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Courses to Consider

The following is a list of courses from across the Vassar curriculum you might consider incorporating into your environmental studies (ENST) major plan of study. This list can be used as a starting point for thinking about the ENST major, particularly as you choose the two areas of concentration for your five- and three-course sequences (see catalogue for a more detailed description of the major). If you are interested in majoring in ENST, you should meet with the ENST director and participating faculty in your area(s) of interest to talk about developing your major plan of study.

Arts and Humanities Divisions

100 level

  • ENGL/ENST 179a: Special Topic: Henry David Thoreau (0.5 credit)
  • FREN 189: The Poetics of Terroir

200 level

  • ART 273 Modern Architecture and Beyond
  • ART 280 Drawing in the Landscape
  • ENGL 205, 206: Composition
  • ENGL 207, 208: Literary Nonfiction
  • ENGL 226: American Literature
  • HISP 229: Postcolonial Latin America

300 level

  • ART/URBS 370: Seminar in Architectural History
  • ART/ENST 385: The Art of Nature
  • ENGL 383: Emerson, Poetry and America
  • FREN 348b: Modernism and its Discontents (Endangered Habitats)
  • FREN 355: The Beast Within: Animals in French Literature and Culture

Natural Science Division

100 level

  • BIOL 106: Introduction to Biological Investigations
  • BIOL 187a: Plants and Plant Communities of the Mid-Hudson Region (0.5 credit)
  • CHEM 108. 109: General Chemistry
  • ESCI 103a: The Earth Around Us (0.5 credit, first six weeks)
  • ESCI 101b: Geohazards (0.5 credit, second six weeks)
  • ESCI 151a: Earth, Environment and Humanity
  • ESCI 161b: Evolution of Earth and its Life
  • MATH 141a and b: Intro to Statistics

200 level

  • BIOL 202 Plant Physiology and Development
  • BIOL 208b: Plant Structure and Diversity
  • BIOL 226a: Animal Structure and Diversity
  • BIOL 228: Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 238b: Principles of Genetics
  • BIOL 241a: Ecology
  • BIOL 282: Evolutionary Genetics
  • CHEM 244, 245: Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 275b: Computational Methods in Chemistry
  • ESCI 201b: Earth Materials
  • ESCI 211a: Sediments, Strata/Environment
  • ESCI 221: Soils and Terrestrial Ecosystems
  • ESCI 261: Field Geophysics: Digital Underground
  • ESCI-281: Stable Isotopes in Environmental Science

300 level

  • BIOL 340: Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 350: Evolutionary Biology
  • BIOL/ENST 352: Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 354b: Plant-Animal Interactions
  • BIOL 356a: Aquatic Ecology
  • CHEM 335: Advanced Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 362b: Instrumental Analysis
  • ESCI/ENST 335a: Paleoclimatology
  • ESCI/ENST 341: Oil
  • ESCI/ENST 361: Modeling the Earth
  • ESCI/ENST 381b: Biogeochemical Cycles
  • PSYC 321: Seminar in Animal Learning and Behavior

Social Science Division

100 level

  • ECON 100: Intro to Macroeconomics
  • ECON 101: Intro to Macroeconomics
  • ESSC 100: Earth Resource Challenges
  • ESSC 111a and b: Earth Science and Environmental Justice
  • GEOG 102: Global Geography
  • PHIL 106a and b: Philosophy and Contemporary Issues
  • POLI 140: American Politics
  • POLI 150: Comparative Politics
  • POLI 160: International Politics
  • POLI/ENST 181a: Political Theory, Environmental Justice, and the case of New Orleans after Katrina (0.5 credit)
  • POLI/ENST 182b: Environmental Political Thought (0.5 credit)
  • SOCI 151: Introduction to Sociology

200 level

  • ANTH 235: Area Studies in Prehistory
  • ANTH 240a and b: Cultural Localities
  • ANTH 242: The Frozen North
  • ANTH 280: Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Food
  • ANTH/ASIA 285a: East Asian and Australian Prehistory
  • ECON 209a and b: Probability and Statistics
  • ECON 210a and b: Econometrics
  • ECON 233: Political Economy of Globalization
  • ECON 238b: Law and Economics
  • ECON 248a: International Trade and the World Financial System
  • ECON 267b: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • GEOG 220a: Cartography: Making Maps with GIS
  • GEOG 224b: GIS: Spatial Analysis
  • GEOG 226: Remote Sensing
  • GEOG 230: Spatial Statistics
  • GEOG 238b: China and the Modern World
  • GEOG 242b: Brazil: Society, Culture, and Environment in Portuguese America
  • GEOG 250: Urban Geography
  • GEOG 256: Environmental Perception and Conservation History
  • GEOG 260: Conservation of Natural Resources
  • GEOG 266: Population, Environment, and Sustainable Development
  • GEOG 272: Geographies of Mass Violence
  • GEOG 283a: Geography of Food and Farming
  • PHIL 226b: Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 234b: Ethics
  • POLI 238: Power and Public Policy
  • POLI 242b: Law, Justice, and Politics
  • POLI 259a: Human Rights and Politics
  • POLI 265: International Political Economy
  • POLI 266: Defense Policy and Arms Control
  • POLI 268a: The Politics of Globalization
  • POLI 269: National Model United Nations
  • SOCI 216b: Food, Culture, and Globalization
  • SOCI 235: Quality of Life
  • SOCI 260: Health, Medicine, and Public Policy
  • SOCI/ ENST/URBS 261: “The Nuclear Cage”: Environmental Theory and Nuclear Power
  • SOCI 264: Social Welfare and Political Policy

300 level

  • ANTH/ENST/STS 331b: Technology, Ecology and Society
  • ANTH/INTL 363b: Nations, Globalization, and Post-Coloniality
  • ANTH 364: Tourism
  • GEOG 340: Advanced Urban and Regional Studies
  • GEOG/ENST 356: Environment and Land Use Planning
  • GEOG 382b: Gender and Geography in the Middle East and North Africa
  • GEOG 384a: Community GIS (Noise, Noise, and More Noise)
  • HIST/ENST 367: Peoples and Environments in the American West
  • POLI 312b: Green Utopias
  • SOCI 312: Corporate Power
  • SOCI 368: Toxic Futures: From Social Theory to Environmental Theory

Other Program Courses

100 level

  • INTL 106: Perspectives in International Studies
  • STS 131: Genetic Engineering: Basic Principles and Ethical Questions
  • STS 180a: Energy: Sources and Politics (0.5 credit)
  • URBS 100: Introduction to Urban Studies

200 level

  • AFRI/ENST 256: Environment and Culture in the Caribbean
  • AMCL 212: The Press in America
  • INTL 251b: Global Feminism
  • INTL 276: Spaces in Global Capitalism
  • WMST/STS 241: Feminist Approaches to Science and Technology

300 level

  • STS 360a: Issues in Bioethics
  • STS/ENST 364b: Law and Technology
  • URBS/ENST 350: New York City as a Social Laboratory
  • WMST/ENST 370: Feminism and Environmentalism
  • WMST/ESSC 380a: Gender, Resources, and Justice