Environmental and Sustainability Studies A.B.

A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Environmental and Sustainability Studies requires the completion of the Elon Core Curriculum as well as the Major Requirements listed below.

Major Requirements:

Core Requirements: 18-20 sh

ENS 1100HUMANS AND NATURE

4 sh

ENS 1110INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

3 sh

ENS 1130INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE LAB

1 sh

ENS 2000STRATEGIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL INQUIRY

4 sh

ENS 3985INTERNSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

2-4 sh

ENS 4970SENIOR SEMINAR: ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

4 sh

Choose one course from the following Humanities Pillar courses: 4 sh

ART 3390ECO ART

4 sh

PWR 3220WRITING SCIENCE

4 sh

ENG 3330AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL WRITERS

4 sh

ENS 3500ENVIRONMENTAL VISIONS

4 sh

PHL 3480/REL 3480ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

4 sh

Choose one course from the following Social Science Pillar courses: 4 sh

ECO 3230ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

4 sh

ENS 3400/GEO 3400WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

4 sh

PST 3440INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

4 sh

PST 3240ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

4 sh

PST 3200FOOD POLICY

4 sh

PST 324 is recommended by the Department of Environmental Studies

Choose one course from the following Natural Science Pillar courses: 4 sh

ENS 2150/BIO 2150DIVERSITY OF LIFE

4 sh

ENS 3140AGROECOLOGY

4 sh

ENS 3200RESTORATION ECOLOGY

4 sh

ENS 3210URBAN ECOLOGY

4 sh

Choose one course from the following Landscape Sustainability courses: 4 sh

ENS 1600THE ART OF SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

4 sh

ENS 2320SOLAR GREENHOUSE AND FOURTH SEASON HARVEST

4 sh

ENS 3110SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION

4 sh

ENS 3600GREEN DESIGN: ENVISIONING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

4 sh

ENS 3660SUSTAINABLE DESIGN TECHNOLOGIES

4 sh

Concentrations

Select 16 semester hours from one of the three concentrations

Responsible Design and Building Arts: 16 sh

ENS 1600THE ART OF SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

4 sh

ENS 3600GREEN DESIGN: ENVISIONING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

4 sh

ENS 3660SUSTAINABLE DESIGN TECHNOLOGIES

4 sh

ART 112FUNDAMENTALS OF DESIGN

4 sh

ART 1130THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN

4 sh

Sustainable Food Production: 16 sh

ENS 1200COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE - FALL HARVEST

2 sh

AND

ENS 1210COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE - SPRING PLANTING

2 sh

or

ENS 2200GARDEN STUDIO: FALL AND WINTER GARDENING

2 sh

AND

ENS 2210GARDEN STUDIO: SPRING AND SUMMER GARDENING

2 sh

or

ENS 2320SOLAR GREENHOUSE AND FOURTH SEASON HARVEST

4 sh

ENS 3110SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION

4 sh

ENS 3140AGROECOLOGY

4 sh

ENS 3985INTERNSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

2-4 sh

COR 4290PERMACULTURE: FOOD, CULTURE AND SUSTAINABILITY

4 sh

Only 4 sh credits from among ENS 120, ENS 121, ENS 220, ENS 221, and ENS 381 may count toward the concentration. 

ENS 381 may be used toward the Agriculture and Environmental Service areas of the Peace Corps Prep Program Certificate (PCPP) Part B - Additional Experience. See www.elon.edu/peacecorps for more information. 

Human Ecology: 16 sh

Human Ecology is an open, self-designed concentration that mandates a broad interdisciplinary study of the relationship between humans and the natural, social, and built environments. Intermixing exploration of environmental sciences, both social and natural, with environmental history and the humanities, this generalist concentration is recommended for students considering double majors because of its flexibility. 

Students interested in the Human Ecology major should consult with an Environmental Studies advisor to develop a cohesive course of study from these options and develop a course list proposal for departmental approval by the end of the first semester of their junior year.

