Among Bowdoin's major programs, the coordinate major is unique to the Environmental Studies Program. An environmental studies major must also have a disciplinary major, either in a department major such as biology, economics, history, etc, or in a program major such as Asian studies, gender and women's studies, etc. Courses taken to satisfy the College's distribution requirements or to fulfill the requirements of the second major may be double-counted toward the environmental studies major requirements, except as noted. A grade of C- or better must be earned in a course to fulfill the major requirement.
Completion of the ES major requires the following courses:
1. Introductory, interdisciplinary course: ES 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies, preferably taken as a first-year student.
2. One 100-level or higher course in biology, chemistry, geology, or physics.
3. One Environmental Science course: ES 201 Perspectives in Environmental Science (same as Biology 158 and Chemistry 105).
4. One Environmental Social Science course: One of the following courses will satisfy this requirement: ES/Gov 207 Building Healthy Communities (Spring 2011); ES/Econ 228 Natural Resource Economics (Fall 2010); ES/Gov 263 International Environmental Policy (Spring 2011); ES/Gov 264 Energy, Climate and Air Quality (Spring 2011), ES 272/Anth 272 Contemporary Arctic Issues (Fall 2010) ES 240 Environmental Law (proposed - Fall 2011). Note: If you have already taken ES 202, ES 218, ES 221 or any other of the above social science courses you have met this requirement.
5. One Environmental Humanities course: ES 203 Environment and Culture in North American History (same as History 242).
6. Senior seminar: 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. Such courses are multidisciplinary, studying a topic from at least two areas of the curriculum. It is preferable to take this course during the senior year. Please check with the program for an updated list of courses staisfying this requirement.
7. Beyond the core courses, students must choose a concentration.
Requirements for the Minor in Environmental Studies
The minor consists of five courses: Environmental Studies 101 and two courses in the disciplinary area outside a student's major:
~ for natural science majors: ES 203 Environment and Culture in North American History and one social science course from the following: ES/Gov 207 Building Healthy Communities; ES/Econ 228 Natural Resource Economics; ES/Gov 263 International Environmental Policy; ES/Gov 264 Energy, Climate, and Air Quality; ES 240 Environmental Law;
~ for social science majors: ES 201 Perspectives in Envionmental Science and ES 203 Environment and Culture in North American History;
~ for humanities majors: ES 201 Perspectives in Environmental Science, and one social science course from the following: ES/Gov 207 Building Healthy Communities; ES/Econ 228 Natural Resource Economics; ES/Gov 263 International Environmental Policy; ES/Gov 264 Energy, Climate, and Air Quality; ES 240 Environmental Law.