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The major in environmental studies requires eight 4-point courses (32 points). Students must also complete a minor (or a second major) in a related field (for approved minors and majors, see below).

A course cannot satisfy more than one requirement for the environmental studies major. Students must earn a C or better in all courses for the major. Pass/fail courses cannot count toward the major.

All students majoring in environmental studies must take these four core courses (4 points each):

  • Environmental Systems Science (ENVST-UA 100)
  • Environment and Society (ENVST-UA 101)
  • Internship in Environmental Studies (ENVST-UA 800, or NODEP-UA 9981 at NYU Washington, D.C.), taken during the junior year
  • Environmental Studies Capstone Seminar (ENVST-UA 900), taken during the senior year

Students choose one of two tracks in the major: environmental science, or environmental values and society.


Environmental Science Track
Completing a major in environmental studies in the environmental science track requires:

  • The four core courses (16 points), as listed above
  • Three electives (12 points) on the environmental science distribution list (see below). Only one of these can be at the 200 level.
  • One elective (3 or 4 points) on the environmental values and society distribution list (see below).
  • A minor in one of the following CAS departments: biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, or psychology. A second major in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, computer science and mathematics, economics and mathematics, mathematics, neural science, physics, or psychology will also count as fulfilling this requirement.

Environmental Values and Society Track
Completing a major in environmental studies in the environmental values and society track requires:

  • The four core courses (16 points), as listed above
  • Three electives (typically 12 points) on the environmental values and society distribution list (see below)
  • One elective (4 points) on the environmental science distribution list (see below)
  • A minor in one of the following subjects: anthropology, business studies, economics, history, metropolitan studies, philosophy, politics, psychology, sociology, or studio art (Steinhardt). A second major in anthropology, economics, history, journalism, metropolitan studies, philosophy, politics, public policy (Wagner/CAS), psychology, or sociology will also count as fulfilling this requirement.


Environmental Science Track Distribution List (CAS Courses)

Please note that courses are not necessarily offered every year and may carry prerequisites. This is a partial list; for a full distribution list that includes courses in the other divisions of NYU (both undergraduate and graduate), contact the department.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Evolution of the Earth
ENVST-UA 210  Identical to BIOL-UA 2. 4 points.

Climate Change
ENVST-UA 226  4 points.

Topics in Environmental Science 
ENVST-UA 250  4 points.

Where the City Meets the Sea: Studies in Coastal Urban Environments 
ENVST-UA 275  Identical to BIOL-UA 140, COREI-AD 16. 4 points.

Advanced Topics in Environmental Science
ENVST-UA 300  4 points.

New York Underground
ENVST-UA 327  4 points.

Food Production and Climate Change
ENVST-UA 331  4 points.

Current Topics in Earth System Science: Mass Extinctions, Geologic Processes, and Evolution
ENVST-UA 332  Identical to BIOL-UA 332. 4 points.

Limits of the Earth: Issues in Human Ecology
ENVST-UA 333  4 points.

Earth System Science
ENVST-UA 340  Formerly ENVST-UA 200. 4 points.

The Global Carbon Cycle
ENVST-UA 345  4 points.

Energy and the Environment
ENVST-UA 350  4 points.

Fundamental Dynamics of Earth's Atmosphere and Climate
ENVST-UA 360  Identical to MATH-UA 228. 4 points.

Biogeochemistry of Global Change
ENVST-UA 370  Identical to BIOL-UA 66. 4 points.

At the Bench: Ecological Analysis with Geographic Information Systems
ENVST-UA 372  Identical to BIOL-UA 64. 4 points.

Special Topics: Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
ENVST-UA 380  Identical to PHYS-UA 800. 4 points.

ADVANCED HONORS SEMINAR

Metapatterns from Quarks to Culture
AHSEM-UA 154  4 points.

BIOLOGY

Field Laboratory in Ecology
BIOL-UA 16  4 points.

Introduction to Ecology
BIOL-UA 63  4 points.


Environmental Values and Society Track Distribution List (CAS Courses)

Please note that courses are not necessarily offered every year and may carry prerequisites. This is a partial list; for a full distribution list that includes courses in the other divisions of NYU (both undergraduate and graduate), contact the department.

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

Ethics and the Environment
ENVST-UA 400  Identical to PHIL-UA 53. 4 points.

Climate Change and Environmental Justice
ENVST-UA 405  Identical to SCA-UA 632. 4 points.

Economics and the Environment
ENVST-UA 410  4 points.

Environmental History of the Early Modern World
ENVST-UA 415  Identical to HIST-UA 115. 4 points.

Environmental History of New York City
ENVST-UA 420  Identical to HIST-UA 275. 4 points.

History of Ecology and Environmentalism
ENVST-UA 425  4 points.

Education and the Environment
ENVST-UA 430  4 points.

Food, Animals, and the Environment
ENVST-UA 440  Identical to ANST-UA 440. 4 points.

Topics in Environmental Values and Society
ENVST-UA 450  4 points.

European Environmental Policy
ENVST-UA 460  4 points.

Climate and Society
ENVST-UA 470  4 points.

Environmental Justice and Inequality
ENVST-UA 480  4 points.

Urban Political Ecology
ENVST-UA 490  4 points.

Urban Greening Lab: New York
ENVST-UA 495  4 points.

Journalism and Society: Covering the Earth
ENVST-UA 503  Identical to JOUR-UA 503. 4 points.

Readings in Contemporary Literary Theory: Eco Criticism
ENVST-UA 510  Identical to ENGL-UA 735. 4 points.

Animals and Society 
ENVST-UA 610  Identical to ANST-UA 200, SOC-UA 970. 4 points.

Animals and Public Policy
ENVST-UA 630  Identical to ANST-UA 500. 4 points.

ECONOMICS

Economics of Energy
ECON-UA 326  4 points.

HISTORY

Topics in Environmental History
HIST-UA 829  4 points.

METROPOLITAN STUDIES (DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS)

Cities in a Global Context
SCA-UA 602  4 points.

Urban Environmentalism
SCA-UA 631  4 points.

URBAN DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE

Environmental Design: Issues and Methods
ARTH-UA 672  4 points.


Minor

To complete a minor in environmental studies, a student must complete five courses (20 points) with a grade of C or better (courses graded pass/fail cannot count toward the minor):

  • Environmental Systems Science (ENVST-UA 100)
  • Environment and Society (ENVST-UA 101)
  • Plus three electives chosen from the distribution lists.

Honors Program

Students who maintain a GPA over 3.65 (both in the major and overall) and complete the Honors Seminar in Environmental Studies (ENVST-UA 950) will graduate with departmental honors.