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Environmental Studies Major

The major in environmental studies has both core course requirements and a credit requirement. The major requires students to take at least 30 credits of approved course work and a minimum of ten courses in environmental studies (EVST) or courses with a strong EVST component in associated fields listed below. A maximum of three courses or nine credits from 1000-level courses can be counted toward the fulfillment of the major, and a maximum of one study abroad course can count towards the degree. In addition, a minimum of three courses above the 3000-level are required for the major. The major requires students to take three core EVST courses (1010, 3310, and 4410), one methods course and six electives, three of which must come from the School of Liberal Arts (SLA). Only one internship (EVST 4560 Enviro Stud Internship (0-4 c.h.)) 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. A list of all EVST courses can be found in the University Catalog.

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 an optional writing intensive component for this class.

Methods courses (Select at least one):

  • ARCH 3731 Urban Geography & New Orleans Case Study
  • ARCH 3764 NOLA Geography for Architects
  • ANTH 6010 Qualitative Methods 
  • ANTH 6870 Kaqchikel Maya Culture
  • 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 4030 Advanced GIS
  • EENS 4380 Remote Sensing for Env Anlys
  • EENS 6080 Metrics for Describing Landsca
  • 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 Social Statistics (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 3021 Ethnobiology
  • ANTH 3140/6140 Primate Behavior and Ecology
  • ANTH 3240 Ancient Civilizations of Mesoamerica
  • ANTH 3430/6430 Archaeology of Cultural Landscapes
  • ANTH 3435/6435 Disasters and Past Societies
  • ANTH 3560 Environmental Archaeology
  • ANTH 3700 Environmental Anthropology
  • ANTH 3710 Historical Ecology of Amazonia
  • ANTH 3760 Primate Evolution and Adaptation
  • ANTH 4130 North American Prehistory
  • ANTH 4210 Seminar in Historical Ecology
  • ANTH 4410 Olmec and Maya Civilizations
  • ANTH 6100 South American Archaeology
  • ANTH 6435 Disasters and Past Societies
  • ARHS 3375 Leonardo's World
  • ARHS 6350 Landscape Theory
  • CIRC 3600 360 Special Topics
  • COMM 3510 Environmental Communication
  • DDSN 4404 Environmental Design
  • ECON 3320 Urban Economics
  • ECON 3330 Environment and Natural Resources
  • ECON 3530 Global Food Economy
  • ENLS 4030 Literary New Orleans
  • ENLS 4810 Literature and Environment
  • EVST 3900 Special Topics in Environmental Studies
  • EVST 3930 Special Topics in Enviro Thought
  • EVST 3933 Urban Gardening
  • EVST 3950 Special Topics in Enviro Thought
  • EVST 3951 Special Topics in Enviro Thought
  • EVST 3952 Special Topics in Enviro Thought
  • EVST 3959 Measuring Sustainability
  • EVST 4190 Environmental Crime and Security
  • EVST 4210 Environmental and Social Justice in NOLA (EVST summer program)
  • EVST 4400 Urban Political Ecology
  • EVST 4560 Environmental Internship
  • EVST 4910 Independent Study
  • EVST 4990 Honors Thesis
  • EVST 5000 Honors Thesis
  • FREN 3011 Water in the Anthropocene
  • HISL 3911-01 Enviro Hst Latin America cross-registered with HISL 3911-02 Enviro Hst Latin America
  • HISU 2300 American Environmental History
  • HISU 3300 Katrin and Popular memory
  • HISU 3605 Wilderness and Wastelands
  • HISU 6270 American Disasters
  • JWST 3220 Arab/Israeli Conflict
  • MUSC 2910-01 Music, Sound, & Climate Change
  • PAAR 2600 Old & Green Restoration
  • PASO 2200-10 Environment & Society
  • PHIL 3340 Humanity’s Place in Nature
  • PHIL 6520 Environmental Ethics
  • PLA 4010 Special Projects
  • POLA 4230 Environmental Politics and Policy
  • POLC 4340 Latin American Environmental Politics
  • POLC 4390 Poverty and Development
  • POLI 4620 Global Environmental Politics
  • POLI 6950-01 Energy, Climate and IR
  • PSDV 3200 Development Issues and Strategies
  • PSDV 3500 Global Food Politics and Policy
  • PSDV 3561 Environment & Development
  • PSDV 4951 Special Topics
  • 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 6011-01 Race/Culture/Nature/Science cross-registered with SOCI 6011-02
  • SOCI 6012 Advanced Special Topics
  • SOCI 6013 Advanced Special Topics
  • SOCI 6014-01 Climate Change & Disasters
  • SOCI 6112 Sociology of Food & Agriculture
  • SOCI 6320 Global Political Economy and the Environment
  • SOCI 6325 Global and Local Environmental Justice
  • SOCI 6650 Sustainable Development in Latin America
  • SPAN 4710-01 Environmental Literature

