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The concentration is designed to appeal to students interested in environmental sustainability and social justice, including those students seeking careers within an environmental field. With this concentration, students will gain a broad understanding of and consideration for the importance of nature and the concept of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Students will gain this understanding by taking courses spanning a number of different disciplines such as ecology, economics, engineering, entrepreneurship, film, law, literature, film, philosophy, and sociology. Students working in this concentration are challenged to recognize points of integration and points of tension between the needs of the planet and all its inhabitants and ecosystems, as well as the demands of business and economic growth.

For more information, contact the concentration faculty adviser: Professor Vikki Rodgers.

Concentration Requirements

Science Courses Understanding Nature and Our Environmental Problems
(choose at least two)
Humanities, Arts, History, or Society Course Considering the Role of Nature in Our Society
(choose at least one)
  • NST 2020 Case Studies in Ecological Management (Option for Intermediate Science Requirement - Class of 2016 or later)
  • SCN 2410 Environmental Technology (Option for Intermediate Science Requirement - Classes of 2014 & 2015)
  • SCN 3615 Animal Behavior
  • SCN 3630 Economic Botany
  • SCN 3635 Sustainability Applications of Mapping Technology
  • SCN 3620 Natural Disasters
  • SCN 3610 Meteorology
  • CXD 3662 Ecotourism, Biodiversity, and Conservation Policy in Costa Rica
  • ENGR 3210 Sustainable Design (Olin course)
  • AMS 3605 Water in America
  • CVA 2457 Imagining Sustainability
  • LVA 2430 Place and Landscape in American Literature
  • MDS 3615 Media, Culture and the Environment
  • PHL 3609 Nature, Technology, and Values
  • LIT 3663 Limit Cases: International Literature, Film, and Economic Human Rights
  • LIT 3676 Imagining Nature, Imagining Ourselves
  • ES 214 Social Causes and Consequences of Environmental Problems (Wellesley course)
  • ES 299 United States Environmental History (Wellesley course)
  • PHIL 233 Environmental Ethics (Wellesley course)
For the fourth course, students may take either one additional course from the lists above or one from the list below
  • MOB 3522 Leading and Managing Sustainability
  • EPS 4515 Affordable Design and Entrepreneurship
  • EPS 4523 Environmental and Sustainable Entrepreneurship
  • EPS 4525 Living the Social Entrepreneurship Experience
  • EPS 4527 Social Entrepreneurship by Design
  • ECN 3675 Environmental Economics, Policy, and Analysis
  • FIN 3535 Financing and Valuing Sustainability

In addition to the above courses in the concentration, the courses below may be of interest to students taking the Environmental Sustainability Concentration. These courses cannot be applied to the concentration.
  • AHF 1300 Out of Eden: Nature, Culture, Progress (option for Arts and & Humanities foundation requirement)
  • AHF 1300 Dwellings: Body, Home, and City (option for Arts and Humanities foundation requirement)
  • ART 1172 Introduction to Sculpture (nature-based art course)
  • NST 1020 Sustainable Energy Solutions (option for Natural Science & Technology requirement

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