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Science, Technology & Environmental Studies
Science, Technology & Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies

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NOTE: Degree requirements for incoming students may not reflect the actual degree requirements of current students.

Requirements for the Environmental Studies Major

The Environmental Studies Major consists of 34 hours of ENV courses, plus 15 hours of natural science courses. 

Core Courses (16 hours)

The following courses are required:

  • ENV 200, Introduction to Environmental Studies (3)
  • ST 200, Introduction to Science Studies (3)
  • ST 205, Science & Society Speakers Series (one credit course that must be completed 3 times)(3)
  • ENV 330, Geographic Information Systems (4)
  • One of the following:
    • ST 310, Social Studies of Science & Technology (3)
    • ST 320, Philosophy of Science (3)
    • ST 330, Language, Rhetoric & Science (3)

Practical Experience (3 hours)

  • Can be satisfied by completing BI 407, Environmental/Sustainability Practicum, an approved community-based internship,* or another experiential learning course approved by the director.

Elective Courses (15 hours)

  • Of these, 12 must be at the 300-400 level. Further, 6 of the ENV electives must be identified as social science related and another 6 must be identified as humanities related. A total of no more than three 3 hours of independent study or internship credit can be used to satisfy this requirement.* Additionally, no more than one of the research methods courses (PS 210, PS 211, and SO 393) may count towards this requirement.

Natural Science Courses (15 hours)

The following courses are required for the major. These courses may also be counted toward a minor or major in a science and technology discipline:

  • NW 207, Ecology and the Natural Environment OR BI 230, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology—Fundamentals (5)
  • CH 105, General Chemistry I (5)
  • CH 106, General Chemistry II (5)

*A combined total of 6 internship or independent study hours may be used to satisfy ENV Major requirements. Three (3) may be used towards the Practical Experience requirement, and 3 may be used towards the Elective requirement.

Requirements for the Environmental Studies Minor

The Environmental Studies Minor consists of 18 hours of ENV courses, plus 5 hours of natural science courses. 

Core Courses (9 hours)

The following courses are required:

  • ST 200, Introduction to Science Studies (3)
  • ENV 200, Introduction to Environmental Studies (3)
  • One of the following:
    • ST 310, Social Studies of Science & Technology (3)
    • ST 320, Philosophy of Science (3)
    • ST 330, Language, Rhetoric & Science (3)

Elective Courses (9 hours)

Of these, 6 must be at the 300-400 level. Further, 3 of the ENV electives must be identified as social science related and another 3 must be identified as humanities related. A total of no more than 3 hours of independent study or internship credit can be used to satisfy this requirement. Additionally, no more than one of the research methods courses (PS 210, PS 211, and SO 393) may count towards this requirement.

Natural Science Courses (5 hours)

One of the following courses is required for the minor. Either course may also be counted toward a minor or major in a science and technology discipline:

  • NW 207, Ecology and the Natural Environment (5)
  • BI 230, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology—Fundamentals (5)

Current students are encouraged to consult their academic advisement report in my.butler.edu to see their individual requirements and progress toward program completion.