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Academic Requirements & Details

Environmental Analysis Major

The Environmental Analysis Major is a flexible, 49-credit program that focuses on developing critical skills and competencies in interdisciplinary environmental problem-solving. It is ideal for students seeking interdisciplinary training focused on the environment and sustainability and is designed to stand alone or complement another primary major.

One interdisciplinary environmental capstone course (Choose 1)

One 1-credit Fourth-Year Reflection Seminar

This is a one-credit seminar to be taken during the fourth year, the purpose of which is to create a written narrative portfolio synthesizing, integrating, and reflecting on learning across courses and experiences in the major. Reflection will occur through personal writing and discussion with peers in the course.

ENST 492: Environmental Studies Fourth Year Reflection Seminor

 

Breadth/Depth Electives

Students will choose depth and breadth elective courses from the three categories below (Social Science, Humanities and Arts, Natural Science). Students must choose 7 elective courses with at least 4 courses from one category and at least 1 course in each of the other two categories. This means that students can choose a 5/1/1 combination or a 4/2/1 combination from the elective categories. The following flexibility is allowed regarding substitutions: Students may count a fifth analysis and communication course toward the depth electives; Students may count a second capstone course toward the depth electives; students may request one course substitution outside of the electives listed below to take advantage of unique one-time or rarely offered courses. To complete any major, the College of Arts and Sciences requires that students must complete no fewer than 18 units of courses numbered 300 or above within the major with a grade of C-or better. There is no doubling count of advanced classes (300-and 400-level) between two majors or a major and a minor. The rule of ‘no double-counting of upper-level units’ also applies to students who are double majoring across schools.

Interdisciplinary Environmental Analysis Minor

  • Deep training: Courses in analysis, critical thinking, and problem-solving
  • Accessible: Most courses do not have pre-requisites*
  • Application and problem solving: Opportunities for interdisciplinary, collaborative, project-based, and community-engaged learning
  • Pairs well with disciplinary-based majors to provide interdisciplinary, applied experiences that can be leveraged for career and job preparation

This minor was developed to prepare students to tackle real-world environmental challenges by providing more robust opportunities for interdisciplinary knowledge and skill development. The minor is structured to provide students with opportunities to strengthen their critical analysis and problem-solving skills through participation in team-based, experiential, often community-engaged learning around “wicked” real-world problems. Most courses do not have pre-requisites.*  Courses that appear as options in multiple sections may only be taken for credit toward one section of the minor.

One Advanced Elective in Social Science and Humanities

*Pre-reqs: ECON 451 (ECON 1011); ENST 481 (ENST 380)

Approved for students who entered Spring 2020 or before

  • HIST 3068: Human History of Climate Change
  • POL SCI 340: Topics in Politics: Environmental Justice
  • POL SCI 3752: Topics in American Politics: Globalization, Urbanization, & the Environment
  • POL SCI 4043: Public Policy Analysis Assessment and Practical Wisdom

 

EnSt Minor (available to students who enter WU in FL21 and beyond)

  • Exposure: Includes introductory-level courses
  • Accessible: because it includes introductory courses
  •  Flexible: Wide degree of choice in elective categories
  • Pairs easily with many majors to provide interdisciplinary exposure
  • Students must have at least 9 units of 300+ coursework unique to this minor.

Electives (choose four classes, one each from a different category)

EnSt Minor (available to students who entered WUSTL prior to FL21)

  • Exposure: Includes introductory-level courses
  • Accessible: because it includes introductory courses
  • Flexible: Wide degree of choice in elective categories
  • Pairs easily with many majors to provide interdisciplinary exposure
  • Note: if a student has a major and a minor, the upper-level (300+) units for the major and minor must be independent of one another. (The minor must have 12 units independent of any other major.)

Required Courses

In addition to the required introductory courses, students must take at least 9 units of elective courses at the 300 level or above, one from each of the three categories below. Students may bring up to six units total from a Washington University approved summer or semester program when equivalent to electives below. The minor must have 12 units independent of any other major. Students who are majors in Environmental Biology or Environmental Earth Science may substitute the advanced science course required by taking an additional advanced political science, law, ethics or anthropology course. Students who are majors in Environmental Policy may substitute the advanced political science or law course required by taking an additional advanced science course.

Other pre-approved substitutions

Courses that are offered less frequently or have more pre-requisites but that are pre-approved substitutions for these requirement categories include:

Advanced science:

Advance political science or law:

Advanced anthropology or ethics: