Environmental Studies, B.A. Requirements

Program Director:Susan Mooney Office: Shields Science Center 104 Phone: 508-565-1171smooney@stonehill.edu

Students completing the Environmental Studies major with success will be well-equipped for entry level work in the non-profit, commercial and government sectors in the non-technical aspects of environmental work (education, outreach, advocacy, organizing, etc). Such students will also be prepared to undertake a Master's degree in Environmental Studies, policy or planning - the industry standard for environmental policy work in all three sectors of the economy (government, non-profits, and commerce).

Those completing this major along with preparation for an elementary or early-childhood teaching career will find themselves well-equipped to better prepare future generations for scientific literacy and a sustainable future. In addition, science backgrounds such as the one this major provides are valued by school districts yet remain rare among applicants for such teaching positions.

Environmental Studies majors are strongly encouraged to study away from campus for at least one semester; studying another ecosystem and the human culture(s) that resides there greatly enhances one's preparation for environmental work. Options available to ENV students, in addition to traditional study in another country, include a semester at the University of Portland, Oregon or the SEA semester oceanography sailing program based at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Students in the major and minor programs frequently enroll in the upper-level courses from a variety of disciplines listed in the major without completing the pre-requisites that majors in those disciplines are required to complete. In these cases, students will need approval from the professor prior to course selection.

The major in Environmental Studies requires the completion of thirteen courses: five in natural sciences, five in the humanities/social sciences, two integrative seminars (an environmental LC seminar & a senior seminar), and one senior capstone experiential course (internship, directed study, independent research, or senior thesis).

Complete Five Required Courses

Code Course Credits

BIO 102

Biological Principles II

Offered: Spring Semester

An introduction to the principles of evolution, biodiversity, and ecology.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 101.
Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

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BIO 307

Ecology

Offered: Spring Semester

Structure and dynamics of populations, communities, and ecosystems. Mathematical models.

Prerequisite(s): BIO 102, (BIO 101 or ENV 200) Junior or Senior standing.
This course fulfills the Environmental/Ecological requirement.

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ENV 200

Principles of Environmental Science

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Fundamentals of the life sciences and physical sciences as they pertain to our environmental problems and solutions, as well as consideration of the pertinent social sciences such as economics. This interdisciplinary science course teaches relevant basic research techniques, and students will conduct research on real environmental problems.

This course includes field trips/work, and requires walking outdoors over uneven terrain, often in less than ideal weather. Students who may have difficulty navigating uneven terrain should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at 508-565-1306 or accessibility-resources@stonehill.edu at least two weeks in advance of the course to allow for planning around accommodation needs.Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

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ENV 295

Physical Geology

Offered: Fall Semester

A systems approach to geology and landforms, including ecosystems that develop on the abiotic substrate. Scientific study of the earth's modern and ancient lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.

Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite: ENV 200
This course includes substantial field work both on and off campus, and requires walking outdoors over uneven terrain, often in less than ideal weather. Students who may have difficulty navigating uneven terrain should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at 508-565-1306 or accessibility-resources@stonehill.edu at least two weeks in advance of the course to allow for planning around accommodation needs.

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ENV 325

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Offered: Spring Semester

Introduction to geographical information systems technology, focusing on spatial data acquisition, development and analysis in the science and management of natural resources. Topics covered include basic data structures, data sources, data collection, data quality, geodesy and map projections, spatial and tabular data analysis, digital elevation data and terrain analysis, cartographic modeling, and cartographic layout. Laboratory exercises provide practical experiences that complement the theory covered in lecture.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 200.
Course may be applied to the Data Science program.

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Complete Five of the Following Courses

Code Course Credits

ECO 327

Environmental Economics

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Topics in natural resource and energy economics and environmental regulation, include the allocation, development, conservation, and scarcity of natural resources. We study pollution control through taxes, quotas and standards using cost-benefit models as a policy guide. Types of energy resources, substitutability, conversion and the relevance of energy to economic growth is discussed.

Prerequisite(s): ECO 176 or the First-Year Seminar equivalent.

