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Environmental Studies Curriculum

The major in Environmental Studies (EVST) requires a minimum of 10 approved EVST content courses (30 credits hours), including: three required core courses (EVST 1010, 3310, 4410), a methods course, and six electives, three of which must come from the School of Liberal Arts. A minimum of three courses at or above the 3000-level are required, while a maximum of three courses (9 credit hours) at the 1000-level can be counted towards fulfilling the EVST degree requirements. In addition, a maxiumum of two study-abroad courses and one internship (EVST 4560) may be counted towards the major requirements.

Students should note that some courses have prerequisites or are open only to majors (e.g., PSDV 3200), though some restrictions may be waived with instructor approval if class space allows. Careful academic planning, in consultation with your EVST faculty advisor, is strongly recommended. Students may also view EVST course lists from past semesters.

Core Courses in EVST:All students must take all three of these courses (no exceptions)

  • EVST 1010 Introduction to Environmental Studies (should be taken in Freshman or Sophomore year)
  • EVST 3310 Approaches to Environmental Studies (should be taken in Sophomore or Junior year)
  • EVST 4410 Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies (should be taken in Senior year)
    • Notes:
      • There is a mandatory service learning requirement associated with this course (EVST 4890), which satisfies the Tier 2 service learning requirement, if needed.
      • There is an optional writing intensive component for this class.

Methods courses (Select at least one):

  • ARCH 3731 Urban Geography & New Orleans Case Study
  • COMM 3510 Environmental Communication
  • EBIO 2020 Theory and Methods in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • EBIO 2600 Natural Resource Conservation: Theory and Practice
  • EBIO 4080/6080 Biostatistics and Experimental Design
  • EBIO 4460 Biodiversity and Environmental Informatics
  • EBIO 4676/6676 Wetland Vegetation
  • EENS/EBIO 3150 or 6150 Intro to Geographic Info Systems (and lab)
  • EENS 6260 Paleoclimatology
  • EVST 3933 Urban Gardening
  • EVST 3959 Measuring Sustainability
  • EVST 4210 Environmental and Social Justice in NOLA (EVST summer program)
  • EVST 4560 Environmental Internship
  • POLS 2010 Introduction to Scope and Methods of Political Science
  • SOCI 3030 Introduction to Research Design
  • SOCI 3040 Intro to Research Analysis (NOTE: SOCI 3030 is a mandatory prerequisite)
  • SOCI 4210 Urban Ethnography and Social Justice
  • SLAM 3020 Management
  • SPHU 3030 GIS Information Systems
  • SPHU 3160 Biostatistics in Public Health

EVST Electives (select 6; a minimum or 3 must come from the School of Liberal Arts). Please note that new or special topics courses are frequently added and students will be made aware of these via email each semester. 

Environmental Electives in the School of Liberal Arts (select at least three):

  • ANTH 2350 Architecture and Power in the Ancient World
  • ANTH 3140/6140 Primate Behavior and Ecology
  • ANTH 3430/6430 Archaeology of Cultural Landscapes
  • ANTH 3435/6435 Disasters and Past Societies
  • ANTH 3560 Environmental Archaeology
  • ANTH 3700 Environmental Anthropology
  • ANTH 4130 North American Prehistory
  • ANTH 4210 Seminar in Historical Ecology
  • ANTH 4410 Olmec and Maya Civilizations
  • ANTH 6100 South American Archaeology
  • COMM 3510 Environmental Communication
  • ECON 3320 Urban Economics
  • ECON 3330 Environment and Natural Resources
  • EVST 3933 Urban Gardening
  • EVST 3959 Measuring Sustainability 
  • EVST 4400 Urban Political Ecology
  • EVST 4190 Environmental Crime and Security
  • EVST 3900 Special Topics in Environmental Studies
  • EVST 4210 Environmental and Social Justice in NOLA (EVST summer program)
  • EVST 4560 Environmental Internship
  • EVST 4990 Honors Thesis
  • EVST 4910 Independent Study
  • EVST 5000 Honors Thesis
  • ENLS 4810 Literature and Environment
  • HISU 2300 American Environmental History
  • HISU 3300 Katrin and Popular memory
  • HISU 3600 Wilderness and Wastelands
  • HISU 6270 American Disasters
  • JWST 3220 Arab/Israeli Conflict
  • PHIL 3340 Humanity’s Place in Nature
  • PHIL 6520 Environmental Ethics
  • POLA 4230 Environmental Politics and Policy
  • POLC 4390 Poverty and Development
  • POLC 4340 Latin American Environmental Politics
  • POLI 4620 Global Environmental Politics
  • PSDV 3200 Development Issues and Strategies
  • SOCI 2100 Latin America and the Environment
  • SOCI 2600 Environmental Sociology
    SOCI 2650 Latin America and the Environment
  • SOCI 4210 Urban Ethnography and Social Justice
  • SOCI 4610 Ecology and Society (EVST Summer Program in NOLA)
  • SOCI 6320 Global Political Economy and the Environment
  • SOCI 6325 Global and Local Environmental Justice

Environmental Electives in the School of Science and Engineering:

  • EBIO 2010 Evolution-Human Hlth & Disease
  • EBIO 2020 Theory and Methods in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • EBIO 2040 Conservation Biology
  • EBIO 2050 Global Change Biology
  • EBIO 2100 Marine Biology
  • EBIO 2120 Clim/Biodiv/Trop Forests
  • EBIO 2240 Oceans and Human Health
  • EBIO 2030 History of Life
  • EBIO 2330 Natural History of Louisiana
  • EBIO 2600 Natural Resource Conservation: Theory and Practice
  • EBIO/EENS 3150 or 6150 Intro to Geographic Info Systems (and lab)
  • EBIO 3580 Urban Ecology
  • EBIO 4110 Tropical Ecology
  • EBIO 4190 Wetlands Ecology
  • EBIO 4270 Population Ecology
  • EBIO 4460 Biodiversity and Environmental Informatics
  • EBIO 4676/6676 Wetland Vegetation
  • EBIO 6290
  • EBIO 6340 Ecological Analysis
  • EENS 1400 Global Climate Change
  • EENS 2020 Environmental Geology
  • EENS 2060 Introductory Geography
  • EENS 2070 Weather and Climate
  • EENS 2080 Extreme Weather 
  • EENS 2230 Oceanography
  • EENS 3050 Natural Disasters
  • EENS/EBIO 3150 or 6150 Intro to Geographic Info Systems (and lab)
  • EENS 4040 Coastal Marine Geology
  • EENS 4360 Environmental Geochemistry
  • EENS 4800 Air Pollution Fundamentals
  • EENS 6260 Paleoclimatology
  • CHEM 2500 Environmental Chemistry
  • COLQ 4120 Grand Canyon Colloquium

Environmental Electives in other schools at Tulane:

  • ARCH 3731 Urban Geography & New Orleans Case Study
  • MGMT 4150 Environment, Society and Capitalism
  • SPHU 2150 Foundations of Environmental Health
  • SPHU 3150 Global to Local Environmental Health
  • SPHU 4210 Health and Environmental Risk