Core Curriculum

Core courses provide students in the Environment & Sustainability (E&S) major with a broad awareness of the biological, physical-chemical, ecological, human and social dimensions of environment and sustainability issues. Additional courses in one of six concentrations advance your ability to address real-world environmental challenges with a greater depth of understanding.

Semester Key: F=Fall, S=Spring, Su=Summer

Required courses

Choose 1 course.

  • NTRES 1101 - Understanding Environment and Sustainability (F)
  • NTRES 1201 - Global Water Sustainability (S)
  • NTRES 2201 - Society and Natural Resources (S)

Choose 1 course.

  • BIOEE 1610 - Ecology and the Environment (F, S) or
  • BIOSM 1610 - Ecology and the Marine Environment (Su)

or

  • BIOEE 1780 - Evolution and Diversity (F, S) or
  • BIOEE 1781 - Introduction to Evolution and Diversity (F, S, Su) (Students will enroll in BIOEE 1780 instead for Fall 2020 only.) or
  • BIOSM 1780 - Evolution and Marine Diversity (Su)

AP Biology credits are accepted toward university degree progress but do not exempt students from the E&S specified courses.

Note:

  • BIOSM options are 2.5 week intensive courses at Shoals Marine Lab that satisfy this requirement. Scholarships are available.
  • EBAE and LAWR concentrations require more than one biology course.
  • Health careers students should consult with their advisor about meeting the E&S biology requirement.

Choose 1 course.

  • CHEM 1560 - Introduction to General Chemistry (F, Su)
  • CHEM 2070 - General Chemistry I (F, Su)
  • EAS 1600 - Environmental Physics (F-online, S-lecture)

AP/IB credit accepted to meet requirement.

Note:

  • EBAE concentration requires students to complete one physics course and two chemistry courses.
  • LAWR concentration requires students to complete at least one physics course and at least one chemistry course.
  • Health careers students should consult with their advisor about meeting this requirement.

Choose 1 course.

  • AEM 2100 - Introductory Statistics (F)
  • BTRY 3010/STSCI 2200 - Biological Statistics I (F)
  • MATH 1710 - Statistical Theory and Application in the Real World (F, S)
  • STSCI/ILRST 2100 - Introductory Statistics (F, S, Su)
  • STSCI 2150 - Introductory Statistics for Biology (F, S)

AP Statistics credit accepted to fulfill requirement.

Note:

  • Some concentrations require more than one quantitative course (e.g. calculus). See EBAE, EE and LAWR concentrations.

Choose 1 course.

  • ANTHR/BSOC 2420 - Nature/Culture: Ethnographic Approaches to Human-Environment Relations (F)
  • BSOC 2061 - Ethics and the Environment (S)
  • COML 2036 - Literature and the Elements of Nature (S)
  • HIST 2581 - Environmental History (S)
  • NTRES 2320 - Nature and Culture (S)
  • NTRES 3320 - Introduction to Ethics and Environment (F) (Anticipated next offered S21)
  • NTRES 3330 - Ways of Knowing: Indigenous and Place-Based Ecological Knowledge (F)

Choose 1 course.

  • AEM 1500 - An Introduction to the Economics of Environmental and Natural Resources (S)
  • AEM 2500 - Environmental and Resource Economics (F) (prerequisite: ECON 1110)

Note: Environmental Economics Concentration requires AEM 2500.

Choose 1 course.

  • BIOEE 3611 - Field Ecology (F)
  • ENTOM 2120 - Insect Biology (F)
  • NTRES 2100 - Introductory Field Biology (F)
  • NTRES 2400 - Field Methods in Avian Ecology (F, permission of instructor)
  • NTRES 3260 - Applied Conservation Ecology (S)
  • NTRES 4560 -  Stream Ecology (F, alternate years) (Next offered F21)

BIOSM - Shoals Marine Laboratory (Summer, off-campus, additional fee)

  • BIOSM 2500: Coastal Habitat Field Research Methods

Choose 1 course.

  • ENVS 2000 - Environmental and Sustainability Sciences Colloquium (F)
  • BEE 2000 - Perspectives on the Climate Change Challenge (S)
  • BEE 2010 - Perspectives on the Climate Change Challenge Discussion (S)

Choose 1 course.

  • EAS 4443 - Global Climate Change Science and Policy (F)
  • ENVS 4940 - Climate Solutions Capstone (New F20)
  • NTRES 4600 - Planning for Environmental Conservation and Sustainability (F)
  • NTRES 4601 - Decision Making in Natural Resource Management (S) (S20 did not fulfill capstone)

BIOSM - Shoals Marine Laboratory (Summer, off-campus, additional fee)

  • BIOSM 3750 - Integrated Ecosystem Research and Management (Su)