BA Environmental Studies

 

The environmental studies program at Hunter provides broad training in environmental studies. The focus of our training is earth system science and environmental sustainability. We have two concentrations within our program: Environmental Earth Science and Environmental Management and Policy.The core courses of the major are grounding the physical sciences. After choosing a concentration, students take advanced physical science courses for Environmental Earth Science concentration and social science courses for the Environmental Management Policy concentration. Most recently we have added courses in environmental justice and ethics. Total requirements include 42 credits from core and elective categories.

Hunter ES graduates are entering diverse post-graduate degree programs including Harvard Law, Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and Public Administration, Oregon Oceanography, Stony Brook Marine Science, and our own CUNY Graduate Center.   Students also are being awarded a number of different internships and Fellowships such as those from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the National Atmospheric and Space Administration (NASA) as well as internships here in New York City with local institutions.

The total number of credits to satisfy the Environmental Studies Major is 40 credits from the core and elective categories.

Core requirements - 22 credits

CHEM 10200 - General Chemistry I
CHEM 10400 - General Chemistry II
CHEM 10600 - General Chemistry Laboratory
GEOG 22600 - Environmental Conservation: Resource Management
PGEOG 25000 - Earth System Science I*
PGEOG 25100 - Earth System Science II*
Capstone Experience - 3 credits satisfied by one of the following: (1) PGEOG 49000 Honors in Environmental Studies (only available to students with major's GPA above 3.5; Record of Agreement with faculty sponsor required); (2) PGEOG 49800 Internship in Environmental Studies (Internship Packet AND Record of Agreement with faculty sponsor required); (3) PGEOG 39303 Individual Studies in Environmental Studies (Record of Agreement with faculty sponsor required).

* This is a 1-year sequence of foundational courses in environmental studies with PGEOG 25000 taught in the Fall and PGEOG 25100 the Spring semesters of any given year. It is strongly recommended that students finish this sequence before taking elective courses at the 300-level. 


Electives - 18 credits

A minimum of 18 credits of electives are required to fulfill the major. Twelve (12) credits must be at the 300-level or higher. Courses not listed may be included in a student's concentration with permission of the Environmental Studies advisor. It is strongly recommended that students discuss their choice of electives and other courses with the major's advisor.

Note: It is strongly recommended that students take STAT 11300 - Elementary Probability and Statistics.

a. Electives that satisfy the Environmental Earth Science Concentration include:

GEOL 20500 - Environmental Geology
GEOL 28000 - Marine Geology
GEOL 33400 - Geomorphology: The Study of Beaches and Coasts
GEOL 38000 - Advanced Oceanography: Physics of Oceans
GEOL 38300 - Special Topics in Geology and Oceanography
GTECH 20100 - Introduction to Geographic Information Science
GTECH 32100 - Remote Sensing of the Environment
GTECH 36100 - GIS Analysis
PGEOG 21200 - Geography of Soils and Vegetation
PGEOG 31300 - Biogeography
PGEOG 33200 - Introduction to Hydrology
PGEOG 33500 - Urban and Metropolitan Coasts
PGEOG 36100 - Global Climate Change
PGEOG 36300 - Environmental Hazards
PGEOG 38300 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
PGEOG 39300 - Individual Study in Environmental Studies

 

b. Electives that satisfy the Environmental Management and Policy Concentration include:

In addition to any courses listed in the Environmental Earth Science Concentration, the following courses:

COMHE 32500 - Environmental Public Health Problems
GEOG 24100 - Population Geography
GEOG 24300 - Urban Geography
GEOG 32800 - Urban Environmental Problems: Evaluations & Solutions
GEOG 33500 - International Pollution Issues
GEOG 37000 - Geography of Sustainable Development in Developing Countries
GEOG 37100 - Rural Water Supply in Developing Regions
GEOL 20500 - Environmental Geology
GEOL 33400 - Coastal Geomorphology
GTECH 32100 - Remote Sensing of the Environment
GTECH 38500 - GIS Applications
PGEOG 31300 - Biogeography
PGEOG 33500 - Urban and Metropolitan Coasts
PGEOG 36100 - Global Climate Change
PGEOG 36300 - Environmental Hazards
PGEOG 38300 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies
HIST 77400 - History of the Environmental Movement
PGEOG 39300 - Individual Study in Environmental Studies
POLSC 24400 - Energy & Environ. Politics and Public Policy
SOC 36100 - Development and Modernization
URBS 31000 - Methods of Urban Research & Policy Analysis
URBS 40100 - Managing the Urban Physical Environment