Requirements

Environmental Studies Coordinate Major

Students coordinate their study of the environment with any department/program at Bowdoin that offers a major. To satisfy the requirements for the coordinate major in environmental studies, students must complete the nine credits detailed below as well as the major requirements within their coordinated department/program. 

Required Courses
ENVS 1101Introduction to Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches (preferably taken as a first-year student)1
ENVS 2201Perspectives in Environmental Science1
ENVS 2330Environmental Policy and Politics1
ENVS 2403Environment and Culture in North American History1
Select one senior seminar chosen from environmental studies courses numbered 3900–3999 a,b1
Select three environmental studies (ES) courses of student's choice c3
Select one: d1
BIOL 1101
Biological Principles I
BIOL 1102
Biological Principles II
BIOL 1109
Scientific Reasoning in Biology
CHEM 1091
Introductory Chemistry and Quantitative Reasoning I
CHEM 1092
Introductory Chemistry and Quantitative Reasoning II
CHEM 1101
Introductory Chemistry I
CHEM 1109
General Chemistry
EOS 1105
Investigating Earth
EOS 1305
Environmental Geology and Hydrology
EOS 1505
Oceanography
PHYS 1130
Introductory Physics I
PHYS 1140
Introductory Physics II

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. An example 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.

Environmental Studies Minor


The minor consists of five courses.

Required Courses
ENVS 1101Introduction to Environmental Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches1
Select two environmental studies intermediate courses (2000–2969) or higher, one of which should be outside a student’s departmental major2
Discipline-Based Option Requirements
Select two core courses in the disciplinary area as specified below:2
Natural Science Majors
ENVS 2403
Environment and Culture in North American History
ENVS 2330
Environmental Policy and Politics
Social Science Majors
ENVS 2201
Perspectives in Environmental Science
ENVS 2403
Environment and Culture in North American History
Humanities Majors
ENVS 2201
Perspectives in Environmental Science
ENVS 2330
Environmental Policy and Politics

Additional Information and Program Policies

  • 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 ENVS 2201 Perspectives in Environmental Science 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 ENVS 2201 Perspectives in Environmental Science 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 or minor requirements.
  • 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 (See the Interdisciplinary Majors.).
  • 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.

This is an excerpt from the official Bowdoin College Catalogue and Academic Handbook. View the Catalogue