Advisor: Rhawn Denniston


  1. ENV 101, 201, 202, 301, ECB 261 (Global Environmental Economics), and one of the following pairs of courses:
    1. Pairing #1:
      1. ENG 350 (Nature Writers) or ENG 347 (Literature and Arts of the Wilderness);
      2. PHI 224 (Environmental Ethics)
    2. Pairing #2:
      1. POL 262 (American Politics) or POL 282 (Public Policy)
      2.  POL368 (Environmental Politics) or POL 371 (Wilderness Politics);
  2. Five (5) electives to be chosen with the student’s ENV advisor and that define a concentration, at least two (2) of which must be at or above the 300-level; CSC 222 (Geographic Information Systems) is encouraged as one of the electives where appropriate. No prescribed list of electives will be created; instead, students will be allowed to choose from all classes offered at Cornell as long as (1) they define a particular area of concentration and (2) they are acceptable to that student’s ENV advisor and members of the Environmental Studies Program Committee. The list of five electives will be finalized with the students’ ENV advisor and submitted to the Registrar and the Environmental Studies Program Committee at the time of spring registration during the junior year. The list of electives must be accompanied by a statement explaining how those courses define a particular area of concentration, and must be signed by the advisor and two other members of the Environmental Studies Program Committee; and
  3. Capstone experience: May involve a course, internship, or other experience that compliments the student's ENV concentration. Should be performed only after having completed at least 9 of the credits required for the major. Capstone proposals must be deemed acceptable by the student's capstone committee (which is to be composed of three faculty, at least two of whom are regular members of the Environmental Studies Program Committee) at least one month in advance of the capstone experience.

Minor: ENV 101; ENG 261 (Environmental Economics); at least two of the following: ENV 201, ENV 202, 301; and one of the following pairs of courses:

  1. Pairing #1:
    1.  ENG 350 (Nature Writers) or ENG 347 (Modern American Literature);
    2.  PHI 224 (Environmental Ethics)
  2. Pairing #2:
    1.  POL 262 (American Politics) or POL 282 (Public Policy)
    2.  POL 368 (Environmental Politics) or POL 371 (Wilderness Politics).

101. Environmental Perspectives
An interdisciplinary examination of the interplay between the artistic, social and scientific components of modern environmental issues. Not open to juniors or seniors. (Interdisciplinary) DENNISTON

201. Environmental Biology
Investigation of the fundamental biological principles underlying how humans and other living things interact with an environment increasingly altered by human activities. These principles will be applied to understanding and seeking practical solutions to modern environmental problems. Prerequisite: ENV 101 or any science credit. Alternate years. (Laboratory Science) McCOLLUM

202. Introduction to Environmental Chemistry
This course introduces some of the fundamental concepts used for understanding the chemical processes occurring in the environment. Topics covered will include: chemical bonding and structure; cycling of chemical substances and elements in the atmosphere, oceans, and soils; the chemistry of atmospheric and water pollution; chemical analysis of environmental samples. This course cannot be used to satisfy course requirements in the chemistry major. Offered as an off-campus course in alternate years which incurs additional costs. Prerequisite: ENV 101 or any science credit. (Laboratory Science)

260 Through 265. Topics in Environmental Studies
See Topics Courses.

290/390. Individual Project: see Courses 290/390.

301. Environmental Geology
Human interaction with the geological environment. Topics include groundwater, floods, soil and water contamination, slope stability, subsidence, and climate change. Field studies: water quality related to land use in a watershed basin. Not open to students who have already taken GEO 320. Prerequisite: ENV 201 or 202. Alternate years. (Laboratory Science)

380. Internship in Environmental Studies
Working with a business, government agency, or other institution under the direction of the organization's leaders and a faculty supervisor. Prerequisites: junior standing; at least one of the three required 300-level courses; approval by the participating institution, the faculty supervisor, and the Environmental Studies advisor. See Courses 280/380. (CR)

385 Through 386. Topics in Environmental Studies
See Topics Courses.

912. Tanzania: Studies in Human Evolution and Ecology: see ACM Programs.

942. Costa Rica: Tropical Field Research: see ACM Programs.

988. The School for International Training offers semester-long programs that have an emphasis on environmental and ecological issues. They are located in Australia (2), Botswana, Brazil, Ecuador, Madagascar, Panama, Tanzania (2), and Viet Nam. Some require previous training in a foreign language or coursework in environmental studies. See School for International Training Programs.