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Environmental Studies

Finalized May 2017


REUBEN A. HEINE, Associate Professor (Geography)
B.A., St. Cloud; M.S., Ph.D., Southern Illinois (Carbondale)

MICHAEL REISNER, Assistant Professor, Director of Upper Mississippi Studies Center
B.S., Montana State; J.D., Ph.D., Oregon State

MATTHEW FOCKLER, Assistant Professor (Geography & Environmental Studies)
B.A., M.S., University of Nevada; Ph.D. Montana State

Human and environmental well-being are inextricably linked. Solving the complex challenges we face requires interdisciplinary, collaborative approaches to understand human-environment interactions. Environmental studies graduates use such approaches to solve social, economic and environmental challenges facing communities. They can understand and integrate knowledge and perspectives across the social and natural sciences and humanities to create solutions. They also learn to communicate and work with people of diverse values and beliefs, finding the common ground necessary to solve such challenges.

Augustana students of environmental studies learn by doing. Through extended field trips, internships and problem-based learning, they participate in and lead efforts to solve sustainability challenges facing rural and urban communities in the Quad-Cities region. A large network of regional partnerships provides research and field trip opportunities, internships, employment and other connections. A few examples include offices for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Illinois DNR and River Action, Inc.

Students and professors use the natural learning laboratory of the Mississippi River for classes and research, using the geography department's two boats, The Scholar Ship and The Steward Ship. Students and faculty also teach and learn at the college's three environmental field stations: 600 acres of wetlands and river habitats, upland forests and tallgrass prairies.

Through Augustana's Upper Mississippi Center for Sustainable Communities, students work to solve real-world problems. Current students are helping to develop a Sustainable Urban Forest Management Plan for the city of Clinton, Iowa. Recently, students of environmental studies have designed a water quality monitoring plan for a soil conservation district and assessed the health of urban watersheds of Rock Island and Moline. Internships and career preparation 

All majors complete a field experience and/or internship with an agency or company involved directly with environmental management. As a capstone, students develop a solution to a real-world sustainability challenge facing a community in the region. They also complete an independent research project, in which they design, implement, interpret and present their findings about a sustainability problem. All of these experiences give them tools and skills to use professionally and/or in graduate school.

 MAJOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES. 37 credits, distributed among Core Courses (seven courses/21 credits); Elective Supporting Courses (two courses/6 credits); and Integrative Experiences, including an academic internship (four courses/ 10 credits).

MINOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES. 27 credits, distributed among Core Courses (six courses/18 credits); Elective Supporting Courses (two courses/6 credits); ENVR-INTR Academic Internship or ENVR-380.

Core Courses

BIOL-200 (PN) General Zoology or BIOL-220 General Botany
BIOL-180 Fundamentals of Ecology or BIOL-380 General Ecology
CHEM-101 Fundamentals of Chemistry or CHEM-121 (PN,I)
General Chemistry
GEOG-101 (PN,I) Global Weather and Climate Systems
or GEOG-102 (PN,I) Landforms and Landscapes
or GEOG-103 (PN,I) Water and Land Resources
GEOG-307 Environmental Conservation and
Development or GEOG-308 Land Resources Management
GEOL-101 or GEOL-105 (both PN,I) Physical Geology
or GEOL-115 (PN,I) Environmental Geology
or GEOL-116 (PN,I) Energy Resources and the Environment
ENGL-315 Environmental Literature or POLS-336 (PS) Politics of Environmental Policy

 Elective Supporting Courses

Two 300- or 400-level electives from one discipline are required for a major or minor in environmental studies to supplement a non-science major. Two 300- or 400-level electives in two different disciplines outside the primary major are required for a major or minor in environmental studies to supplement another environment-oriented major.
BIOL-200 (PN) General Zoology
BIOL-220 General Botany
BIOL-225 Local Flora
BIOL-323 Plant Diversity
BIOL-326 Plant Ecology
BIOL-331 Vertebrate Zoology
BIOL-333 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL-335 (PN,I) Entomology
BIOL-385 (PN) Applied Ecology
BIOL-387 Aquatic Biology
CHEM-121, CHEM-122 (both PN,I) & CHEM-123 General Chemistry I, II
and III
CHEM-200 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
CHEM-311 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM-315 Environmental Chemistry
CSC-211 Introduction to Computer Science I
ECON-202 Principles of Microeconomics
ECON-351 Environmental Economics
ENGL-315 Environmental Literature
GEOG-101 (PN,I) Global Weather and Climate Systems
GEOG-102 (PN,I) Landforms and Landscapes
GEOG-103 (PN,I) Water and Land Resources
GEOG-305 Water Resources Management
GEOG-307 Environmental Conservation and Development
GEOG-308 Land Resources Management
GEOG-373 GIS and Remote Sensing
GEOG-101 or GEOG-105 (both PN,I) Physical Geology
GEOL-115 (PN,I) Environmental Geology
GEOL-116 (PN,I) Energy Resources and the Environment
GEOL-301 Mineralogy
GEOL-309 Geomorphology
GEOL-330 Hydrogeology 

MATH-315 Probability and Statistics or Psyc-240 (Q)
Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
PHYS-102 & PHYS-103 (both PN,I) Principles of Physics II and III
PHYS-202 (PN,I) & PHYS-203 Basic Physics II and III
POLS-336 (PS) Politics of Environmental Policy
RELG-325 (PH) Environmental Ethics 

Individual Studies and Internships

ENVR-INTR Experiential/Volunteer (0-9)

This internship would be used for an experience in addition to one used for ENVR 430, the three-credit field experience required for the major.

Integrative Studies