ES Coordinate Major

The environmental studies major consists of nine courses detailed below. Students also choose a disciplinary major either in an academic department, e.g. economics, or an academic program, e.g. gender, sexuality, and women's studies.

Completion of the ES major requires the following courses:

1. Introductory, interdisciplinary course: ES 1101 Our Earth: Introduction to Environmental Studies, preferably taken as a first-year student.

2. One Environmental Science course: ES 2201 Perspectives in Environmental Science (same as Biology 1158 and Chemistry 1105), preferably taken second semester. Please note: rising seniors will not receive enrollment preference for the class, and if oversubscribed may not be able to complete the major.

3. One introductory course (numbered 1100 or higher with a weekly lab) in biology, chemistry, earth and oceanographic science, or physics.

4. One Environmental Social Science course chosen from ES courses numbered 2300-2330.  Beginning with the class of 2021, Environmental Policy and Politics ENVS 2330/ Gov 2910 will be the core social science course for the major and minor.

Note:  Social science core course offerings for 2017-2018 are as follows: 

    • Fall 2017 - ES 2302 b-MCSR Environmental Economics and Policy. Erik Nelson. (Same as Econ 2218) prerequisite: Econ 1050 or Econ 1101 or placement in 1102 or Econ 1102
    • Fall 2017- ES 2304 b Environmental Law and Policy. Conrad Schneider. (Same as Gov 2915) prerequisite: none
    • Fall 2017 - ES 2330b-IP Environmental Policy and Politics. Shana Starobin. (Same as Gov 2910) prerequisite: ENVS 1101
    • Spring 2018 - ES 2303 b Natural Resource Economics and Policy. Guillero (Ta) Herrera. (Same as Econ 2228)
    • Spring 2018 - ES 2330 b-IP Environmental Policy and Politics. Shana Starobin. (Same as Gov 2910) prerequisite: ENVS 1101

5. One Environmental Humanities course: ES 2403 Environment and Culture in North American History (same as History 2182, prerequisite: ES 1101), preferably taken before the end of sophomore year.

6. One Senior seminar chosen from ES courses numbered 3900-3999: A culminating course that provides an opportunity for exploration of a topic or a senior capstone course experience of one semester is required of majors. It is preferable to take this course during the senior year.

* for students with class years 2017-2020

Note: Senior Seminar offerings 2017-2018 are as follows:

  • Fall 2017 - ES 3918 b Environmental & Resource Economics. Guillermo (Ta) Herrera. (Same as 3518), prerequisite: Two of: Econ 2555 and Econ 2557
  • Fall 2017 - ES 3982 c The Beach: Nature and Culture at the Edge. Connie Chiang. prerequisite: ENVS 1101
  • Spring 2018 - ES 3902 a Earth Climate History. Phil Camill. (same as EOS 3020), prerequisite: ES 2221/ EOS 2005
  • Spring 2018 - ES 3907 b-IP Food, Environment and Development. Shana Starobin. (same as Gov 3902) prerequisite: Two of: either ENVS 2330 (same as GOV 2910) or ENVS 2403 (same as HIST 2182) or ENVS 2302 or ENVS 2304 (same as GOV 2915) or GOV 2910 or HIST 2182, and ENVS 1101
  • Spring 2018 - ES 3920 b Animal Planet: Humans and Other Animals. Susan Kaplan. (Same as Anth 3210)
  • Spring 2018 - ES 3994 a Ecological Recovery in Maine's Coastal Ecosystems. John Lichter. (Same as Bio 3394) prerequisite: ENVS 2201 (same as Bio 1158, Chem 1105), any Bio, 2000-2969 or Bio 3000 or higher or Chem 2000-2969 or Chem 3000 or higher, or EOS 2000-2969, or EOS 3000 or higher, or Phys 2000-2969, or Phys 3000 or higher.
  • Spring 2018 - ES 3998  c The City Since 1960. Jill Pearlman.  prerequisite: None

7. Beyond the core courses, students must choose a concentration (listed below).

ES Disciplinary Concentrations: For this option, ES coordinate majors must take three courses (numbered 1100) or above within one of the following concentrations:

~for History, Landscape, Values, Ethics, and the Environment, students choose from ES courses designated with a "c"

~for Environmental Economics and Policy, students choose ES social science courses designated with a "b"

~for the Interdisciplinary Environmental Science Concentration, students choose ES natural science courses designated with an "a" (in addition, Chemistry 2100 {210} Chemical Analysis, and Chemistry 2400 {240} Inorganic Chemistry count toward this concentration). ES majors are strongly advised to take one of the ES science courses outside of their departmental requirements. ES science majors should consult with their ES science advisor in identifying a science course outside their major.

Student-designed Environmental Studies Concentration: Students majoring in ES have the option of designing their own concentration consisting of three courses in addition to the core courses and senior seminar. Student-designed concentrations are particularly appropriate for students interested in exploring environmental issues from a cross-divisional perspective. Students must submit a self-designed concentration form (available here and from the program), explaining their plan of study to the program director by the first week of the first semester of their junior year, listing the three ES courses proposed, and explaining how the courses are related to the issue of interest to the student. Proposals must be approved by the program director.

Students may also choose from the following list of courses to satisfy the requirements of the major. These courses will receive environmental studies credit with the approval of the director after consultation with the student and the instructor. It is expected that a substantial portion of the student's research efforts will focus on the environment.

Social Science

Anthropology 1050 b. Introduction to World Prehistory. Scott MacEachern.
Anthropology 2647 b. Activist Voices in India. Sara Dickey. (Same as ASNS 2562, Film 2248, GWS 2250)

Natural Science

Mathematics 2108 a. MCSR.  Biomathematics. Mary Lou Zeeman. (Same as Biology 1174)
Mathematics 3108 a. Advanced Topics in Modeling. Every other Spring. Mary Lou Zeeman.

Requirements for the Minor in Environmental Studies

The minor consists of five courses: Environmental Studies 1101, and two courses at the intermediate courses (2000-2969) or higher, one of which should be outside a student's departmental major, and two core courses in the disciplinary area as specified below.

~ natural science majors: ES 2403 Environment and Culture in North American History and one social science course from ES courses numbered 2300-2330

~ social science majors: ES 2201 Perspectives in Environmental Science and ES 2403 Environment and Culture in North American History

~ humanities majors: ES 2201 Perspectives in Environmental Science, and one social science course from ES courses numbered 2300-2330

A grade of C- or better must be earned in a course to fulfill the major or minor requirements and no courses taken Credit/D/Fail may be applied to the major or minor.