Environmental studies and stewardship have a rich history in Hawaii—known both as an incredible location for biodiversity and unique ecosystems and as the “extinction capital of the planet.” Today, amid growing threats to our planet, the need for experts who are able to navigate the complex web of environmental issues and offer insight and solutions has never been higher.
The Environmental Studies major prepares you for those rigors.
Our program offers a multi-disciplinary approach, allowing you to analyze environmental problems—and their potential responses—through a variety of perspectives, including policy and law, science, economics, ethics and values and cultural sensitivity and awareness.
Our students enjoy small class sizes, individualized instruction and attention, a number of research opportunities and, perhaps most importantly of all, hands-on learning that can happen right in their own backyard—the rich habitats that exist across the islands.
Students are invited to participate in numerous service-learning projects that benefit Hawaii’s fragile ecosystems, as well as give experience in the field. Among many varied projects, students have been involved:
• Counting migratory whale populations
• Removing alien algae from the reef
• Quantifying reef health
• Assessing native plant populations
• Removing miconia (an invasive alien plant species) from Hawaii forest habitat
Upon completion of the undergraduate B.S. program in Environmental Studies, students will be able to:
- Authenticate their commitment to service, justice and peace through experiential project-based activities that enhance the condition of the integral ecology, care for creation and value all voices.
- Apply analytical methods and skills from multiple disciplines to environmental problems.
- Participate in, plan and execute environmental change-making strategies that employ scientific, political, socio-cultural, artistic, educational and economic skills and knowledge.
- Design and describe new futures and ideas that solve environmental problems and foster sustainability.
- Pursue throughout their education the ever-changing knowledge and skills that prepare them for the adaptation and change essential to environmental problem-solving.
• ENV 100 Introduction to Environmental Issues
• BI 104 Digital Science
• CH 102/L Chemistry for the Concerned World Citizen with Laboratory
• ENV 201/L Conservation Biology & Ecology with Laboratory
• ENV 202/L Environmental Physics with Laboratory
• GE 204 Landscapes of Hawaii
• BU 200 Introduction to Business
• ENV 300 Environmental Policy & Law
• ENV 315/EC 315 Environmental Economics
• ENV431/RE 431 Environmental Ethics
• SO 317 Social Research Methods and Evaluation
• EN 307 Nature Writing
• PSY 434 Organizational Psychology
• ENV 400 Current Global Environmental Issues
• BI 387 Internship of Field Experience
• BI 471/L Ecology with Laboratory
• ENV 485 Environmental Capstone Course
The following courses are strongly recommended for Environmental Studies majors to fulfill their elective and/or UDOM degree requirements:
- COM 310 Intercultural Communication
- BI 312 Epidemiology and Public Health
- EID 384 Sustainability in Design
- BI 450 Science, Technlogy and Social Entrepreneurship
- EN Literature courses related to environment/sustainability
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