How to Start the ENVS Major
Helpful information for beginning ENVS majors
Are there any courses that must be taken in a student’s first term?
By the end of sophomore year ideally, but not imperatively, one will have completed:
- Lower division Written Communication for CORE (see your DARS audit or catalog for list of applicable classes)
- Introduction to Environmental Studies
- Introduction to Microeconomics
- A math class (see MATH MATTERS below)
- A biology sequence (refer to the ENVS curriculum page for list of the courses that apply to the ENVS science requirements) with lab(s)
- A chemistry or physics course (refer to the ENVS curriculum page for list of the courses that apply to the ENVS science requirements)
- An earth science sequence (refer to the ENVS curriculum page for list of the courses that apply to the ENVS science requirements) with lab(s)
- Some CORE Content Areas
- Some or all MAPS deficiencies if you have any (see your DARS audit to determine if you have a deficiency and what classes apply)
- It is likely that scheduling constraints will control the order that these classes are taken.
- Science sequences may not be “mixed and matched.” For example, one may not combine General Biology 1 with Human Approach 2, or Introduction to Geology with Weather and the Atmosphere.
How do I choose which classes to take for the introductory science sequences and the lower division economics requirements?
How to choose a biology sequence
- Read the course descriptions in the CU Catalog.
- If one is interested in ecology, conservation biology, biogeochemistry, plants, animals or health professions, then take general biology and the associated labs.
- The EBIO major and minor require this sequence.
- General Biology is more versatile and opens more science opportunities in the future.
- Biology: A Human Approach is the more popular biology sequence among ENVS majors.
How to choose a CHEM or PHYS course:
- Read the course descriptions.
- Most ENVS students take Environmental Chemistry.
- It is offered only in the fall semester.
- ENVS majors considering a science focus should take General Chemistry or Physics.
- Most science majors require Physics 1 and 2 and General Chemistry 1 and 2.
- Note that most graduate schools have general chemistry and biology as prerequisites. Biology: A Human Approach and Environmental Chemistry are not accepted.
How to choose an earth science sequence:
- Read the course descriptions.
- There are popular minors in all three departments, and double majors with GEOL and GEOG.
- GEOG is the most popular minor and double major among ENVS students.
- Think about the prerequisite courses that are required for your specialization.
What do I take for math?
- Students with weak math skills are encouraged to take College Algebra.
- ENVS requires statistics or Calculus I. Not all statistics classes that fulfill the ENVS requirement will also fulfill the CORE requirement for Quantitative Reasoning.
- Students who intend to take Calculus, but are not prepared, need to take Pre-calculus.
- Statistics courses are encouraged for students interested in field work after graduation.
What CORE areas can be fulfilled by the ENVS major?
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