The faculty of the Department of Environmental Science recently approved changes to the course requirements for the Environmental Science (E.S.) coordinate major. These changes will go into effect at the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year. Students in the classes of 2017, 2018 and 2019 do not need to adhere to the new requirements, regardless of whether or not they have already declared the major.  

Per the changes, the major’s mandated introductory class (numbered 1100 or higher) in biology, chemistry, earth and oceanographic science or physics must now include a laboratory component. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs James Higginbotham said the faculty decided on this change in the hopes that it would ensure that students who fulfill the coordinate major have some vital laboratory experience.

 The second change involves the disciplinary concentrations that students must choose within the coordinate major. With the new requirements, students will have to integrate their E.S. disciplinary concentration into their full major with the help of their major advisor. This change is intended to help students make the coordinate major more in line with their individual interests and as a result, more meaningful.