Environmental Studies Baccalaureate Program

Students are encouraged to take 20 basic courses in their first and second years. The courses and their order will be selected with the guidance of an adviser, chosen from among the co-directors of the program. If appropriate, other courses can be included in the 20 basic courses, and students will have an opportunity to choose the rest of their courses from a wide variety of other environmental courses. By their third year students must declare a major, and choose between economics (with an ecological economics focus), environmental engineering, environmental science (with a concentration in a specific area of science), hydrogeology, or science and society (with an environmental focus). To complement their majors, students may also earn a wide variety of environmental minors and other concentrations.


70101 Introduction to Biology
70102 Introduction to Biology Laboratory
70231 Microbiology
70485 Principles of Ecology
72110, 72120 Chemistry I, II
72225 Organic Chemistry I
72223 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
72481 Chemistry of the Environment
Earth and Environmental Sciences
76120 Geology II: Earth's Surface
76418 Environmental Geology
Mathematics and Computer Science
65110, 65120 Mathematics I, II
66110 Computer Science I
78110, 78120 Physics I, II


Environmental and Energy Engineering

38210 Environmental Engineering Fundamentals

Humanities and Social Sciences

50120 Introductory Economics
50423 Environmental Economics
45296 Introduction to Environmental Studies
Science and Technology Studies
51111 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
51230 Environment and Society

For an engineering emphasis, and to be prepared to take certain courses in an environmental engineering minor, students should try to include the following courses in their basic courses in the first and second years:

65240 Introduction to Differential Equations
20150, 20160 Chemistry of Materials I, II (instead of 72110, 72120)
20110 Introduction to Engineering Analysis
20210 Engineering Thermodynamics
20240 Fluid Mechanics I

In addition to the basic courses in the first and second years, courses for a minor may be selected from among the following courses, but students should consult the appropriate sections of this catalog for the specific details of each major and minor included in the Environmental Studies Program, especially to determine the prerequisites for taking the listed courses:


70216 Introductory Biotechnology
70431 Industrial Microbiology
70432 Geomicrobiology
70444 Microbial Ecology
70470 Fresh Water Ecology Laboratory
70487 Environmental Toxicology
72226 Organic Chemistry II
72224 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
72238 Experimental Chemistry
72241, 72242 Physical Chemistry I, II
Earth and Environmental Sciences
76110 Geology I: Earth's Interior
76419 Environmental Measurements
76440 Energy Resources
76468 Applications of Geophysics to Groundwater Hydrology
76471 Groundwater Hydrology
76472 Groundwater Hydraulics
76474 Applied Groundwater Modeling

Environmental and Energy Engineering
38412 Unit Operations in Environmental Engineering
38414 Introduction to Applied Hydrology
38417, 38418 Environmental Process Design I, II
38419 Air Pollution
38420 Solid and Hazardous Waste Engineering
38421 Industrial Waste Treatment and Disposal
38423 Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
38413 Environmental Systems Engineering
38496 Bioremediation of Toxic and Hazardous Wastes
Humanities and Social Sciences
50421 Cost-Benefit Analysis
50424 Natural Resource Economics
50425 Ecological Economics
Science and Technology Studies
49430 Environmental Philosophy
51240 Law, Values, Public Policy
51432 Environmental Politics and Policy
51433 World Politics
51439 Environment and International Policy
51440 Risky Technologies
51450 Environment and Development
51454 Environment, Law, and Culture

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Copyright 1997 R.P.I.
This page was last update on: 04/18/97
By: Michal Czupryn