Environmental Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College: 2009-2010
The Johanna Alderfer Harris Environmental Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College offers students the opportunity to complete an Environmental Studies concentration as an adjunct to any major at Bryn Mawr or Haverford, pending approval of the student’s coursework plan by the home department and the Environmental Studies director.
Donald C. Barber, Geology and Environmental Studies
Ruth Simpson, Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology and Environmental Studies
Ellen Stroud, Growth and Structure of Cities and Environmental Studies (on leave Semesters I and II)
Victor J. Donnay, Mathematics
Carol Hager, Political Science
Gary McDonogh, Growth and Structure of Cities
David Ross, Economics
Bethany Schneider, English
Michael Sears, Biology
The Environmental Studies concentration is an interdisciplinary program involving departments and programs in the natural and social sciences and humanities. The concentration allows students to explore the interactions among earth systems, human societies and local and global environments.
General inquiries concerning the concentration should go to the Environmental Studies Program Director Donald Barber, (firstname.lastname@example.org). Members of the environmental studies steering committee can answer questions pertaining to the concentration in their departments or in allied programs. The concentration consists of six courses, four of which are fixed, and two of which are chosen from approved groups. Students should consult the catalog listings of their major department for disciplinary coursework specific to the concentration, if any. Additional program information is available on the Environmental Studies Web site: http://www.brynmawr.edu/es.
All concentrators must complete GEOL/CITY B103 Earth Systems and the Environment, CITY B175 Environment and Society and BIOL B220 Ecology. These three core courses must be completed before the senior year. As seniors, all concentrators reconvene in the Environmental Studies Senior Seminar (ANTH/BIOL/CITY/GEOL B397) to discuss in-depth issues within a broader environmental theme, set by mutual consent at the beginning of the semester. Because the Environmental Studies concentration seeks to provide perspective on policy questions and the human sides of environmental issues, students must choose courses outside the natural sciences. One of these courses should address issues of planning and policy, and one other should address issues of humans in the environment. Available recommended courses are listed below, divided into these two groups. Alternative courses not shown below also may fulfill these requirements, but the Environmental Studies director must approve any such course substitution. Students also are encouraged, but not required, to take additional science courses to augment their curriculum; possible courses are listed below. In addition to checking with the department Environmental Studies contact, each student’s coursework plan for the concentration must be reviewed by the Environmental Studies director. Check the ES website (www.brynmawr.edu/es) for the most current listing of course offerings.
Note: Some classes shown below have prerequisites; some are not offered every year.
Planning and Policy (one is required)
ANTH B210 Medical Anthropology
ECON B234 Environmental Economics
CITY/ANTH B190 Form of the City
CITY B217 Research in Policy Methods
CITY B229 Comparative Urbanism
CITY B345 Adv. Topics in Environment and Society
CITY B360 Urban Social Movements
POLS/CITY B222 Intro. to Environ. Issues
POLS B310 Comparative Public Policy
POLS B321 Technology and Politics
POLS B339 The Policy-making Process
POLS B354 Comparative Social Movements
Humans in the Environment (suggested offerings)
ANTH B101 Intro. to Anthropology
ANTH B203 Human Ecology
ANTH H263 Anthropology and Architecture
CITY B278 American Environmental History
CITY B270/370 Japanese Architecture and Planning
HIST/CITY B237 Urbanization in Africa
ENGL B204 Literatures of American Expansion
ENGL B213 Nature Writing, Environ. Concern
ENGL B309 Native American Literature
Science of the Environment (suggested offerings)
GEOL B206 Energy, Resources and Environ. Policy
GEOL B209 Natural Hazards
GEOL B302 Low-temperature Geochemistry
GEOL B312 Quaternary Geology
GEOL B314 Marine Geology
BIOL B210 Biology and Public Policy
BIOL B215 Experimental Design and Statistics
BIOL B225 Biology of Plants
BIOL B309 Biological Oceanography
PHYS H111: Energy Options, and Science Policy
CHEM H358 Environmental Chemistry
For a number of the courses listed above, especially those with a substantial component of independent inquiry, students are encouraged to select environmental topics.
In the senior year, in addition to the Environmental Studies Senior Seminar, each student should show evidence of advanced work in environmental studies. This may consist of a research project, a major thesis, or in some departments it would be a 300-level course in which the student deals extensively with environmental issues. In selected cases, with approval of the major department advisor and the Environmental Studies director, this advanced work may be undertaken as an internship or Praxis course. Additional courses of interest to students of all disciplines include courses at University of Pennsylvania or Swarthmore College. Certain classes from Junior Year Abroad programs may fulfill requirements for the concentration if pre-approved.
Given the flexible requirements of the concentration, it is important that students plan their curriculum as early as possible. Ideally planning should start no later than the first semester of the sophomore year.