The information listed below is a direct excerpt from the 2017-18 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.

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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.

Minor Requirements

The Environmental Studies Interdisciplinary Minor consists of six courses, as follows:

  1. A required introductory course to be taken prior to the senior year. This may be ENVS 101 at Bryn Mawr or Haverford or the parallel course at Swarthmore College (ENVS 001). Any one of these courses will satisfy the requirement, and students may take no more than one such course for credit toward the minor.
  2. Four elective course credits from approved lists of core and cognate courses, including two credits in each of the following two categories (A and B). No more than one cognate course credit may be used for each category (see course list below for more information about core and cognate courses).
    1. Environmental Science, Engineering & Math: courses that build understanding and knowledge of scientific methods and theories, and that explore how these can be applied in identifying and addressing environmental questions. At least one of the courses in this category must have a laboratory component.
    2. Environmental Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts: courses that build understanding and knowledge of social and political structures as well as ethical considerations, and how these inform our individual and collective understandings of and responses to human and built environments.
  3. A senior seminar with culminating work that reflects tangible research design and inquiry, but which might materialize in any number of project forms. Bryn Mawr College's ENVS 397 (Environmental Studies Senior Seminar, co-taught by faculty members from Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges) and Swarthmore College's ENVS 091 (Environmental Studies Capstone Seminar) satisfy the requirement.

Core Courses for the Environmental Studies Minor

  • Every student should take an introductory course (101 or 001) before the senior year
  • Every student should take a capstone course (397 or 091) during the senior year

Bryn Mawr

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

  • Two courses are required from each category (A and B).
  • At least one course in Category A should have a lab.
  • Only one course in each category may be a "cognate" course. Cognate courses, marked with an asterisk, are valuable for minor but are not as centrally focused on environmental studies methodologies and materials as other courses on the list.
  • Pay close attention to "double-counting" rules for your major. You are encouraged to choose electives outside of your major.

Category A) Environmental Science, Math and Engineering

Bryn Mawr

BIOL 210 Biology and Public Policy BIOL 220 (L) Ecology BIOL 225* Biology of Plants BIOL 250* Computational Methods BIOL 255 Microbiology 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 Paleobiology 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)


BIOL 121D Perspectives in Biology: Poisons, Plagues, Pollution and Progess (half-credit) BIOL 123* Perspectives in Biology: Scientific Literacy (half-credit) BIOL 124* Perspectives in Biology: Tropical Infectious Disease (half-credit) BIOL 132 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 150 Intro to Oceanography CHEM 358 Topics in Environmental Chemistry (half-credit) PHYS 111b Energy Options and Science Policy


BIOL 002 Organismal and Population Biology BIOL 009 Our Food 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 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 024 (L) The Earth's Climate and Global Warming

Category B) Environmental Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts

Bryn Mawr

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* U.S. Urban Environmental History 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* Economics of 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 ENGL 218 Ecological Imaginings ENGL 251 Food For Thought ENGL 268 Native Soil: Indian Land & American Lit 1588-1840 ENGL 275 Food Revolutions 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 POLS 354* Comparative Social Movements SOCL 165 Problems in the Natural and Built Environment SOCL 247 Environmental Social Problems SPAN 203 La Naturaleza Como Identidad Politica


ANTH 203 Imagining the Arctic: Reading Contemporary Ethnographies of the North ANTH 224 Microbes-Animals-Humans: Tthnographic Adventures in Multispecies Worlds ANTH 252* State and Development in South Asia ANTH 263* Anthropology of Space: Housing and Society 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 217* Humanimality ENGL 257* British Topographies ENGL 356 Studies in American Environment and Place ENVS 201 Geographic Information Systems ENVS 206 Introduction to Permaculture HIST 119* International History of the United States HIST 214 Early American Environmental History HIST 227* Geographies of the Occult and Witchcraft HIST 253 History of the US Built Environment HIST 348 Walter Benjamin on Lancaster Avenue POLS 261* Global Civil Society POLS 278 The Earth: Ethics, Politics and Economics POLS 370 Environmental Political Thought WRPR 172 Ecological Imaginaries: Identity, Violence and the Environment


ANTH 023C Anthropological Perspectives on Conservation ANTH 035* Pictured Environments: Japanese Landscapes and Cityscapes (part of 360°) ANTH 080B Anthropological Linguistics: Endangered Languages CHIN 087 Water Policies, Water Issues: China/Taiwan and the U.S. CHIN 088 Governance and Environmental Issues in China (also POLS 088) ECON 076 Environmental Economics ENGL 009C FYS: Imagining Natural History ENGL 070G Writing Nature ENGL 089 Race, Gender, Class and the 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 Changemakers ENVS 043B Environmental Justice: Theory and Action ENVS 050 Sustainable Research Methods ENVS 070 Geographic Information Systems ENVS 071 Remote Sensing of the Environment ENVS 072 GIS for Public Health 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 006 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 SOAN 020M Race, Gender and Environment # # #