Environmental Studies requirements

There are certain courses that must be taken by all Environmental Studies students.

Environmental Studies Requirements

Core Requirements

The following courses must be taken by all Environmental Studies students.

  1. Introduction to Environmental Studies
  2. Foundations in Biology I (highly recommended)
  3. A Chemistry course – e.g. Environmental Chemistry, General Chemistry I, or equivalent taught by Chemistry faculty
  4. Psychology, or Social Psychology, or equivalent (Intro Psych will be waived for ES students)
  5. An environmentally-oriented Political Science or Economics course – e.g., Sustainable Development, Environmental Economics (Introduction to Microeconomics is a prerequisite for Environmental Economics), or equivalent.
  6. An environmentally-oriented Anthropology, History, or Urban Studies course – e.g., Urban Sociology, Ecological Anthropology, or equivalent.
  7. An environmentally oriented Ethics, Literature, Music, or Religion course – e.g., Judaism and Ecology, Ethics, Environmental Literature and Film, Music and the Environment.
  8. Environmental Studies Practicum: This can be an ISP, internship, or full-term course and must involve teamwork with other students to complete a local environmental project.
  9. Environmental Studies Capstone taken in the fourth year.

Track Requirements
While the core requirements are necessary for all Environmental Studies students, students should also seek out a thesis sponsor as early as their second or third year to focus further on their interests. As highlighted in the requirements checklist, the thesis sponsor and student work together to determine 5 courses that prepare the student to work with that sponsor in a particular area. Specializations in Environmental Studies usually fall into one of five listed tracks, however, other options are also possible based on student and faculty interests, e.g., environmental art or nature writing.

If students are interested in having a slash, with Environmental Studies as the second area of emphasis, the student needs to complete the core requirements for Environmental Studies. If Environmental Studies is the primary AOC for the slash, the student needs to take all of the requirements necessary of an Environmental Studies AOC (the core requirements, track requirements and other requirements).

Other Requirements
Submittal of the Provisional AOC form and checklist to the ESSC during the fifth term at New College for approval.

Environmental Studies Thesis Grant application during the sixth or seventh term at New College.

For more information about the Provisional AOC form and the Thesis Grant Application, please visit the Environmental Studies Steering Committee.

Downloadable Checklists
For Fall 2016 ES Students or later
For Fall 2009 ES Students or prior

Downloadable Applications
ES Grant Application

Scholarships and Internships

Click on the following for more information:

ESP Scholarships

ESP Internships

ES Opportunities

If you have an internship or scholarship that is not listed, please contact the Environmental Studies program office at ESP@ncf.edu so it can be added to the webpage.

For a list of resources available to the student, please visit ESP Resources and Links.