AB in Environmental Sciences & Policy – Nicholas School Undergraduate Programs

AB in Environmental Sciences & Policy

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AB Degree Requirements*:

  1. Co-Requisites
    General Chemistry
    (CHEM 101DL or CHEM 110DL)
    Calculus (MATH (105L and 106L), or MATH 111L or MATH 122L)
    Biology (BIO 201L or 202L)
    Environmental Sciences (ENVIRON 102)
    Economics (ECON 101 or ENVIRON 155 or POLICSCI 145)
    Statistics (STATS 101, or 102, or 111, or 130, or BIO 304 or SOC 333)
  2. Gateway Course ENVIRON 201 (Integrating Environmental Sciences and Policy) (Sp)
  3. Topical Areas: 3 courses, one from each category
    • Environmental Humanities:
      ENVIRON 209S (Food, Farming and Feminism) (F)
      ENVIRON 214S (Ethical Challenges in Environmental Conservation) (F or Sp alternate)
      ENVIRON 315S: (Environmental Issues and Documentary Arts) (Sp alternate)
      CULANTH 419S (Global Environmentalism and the Politics of Nature) (F occasional)
      HISTORY 345 (North American Environmental History) (Sp)
      PHIL 215 (Applied and Environmental Ethics) (Occasional)
    • Environmental Sciences:
      ENVIRON 205 (Marine Megafauna) (Sp)
      ENVIRON 210D (Conserving the Variety of Life on Earth) (F)
      ENVIRON 217 (Restoration Ecology) (SP [last 2015])
      ENVIRON 226s (Field Methods in Earth and Environmental Sciences) (F)
      ENVIRON 228 (Food and Fuel for a Growing Population) (F, alternate)
      ENVIRON 231 (Energy and Environment) (F)
      ENVIRON 239 (Our Changing Atmosphere) (Sp)
      ENVIRON 273LA (Marine Ecology) (F/Sp)
      ENVIRON 274 (People, Plants, and Pollution) (F)
      ENVIRON 319A (Aquaculture) (F)
      ENVIRON 359 (Intro to GIS) (Sp)
      ENVIRON 360 (Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology) (Sp)
      ENVIRON 361LS (Field Ecology)
      ENVIRON 362S (Changing Oceans) (F)
      ENVIRON 369LA (Biological Oceanography) (Sp)
      ENVIRON 370A (Physical Oceanography) (Sp)
      ENVIRON 373LA (Sensory Physiology of Marine Animals) (Fl)
      ENVIRON 375LA (Biology & Conservation of Sea Turtles (Sp)
      ENVIRON 445A (Marine Climate Change) (F)
      EOS 202 (Atmospheric and Ocean Dynamics) (F)
    • Environmental Policy:
      ENVIRON 212 (US Environmental Policy) (Sp)
      ENVIRON 216S (Environment and Conflict) (Occasional)
      ENVIRON 265 (Environmental Law and Policy) (F)
      ENVIRON 286A (Marine Policy) (F)
      ENVIRON 314 (Managing the Oceans to Solve Global Problems) (Sp)
      ENVIRON 321A (Coastal Watershed Science & Policy) (Sp)
      ENVIRON 345 (Environmental Politics in the US) (Sp alternate)
      ENVIRON 348 (Global Environmental Politics) (F alternate)
      ENVIRON 363: Environmental Economics and Policy (Sp, F 2017)
      ENVIRON 366 (Green Germany: World leader in environmental policy) (Sp)
  • Area of Specialization:
    Students will choose an Area of Specialization in consultation with their major advisor. Three courses fulfill this requirement, with at least one being at the 500 level or above. Students will choose between natural sciences and social sciences to develop the skills, knowledge, and capacity to evaluate environmental issues from a perspective of depth. For example, students may choose to study energy and will take 3 natural science courses in this area.
    Students start the conversation about the specialization with their advisor at their first meeting and work on a draft essay afterwards. The essay should prepare an argument that ties together courses taken previously that relate to the area, the 3 chosen courses to be taken to further their depth, and any relevant experience. Students will submit the final version of their focus essay no later than by registration period during Spring of their junior year. The essay is approved by the advisor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Focus Essay Form >

  • Capstone Experience (1 of the following):
    1. ENVIRON 495: Project-based course that examines current environmental issues from both the NS, SS, and Humanities. Students in the BS and AB majors will work together to further their knowledge and skills in solving environmental problems.
    2. GWD: one semester of Independent Research required, 2 recommended.
  • Field Experience or Internship: could include a semester at the Marine Lab, Study Abroad Abroad that includes field work/field course, Duke Engage, Summer REU programs relevant to student’s major or research independent study not used elsewhere in the major.  Complete the UG Summer Field Experience or Internship Report for approval of your internship/experience.

UG Summer Field Experience or Internship Report >

*Approval of substitute courses taken at other universities must be obtained from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department offering the course. Please note that some of these courses are prerequisite to some upper-level courses in this major.