Jul 20, 2024  
College Catalog 2024-2025 
College Catalog 2024-2025

Environmental Studies

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Faculty: Louisa Bradtmiller, Anika Bratt, Jerald Dosch, Christie Manning, Marianne Milligan, Christine O’Connell, Roopali Phadke, Chris Wells (Chair)

Affiliated Faculty: Karin Aguilar-San Juan(American Studies), Holly Barcus (Geography), Megan Butler (Sustainability Office), Ernesto Capello (History), Eric Carter (Geography), Stotra Chakrabarti (Biology), I-Chun Catherine Chang (Geography), Alan Chapman (Geology), Devavani Chatterjea (Biology), Amy Damon (Economics), Jim Dawes (English), Jim Doyle (Physics & Astronomy), Amy Elkins (English), Maria Fedorova (German and Russian Studies), Xavier Haro-Carrion (Geography), Mary Heskel (Biology), Kiarina Kordela (German and Russian Studies), Keith Kuwata (Chemistry), Gabriel Lade (Economics), Kelly MacGregor (Geology), William Moseley (Geography), Juliette Rogers (French and Francophone Studies), Kirisitina Sailiata (American Studies), Dan Trudeau (Geography), Sarah West (Economics)

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary department based on a holistic understanding of environmental issues occurring at the local, national, and global level. The department teaches students to use the tools and perspectives of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences to understand the causes and consequences of environmental problems and to develop solutions to these problems.

The learning goals for our students include:

The ability to think systematically about complicated problems.

The ability to recognize and communicate with diverse kinds of specialists.

The ability to understand the premises of diverse disciplines.

The ability to appreciate the nature of scientific uncertainty and controversy.

The capacity for consensus building and appreciation of group dynamics.

The ability to appreciate the nature of our species, spirituality, aesthetics, and relationships and differences among cultures.

Consistent with Macalester’s mission statement, which emphasizes internationalism, and in recognition of the global nature of many environmental issues, the faculty encourages students to participate in off-campus national and international programs of study and research.

General Distribution Requirements

ENVI 106 ENVI 220 , ENVI 130 , ENVI 133 , ENVI 150 , ENVI 160 ENVI 170 ENVI 204 ENVI 235 , ENVI 240 ENVI 277 ,  ENVI 360  and ENVI 370  count toward the general distribution requirement in mathematics and natural science. ENVI 172 , ENVI 203 , ENVI 215 , ENVI 225 , ENVI 231 , ENVI 232 , ENVI 237 , ENVI 239 , ENVI 252 , ENVI 254 , ENVI 258 , ENVI 259 , ENVI 270 , ENVI 275 , ENVI 335 ENVI 337 ENVI 368 , ENVI 375 , ENVI 477  and ENVI 478  count toward the general distribution requirement in social science. ENVI 221 , ENVI 230 ENVI 234 , ENVI 236 , ENVI 262 ENVI 264 ENVI 268 , ENVI 274 ENVI 280 , ENVI 281 , ENVI 340 , ENVI 343  count toward the distribution requirement in humanities.

General Education Requirements

Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism and U.S identities and differences will be posted on the Registrar’s web page in advance of registration for each semester. Additional information on general distribution requirements and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.

Advanced Placement

Students who received a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) environmental science exam will receive 4 credits towards the College’s graduation requirement but it does not fulfill any requirements for the ES major.

Honors Program

The Environmental Studies Department participates in the honors program. Eligibility requirements, application procedures and specific project expectations for the department are available from either the department office or the Academic Programs and Advising Office.

Topics Courses

ENVI 194  ENVI 294  ENVI 394  ENVI 494  

Topics are occasional courses, offered by instructors at their own initiative or in response to student requests. They will be announced at registration. Topics courses, depending on their content, may satisfy major requirements or college distribution requirements. This will be noted in the course description available for registration. (4 credits)

Independent Study

The department offers independent study options in the form of independent projects, internships, preceptorships and Honors independent projects. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum  section of the catalog.


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