Environmental Sciences Major




A total of fifty four to fifty six (54-56) hours and one additional environmental experience as follows:

  1. Four Introductory Courses:
    1. ENVS 150: Environment and Society.
    2. Three introductory courses from the following list:
    • BIOL 120: Environmental Science.
    • CHEM 120: Foundations of Chemistry. (environmentally-themed section preferred)
    • ENVS 111: Physical Geology.
    • ENVS 116: Introductory Topics in Earth Science.
    • ENVS 120: Introduction to Earth and Atmospheric Science.
    • ENVS 170: Rocky Mountain Field Research. (at Teton Science Schools)
    • MATH 214: Discrete Mathematical Modeling with Biological Applications.
  2. One statistics course from the following list:
    • ECON 290: Statistical Analysis for Economics and Business.
    • MATH 111: Probability and Statistics.
    • PSYC 211: Statistical Analysis.
  3. Four upper-level Environmental Sciences electives. Three courses must contain a lab component. Courses must come from at least two departments. Additional courses may be designated by the Environmental Studies and Sciences program.
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 120 or ENVS 120 and CHEM 120
      • ENVS 220(L): Physical Geography of the Southern United States.
      • Prerequisites: BIOL 120 and CHEM 120 or BIOL 130-131 and 140-141
      • BIOL 212, 214: Environmental Issues in Southern Africa & Field Study in Namibia. (taken together)
      • BIOL 315(L): Ecology.
      • BIOL 320(L): Conservation Biology.
      • BIOL 345(L): Ornithology.
      • BIOL 365: Advanced Topics in Biology. (i.e. Plants and People, or other environmentally-related topic approved by the director of the program) Prerequisites: BIOL 130-131 and 140-141
      • BIOL 200 (L): Evolution.
      • BIOL 207(L): Animal Behavior.
      • BIOL 202: Vertebrate Life.
      • BIOL 220: Biology of Human Parasites.
      • BIOL 301(L): Microbiology. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor
      • BIOL 451-452: Research. Prerequisite: Chemistry 120
      • CHEM 211: Organic Chemistry. Prerequisite: Chemistry 211
      • CHEM 240: Analytical Chemistry. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor
      • CHEM 451-452: Research.
  4. Two Environmental Studies electives from the following list:
    • ANSO 201: Human Evolution.
    • ANSO 203: Becoming Human: Domesticating the World.
    • ANSO 221: North of the Rio: Indiginous People of North America.
    • ANSO 271: Ecological Anthropology.
    • ANSO 273: Gender and the Environment.
    • ANSO 275: Food and Culture: You Are What You Eat.
    • ART 166: Topics in Studio Art: Sculpture, Trees, and the Life of Wood.
    • CHIN 214: Topics in Chinese Culture: Material Culture and Chinese Gardens.
    • ECON 360: Urban Economics.
    • ECON 349: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.
    • ENGL 332: Advanced Shakespeare Studies: Green Shakespeare.
    • ENGL 336: Literature & Landscape.
    • ENVS 205: Topics in Environmental Studies and Sciences. (when approved by the director of the program)
    • FYWS 151: Overton: Memphis and the History of Urban Parks.
    • HIST 105: Disease & Epidemics.
    • HIST 207: Global Environmental History.
    • HIST 305: U.S. Cities and Suburbs.
    • HIST 307: Nature and War.
    • HIST 309: Natural Disasters.
    • HUM 201: Search for Values. (Jackson’s Section only)
    • INTS 340: Global Ecopolitics.
    • INTS 342: Comparative Ecopolitics.
    • INTS 375: Population and National Security.
    • PHIL 230: Environmental Philosophy.
    • POLS 206: Urban Politics and Policy.
    • RELS 101: The Bible. (Hotz’s Section only)
    • RELS 220: Topics in Theology: Environmental Theology.
    • URBN 201: Introduction to Urban Studies.
  5. INTD 225: Geographic Information Systems.
  6. ENVS 486: Senior Seminar.
  7. Experiential Learning. Each student in the major will be required to complete an environmentally-oriented experience in which he or she will have a substantial engagement with environmental issues outside the Rhodes campus. There are several ways to complete this requirement, some of which are credit-bearing, but others are not. As with the College’s F11 requirement, students are not required to receive academic credit.

A. Students may enroll in one of the following:

  • ARCE 120: Field Research in Environmental Archaeology.
  • ARCE 450: Archaeological Field School.
  • BIOL 212 and 214 (taken together): Environmental Issues in Southern Africa and Field Study in Namibia.
  • ENVS 160: Rocky Mountain Ecology (at Teton Science Schools).
  • ENVS 170: Rocky Mountain Field Research (at Teton Science Schools).
  • ENVS 450: Field Experience in Environmental Studies and Sciences.
  • ENVS 460: Internship in Environmental Studies and Sciences.
  • ENVS 490: Independent Research in Environmental Studies and Sciences.

B. Experiences other than those listed above must be approved by the director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program and will require a substantial essay, evaluated by the director of the program, which links the student’s experience with what he or she has learned in the classroom. Experiences may include organized service projects at Rhodes with faculty or staff oversight (such as the Summer Service Fellowships), or study abroad experiences approved by Rhodes with significant environmental content as determined by the director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences program. Students should submit the form on the program’s website to petition for such experiences.