Jul 16, 2024  
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024 
Butler University Bulletin 2023-2024

Environmental Studies, (BA or BS)

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Requirements for the Environmental Studies Major

Core Courses (15 Hours):

Practical Experience:

3-credit requirement that can be satisfied by completing ENV 400 - Sustainability Practicum , an approved community-based internship, or another experiential learning course approved by the director.

Fifteen Hours of Elective Courses From Various Departments

Of these, 12 must be at the 300-400 level. A total of no more than 3 hours of independent study or internship credit can be used to satisfy this requirement. Additionally, no more than one of the research methods courses PS 210 , PS 211 , and SO 393  may count toward this requirement.

The Following Natural Science Courses Are Also Required:

Natural science courses are not understood to be part of the major, and as such, they may be counted toward a minor or major in a science and technology discipline.


*A combined total of 6 internship or independent study hours may be used to satisfy ENV Major requirements. 3 hours may be used towards the Practical Experience requirement, and 3 hours may be used towards the Elective requirements.

Distribution Requirement-Student must complete 6 hours of coursework within the major that are identified as social science related and another 6 hours must be identified as humanities related. Elective courses as well as ST 310, 320, and 330 may be used to satisfy the distribution requirement.

Applied Local Food Systems Concentration-Environmental Studies majors have the option to add a concentration in Applied Local Food Systems (ALFS). For the ALFS concentration, ENV majors must complete ENV 320 - Introduction to Food Systems , a two semester internship (ENV 411 ) with the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability, and 11-12 elective credits of ALFS designated courses. These 11-12 elective credits, plus the ENV 320  course will count toward the 15 elective credits needed for the ENV major. Further, the practical experience required for ENV majors can be satisfied with the internship (ENV 411 ) required for the ALFS concentration.

Because of overlapping curricula, students may not double-major in science, technology, and society and environmental studies or combine a major in one of these areas with a minor in the other.

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