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 2110 Tropical Biology
  • EBIO 2120 Clim/Biodiv/Trop Forests
  • EBIO 2240 Oceans and Human Health
  • EBIO 2030 History of Life
  • EBIO 2250 Vertebrate Biology
  • EBIO 2330 Natural History of Louisiana
  • EBIO 2600 Natural Resource Conservation: Theory and Practice
  • EBIO 3040 General Ecology
  • EBIO/EENS 3150 or 6150 Intro to Geographic Info Systems (and lab)
  • EBIO 3180 Plants & Human Affairs
  • EBIO 3580 Urban Ecology
  • EBIO 4030-01 Field Botany cross-registered with EBIO 4031 Field Botany Lab
  • EBIO 4080/6080 Biostats & Experimental Design
  • EBIO 4110/6110 Tropical Ecology & Agriculture
  • EBIO 4190 Wetlands Ecology
  • EBIO 4270 Population Ecology
  • EBIO 4460 Biodiversity and Environmental Informatics
  • EBIO 4676/6676 Wetland Vegetation
  • EBIO 6150 Intro to GIS
  • EBIO 6290 Behavioral Ecology
  • EBIO 6340 Ecological Analysis
  • EBIO 6430 Entomology
  • EBIO 6590 Plant Biology & Adaptation
  • EENS 1400 Global Climate Change
  • EENS 2020 Environmental Geology
  • EENS 2060 Introductory Geography
  • EENS 2070 Weather and Climate
  • EENS 2080 Extreme Weather
  • EENS 2090 Surface Water Hydrology
  • EENS 2230 Oceanography
  • EENS 3050 Natural Hazards & Mitigation
  • EENS/EBIO 3150 or 6150 Intro to Geographic Info Systems (and lab)
  • EENS 3600 Science of Climate Change
  • EENS 3990 Field Geoscience
  • EENS 4030 Advanced GIS
  • EENS 4040 Coastal Marine Geology
  • EENS 4360 Environmental Geochemistry
  • EENS 4370 Indp Study in GIS and Remote Sensing
  • EENS 4800 Air Pollution Fundamentals
  • EENS 6150 Intro to GIS
  • EENS 6260 Paleoclimatology
  • CHEM 2500 Environmental Chemistry
  • COLQ 4120 Grand Canyon Colloquium

Environmental Electives in other schools at Tulane:

  • ARCH 2211/6211 Site Strategies
  • ARCH 3731 Urban Geography & New Orleans Case Study
  • ARCH 4522 01 Ethics in the Built Environ. Cross registered with ARCH 6522-01 Ethics in the Built Environ.
  • ENRG 4100 Energy Mrkts Econ & Policy
  • MGMT 4150 Environment, Society and Capitalism
  • PRST 2210 Introduction to Historic Preservation
  • SPHU 2150 Foundations of Environmental Health
  • SPHU 3150 Global to Local Environmental Health
  • SPHU 3330 Disasters & Environmental Health
  • SPHU 4210 Health and Environmental Risk
  • SPHU 4330 Resilience in International Disasters
  • SRED 4510: Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation
  • SRED 4520/6520 Cities, Disasters and Decisions