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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Studies Program

College of the Sciences
Science II (SCCN) 111a/b
Mail Stop 7534
    See website for how this program may be used for educational and career purposes.

Pamela McMullin-Messier, PhD

Program Information
The Environmental Studies Program at CWU was established in the 1970s to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental issues. The program is administered through the College of the Sciences and has options for both a major (BS) in five areas of specialization and a minor. The program core features team-taught courses including General Education courses that are taught by faculty from multiple disciplines.

Bachelor of Science
Environmental Sciences Major

The major in environmental sciences provides students with an understanding of the natural science of environmental issues as well as the social, political, and economic factors that contribute to policy and planning decisions. Through this major, students will gain the necessary professional and technical skills for entry into successful environmental careers or for graduate studies in environmental fields. The major offers five specialization options in environmental biology, environmental chemistry, environmental geology, environmental geography, and environmental policy.

Requirements for Major (BS) in Environmental Sciences

  • Foundational courses in supporting disciplines. Some of these courses also serve as prerequisites for courses within the specializations. These foundational courses must be completed before students take ENST 304
  • A core requirement consisting of seven interdisciplinary ENST courses, two upper-level electives, and a capstone experience outside of the classroom (research, internship, service learning, or study abroad)
  • A specialization consisting of 6-8 courses that focus on one area of study
  • A minimum 2.0 GPA for program credits, and at least a C- in all ENST core courses.

Requirements for a double major with BS in environmental sciences
The following double major combinations will have the environmental sciences specialization course requirements waived for the BS degree in environmental sciences; all environmental sciences foundation and core course requirements must be completed. Required courses for the first degree major may not be used to fulfill upper-division environmental sciences elective requirements (7-10 credits).

Bachelor Degree (Disciplinary)
Bachelor Degree (Environmental Sciences)

BS Biology
BS Environmental Sciences: Environmental Biology Specialization

BS Chemistry
BS Environmental Sciences: Environmental Chemistry Specialization

BS Environmental Geological Sciences
BS Environmental Sciences: Environmental Geology Specialization

BA Geography
BS Environmental Sciences: Environmental Geography Specialization

BS Public Policy
BS Environmental Sciences: Environmental Policy Specialization

The interdisciplinary major in public policy (BS) may be combined with the environmental sciences specialization in environmental policy by completing the specific course requirements for both majors. Students who combine majors in public policy and environmental sciences with a specialization in environmental policy will receive a bachelor of science degree in public policy and a bachelor of science degree in environmental sciences. As some public policy requirements and electives count toward both degrees or majors, the actual additional coursework needed to fulfill the requirements of the second degree or major may be as low as 19 credits.

Students may complete more than one specialization within the environmental sciences major. To be eligible for a second specialization, a minimum of 20 unique credits must be completed. Unique means the credits have not been used as part of any other environmental sciences specialization.


    Bachelor of Science (B.S.)Minor


      Environmental Studies (ENST)