The information listed below is a direct excerpt from the 2015-16 Course Catalog.
Published annually, the Course Catalog sets out the requirements of the academic programs--the majors, minors, and concentrations. Each Bryn Mawr student must declare her major before the end of her sophomore year. Students may also declare a minor or a concentration, but neither is required for the A.B. degree. Students must comply with the requirements published in the Course Catalog at the time when they declare the major, minor and/or concentration.
The Course Catalog also sets out the College requirements. Students must comply with the College requirements published at the time they enter Bryn Mawr College.
Students may complete a minor in Environmental Studies as an adjunct to any major at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, or Swarthmore pending approval of the student's coursework plan by the home department and the home-campus Environmental Studies director.
The Johanna Alderfer Harris Environmental Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College enables students and faculty to come together to explore academic interests in the environment. The program sponsors speakers, special events, and field trips, and offers support for student work during the summer, in the form of the college's competitive Green Grants. In addition, The Harris Environmental Studies Program is the Bryn Mawr campus home for the Tri-College Environmental Studies Minor. The program benefits from two endowed chairs in Environmental Studies, The Johanna Alderfer Harris and William H. Harris, M.D. Chair in Environmental Studies, currently held by Growth and Structure of Cities Associate Professor Ellen Stroud, and the Harold Alderfer Chair in Environmental Studies, currently held by Geology Associate Professor Donald Barber.
The Tri-Co Environmental Studies Minor
Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges offer Tri-College Environmental Studies Interdisciplinary Minor, involving departments and faculty from the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts on all three campuses. The Tri-College Environmental Studies Minor aims to bring students and faculty together to explore interactions among earth systems, human societies, and local and global environments.
The Tri-Co ENVS Minor aims to cultivate in students the capacity to identify and confront key environmental issues through a blend of multiple disciplines, encompassing historical, cultural, economic, political, scientific, and ethical modes of inquiry. Acknowledging the reciprocal dimensions of materiality and culture in the historical formation of "the" environment, this program is broadly framed by a series of interlocking dialogues: between the "natural" and the "built"; between the local and the global; and between the human and the nonhuman.
The minor consists of six courses, including an introductory course and capstone course, and the courses may be completed at any of the three campuses (or any combination thereof). To declare the minor, students should contact the Environmental Studies director at their home campus.
The Environmental Studies Interdisciplinary Minor consists of six courses, as follows:
Core Courses for the Environmental Studies Minor
ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENVS 397 Environmental Studies Senior Seminar
ENVS 101 Case Studies in Environmental Issues
ENVS 397 Environmental Studies Senior Seminar
ENVS 001 Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENVS 091 Environmental Studies Capstone Seminar
Approved Electives for the Environmental Studies Minor
Category A) Environmental Science, Math and Engineering
Bryn MawrBIOL 210 Biology and Public Policy BIOL 220 (L) Ecology BIOL 225* Biology of Plants BIOL 250* Computational Methods BIOL 262 Urban Ecosystems BIOL 309 (L) Biological Oceanography BIOL 320 (L) Evolutionary Ecology CHEM 206 Chemistory of Renewable Energy GEOL 101 (L) How the Earth Works GEOL 103 (L) Earth Systems and the Environment GEOL 130* Life in Earth's Future Climate (half-credit) GEOL 203 Paleobiology GEOL 206* Energy Resources and Sustainability GEOL 209 Natural Hazards & Human Populations GEOL 230* The Science of Soils GEOL 255 Problem Solving in the Environmental Sciences GEOL 298 Applied Environmental Science GEOL 302 Low Temperature Geochemistry GEOL 314 Marine Geology GEOL 328* Geographic Information Systems MATH 210* Differential Equations w/ Apps (Environmental Problems) MATH 295 Topics in Mathematics: Mathematical Modeling
HaverfordBIOL 123* Perspectives in Biology: Scientific Literacy (half-credit) BIOL 124* Perspectives in Biology: Tropical Infectious Disease (half-credit) BIOL 310* Molecular Microbiology (half-credit) BIOL 314* Photosynthesis (half-credit) CHEM 112*(L) Chemical Dynamics CHEM 358 Topics in Environmental Chemistry (half-credit) PHYS 111b Energy Options and Science Policy
