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Environmental Studies (ENVST) - Archive

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Begin Date: Spring Semester 2000
End Date: Spring Semester 2003

Environmental Studies (ENVST) - Archive

Altoona College

PROFESSOR NICHOLAS M. MISKOVSKY, Head

This interdisciplinary major is designed to provide students with an integrated and critical knowledge of the natural environment and human interactions with it. Students will receive a strong foundation in the natural sciences but will extend their studies across several disciplines, emphasizing both public policy issues and the role of the natural environment in history and culture. The goal of the program is "ecological literacy," which means that students will develop a broad-based understanding and awareness of environments and environmental issues, and they will develop the problem- solving skills to address those issues. Program requirements include interdisciplinary courses in environmental studies and a broad array of courses in biology, geology, chemistry, geography, economics, political science, English, history, and philosophy. By selecting appropriate electives to supplement the "additional courses" requirement of the major, students may develop an emphasis in either a specific field (i.e., biology, English) or in a general area of study (natural science, social science, and humanities). Graduates are equipped for employment as environmental consultants in business or with governmental agencies and public interest groups. Many may go on to postgraduate study in environmental science, public policy, or the humanities, or to law school.

A student wishing to transfer into the Environmental Studies program must have completed the following courses BIOL 110 GN(4), ENGL 180 GH(3), ENVST 100(3), and ECON 002 GS(3) or ECON 004 GS(3) and have received a grade of C or better in these courses.

For the B.A. degree in Environmental Studies, a minimum of 125 credits is required.

TO VIEW THE Environmental Studies Minor (ENVST)

Scheduling Recommendations by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(21 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 17 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 60 credits [1]
(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses as follows: 3 credits of GH courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (42 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4), BIOL 220W GN(4), ENVST 100(3), ENGL 180 GH(3), GEOSC 020 GN(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CHEM 102(3), CHEM 104(1), ENVST 200(3), GEOG 115 GN(3) (Sem: 3-4)
STAT 250 GQ(3), ECON 428(3), HIST 453 or GEOG 407(3), PHIL 403(3) (Sem: 5-6)
ENVST 400W(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
ECON 002 GS(3) or ECON 004 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
PL SC 135 GS(3) or PL SC 425(3) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 3 credits of ENVST 395(1-18) or ENVST 496(1-18) (Sem: 7-8)
Select 9 credits (3 in each area listed below) in consultation with an academic advisor.
At least six credits must be at the 400-level.
a. Natural Sciences: BIOL 240W(4), BIOL 417(3), BIOL 427(3), BIOL 435(3), BIOL 446(3) BIOL 450W(5), ENVST 497(3), FOR 308(3), FOR 430/WFS 430(3), GEOSC 303(3), GEOSC 340(3), GEOSC 462(3), MICRB 400(3), WFS 408(3) (Sem: 3-8).
b. Social Sciences: ANTH 040(3), ANTH 146 GS;GI(3), ANTH 152(3), ANTH 456(3), ANTH/BIO 464(3), ENVST 497(3), GEOG 401(3), GEOG 406(3), PL SC 412(3), PL SC 420(3), PL SC 444(3), S T S 047(3) (Sem: 3-8)
c. Arts and Humanities: ENGL 404(3), ENGL 412(3), ENGL 415(3), ENGL 416(3), ENGL 421(3), ENGL 430(3), ENVST 497(3), HIST/S T S 151(3), HIST 428/S T S(3); When topic appropriate and with program approval: ENGL 400(3), ENGL 401(3), ENGL 483(3), HIST 200(3), HIST 497(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Other courses may be substituted with program approval.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2000

Blue Sheet Item #: 28-01-017A

Review Date: 1/25/03

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