If you’re interested in solving problems such as pollution and climate change, you’ll want to prepare for a career in environmental studies. Environmental studies at CMU focus on the complex relationship between humans and the environment. Courses in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences will give you valuable insights about Earth-related issues at local and global levels. Integrate your education with global responsibility at CMU. Surrounded by the Great Lakes, you’ll make a great difference as an environmental expert in just a few short years.
Points of Pride
Located in the center of the Great Lakes Basin, Central Michigan University is a recognized leader in studying the Great Lakes, with more than 20 faculty in the Institute for Great Lakes Research supported by state-of-the-art facilities in Mount Pleasant and at the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island. A $95 million Biosciences Building will provide additional opportunities for undergraduate classes and research.
Put Your Degree to Work
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
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Environmental Studies Major
Advisors: Becker, Feig, Francek, Heumann, Liesch
The Environmental Studies major prepares tomorrow's leaders to promote excellence in environmental policy and practice in commercial, governmental, and non-profit organizations, for the betterment of society, by providing interdisciplinary environmental knowledge, skills, and communication from local to global scales.
Total: 49-52 semester hours
Note: It is recommended that students select a minor or undergraduate certificate in consultation with their major advisor.
Note: ENV 101 may be offered as WI.
Of Earth and Us: Introduction to Environmental Science
Explore environmental systems through examination of major issues facing humanity today. Topics include water availability and quality, climate change, sustainable resource management, pollution, and biodiversity. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. Quantitative Reasoning. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences)
Introduction to Environmental Studies
An overview of society and the environment. Topics include human population and resources, markets and commodities, institutions, ethics, risks and hazards, political economy, and constructions of nature. This course may be offered as Writing Intensive. This course may be offered in an online format. Recommended: ENG 101. (University Program Group III-B: Social Structures)
Environmental Issues Management
Review of regulatory requirements and application of scientific studies to managing environmental risk. Case studies of risk management by the targeted community and regulatory agencies. Prerequisite: One of: ENV 101, GEO 120QR, ENS 101QR.
Foundations of Environmental Thought
Key perceptions, values, and theories that provide blueprints for how we as humans use, abuse, and conserve our environment. Prerequisite: ENS 101QR or ENV 101 or GEO 120QR.
Environmental Studies Capstone
Seminar format; discussion, analysis and written/oral presentation of research relevant to contemporary environmental issues. Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: Completion of at least 31 credits selected from the Core and Required courses of the Environmental Studies major.
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
Fundamentals of geographic information science - including spatial data gathering, measurement, classification, analysis, display and map interpretation. Current computer mapping technologies are used in laboratory. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Quantitative Reasoning. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Science)
Research Methods in Geography
Introduction to skills geographers use to conduct research. Examines major methods geographers use for obtaining, analyzing, and interpreting data. Prerequisites: 9 credit hours completed in GEO major/minor, or ENV major.
Required Courses I
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The study of living organisms. Fundamental principles of biology are integrated with local and global issues of current interest. No credit toward Biology major or minor. May be used toward satisfying the requirements of Integrated Science major or minor for students seeking certification in Elementary education only. Credit may not be earned in more than one of: BIO 101, BIO 105, BIO 110, and 165. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. This course may be offered in a hybrid or online format. (University Program Group II-A: Descriptive Sciences)
Introductory Quantitative Biology
Introduction to basic biological principles, including quantitative treatments of ecology, evolution, cellular processes, genetics and diversity. No credit towards Biology Major or Minor. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. Quantitative Reasoning. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences)
Foundations of Evolution and Diversity
Basic principles of evolution and the application of these principles to the history and diversity of life. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. (University Program Group II-A: Descriptive Sciences)
Introduction to the ecology and evolution of organisms, populations, and communities of the Great Lakes Region. Emphasizes identification of characteristic flora and fauna. Does not count toward Biology majors or the Biology minor. This course satisfies the University Program Group II laboratory requirement. (University Program Group II-A: Descriptive Sciences)
Required Courses II
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Survey of Chemistry
Elementary concepts in chemistry. For students on curricula needing minimal chemical background or students who need additional preparation for CHM 131. This course provides suitable preparation for the successful completion of the laboratory courses, CHM 112 or CHM 127. Cannot be counted on a Chemistry/Biochemistry major or Chemistry minor. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: High school Algebra II or MTH 105. (University Program II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Science)
General Chemistry I
Introductory course covering fundamental concepts of chemistry including atoms, properties of matter, reactions and stoichiometry, electronic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, thermochemistry, gas laws. Satisfies University Program Group II laboratory requirement. Recommended: High school algebra or MTH 107; high school chemistry or CHM 120. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences)
Principles of Chemistry
Intensive introduction to chemical principles for the well-prepared, motivated student. Recommended: High school Algebra II or MTH 107 (preferably with a B or better); high school chemistry or CHM 120.
Required Courses III
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Introduction to Statistics
Descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, statistical inference, regression. Course does not count on major, minor in mathematics. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses: STA 282, STA 382, STA 392. Quantitative Reasoning. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: MTH 105 or competency.
Elementary Statistical Analysis
An introduction to statistical analysis. Topics will include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, statistical inference, and regression. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses: STA 282, STA 382, STA 392. Quantitative Reasoning. Recommended: MTH 130 or 132 or 133. (University Program Group II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences)
Note: Electives I, II, and III should total to at least 18 credit hours.