Behavioral Sciences | Environmental Studies


Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies requires the completion of the general education core in addition to pre-major and major requirements. See the degree requirement section for details.

Pre-minor requirements: ENV 100, GEO 204 and any two of the following three science courses with the corresponding laboratory: CH103 and CH 103L, ENV 201 and ENV201L, ENV 202 and ENV 202L.

Minor requirements: ENV 300, ENV 313/EC313, EN 405 and ENV 400.

Pre-major requirements: ENV 100, CH103 and CH 103L, ENV 201 and ENV 201L, ENV 202 and ENV 202L, GEO 204 and BU 200.

Major requirements: ENV 300, ENV 313/EC313, RE 331, SOC 317, EN 405, PSY 434, ENV 400 and ENV 485.

Environmental Studies Courses (ENV)

ENV 100 Introduction to Environmental Issues (3)
(formerly Environmental Design Conference): An interdisciplinary course in which students are introduced to the ethical issues, tools and techniques involved in environmental problem-solving. Students are presented with a series of real (often Hawaiian) environmental problems which they will investigate, attempt to understand in entirety and devise a solution or solution-strategy for. This hands-on approach will allow students to discover the many disciplines and techniques involved in ameliorating real environmental challenges.

ENV 201 Conservation Biology & Ecology (3)
(Formerly Environmental Science I):
An introduction to conservation biology issues and goals and the principles of ecology. The course includes consideration of the impacts of human activity on ecosystems and our efforts to ameliorate destructive impacts. Major topics include the effects of industrialization, agriculture, pollution, species introduction and human population growth and development on the health and future sustainability of ecosystems and humans alike. Particular emphasis is placed on island ecosystems.

ENV 201L Conservation Biology & Ecology Laboratory (1)
(Formerly Environmental Science I Laboratory):
Students perform laboratory and field research techniques used in conducting conservation biology and ecological research and restoration. Analyses are conducted in the laboratory and in the field. Course must be taken concurrently with ENV 201.

ENV 202 Environmental Physics (3)
A detailed study of matter and energy in our environment and the transformations that they undergo. Thermodynamics and the sources of energy; the uses of energy and the consequences of such uses. Particular emphasis on the environments of island ecosystems such as Hawaii.

ENV 300 Environmental Policy & Law (3)
An introductory course to environmental policy and law -- its nature, development, flexibility, and growth and to the ethical dimensions surrounding the creation of state, national and international environmental policy and law.

ENV 310 Natural Resource Management: (3)
This course teaches students the skills necessary to use, protect and maintain natural resources so that they may exist perpetually to the benefit of natures and humans alike. Course requires some understanding of biological processes, business methodology, political process and policy applications. Course must be taken concurrently with ENV 310L.

ENV 310L Natural Resource Management Laboratory (1)
This course teaches students the field and intellectual skills necessary to conduct natural resource management in Hawai’i and elsewhere. Skills taught include population growth modeling, resource use models, population size monitoring, economic and sociological assessment of natural resource value, population protection and restoration field skills. Course must be taken concurrently with ENV 310.

ENV 313/EC313 Contemporary Economic Issues (3)
This course provides students an opportunity to develop skills at using economic analysis to understand and consider current issues and challenges facing our society. The focus of the course is on the environmental impact of economic decisions, but the frameworks and tools examined can be applied to a wide range of social issues. Offered fall semester. Prerequisites: EC 202 or ENV 201 and ENV 201L.

ENV 331 Environmental Ethics (3)
Examines religious perspectives on ethical issues within the context of an ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue in the field environmental studies, with particular attention paid to contemporary Catholic ethicists. The goals are to assist students in their study and understanding of the personal and social dimensions of these ethical perspectives and learn effective methods for dealing with relevant ethical issues within environmental studies. Fulfills interdisciplinary course requirement. Crosslisted as RE 331. Offered alternate semesters. Prerequisites: RE 103 or RE 205 or permission of instructor.

ENV 400 Current Global Environmental Issues (3)
This reading-intensive course surveys diverse publications explaining the major environmental threats facing the world today. The aim of the course is to have students become aware of the material as well as socioeconomic causes of environmental degradation, the detrimental impacts of environmental degradation on humans and the potential solutions to the greatest environmental challenges. Course must be taken in the junior or senior year. (see syllabus, Appendix 3)

ENV 401 Nature, Culture, Gender and Environmental Policy (3)
This course explores cross-culturally ideas, attitudes, and values about the natural environment. It studies the impacts of philosophies of nature and culture on human perceptions and their roles in the development of environmental policy. The questions of gender roles in the context of nature and culture and its application to the treatment of the environment will be discussed as part of environmental philosophy and policy formation. (see syllabus, Appendix 3)

ENV 485 Senior Environmental Research (3)
This capstone course seeks to integrate and assess the experiences and program learning outcomes of the Environmental Studies major around a real environmental issue that the student actively participates in problem-solving through research and/or service. Each student is required to demonstrate their interdisciplinary understanding and problem-solving competency pertaining to the particular issue they are involved in.