Environmental Sustainability and Resilience

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Program Overview

Drake's Environmental Sustainability and Resilience major is a highly interdisciplinary program enabling graduates to address sustainability and resilience challenges in a variety of fields. Sustainable systems are those that can continue their core functions indefinitely without degradation; resilient systems are those that can continue their core functions in the face of rapid, and often unexpected, change.

Creating sustainable and resilient systems requires that practitioners incorporate ecological, economic, and social principles in their work, and that they be familiar with both rigorously quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis. Therefore, our majors will develop a strong background in environmental sciences sociology, economics, communication, consensus-building, and other relevant areas. They also will develop skills in systems analysis, carbon footprinting, and Geographic Information Systems that will prepare them to engage in identifying issues and developing solutions to diverse challenges upon graduation.

Because each student's path and interests are unique, the sustainability and resilience curriculum is organized around four key outcomes for majors:

1. Choice Analysis - Students will be able to identify, analyze, and communicate the impacts of collective and individual choices on environmental, economic, and social systems.

2. Systems Thinking - Students will employ whole-systems thinking to understand the nature of sustainability and resilience challenges and to design successful responses.

3. Stakeholder Engagement - Students will develop appropriate skills for communicating among various constituencies that have a stake in sustainability and resilience choices, and be able to integrate concerns from multiple perspectives into proposed solutions that are appropriate to local political, social, and economic conditions.

4. Professional Skills - Students will develop the skills necessary for employment or graduate study in fields related to Environmental Sustainability and Resilience.


B.A. Degree Requirements

All Environmental Sustainability and Resilience majors take a core of nine courses in areas central to the study of environmental sustainability and resilience, including environmental science, biology, geology, sociology, and economics. In addition, students take two courses fulfilling each of the four major outcomes.

Courses in any of the nine areas of study can count for only one area of study.  For example, ENSP 135, which could satisfy either Choice Analysis or Stakeholder Engagement, can count for only one of those requirements.

Course Credits
ENSP Core 17
ENSP 035 - One Earth: Global Environmental Science 3
ENSP 036 - One Earth: Global Environmental Science Lab 1
ENSP 037 - Environmental Case Analysis 3
ENSP 041 - Principles of Geology 4
ENSP 061 - Environmental Sociology 3
ENSP 065 - Geographic Information Systems 3
Other Required Courses 11
BIO 013 - Pre-Professional Biology II 3
BIO 013L - Pre-Professional Biology II Lab 1
ECON 002 - Microeconomics 3
ENSP 151 - Sustainability and Resilience 4
Choice Analysis - Select two from the following: 6
ENSP 051 - Energy & Environment 3
ENSP 072 - Environmental Psychology 3
ENSP 103 - Foundations of National History & Environment 3
ENSP 111 - International Environment Seminar 3-5
ENSP 125 - Conservation Biology 4
ENSP 135 - Global Climate Change 3
ENSP 150 - Advanced Topics (must be approved by advisor) 3-5
ENSP 153 - Ecological Economics 3
ENSP 157 - Environmental Justice 3
HIST 186 - History of the Environment 3
HIST 188 - Urban Environmental History 3
SCSS 072 - Global Social Change 3
SCSS 145 - Food and Society 3
SCSS 196 - Sustainability & Social Justice 3
POLS 123 - Grassroots Globalism 3
POLS 127 - Global Health 3
Systems Thinking - Select two from the following: 6
ENSP 072 - Environmental Psychology 3
ENSP 103 - Foundations of Natural History and Environmentalism 3
ENSP 107 - Civic Environmentalism/Growth 3
ENSP 111 - International Environment Seminar 3-5
ENSP 150 - Advanced Topics (must be approved by advisor) 3-5
ENSP 156 - Environmental Politics and Policy 3
SCSS 072 - Global Social Change 3
SCSS 145 - Food and Society 3
POLS 123 - Grassroots Globalism 3
Stakeholder Engagement - Select two from the following: 6
ENSP 054 - Environmental Communication 3
ENSP 071 - Environmentalism in the U.S. 3
ENSP 107 - Civic Environmentalism/Growth 3
ENSP 125 - Conservation Biology 3
ENSP 135 - Global Climate Change 3
ENSP 150 - Advanced Topics (must be approved by advisor) 3-5
ENSP 156 - Environmental Politics and Policy 3
ENSP 157 - Environmental Justice 3
HIST 186 - History of the Environment 3
HIST 188 - Urban Environmental History 3
SCSS 196 - Sustainability & Social Justice 3
POLS 127 - Global Health  
Professional Skills - Select two from the following: 6
ENSP 101 - Restoration Ecology 3
ENSP 105 - Environmental Geology 3
ENSP 107 - Civic Environmentalism/Growth 3
ENSP 115 - Environmental Field Course 3-5
ENSP 125 - Conservation Biology 4
ENSP 150 - Advanced Topics (must be approved by advisor) 3-5
ENSP 153 - Ecological Economics 3
ENSP 165 - Applications of GIS 3
ENSP 168 - Dynamic Environmental Models 3
BIO 099 - Biostatistics 4
STAT 050 - Statistics for Social Sciences 3
ENSP 191 Capstone 3
Total 55

At least 25 credits toward the Environmental Sustainability and Resilience major must not be counted toward another major, minor, or concentration.


Environmental Sustainability and Resilience Minor

All minors must have an adviser in the program and must successfully complete 23 credit hours that fulfill the following requirements:

Course Credits
BIO 001 - Biological Science for Non-Majors 3
ECON 002 - Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENSP 035 - One Earth: Global Environmental Science 3
ENSP 036 - One Earth: Global Environmental Science Lab 1
Choose one of the following:  
ENSP 154 - Environmental Decision Making 3
ENSP 157 - Environmental Justice 3
POLS 001 - American Political System 3
Choose one of the following:  
POLS 114 - Public Opinion 3
POLS 116 - Media and Modern Politics 3
ENSP 111 - International Environmental Policy Seminar 3
ENSP 156 - Environmental Politics and Policy 3
Total 23

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