Environmental Studies Program

Dr. David S. Surrey, Director

The Environmental Studies Program offers a minor in Environmental Studies.  This minor prepares students to work in a variety of settings, such as community-based organizations, corporations, or government agencies and in positions requiring interdisciplinary expertise, such as those in media, education, or public policy. Although based on a solid science foundation, the minor is not intended for students interested in a career in science.

Requirements for Environmental Studies Minor

EV-100Introduction to Environmental Studies3
CH-131General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I4
CH-131LGeneral Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I Lab0
BI-183General Biology I3
BI-185General Biology I Lab1
SO-492Urban Internship3
Select two courses from the following6
Natural History of New Jersey (Total)
Introduction to Environmental Politics
Economics of Environmental Decisions
Environmental Politics and Policies
China: Environmental Change and Possibilities
Total Credits20


EV-100. Introduction to Environmental Studies. 3 Credits.

An introduction to issues such as global climate change, use of natural resources, population issues, impact of political and economic decisions; decision-making considerations; evaluating arguments.

EV-125. Environmental Chemistry I. 4 Credits.

Laboratory/lecture course introducing the chemical principles underlying environmental issues. The class meetings and one four-hour laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: MA-106 OR MA-133.

EV-126. Environmental Chemistry II. 4 Credits.

Laboratory/lecture course introducing the chemical principles underlying environmental issues. The class meetings and one four-hour laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: EV-125.

EV-155. Introduction to Environmental Politics. 3 Credits.

This course will explore how environmental issues - such as climate change, resource extraction and energy use - are shaped by politics and political systems at the international, domestic and local levels. We will also examine the ways in which environmental issues have shaped politics - with concepts such as sustainable development and environmental justice - since the emergence of the environmental movement.

EV-200. Economics of Environmental Decisions. 3 Credits.

Evaluate the economics impact and feasibility of environmental decisions on individuals, governments and industry. Prerequisites: EC-100 EV-100.

EV-221. Surveillance in the Cybercity. 3 Credits.

Smartphones, debit cards, social networking sites, transportation systems, and public spaces increasingly produce troves of data about everyday life. This data is used by governments, corporations, educational institutions, activist organizations, and everyday people. This course critically analyzes forms of urban surveillance so as to reconsider personal and collective rights to privacy, property, and security within the contemporary cybercity. Prerequisites: SO-121 OR UR-151.

EV-253. Environmental Art and Issues. 3 Credits.

The course is designed to look at environmental issues through the interpretations of an artistic venue. We will explore how interdisciplinary environmental discussions within academic and activist communities can inform the artist and their work as well as society at large. The structure of the class will include research in topics such as eco-ethics, animal rights, environmental justice, ?green? consumerism, and eco-activism. The work created in the class, be it visual or written, will be presented to the college in a gallery space, website and/or through a public dialogue on campus for Saint Peter?s College students and the community at large. The course is geared toward a range of disciplines within and outside the arts inviting a wide range of students to take this course.

EV-327. Environmental Politics and Policies. 3 Credits.

This course explores the shifting political forces that determine environmental policies. Included is an examination of pressures, interest groups, and the media. Prerequisites: EV-100.

EV-486. Seminar: Genocide. 3 Credits.

After a thorough conceptualization of genocide, the course will examine case studies of modern genocide, ranging from the 20th and 21st centuries.