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Department of Mathematics
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Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr PA, 19010

Approved Electives

 Approved Electives for the Environmental Studies Minor

Category (A) Environmental Science, Math and Engineering           Category (B) Social Sciences and Humanities

Tri-Co Environmental Studies Elective Course

Bryn Mawr College Environmental Studies Electives


Category A Courses

Course #

Name of Course

BIOL 210

 Biology and Public Policy

BIOL 220 (L)


BIOL 225 *

 Biology of Plants

BIOL 250 *

 Computational Methods

BIOL 255


BIOL 323

Coastal and Marine Biology

BIOL 332

Global Change Biology

GEOL 101 (L)

 How the Earth Works

GEOL 102

Earth:  Life of A Planet

GEOL 103 (L)

 Earth Systems and the Environment

GEOL 203  (L)


GEOL 206 *

 Energy Resources and Sustainability

GEOL 209

 Natural Hazards & Human Populations

GEOL 302

Low Temperature Geochemistry

GEOL 314

 Marine Geology

MATH 210 *

 Differential Equations w/ Apps (Environmental Problems)




Category B Courses

ANTH 203

Human Ecology

ANTH 210

Medical Anthropology

ANTH 237

Environmental Health

ANTH 244

Global Perspectives on Early Farmers and Social Change

ARCH 104

Agriculture and Urban Revolution

ARCH 245

The Archaeology of Water

CITY 201

Introduction to GIS for Social and Environmental Analysis

CITY 229

Topics in Comparative Urbanism-Global Exurbia

CITY 250

Growth and Spatial Organization of Cities

CITY 278

American Environmental History

CITY 329

Advanced Topics in Urban Environments: Sensing the City

CITY 345

Advanced Topics in Environment and Society - Environmental Studies

EAST 352

China’s Environment: History, Policy, and Rights

EAST 362

Environment in Contemporary East Asia

ECON 225

Economic Development

ECON 234

Environmental Economics

ECON 242

Economics of Local Environmental Programs

ECON 335

East Asian Development

EDUC 268

Educating for Environmental Literacy

EDUC 285

Ecologies of Minds and Communities

ENGL 204*

Literatures of American Expansion

ENGL 216

Re-creating Our World


Ecological Imaginings (formerly ENG 313)

ENGL 268

Native Soil: Indian Land & American Lit 1588-1840

ENGL 251

Food For Thought

ENGL 275

Food Revolutions

HART 377

Topics in Modern Architecture

HIST 212

Pirates, Travelers and Natural Historians

HIST 237*

Urbanization in Africa

PHIL 238

Science, Technology and the Good Life

PHIL 240

Environmental Ethics

POLS 222

Introduction to Environmental Issues

POLS 256

Global Climate Politics

POLS 310*

Comparative Public Policy

POLS 321*

Technology and Politics/Cross-listed with CITY 321

POLS 354*

Comparative Social Movements

POLS 356

Global Politics of Climate Change

SOCL 165

Problems in the Natural and Built Environment

SOCL 247

Environmental Social Problems

SPAN 203

La Naturaleza Como Identidad Political



Haverford College Environmental Studies Electives


Category A Courses

Course #


BIOL 118

Plants and People

BIOL 310 *

 Molecular Microbiology (half-credit)

BIOL 314 *

 Photosynthesis (half-credit)

CHEM 112 * (L)

 Chemical Dynamics

CHEM 150

Intro to Oceanography

CHEM 358

Topics in Environmental Chemistry (half-credit)




