Environmental Studies

Dr. Paul Barnes, Director, Department of Biological Sciences, pwbarnes@loyno.edu (504) 865-2008

WEBSITE: interdisciplinary.loyno.edu/environmentalstudies

The Environmental Studies minor offers students the opportunity to engage in a broad study of the ways in which humans interact with the natural world, from a variety of academic perspectives—biological, physical, chemical, sociological, economic, cultural, philosophical, and religious. The culmination of the program is a senior practicum or research project. Practicums have included work on a variety of topics—such as public land issues, international environmental agreements, wetland loss, corporate ethics, and alternative transportation—with public agencies, private companies, and nonprofit organizations like the Audubon Nature Institute, the Crescent City Farmer’s Market, and the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic.

Selected Courses:
Biology: Human Ecology
Sociology: Environment & Society
Philosophy: Environmental Ethics

Minor Requirements

The Environmental Studies minor is composed of the following 21 hours:

Choose two of the following Natural & Mathematical Sciences courses:

  • BIOL Z230 Human Ecology
  • BIOL Z236 Evolutionary Biology
  • BIOL Z264 Global Ecology
  • BIOL H295 Human Ecological Science
  • BIOL A208 Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOL A118 Tropical Ecology
  • BIOL A330/A331 General Ecology
  • CHEM A105 - A107 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM A106 - A108 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM T122 Intro to Chemistry

Choose two of the following Social Sciences courses:

  • CMMN A475 Environmental Communications
  • SOCI X235 Environment and Society
  • SOCI X236 Global Environmental Crisis

Select two of the following Humanities courses:

  • PHIL V143 Environmental Philosophy
  • PHIL V245 Environmental Ethics
  • RELS A368 Christianity and the Environment
  • RELS A470 Spirituality of Nature Writers
  • ENGL V281 Literature of Nature

Senior Research Experience

  • ENVA A497 Practicum
  • ENVA A498 Research Project
  • ENVA A499 Independent Study

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