Environmental Analysis

Environmental Analysis is an interdisciplinary major focusing on the interaction between human and non-human components of the biosphere. The major applies approaches in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and natural sciences to understanding and solving environmental problems. Environmental Analysis offers an integrated, unifying perspective on life, as well as a program for affecting positive change. The major prepares students for graduate work and careers in teaching, public policy and administration, law, environmental sciences, international affairs, environmental design, and the non-profit sector. Developing sustainable ways of living is one of the greatest challenges of our time. The Environmental Analysis Program combines the strengths of the five Claremont Colleges to provide robust interdisciplinary training for students interested in environmental issues. Resources for field research, community-based research, and service learning include the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, the Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology in Costa Rica, the Pitzer in Costa Rica Program, the Pitzer in Ontario Program, the John R. Rodman Arboretum, the Bernard Biological Field Station, and numerous local partnerships.

The Environmental Analysis Program regards study abroad as a valuable, though not required, part of the curriculum, enabling students to secure deeper appreciation of the global dimensions of environmental challenges. Additionally, the Program encourages students to engage in internships and fieldwork that move them beyond the classroom and library to engage in research and action.

Pitzer Advisers: P. Faulstich, M. Herrold-Menzies, L. Neckar, S. Phillips, B. Sarathy

Keck Science Advisers: (Environmental Science Track): D. McFarlane, K. Purvis-Roberts, C. Robins, D. Thomson, B. Williams.

The Major

The Environmental Analysis major offers four Tracks: Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Environment & Society and Sustainability and the Built Environment. For the Environmental Policy and Environment and Society Tracks of the major, students take 11 to 12 courses, depending on how they fulfill the internship requirement. Students in the SBE track take 12 to 13 courses. Students who craft a thesis for honors do an additional course of independent research and writing (ENVS 198).

  • The major consists of five sets of requirements:
    • Core set of courses
    • One natural science course
    • Track with Course Plan
    • Environmental Internship for the Environment & Society and Environmental Policy Tracks
    • Capstone Seminar or Thesis depending upon Track

Environmental and Society Track

  • Course Themes
  • Requirement
  • Classes
  • Core Courses
  • Complete all
  • EA 10 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • EA 30 or 30L Science and the Environment
  • EA 86 Environmental Justice
    or POLI 136 PO Politics of Environmental Justice
  • Natural Science
  • Choose 1
  • One natural science course
  • Environmental Policy
  • Choose 1
  • Environmental Policy course
    (e.g. EA 95 U.S. Environmental Politics
    EA 120 Global Environmental Policy and Politics
    POST 114 HM Comparative Environmental Politics
    POLI 60 PO Global Politics of Food and Agriculture, etc.)
  • Environment and Society
  • Choose 5
  • ANTH 110 Nature and Society in Amazonia
  • ANTH 12 Native Americans and their Environments
  • ANTH 129 PO Native California
  • ANTH 145 PO Cultural Ecology
  • ART 103 Environments Workshop
  • ART/EA 147 Community, Ecology & Design
  • CLAS 175 International Cultural Heritage: Creating the Future of the Past
  • EA 65 Visual Ecology
  • EA 85 PO Food, Land and the Environment
  • EA 98 Urban Ecology
  • EA 104 Doing Natural History
  • EA 140 The Desert as a Place
  • EA 146 Theory and Practice in Environmental Education
  • EA 152 Nature Through Film
  • EA 162 Gender, Environment & Development
  • EA 165 Ghost Towns: The Built Environment and Natural Resource Depletion
  • EA 65 Visual Ecology
  • EA 85 PO Food, Land and the Environment
  • EA 98 Urban Ecology
  • ENGL 157 PO Nature and Gender: Environmental Literature
  • ONT 101 Critical Community Studies
  • Environment, People, and Restoration in Costa Rica
  • Environmental History (various)
  • Other appropriate courses or independent study as determined by adviser
  • Internship Capstone Seminar
  • Complete all
  • Environmental Internship
  • EA 150 Critical Environmental News