SwarthmoreBIOL 002 Organismal and Population Biology BIOL 016*(L) Microbiology BIOL 017*(L) Microbial Pathogenesis and Immune Response BIOL 020*(L) Animal Physiology BIOL 025*(L) Plant Biology BIOL 026*(L) Invertebrate Zoology BIOL 031* History and Evolution of Human Food BIOL 034*(L) Evolution BIOL 036 (L) Ecology BIOL 037* Conservation Genetics BIOL 039 (L) Marine Biology BIOL 115E Plant Molecular Genetics - Biotechnology BIOL 116* Microbial Processes and Biotechnology BIOL 130* Behavioral Ecology BIOL 137 Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function CHEM 001*(L) Chemistry in the Human Environment CHEM 043*(L) Analytical Methods and Instrumentation CHEM 103 Topics in Environmental Chemistry ENGR 003* Problems in Technology ENGR 004A Environmental Protection ENGR 004B * Swarthmore and the Biosphere ENGR 004E Introduction to Sustainable Systems Analysis ENGR 035*(L) Solar Energy Systems ENGR 057*(L) Operations Research (also ECON 032) ENGR 063 (L) Water Quality and Pollution Control ENGR 066 (L) Environmental Systems ENVS 090* Directed Reading in Environmental Studies MATH 056* Modeling PHYS 002E* FYS: Energy PHYS 020*(L) Principles of the Earth Sciences PHYS 024 (L) The Earth's Climate and Global Warming
Category B) Environmental Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts
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Bryn MawrANTH 203 Human Ecology ANTH 210 Medical Anthropology ANTH 237 Environmental Health ANTH 263* Anthropology and Architecture ARCH 245 The Archaeology of Water CITY 175 Environment and Society CITY 201 Introduction to GIS for Social and Environmental Analysis CITY 241 Building Green CITY 250* U.S. Urban Environmental History CITY 278 American Environmental History CITY 279 Global Environmental Change CITY 304 Disaster, War, Rebuilding in the Japanese City (part of 360°) CITY 329 Advanced Topics in Urban Environments: Sensing the City CITY 345 Advanced Topics in Environment and Society - Environmental Studies CITY 360 Brazil: City, Nature, Identity CITY 377 Global Architecture of Oil EAST 352 China's Environment: History, Policy, and Rights EAST 362 Environment in Contemporary East Asia ECON 225* Economics of Development ECON 234 Environmental Economics ECON 242 Economics of Local Environmental Programs EDUC 268 Educating for Environmental Literacy ENGL 204* Literatures of American Expansion ENGL 268 Native Soil: Indian Land & American Lit 1588-1840 ENGL 275 Food Revolutions ENGL 251 Food For Thought ENGL 313 Ecological Imaginings HIST 212 Pirates, Travelers and Natural Historians HIST 237* Urbanization in Africa PHIL 240 Environmental Ethics POLS 222 Introduction to Environmental Issues POLS 278* Oil, Politics, Society and Economy POLS 310* Comparative Public Policy POLS 321* Technology and Politics POLS 339* The Policy-making Process POLS 354* Comparative Social Movements SOCL 165 Problems in the Natural and Built Environment SOCL 247 Environmental Social Problems SOCL 316* Science, Culture and Society SPAN 203 La Naturaleza Como Identidad Politica
HaverfordANTH 252* State and Development in South Asia ANTH 263* Anthropology of Space: Housing and Society ANTH 281 Nature/Culture: Introduction to Environmental Anthropology ENGL 217* Humanimality ENGL 257* British Topographies ENGL 356 Studies in American Environment and Place HIST 119* International History of the United States HIST 227* Geographies of the Occult and Witchcraft HIST 253 History of the US Built Environment POLS 260 Environmental Political Theory (temporary course 2011/2012) POLS 261* Global Civil Society POLS 360 Global Environmental Politics (temporary course 2011/2012) POLS 370 Environmental Political Thought
SwarthmoreARTH 035* Pictured Environments: Japanese Landscapes and Cityscapes (part of 360°) CHIN 088 Governance and Environmental Issues in China (also POLS 088) ECON 032* Operations Research (also ENGR 057) ECON 076 Environmental Economics ENGL 009C FYS: Imagining Natural History ENGL 070G Writing Nature ENVS 001 Introduction to Environmental Studies ENVS 002 Human Nature, Technology, and the Environment ENVS 090 Directed Readings in Environmental Studies ENVS 092 Research Project HIST 089 Environmental History of Africa JPNS 035 Narratives of Disaster and Rebuilding in Japan (part of 360°) LING 120* Anthropological Linguistics: Endangered Languages LITR 022G* Food Revolutions: History, Politics, Culture PHIL 035 Environmental Ethics POLS 037 Introduction to GIS for Social Environmental Analysis POLS 043 Environmental Policy and Politics POLS 043B Environmental Justice: Theory and Action POLS 048* The Politics of Population POLS 071 Applied Spacial Analysis with GIS (pre-reqs) RELG 022 Religion and Ecology SOAN 020M Race, Gender and Environment SOAN 023C Anthropological Perspectives on Conservation