Requirements

Matthew W. Klingle, Program Director 
Eileen Sylvan Johnson, Program Manager 
Rosemary Armstrong, Program Coordinator

Professors: Philip Camill (Earth and Oceanographic Science), Connie Y. Chiang (History), Dharni Vasudevan† (Chemistry)
Associate Professor: Matthew W. Klingle (History)
Assistant Professor: Mary Rogalski (Biology), Shana M. Starobin (Government)
Senior Lecturer: Jill E. Pearlman 
Lecturer: Eileen Sylvan Johnson 
Visiting Faculty: Anne C.J. Hayden

Contributing Faculty: Mark O. Battle, Rachel J. Beane, David B. Carlon, David Collings, Vladimir Douhovnikoff, Jens Elias Klenner, Natasha Goldman, Alyssa Gillespie, Laura A. Henry, Guillermo E. Herrera†, Amy S. Johnson, Patricia L. Jones, Susan A. Kaplan†, Michèle LaVigne, Peter D. Lea, Barry A. Logan, Marcos F. Lopez, Sarah F. McMahon, Erik Nelson, Emily M. Peterman, Samia Rahimtoola, Collin S. Roesler, Allen L. Springer, Anthony E. Walton

Requirements for the Coordinate Major in Environmental Studies

To receive a major in environmental studies at Bowdoin, students must complete the nine credits detailed below and also have a disciplinary major either in an academic department, e.g., biology, or an academic program, e.g., Asian studies.

Required courses:

  • Environmental Studies 1101, Introduction to Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches (preferably taken as a first-year student)
  • one introductory course (numbered 1100 or higher, or Chemistry 1091 or 1092) with a weekly lab in biology, chemistry, earth and oceanographic science, or physics
  • Environmental Studies 2201, Perspectives in Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies 2330, Environmental Policy and Politics
  • Environmental Studies 2403, Environment and Culture in North American History
  • one senior seminar chosen from environmental studies courses numbered 3900–3999
    • This is a culminating course providing an opportunity for exploration of a topic, or a senior capstone course experience of one semester.
    • It is preferable to take this course during the senior year.

Beyond these six courses, students choose a concentration made up of three environmental studies (ES) courses of their choice. The concentration is an opportunity for students to develop a particular interest from the broad spectrum of environmental studies courses offered at Bowdoin. Each concentration consists of three ES courses (or three ES-approved courses) that are linked by a cohesive theme. Examples of such a theme might be ecology, food systems, or energy. Students meet with their ES advisor to discuss possible themes and submit a major planning form to the ES Program.

Requirements for the Minor in Environmental Studies

The minor consists of five courses.

Required courses:

  • Environmental Studies 1101
  • two environmental studies intermediate courses (2000–2969) or higher, one of which should be outside a student’s departmental major
  • two core courses in the disciplinary area as specified below:
    • natural science majors: Environmental Studies 2403, Environment and Culture in North American History; and Environmental Studies 2330, Environmental Policy and Politics
    • social science majors: Environmental Studies 2201, Perspectives in Environmental Science; and Environmental Studies 2403, Environment and Culture in North American History
    • humanities majors: Environmental Studies 2201, Perspectives in Environmental Science; and Environmental Studies 2330, Environmental Policy

Independent Study

Students may engage in independent study at the intermediate (2970–2979) or advanced (4000–4051) level. Only one semester of independent study or honors work may count toward the major or the minor.

Additional Information

  • 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.
  • Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate: With a score of five, a student can earn one general credit if the student completes Environmental Studies 2201 with a minimum grade of B-. If the student declares a coordinate major in ES, has a score of five on the AP exam, and takes Environmental Studies 2201 with a minimum grade of B-, the student is exempt from taking an introductory science course and does not need to replace it with another course. In order to receive credit for advanced placement work, students must have their scores officially reported to the Office of the Registrar by the end of their sophomore year at Bowdoin.
  • Students may count up to three courses cross-listed with ES and the students’ departmental or program major to fulfill the environmental studies major requirements.
  • With Environmental Studies Program approval, one off-campus study course may be used to fulfill the major requirements. Students may choose to coordinate their environmental studies major with any department/program at Bowdoin that offers a major. Students may not declare a coordinate major in environmental studies with any of the following: a second departmental major, a student-designed major, or an interdisciplinary major.