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ENV 202

Nature Writing (WID)

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2016, 2018

This course explores how nature writing helps develop and deepen a sense of self and a sense of place. We will read and write in the genre constantly. We will take field trips during and outside of class in order to explore the environments in and around Stonehill. Each student's best essay will be published in a collection at the end of the semester.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 200. Open to Environmental Science and Studies majors.
This course includes field trips/work, and requires walking outdoors over uneven terrain, often in less than ideal weather. Students who may have difficulty navigating uneven terrain should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at 508-565-1306 or accessibility-resources@stonehill.edu at least two weeks in advance of the course to allow for planning around accommodation needs.Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement for Environmental Studies majors.

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ENV 270

Environmental Ethics

Offered: Spring Semester

This course considers traditional ethics and contemporary, radical approaches to discern the "good" in human-nature relations. Students engage in collaborative projects that engage the campus in changing behavior to better meet the relevant ethical good.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Philosophy course.
Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement.

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ENV 275

Environmental Law

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course explores rationales for environmental protection; the choice of policy instruments to address environmental problems; and the roles played by governmental and non-governmental actors. Practical experience with issues of environmental law will be gained through a partnership with the Natural Resources Trust of Easton.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 200 or POL 123.

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ENV 301

Water Resource Management

Offered: Fall Semester

Offered through the Massachusetts Bay Marine Studies Consortium. Interdisciplinary examination of water, our most precious natural resource. A look at water from scientific, historical, and cultural viewpoints. Survey of contemporary water problems in all dimensions: political, economic, and technological.

Students may not take both ENV 301 and ENV 302 - Coastal Zone Management.

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ENV 326

Sustainable Agriculture

Offered: Fall Semester

We will study the economic, ecological and social components of sustainable agriculture in the context of growing human populations and climate change. Students will assist in leading class discussions on these interdisciplinary topics and actively engage with material covered in the literature as they participate in the classroom and at the farm.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 200
This course includes field trips/work, and requires walking outdoors over uneven terrain, often in less than ideal weather. Students who may have difficulty navigating uneven terrain should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at 508-565-1306 or accessibility-resources@stonehill.edu at least two weeks in advance of the course to allow for planning around accommodation needs.Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

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ENV 375

Topics in Environmental Studies

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This special topics course may be offered by faculty in a focused area of environmental study and may vary from semester to semester.

Prerequisite(s): Vary by topic.
This course may be taken twice.

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POL 255

Environmental Policy and Politics

Offered: Spring Semester

Global climate change, mass extinctions, polluted waterways, hazardous waste dumps, oil spills, and nuclear meltdowns. Concerns about the health and integrity of the environment have garnered much attention since the 1960s. This course examines the nature and extent of public policy-making that addresses these and other environmental issues.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

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POL 383

Environmental Justice

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2017, 2019

This course explores how the environment relates to social justice. How are environmental challenges in the United States as well as internationally connected to deep structural injustices related to class, race and gender? We will read moral philosophy and political theory as well as social scientific and historical research. Then we will apply the theories to a few cases of environmental injustice: hazardous waste disposal, food justice, climate change, and inter-generational justice.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Philosophy course, or POL 110 or POL 171.
Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement.Course may be applied to the Environmental Science and Studies programs.

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REL 276

EcoSpirituality

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course will invite students to reflect on the insights that spiritual and religious movements of the modern West might bring to the ecological challenges faced by the world today. Students will encounter the work of several influential theologians, but they will predominantly be challenged to develop practical strategies through which they can take environmental action now, bringing spiritual reflection to the problem of physical climate change.

Prerequisite(s): One Cornerstone Religious Studies course.
Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

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REL 329

Justice, Peace, Ecology

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

The local and global environmental crisis is examined from the perspective of contemporary theological developments, recent biblical scholarship, ecumenical statements, and Roman Catholic social teaching communicated in various papal and episcopal statements on the current crisis.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

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REL 373

Buddhism, Nature & Environmental Ethics

Offered: Fall Semester

An exploration of traditional Buddhist views of nature, especially in the Zen tradition, in relation to popular images of Buddhism and recent statements by Buddhist thinkers about environmental issues. Drawing from the field of Environmental Ethics, this course will also consider what a rigorous Buddhist environmental ethic might entail.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Religious Studies Cornerstone Course.
Fulfills the Moral Inquiry requirement.Course may be applied to the Asian Studies minor.

