Environmental Policy

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Environmental Policy

This emphasis is designed to give students an understanding of how American law and policy have responded to environmental problems. This includes how environmental law operates and the goals of specific laws, equipping students to evaluate and better understand environmental legal issues they might encounter in their subsequent studies and professional lives.

Degree Path (B.S.)

Degree Path (B.A.)

NIU Undergraduate Catalog

 

Major in Environmental Studies (B.S.)

Requirements in ENVS (18)
ENVS 301 - Environmental Science I: Physical Systems (3)
ENVS 302 - Environmental Science II: Biological Systems (3)
ENVS 303 - Environment in the Social Sciences and Humanities (3)
ENVS 304 - Environmental Law, Policy and Economics (3)
ENVS 305 - Green Technologies (3)

Three Credits from the following:
ENVS 450 - Issues in Environmental Studies (3)
ENVS 490 - Undergraduate Research (1-3)
ENVS 491 - Special Topics in Environmental Studies (1-3)
ENVS 492 - Internship in Environmental Studies (1-6)
ENVS 498 - Senior Thesis (1-3)
ENVS 499 - Senior Thesis: Honors (1-3) 

Requirements outside ENVS (B.A., 10-22; B.S., 15-16)

For the B.A. degree
Fulfillment of foreign language requirement (0-12)
  (See “Foreign Language Requirement for the B.A. Degree.”)
CHEM 100 - Chemistry in Everyday Life (3)
  OR PHYS 140 - Physics and Society (3)
MATH 155 - Trigonometry and Elementary Functions (3)
  OR MATH 211 - Calculus for Business and Social Science (3)
STAT 208 - Basic Statistics (3)

For the B.S. degree
CHEM 210 - General Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 211 - General Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 212 - General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
CHEM 213 - General Chemistry Laboratory II (1)
MATH 211 - Calculus for Business and Social Science (3)
  OR MATH 229 - Calculus I (4) and MATH 230 –Calculus II (4)
STAT 301 - Elementary Statistics (4)

Requirements outside Environmental Studies (9)

Select one of the following Policy courses (3)
POLS 324 - Politics of Environmental, Health, and Safety Regulation (3)
POLS 330 - Bureaucracy and the Public Policy Process (3)
POLS 410 - Constitutional Law I (3)

Select one of the following social science courses (3)
ANTH 425 - Environment and Anthropology (3)
ANTH 432 - Nature and the Environment Across Cultures (3)
ECON 386 - Environmental Economics (3)
SOCI 364 - Environmental Sociology (3)

Select one of the following Humanities courses (3)
HIST 377 - American Environmental History (3)
PHIL 335 - Environmental Ethics (3)
PHIL 352 - Philosophy of Science (3)

Electives: (21-22)

Select at least two of the following Policy courses (6-9)
ECON 386 - Environmental Economics (3)
POLS 302 - Government in Metropolitan Areas (3)
POLS 303 - State and Local Government (3)
POLS 304 - American Public Opinion (3)
POLS 307 - The U.S. Congress (3)
POLS 320 - Bio-politics and Human Nature (3)
POLS 322/BIOS 322X - Politics and the Life Sciences (3)
POLS 324 - Politics of Environmental, Health, and Safety Regulation (3)
POLS 326 - Nonprofit Management (3)
POLS 330 - Bureaucracy and the Public Policy Process (3)
POLS 331 - Public Administration (3)
POLS 360 - Government and Politics in Western Europe (3)
POLS 362 - Politics of Developing Areas (3)
POLS 365 - Government and Politics in Eastern Europe (3)
POLS 366 - Politics of Russia and Eurasia (3)
POLS 368 - Governmental Systems in Africa (3)
POLS 371 - Politics in Southeast Asia (3)
POLS 372 - Politics of China, Japan and Korea (3)
POLS 410 - Constitutional Law I (3)
POLS 480 - International Law and Organization (3)

Select at least two of the following Communication and Writing courses (6-9)
COMS 361 - Business and Professional Communication (3)
COMS 419 - Political Communication in America (3)
COMS 304 - Introduction to Persuasion Theory (3)
COMS 361 - Business and Professional Communication (3)
COMS 362 - Intercultural Communication (3)
ENGL 308 - Technical Writing (3)
ENGL 403 - Technical Editing (3)
JOUR 335 - Principles of Public Relations (3)
JOUR 360 - Public Relations Writing (3)
SOCI 364 - Environmental Sociology (3)

Select at least two the following Humanities courses (6-9)
HIST 323 - History of Science to Newton (3)
HIST 324 - History of Science since 1650 (3)
HIST 361 - History of Health and Medicine in the United States (3)
HIST 377 - American Environmental History (3)
PHIL 335 - Environmental Ethics (3)
PHIL 352 - Philosophy of Science (3)
PHIL 361 - Social and Political Philosophy (3)
PHIL 362 - Philosophy of Law (3)
ANTH 314/ENVS 314X - Domesticating the Planet (3)
HIST 398/ENVS 398X - Environment Change and Early Globalization (3)
WOMS 432 - Feminist Theory (3)
PHIL 331 - Ethics (3)
PHIL 430 - Topics in Ethics1 (3)
PHIL 450 - Topics in Social and Political Philosophy1 (3)

Select one of the following science, engineering, and technology courses (3-4)
BIOS 106 - Environmental Biology (3)
BIOS 406 - Conservation Biology (4)
GEOG 253 - Environment and Society (3)
GEOG 303 - Water Resources and the Environment (3)
GEOG 455 - Land Use Planning (3)
GEOL 320 - Environments and Life through Time (4)
  OR GEOL 322 - Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology (4)
MEE 101 - Energy and the Environment (3)
TECH 245 - Pollution, Pestilence, Prevention and the Cost of Doing Business (3)
ENVS 409/BIOS 409X/ GEOL409X - Water Quality (4)
GEOG 368 - Climate Change: Science, Impacts and Mitigation (3)
GEOG 415/ENVS 415 - Introduction to Energy (3)

1Course taught on an intermittent basis and will count towards ENVS when the topic is appropriate