Environmental Studies at Ohio Wesleyan is a broad, cross-disciplinary approach to the environment, encompassing the natural and social sciences, arts, and humanities within the context of the liberal arts. Environmental Studies at Ohio Wesleyan consists of nearly 50 courses taught by more than 20 faculty throughout the university. Program strengths include sustainability, food studies, and climate studies. Students interested in majoring in Environmental Studies are urged to meet with the Director of Environmental Studies at their earliest convenience.

Core Requirements (2.25 units) for Environmental Studies major:

  1. BOMI 233: Ecology and the Human Future
  2. ENVS 110: Introduction to Environment & Sustainability (Fall 2018)
  3. ENVS 198/498: Conversations: Toward a Sustainable Future (0.25 units) (Fall 2018)

Independent Project (1 unit): A significant project developed in consultation with the Director of Environmental Studies consisting of at least one unit of independent study (ENVS 490 or equivalent) or apprenticeship (ENVS 495 or equivalent). Project may be the outgrowth of work related to travel learning courses, summer science research, theory into practice grant projects, internships, etc. Project results will be refined and presented as part of ENVS 198/498 taken during the senior year.

One (1) natural science unit from:

  1. BIOL 122 (+lab): Organisms and their Environment
  2. BOMI 103: Biology of Cultivated Plants
  3. BOMI 125: Microbiology
  4. CHEM 230: Environmental Chemistry or CHEM 110: General Chemistry I
  5. GEOL 110: Physical and Environmental Geology

One (1) quantitative unit from:

  1. MATH 105: Basic Probability and Statistics
  2. MATH 200.3: Biostatistics
  3. MATH 230: Applied Statistics
  4. PSYC 210: Quantitative Methods in Psychology

Two (2) social sciences units from:

  1. ECON 366: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  2. GEOG 235: Energy Resources
  3. GEOG 249: Weather and Climate or GEOG 347 (travel): Environmental Alteration
  4. GEOG 360: Environmental Geography
  5. HHK 250: Food, Culture and Society
  6. PG 362: International Organizations
  7. PG 280: Environmental Politics & Policy

Two (2) cultural / humanities / arts units from:

  1. ART 113: Three-dimensional Art (Bogdanov)
  2. CMLT 323: Elegance & Brutality: Modern Topics in Japanese Literature
  3. HIST 300.5: Introduction to Environmental History
  4. HIST 350: Black Death
  5. PHIL 250: Environmental Ethics

Six (6) units (no more than three from the same discipline):

  1. BIOL 255 (+lab, travel): Tropical Biology
  2. BOMI 252 (+lab): Biodiversity of Flowering Plants
  3. BOMI 337 (+lab): Adaptive Biology of Plants
  4. BOMI 344 (+lab): Plant Communities and Ecosystems
  5. BOMI 355 (+lab, travel): Plant Responses to Global Change
  6. ECON 353: Economic Development
  7. ECON 370: Economic Systems
  8. GEOG 499: Sustainability Practicum
  9. ENVS 490: Independent Study
  10. ENVS 491: Directed Readings
  11. ENVS 499: Topics in Environment & Sustainability
  12. GEOG 353: Cartography or GEOG 355: Geographic Information Systems
  13. GEOG 369: Remote Sensing of the Environment
  14. GEOG 375: Climate Change
  15. GEOL 270: Economic Geology
  16. GEOL 275: Hydrogeology
  17. GEOL 280: Volcanology
  18. MATH 200.2: Mathematical Modeling of Climate Change
  19. MATH 280: Differential Equations
  20. PG 356: Public Administration or PG 355: American Public Policy
  21. PHIL 343: Philosophy and Science
  22. PSYC 262: Health Psychology
  23. SOAN 367: Human Ecology
  24. ZOOL 311: (+lab) Invertebrate Zoology
  25. ZOOL 313: (+lab) Entomology
  26. ZOOL 341: (+lab) Ornithology
  27. ZOOL 345: (+lab) Marine Biology
  28. ZOOL 347: (+lab) Population and Community Ecology
  29. ZOOL 349: (+lab) Island Biology
  30. ZOOL 353 (+lab): Conservation Biology

Environmental Studies Minor

Five units: BIOL 122 (+lab), BOMI 233 (+lab), ENVS 110, GEOG 347 and (GEOG 360 or ECON 366 or PG 280).

Substitutions: The Environmental Studies major does not necessarily include all courses offered at OWU relevant to the major. Students may request that a course not currently in the Environmental Studies major be used to fulfill an Environmental Studies requirement. Please contact the Director of Environmental Studies with any requests for substituting courses before the course is taken.