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SOC 222

Environmental Sociology

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

What does it mean to adopt a constructionist approach to "nature" and the environment? By looking at local, national, and global issues, this course will consider the social structural and cultural sources of environmental degradation, the emergence of environmental movements, and the intersection of justice and environmental issues.

Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement.

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SOC 328

Community Organizing: People, Power & Change

Offered: Spring Semester

Covers theoretical frameworks and practical skills necessary to identify, recruit, and develop leadership, build community around that leadership, and build power from that community. The reflective practice of the course is structured around work in an organizing project (e.g. youth, community, electoral, union, or issue) designed to achieve a real outcome by semester's end.

Corequisite(s): SOC 101 (may be taken concurrently).
Course may be applied to the American Studies and the Gender & Sexuality Studies programs.

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VPS 223

The Nature of Art: Discovering the Artist Within

Offered: Spring Semester

Through the intersection of art and biology and using the act of “journaling” and art as a vehicle for investigation, students explore their inner voices while looking outward to observe the natural world.

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Complete One Environmental Themed Learning Community

Environmental Themed Learning Community offerings vary from year to year. Check yearly course offerings online.

Code Course Credits

LC 318

Learning Community: The Ethics and Science of Climate Change: Global Problems and Local Solutions

Offered: Year-Long Learning Community

In this LC students will think critically about the potential social and environmental impacts of climate change in our region. In the spring LC course, students will work with local community partners to assess risks and opportunities, working to develop climate action plans tailored to that organization.

Corequisite(s): Students must also take ENV 200 and ENV 270 as part of this Learning Community.

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LC 319

Learning Community: The Story of Stonehill's Water

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Stonehill College uses over 27 million gallons of water per year - and that doesn't include the sprinklers. This learning community will explore where that water comes from and where it goes after being "used" by the college. More broadly, this course will examine the health of the Taunton River watershed.

Corequisite(s): Students must also take ENV 200 and POL 255 as part of this Learning Community.

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LC 336

Learning Community: The Origin of Resources: From Farm to Studio

Offered: Fall Semester

This seminar combines a dual interest in sustainable food systems, an in depth understanding of the basis, production, and use of historical studio materials, and how they share a symbiotic relationship. There will be a focus on homemade and sustainable ingredients that reflect the local and global Slow Food movement and important issues of fair trade, organic production, and humane methods of consumption will be discussed.

Throughout the semester, students will participate in creating historical artist materials from start to finish, which will include harvesting plant materials from the farm to make pigments and inks, tools, making hand-made paper, utilizing animal by-products, and cooking with the same ingredients. With this in mind, we hope to reflect a "nose to tail" mindset to honor the origins of our resources.

Corequisite(s): Students must also take ENV 326 - Sustainable Agriculture and VPS 207: Making Art Materials as part of this Learning Community.
The week-long travel component will be held at an agriturismo whose mission aligns with our course goals (negotiations underway) in Italy and include visits to Italian Slow Food Presidias, which support the protection of biodiversity, territories and knowledge of traditional productions. Visits to small-scale producers may include farmers, fishers, butchers, shepherds, cheesemakers, bakers and pastry chefs. A studio workshop will be held at the agristurismo featuring indigenous materials and how they relate to the history of art in Italy. Day visits to nearby Siena and Florence will also allow students to see how the studio materials they have worked with all semester are made evident in the masterworks from Art History.Travel will occur during the January winter session period (dependent on scheduling airfare, etc.). An additional fee will be charged to student's tuition bill.

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Complete a Senior Capstone

Code Course Credits

ENV 470

Environmental Senior Seminar

Offered: Spring Semester

Senior environmental sciences & studies majors come together weekly with the Program Director to discuss and analyze senior capstone work, with a particular focus on further developing student skill in interdisciplinary thinking.

Prerequisite(s): Senior Environmental Studies or Sciences major.
Must be taken during or after one of three Environmental senior capstone experiences (ENV 475, ENV 490, ENV 497)

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ENV 475

Environmental Internship

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for qualified students to work in an environmental company, agency, or organization under professional supervision.

Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

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