Students pursuing the Human Ecology concentration may select their 16 sh of electives from among Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science Pillar courses not previously taken; Landscape Sustainability courses not previously taken; and a set including COM 331, ECO 111, ENS 330, ENS 346, ENS 359, ENS 250, ENS 340, and GEO 345. 

The exhaustive list of Human Ecology elective options is below. Note that any course taken to satisfy a Pillar or Landscape Sustainability requirement above cannot double count as a Human Ecology elective. 

ART 3390ECO ART

4 sh

COM 331ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS

4 sh

ECO 1000PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS

4 sh

ECO 3230ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS

4 sh

PWR 3220WRITING SCIENCE

4 sh

ENG 3330AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL WRITERS

4 sh

ENS 1600THE ART OF SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

4 sh

ENS 2150/BIO 2150DIVERSITY OF LIFE

4 sh

ENS 2200GARDEN STUDIO: FALL AND WINTER GARDENING

2 sh

ENS 2210GARDEN STUDIO: SPRING AND SUMMER GARDENING

2 sh

ENS 2320SOLAR GREENHOUSE AND FOURTH SEASON HARVEST

4 sh

ENS 3140AGROECOLOGY

4 sh

ENS 3110SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION

4 sh

ENS 3200RESTORATION ECOLOGY

4 sh

ENS 3210URBAN ECOLOGY

4 sh

ENS 3300WILDLIFE ECOLOGY

4 sh

ENS 3400/GEO 3400WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

4 sh

ENS 3460/BIO 3602WETLAND ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

4 sh

ENS 3500ENVIRONMENTAL VISIONS

4 sh

ENS 3590SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR

2-4 sh

ENS 3600GREEN DESIGN: ENVISIONING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

4 sh

ENS 3660SUSTAINABLE DESIGN TECHNOLOGIES

4 sh

GEO 2500/ENS 2500INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

4 sh

GEO 3400/ENS 3400WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

4 sh

GEO 3450GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

4 sh

PHL 3480/REL 3480ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

4 sh

PST 3440INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

4 sh

PST 3240ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

4 sh

PST 3200FOOD POLICY

4 sh

A combination study of Sustainable Food Production and Responsible Design could be accomplished with the Human Ecology concentration.

Examples of Cohesive Paths of Study

Listed are additional examples of cohesive paths of study. Be sure to discuss these, or a path of your own design, with your advisor.

Environmental Policy with a second major in Political Science or Policy Studies

If you are interested in environmental policy perhaps with a second major in Political Science or Policy Studies, the following might be optimal courses from which to choose.
ENS 2420ENVIRONMENTAL LAND USE MANAGEMENT

4 sh

ENS 2440NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY

4 sh

ENS 2500/GEO 2500INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

4 sh

ENS 3400/GEO 3400WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

4 sh

GEO 3400/ENS 3400WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

4 sh

PST 3440INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

4 sh

PST 3200FOOD POLICY

4 sh

Cohesive path involving evisioning green futures, innovative planning design or entrepreneruship

If you anticipate a future path that involves envisioning green futures, innovative planning, design, or entrepreneurship, especially connected with a second major, this might be a list of courses from which to choose.
ENS 1600THE ART OF SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

4 sh

ENS 3110SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION

4 sh

ENS 3500ENVIRONMENTAL VISIONS

4 sh

ENS 3600GREEN DESIGN: ENVISIONING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

4 sh

ART 3390ECO ART

4 sh

COM 331ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS

4 sh

A cohesive path that involves the arts, working with non-profits or schools

If you are contemplating a future path that involves the arts, working with non-profits or schools, or combining the ENS AB Human Ecology with a double major in Art or Communications, or even Management, this might be a list of courses from which to choose.

ART 1140TIME ARTS

4 sh

ART 3390ECO ART

4 sh

COM 331ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATIONS

4 sh

PWR 3220WRITING SCIENCE

4 sh

ENG 3330AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL WRITERS

4 sh

ENS 2500/GEO 2500INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

4 sh

GEO 2500/ENS 2500INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

4 sh

PHL 3480/REL 3480ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

4 sh

REL 3480/PHL 3480ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

4 sh

Total Credit Hours: 50-52

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