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.
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Category (A) Environmental Science, Math and Engineering          

Category (B) Social Sciences and Humanities

Tri-Co Environmental Studies Elective Courses

Bryn Mawr College Environmental Studies Electives

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)

Biosphere Through Time (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)




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

ANTH 325

Mobility, Movement and Migration 

ANTH 454

Political Economy in Vietnam 

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


Animals, Vegetables, Minerals

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

ENGL 218

Ecological Imaginings (formerly ENG 313)

ENGL 268

Native Soil: Indian Land & American Lit 1588-1840

ENGL 251

Food For Thought

ENGL 275

Food Revolutions

ENGL 335

Beyond the Human

ENVS 216

The Edible Environment:  Theory and Ethics

FREN 325

The Human and the Environment 

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 339*

Bureaucracy and Democracy in America

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 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)

BIOL 316

Biochemical Adaptations (Cross-listed with ENVS 316)

BIOL 356

Advanced Topics in Biology of Marine Life

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 217

Methods in Design Anthropology

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


Art and the Environment of East Asia (Cross-listed with ENVS 305)

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

ENVS 250

Geographical Information Systems

ENVS 206

Introduction to Permaculture (Cross-listed with ICPRH206)

ENVS 281

Nature/Culture: An Introduction to Environmental Anthropology

HIST 119*

International History of the United States

HIST 214

Early American Environmental History

HIST 237*

Geographies of the Occult and Witchcraft

HIST 348

Walter Benjamin on  Lancaster Avenue

POLS 261*

Global Civil Society

PSYC 304

Environmental Psychology and Conservation

SPAN 311

Green Latin America:  Culture and the Environment (Cross-listed with ENVS 311)

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 * (L)


BIOL 017 * (L)

 Microbial Pathogenesis and Immune Response

BIOL 020 * (L)

Animal Physiology

BIOL 025 * (L)

 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 135

Parasite Ecology and Conservation

BIOL 136

Molecular Ecology and Evolution

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 * (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

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 (Cross-listed with ENVS 020)


FYS: Imagining Natural History


Writing Nature


Ecofeminism (Cross-listed with ENVS 042)


Materials that Matter:  Environmental Literature in the Anthropocene     Cross-listed with ENVS 044)

ENGR 003

Problems in Technology

ENGR 035

Solar Energy Systems (Cross-listed with ENVS077)

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

ENVS 010

Earth’s Climate and Global Warming


Environmental Justice:  Theory and Action

ENVS 070

Geographic Information Systems

ENVS 071

Remote Sensing of Environment

ENVS 072

GIS for Public Health

ENVS 085

Urban Community Actions

ENVS 089

Sustainable Research Methods

ENVS 090

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

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

LITR 022G*

Food Revolutions: History, Politics, Culture


Nature and Industry in Russian Literature and Culture

MATH 056

Modeling (Cross-listed with ENVS 079)


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 (Cross-listed with ENVS022)


Environmental Justice: Theory and Action

POLS 048*

The Politics of Population (Cross-listed with ENVS 023)

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 (Cross-listed with ENVS 040)

RUSS 086

Nature and Industry in Russian Literature and Culture


Race, Gender, Class and Environment

SOAN 060

China, Brazil and the Global Food Environment (Cross-listed with ENVS 032)

SOAN 055

Climate Disruption, Conflict and Peacemaking (Cross-listed with ENVS 031)


Contact Us

Bi-Co Environmental Studies

Chair for AY 2022-23, Bryn Mawr Point of Contact, Bi-Co Environmental Studies
Don Barber, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Geology, on the Harold Alderfer Chair in Environmental Studies, Bryn Mawr College | 610-526-5110

Haverford Point of Contact, Bi-Co Environmental Studies
Jon Wilson, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Haverford College

Temporary contact for Environmental Studies:
Kim O'Connell
Park Science 132