Environmental Studies Major Curriculum

The environmental studies major provides students with an academically rigorous course sequence that encompasses introductory through advanced understandings of the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies.

This major includes courses from across campus that expose students to the perspectives and methods used by the physical, biological, social sciences and humanities to tackle environmental questions and solutions.

The environmental studies major requires students to complete an additional major at UW-Madison. As a result, environmental studies major students graduate with both a deep understanding of their disciplinary major and broad interdisciplinary skills.

Requirements

Declare and Complete an Additional Major

  • Students must have a primary major declared before reaching senior standing (86 credits). Otherwise, the environmental studies major may be canceled.
  • At a minimum students must show 15 credits that do not overlap between the environmental studies major and each of the students other major(s). Students outside of the College of Letters & Science may have to meet additional overlap requirements.
  • Spring 2020 grading policies apply

Foundation Courses (12-Credit Minimum)

  • Students are required to take one course from each of the following areas
  • Courses taken in the foundation section cannot also be used in the thematic area

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Environmental Humanities (Take One Course)

Environmental Social Science (Take One Course)

Physical Science (Take One Course)

Ecological Science (Take one course)

Environmental Theme Courses (15-Credit Minimum)

  • Students are required to take five courses (15 credits) from the thematic areas listed below
  • Courses may be concentrated in one area or taken from multiple areas
  • Courses taken in the thematic areas cannot also be used in the foundation section

Note: Nelson Institute topic numbers (ENVIR ST 400,401,402,404) all count in the theme portion of the curriculum. Due to the changing nature and title of topic courses, they are not listed individually under the section headings.

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Biodiversity

Climate

Energy

Food and Agriculture

Health

History, Culture, Society

Land Use

Policy

Spatial Analysis

Water