism

I

Most Years (Fall or Spring)

CITY B360 Urban Social Movements

I

Most Years (Fall or Spring)

POLS/CITY B222 Intro. to Environ. Issues

I

Alternate Years (Spring ’07)

POLS B310 Comparative Public Policy

I

Alternate Years (Spring ’06)

POLS B321 Technology and Politics

I

Every 3 Years (Fall ’08)

POLS B339 The Policy-making Process

I

Alternate Years (Fall)

POLS B354 Comparative Social Movements

I

Every 3 Years (Fall ’06)

 

 

 

Humans in the Environment (one is required)

 

 

ANTH B101 Intro. to Anthropology

I

Every Fall

ANTH B203 Human Ecology

I

Every Spring

ANTH H263 Anthropology and Architecture

I

Occasionally

CITY B227 Topics in Modern Planning

I

Most Years (Fall or Spring)

CITY B270/370 Japanese Architecture & Planning

I

Every 3 Years

HIST/CITY B237 Urbanization in Africa

I

Occasionally

ENGL B204 Literatures of American Expansion

III

(2006-07)

ENGL B213 Nature Writing, Environ. Concern

III

Occasionally

ENGL B309 Native American Literature

III

(2006-07)

 

 

 

Science of the Environment (suggested offerings)

 

GEOL B205 Sedimentology

IIL

Every Fall

GEOL B206 Energy, Resources and Policy

II

Occasionally

GEOL B209 Natural Hazards

IIQ

Every Year (Spring ’06)

GEOL B302 Low-temperature Geochemistry

II

Alt. Yrs. (Fall ’05)

GEOL B312 Quaternary Geology

II

Alt. Yrs. (Spring ’06)

BIOL B209 Environmental Toxicology

II

Spring ’06

BIOL B210 Biology and Public Policy

II

Every Year (Fall or Spring)

BIOL B215 Experimental Design & Statistics

II

Alternate Years (Spring ’07)

BIOL B225 Biology of Plants

II

Occasionally

BIOL/GEOL B250 Computational Models

II

Every Spring

BIOL B309 Biological Oceanography

II

Spring

GEOL/BIOL/ARCH B328 Geospatial Analysis

II

Every Spring

For a number of the courses above, especially those with a substantial component of independent inquiry, students are encouraged to select environmental topics.

In her senior year, in addition to the Environmental Studies Senior Seminar, each student should show evidence of advanced work in environmental studies. This may consist of a research project, a major thesis, or in some departments it would be a 300-level course in which the student deals extensively with environmental issues. In selected cases, with approval of the major department adviser and the environmental studies director, this advanced work may be undertaken as an internship or Praxis course. Additional courses of interest to students of all disciplines include courses at University of Pennsylvania or Swarthmore College. Certain classes from Junior Year Abroad programs may fulfill requirements for the concentration if pre-approved. These include special environmental programs like the University of Kansas Costa Rica programs and the programs sponsored by Swarthmore in Eastern Europe.

Given the flexible requirements of the concentration, it is important that students plan their curriculum as early as possible. Ideally planning should start no later than the first semester of the sophomore year.

 
     
 
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