Category B Courses

ANTH 112

The Anthropology of Architecture

ANTH 203

Imagining the Arctic: Reading Contemporary Ethnographies of the North

ANTH 224

Microbes – Animals – Humans:  Ethnographic Adventures in Multispecies Worlds

ANTH 281

Nature/Culture: Introduction to Environmental Anthropology

ANTH 302*

Oil,  Culture, Power

ANTH 309

Anthropology and Urban Ecology

ECON 229

New Institutional Economics and Natural Resources

ECON 234

Environmental Economics

ECON 334

Natural Resource Economics

ENGL 257*

British Topographies

ENGL 356

Studies in American Environment and Place

HIST 119*

International History of the United States

HIST 237*

Geographies of the Occult and Witchcraft

HIST 348

Walter Benjamin on  Lancaster Avenue

ICPR 206

Introduction to Permaculture

POLS 261*

Global Civil Society

PSYC 304

Environmental Psychology and Conservation

WRPR 172

Ecological Imaginaries:  Identity, Violence and the Environment



Swarthmore College Environmental Studies Electives


Category A Courses

Course #


BIOL 002 

 Organismal and Population Biology

BIOL 009

Our Food

BIOL 016 *


BIOL 017 *

 Microbial Pathogenesis and Immune Response

BIOL 020 * (L)

Animal Physiology

BIOL 025 *

 Plant Biology

BIOL 026 * (L)

 Invertebrate Biology

BIOL 031 * (L)

History and Evolution of Human Food

BIOL 034 * (L)


BIOL 036 (L)


BIOL 037 *

 Conservation Genetics

BIOL 039 (L)

Marine Biology

BIOL 115E *

 Plant Molecular Genetics - Biotechnology

BIOL 116 *

Microbial Processes and Biotechnology

BIOL 137

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function

CHEM 001 (L)

Chemistry and the Human Environment

CHEM 043 * (L)

 Analytical Methods and Instrumentation

CHEM 103

Topics in Environmental Chemistry

ENGR 003 *

 Problems in Technology


 Environmental Protection

ENGR 004B *

Swarthmore and the Biosphere

ENGR 035 *

Solar Energy Systems

ENGR 057 * (L)

 Operations Research (also ECON 032)

ENGR 063 (L)

Water Quality and Pollution Control

ENGR 066 (L)

 Environmental Systems

MATH 056 *


PHYS 002E *

FYS: Energy

PHYS 024 (L)

 The Earth's Climate and Global Warming




Category B Courses


Anthropological Perspectives on Conservation

ANTH 035

Pictured Environments: Japanese Landscapes and Cityscapes


Anthropological Linguistics: Endangered Languages

CHIN 087

Water Policies, Water Issues:  China/Taiwan and the U.S.

CHIN 088

Governance and Environmental Issues in China

ECON 076

Environmental Economics


FYS: Imagining Natural History


Writing Nature

ENGL 089

Race, Gender, Class and Environment

ENVS 001

Introduction to Environmental Studies

ENVS 002

Human Nature, Technology, and the Environment

ENVS 003

Environmental Policy and Economics

ENVS 004

Sustainable Community Action

ENVS 005


ENVS 006

FYS: Visions of the End: Hope and Despair in the Last Days


Environmental Justice:  Theory and Action

ENVS 050

Sustainable Research Methods

ENVS 070

Geographic Information Systems

ENVS 071

Remote Sensing of Environment

ENVS 072

GIS for Public Health

ENVS 090

Directed Reading in Environmental Studies (Permission of the instructor is required.)

ENVS 091


ENVS 092

Research Project

HIST 089

Environmental History of Africa

JPNS 035

Narratives of Disaster and Rebuilding in Japan

LING 120

Anthropological Linguistics: Endangered Languages


Food Revolutions: History, Politics, Culture


Nature and Industry in Russian Literature and Culture


First-Year Seminar: When Disaster Strikes

PHIL 035

Environmental Ethics

POLS 037

Introduction to GIS for Social Environmental Analysis

POLS 043

Environmental Policy and Politics


Environmental Justice: Theory and Action

POLS 048

The Politics of Population

POLS 071

Applied Spatial Analysis with GIS: Special Topics

POLS 087

Water Policies, Water Issues: China/Taiwan and the U.S.

POLS 088

Governance and Environmental Issues in China


FYS: Visions of the End: Hope and Despair in the Last Days

RELG 022

Religion and Ecology

RUSS 086

Nature and Industry in Russian Literature and Culture


Race, Gender, Class and Environment



Interdisciplinary Courses

Bryn Mawr
ENVS 403 Independent Study
ENVS 415 Teaching Assistant