Environmental Studies Curriculum

Environmental Studies Major Map


The B.A. in Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major. This means that in addition to taking courses in the Environmental Program (ENVS), you will take courses from a variety of different departments and programs on campus. Environmental Studies majors take course in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, in addition to key courses in Biology, Geology, and other science disciplines. This provides students with a unique opportunity to learn from experts in a variety of fields across Winthrop's campus. 

At Winthrop, your advisor will help you develop a plan for completing your degree. This page provides some general guidance to help you prepare for those meetings. You may also want to look at the Major Degree Checklist and the Undergraduate Course Catalog for the year you matriculated. 


The Curriculum

Required Courses

ENVS 101a Introduction to Environmental Issues 3 cr
ENVS 220 Environmental Career Exploration 1 cr
ENVS 350, 375, or 510 Special Topics, Field Studies in the Environment 3 cr
ENVS 490b Senior Seminar in the Environment 3 cr
BIOL 221/223c Priciples of Ecology and Evolution/Lab 4 cr
ECON 103a,d or 215a Introduction to Political Economy OR Principles of Microeconomics 3 cr
GEOG 101e or 201e Human Geography OR Geography of World Regions 3 cr
GEOG 305f or 308f Introduction to GIS OR Introduction to Geospatial Technology 3 cr
PLSC 201d American Government 3 cr
Statistics MATH 141g OR QMTH 205g OR PLSC 350 OR PSYC 301 3-4 cr

Environmental Experiential Learning

Students also take one of the following courses in environmental experiential learning

ENVS 461 Internship in Environmental Studies 1 cr
ENVS 462 Internship in Environmental Studies 2 cr
ENVS 463 Internship in Environmental Studies 3 cr
ENVS 495 Independent Research in the Environment 3 cr

Environmental Electivesa

Students select six environmental elective courses from at least three designators (i.e. ENVS, ANTH, ECON, etc.). Available courses change each semester. Check out courses that have recently been offered and those that are being taught in Fall 2023.

Science and Math Electivesc

In addition to courses that fulfill Quantitative Skills and Natural Sciences General Education requirements, select one course in Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Geology (GEOL), Math (MATH), Human Nutrition (NUTR), Physics (PHYS), or Science (SCIE).


Meets General Education Social Science requirement

Meets General Education Intensive Writing requirement

Partially meets General Education Natural Science requirement

Meets General Education Constitution requirement

Meets General Education Global Perspectives requirement

f Meets General Education Technology requirement

g Partially meets General Education Quantitative Skills requirement