Environmental Studies

More than 7 billion Humans are increasingly challenging our fragile planet in many unprecedented ways. Consequently, we have many growing environmental problems to solve including our air and water pollution, biodiversity crisis, energy requirements, garbage, global warming, and habitat degradation.

Minor in Environmental Studies

Georgetown College’s minor in environmental studies seeks to inform students about many facets of our environment and its problems. It is comprised of seven courses: three required courses (two in basic science, one in environmental government), and four elective environmental courses, one of which constitutes a student’s capstone experience. In addition to students’ academic and intellectual development, the minor seeks to educate students to be excellent stewards of the Earth, through personal habits, responsible civic participation, and environmental leadership. The minor helps to prepare students for careers in many environmental areas.

The minor integrates many fields of knowledge, and fosters interdisciplinary, creative thinking, and problem solving. Students draw from areas such as biotechnology, conservation and resource management, ecology, economics, energy research, ethics, information technology, national and international law, policy, and social research.

All minors must take the following three courses (or approved substitutions). Please discuss substitutions with the interim minor director, Associate Dean Tad Howard. 

1.  BIOL-104 Foundations in Biology II (ecology, evolution, and behavior) (spring and summer semesters at GU)

2.  GOVT-354 Environmental Politics (or similar course with permission).

3.  STIA-227, Environmental Geoscience (or similar course with permission).  Minors may use Biol-104 as a prerequisite for STIA-227.  

Minors must also take four environmental electives, approved by the program. These courses will be cross-listed in the schedule of classes; the list will change each semester as new courses are offered. One of these electives, taken in senior year and approved by the program, will constitute the student’s Capstone. Alternatively, a student may complete the Capstone by way of an independent tutorial, to be approved by the program with an extensive library-research project or a hands-on experience culminating in a written report, mentored by a faculty member willing to work with the student through that experience.

Below is a list of courses at Georgetown that have contributed toward the Environmental Studies Minor over the past several years. Not all of them are offered each semester. You can find more information about environmental courses through Explore, or by searching the Schedule of Classes using the X-List: ENST attribute.  

 AMST-353 Energy in America: From Black Gold to Green Power

BIOL-004 G-Ecology*
BIOL-005 Urban Ecology and Citizenship*
BIOL-007 Ecology of the Oceans*
BIOL-008 Ecology and the Environment*
BIOL-016 Forest Ecology (non-science majors course)*
BIOL-180 Ecology**
BIOL-181 Ecology Laboratory**
BIOL-185 Evolutionary Processes**
BIOL-255 Forest Ecology**
BIOL-268 Global Climate Change Ecology**
BIOL-361 Science & Society: Global Challenges
BIOL-365 Conservation Biology**
BIOL-375 Plant-Animal Interactions**
BIOL-386 Ecological Analysis**
BIOL-403 Marine Biology**
CHEM-020 Environmental Chemistry***
CULP-344 Green Politics
ECON-475 Environmental Economics
ENG-227 Eco-Narrative
GOVT-331 Politics of Natural Resources
GOVT-354 Environmental Politics
HIST-382 Nature's Nation: Environment in Modern America
HIST-404 War and environment in the modern world
HIST-429 Chinese Environmental History
STIA-305 Science, Technology, and the Global Arena
STIA-310 Environmental Archaeology
STIA-311 Environmental Geomorphology
STIA-318 Energy and International Security
STIA-353 Energy and Stability
STIA-370 Oceans
STIA-375 Environment and Security
STIA-379 Energy and Environment in China
STIA-395 Biotechnology and Security
STIA-407 Sustenance Agriculture
STIA-408 Environmental Restoration and Reconstruction
STIA-412 Climate Science and Policy
STIA-414 Water in the Environment
STIA-416 Science, Technology, and the Future
STIA-425 Biosecurity and Agricultural Security
STIA-445 Politics and International Health
STIA 453 Energy & Security in the Middle East
STIA-458 The Future of World Energy
STIA-490 Survey of Population Problems
STIA-497 Enviro Hist of the Maya


For related courses, please check out http://sustainability.georgetown.edu/teachingresearch/courses/