The Environmental Studies Minor
The Bryn Mawr College Environmental Studies Concentration is now a MINOR! Whatever you are majoring in, at Bryn Mawr, Haverford or Swarthmore, you may also complete a six course minor in Environmental Studies. The structure of the minor allows for more flexibility, more opportunities to do advanced Environmental Studies work, and also allows for more cooperation and collaboration between the Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore campuses!
The minor consists of six courses: an interdisciplinary foundational course (ENVS 101 at Bryn Mawr or Haverford, or ENVS 001 at Swarthmore), an interdisciplinary capstone course (ENVS 397 at Bryn Mawr or Haverford, or ENVS 091 at Swarthmore), two courses from approved lists in the natural sciences, math, and engineering, and two courses form approved lists in the humanities and social sciences.
You should plan your minor carefully with the Director of Environmental Studies at your home campus and in consultation with your major advisor. In choosing your electives, remember that you should be reaching beyond your major, that at least one of your natural science courses should have a lab, and that the majority of your electives should be intermediate or advanced courses.
Potentially Frequently Asked Questions
What if I’ve already declared the concentration?
No worries! Anyone from the classes of ’12, ’13 and ’14 who has already declared the concentration will automatically be enrolled in the minor. You can complete the minor by fulfilling the plan you have already set out, or by fulfilling the new requirements. Consult with the director if you are making significant changes!
Wait! I’ve already taken Cities 175 but not Geo 103 (the old 2 semester intro sequence)! What do I do now, since Geo 103 isn’t offered next year?
No worries! You can take still take ENVS 101 (maybe try it on a different campus!) to fulfill the requirement, or you can consult with the director to choose another appropriate foundational science class. We’ll work with you to see how the mix of requirements and electives works best for you to fulfill the spirit of the requirements of the minor.
Wait! I’ve already Geo 103 but not Cities 175 (the old 2 semester intro sequence)! What do I do now, since Cities 175 isn’t offered next year?
No worries! Same answer as above, but we'll help you find an appropriate foundational social sciences or humanities class.
Wait! I’ve been counting on fulfilling the Ecology requirement in fall of 2011, and now it’s not offered! What do I do?
Don’t panic! Ecology used to be required, but now it’s just very strongly encouraged. And there are more science options! And Evolutionary Ecology will be offered in the spring! So many options! And more will continue to appear!
How do I declare?
Just meet with the Environmental Studies Director at your home campus and fill out a form. It’s easy!