Environmental Policy Track

  • Course Themes
  • Requirement
  • Classes
  • Core Courses
  • Complete all
  • EA 10 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • EA 30 o r 30L Science and the Environment
  • EA 86 Environmental Justice
    or POLI 136 PO Politics of Environmental Justice
  • Natural Science
  • Choose 1
  • One natural science course
  • Statistics
  • Choose 1
  • One statistics course
  • Environmental Policy
  • Choose 5
  • EA 90 Environmental Change in China and East Asia
  • EA 95 US Environmental Policy and Politics
  • EA 96 Hustle and Flow: Water Policy in CA
  • EA 120 Global Environmental Policy and Politics
  • EA 146 Theory and Practice in Environmental Education
  • EA 162 Gender, Environment and Development
  • EA 171 PO Water in the West
  • EA 172 PO Crisis Management: National Forests and American Culture
  • ECON 127 PO or ECON 171 CM Environmental Economics
  • ECON 128 PO Energy Economics and Policy
  • ECON 160 PO Freedom, Markets and Well-Being
  • ECON 51 Principles: Macroeconomics
  • GOVT 119 CM Intro to Environmental Law and Regulation
  • ONT 101 Critical Community Studies
  • POLI 178 PO Political Economy of Development
  • POLI 60 PO Global Politics of Food and Agriculture
  • POLI 61 PO Global Politics of Water
  • POST 114 HM Comparative Environmental Politics
  • POST 140 HM Global Environmental Politics
  • SOC 180 HM Tropical Forests: Policy and Practice
  • Other appropriate courses or independent study as determined by adviser
  • Internship Capstone Seminar
  • Complete all
  • Environmental Internship
  • EA 150 Critical Environmental News

Sustainability and the Built Environment Track

  • Course Themes
  • Requirement
  • Classes
  • Core Courses
  • Complete all
  • EA 10 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • EA 30 or 30L Science and the Environment
  • EA 86 Environmental Justice
    or POLI 136 PO Politics of Environmental Justice
  • EA 133 Case Studies in Sustainable Built Environments
  • Natural Science
  • Choose 1
  • One natural science course
  • Representation
  • Choose 1
  • Studio art or production-based media studies course as approved by adviser
    (e.g. ART  11 Drawing,
    ART 12 Painting,
    ART 15 Beginning Wheel Throwing,
    ART 16 Beginning Handbuilding,
    ART 20 PO Black and White Photography,
    ART 21 PO Foundations of Digital Design,
    ART 57 Mixed Media/Sculpture,
    ART 75 Watercolor1,
    ART 113 Drawing Workshop1,
    ART 125 Photography Digital1,
    MS 93 Media Off-Screen1,
    MS 182 HM Introduction to Video Production1)
    1courses have prerequisites
  • EA 102 PO Community Mapping CP
  • GEOL 111A PO Introduction to GIS
  • Studio
  • Complete
  • EA 134 Sustainable Places in Practice: Studio/Lab
  • History, theory and ecology of the built environment
  • Choose 4
    Generally no more than 2 from any group (consult adviser)
  • ARHI 155 SC The History of Gardens, East and West
  • ARHI 179 PO Modern Architecture, City, Landscape, Sustainability
  • ARHI 188 SC Representing the Metropolis
  • CLAS 175 International Cultural Heritage: Creating the Future of the Past
  • EA 27 PO Cities by Nature
  • EA 74  California’s Landscapes: Diverse Peoples and Ecosystems
  • EA 98 Urban Ecology
  • EA 140 The Desert as a Place
  • EA 165 Ghost Towns: The Built Environment and Natural Resource Depletion
  • EA 171 PO Water in the West
  • HIST 16 Environmental History
  • HIST/IIS 17 History and Political Economy of Natural Resources
  • ONT 101 Critical Community Studies
  • POLI 35 PO City of Angels, City of Quartz
  • SOC 124 AF Race, Place, Space
  • SOC 136 Framing Urban Life
  • Design
  • ART 37 Art & Environment
  • ART 103 Environments Workshop
  • ART 130 Design/Build Studio
  • ART 135 Sculptural Objects Functional Art (SOFA)
  • EA 80 Social Engagement for Sustainable Development
  • EA 85 PO Food, Land and the Environment
  • EA 124 Protecting Nature: Parks, Conservation Areas & People
  • EA 131 Restoring Nature: The Pitzer Outback
  • EA/ART 132 Practicum in Exhibiting Nature: The Pitzer Outback
  • EA/ART 147 Community, Ecology and Design
  • EA 180 PO Green Urbanism ENGR 4 HM Intro to Engineering Design/Manufacturing
  • Policy/Planning

EA 95 U.S. Environmental Policy

EA 96 Hustle and Flow: Water Policy in CA

EA 100 PO Urban Planning and Environment

GEOL 112 PO Remote Sensing of Earth’s Environment

POLI 36 PO Urban Politics and Public Policy

POLI 60 PO Global Politics of Food and Agriculture

POLI 61 PO Global Politics of Water

POLI 135 PO Policy Implementation and Evaluation

POLI 135 SC Political Economy of Food

POLI 139 PO Politics of Community Design

POST 140 HM Global Environmental Politics

PP 325 CGU Urban Political Economy2

PP 338 CGU Policy Implementation2

SPE 318 CGU Cost-Benefit Analysis2

2Contact CGU professors directly regarding prerequisites for enrollment.

  • Internship Capstone Seminar
  • Complete all
  • Environmental Internship
  • EA 150 Critical Environmental News

Environmental Science Track at Keck Science

  • Course Themes
  • Requirement
  • Classes
  • Core Courses
  • Complete all
  • EA 10 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • EA 20 Nature, Culture and Society

Biology

Complete

BIO 43L and BIO 44L

Chemistry

Complete

CHEM 14L and CHEM 15 L
OR
CHEM 29L

[The requirement for Introductory Biology and Introductory Chemistry may be met by completion of both semesters of the Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence (AISS)]

Earth Science

Choose 1

One earth sciences course (e.g. GEOL 20 PO)

Environmental Policy

Choose 1

Environmental Policy course
(e.g. EA 95 U.S. Environmental Politics
EA 120 Global Environmental Policy and Politics
POST 114 HM Comparative Environmental Politics)

EA Science

Choose 6

Six upper-division EA science courses, including one in ecology (BIO 146L, BIO 169L or equivalent)

Thesis/Capstone

Two courses; choose one of the following options

One-semester thesis, BIO/CHEM/PHYS 191 JS (Fall) and EA 190 PO EA Senior Seminar (Spring)

Two-semester thesis, BIO/CHEM/PHYS 188L JS and 190L JS (Fall and Spring)

EA-Approved Natural Science Courses:

Below are many examples of courses that may be taken for credit toward completion of the major. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and is subject to change.

  • EA 85 PO Food, Land & the Environment
  • EA 131 Restoring Nature: The Pitzer Outback*
  • EA 100L Global Climate Change**
  • ASTR 66L Elementary Astronomy
  • GEO 20x PO Environmental Geology 
  • BIOL 43L Introductory Biolog
  • BIOL 44L Introductory Biology
  • BIOL 57L Concepts in Biology
  • BIOL 82L Plant Biotechnology in a Greener World
  • BIOL 104 PO Conservation Biology**
  • BIOL 135L Field Biology**
  • BIOL 138L or 139 Applied Ecology and Conservation**
  • BIOL 146L Ecology**
  • BIOL 147 Biogeography**
  • BIOL 159 Natural Resource Management**
  • BIOL 165 Advanced Topics in Environmental Biology**
  • BIOL 166 Animal Physiological Ecology**
  • BIOL 169L Marine Ecology**
  • BIOL 176 Tropical Ecology**
  • BIOL 180L Ecology of the Neotropics (Pitzer in Costa Rica)**
  • BIOL 187P Special Topics in Biology: Herpetology**

* Does not fulfill natural science requirement for graduation
**Upper level science courses may have prerequisites

Minor in Environmental Analysis

To receive a minor in Environmental Analysis, students must complete:

  • • EA 10 Introduction to Environmental Analysis
  • • EA 86 Introduction to Environmental Justice
  • • EA 30L Introduction to Environmental Science
  • • Four electives, in consultation with an EA adviser
  • • An internship (the internship may or may not be taken for credit, but must meet requirements noted on the website. See below.)

Combined Major in Environmental Analysis

A combined major in Environmental Analysis must be approved by an EA faculty adviser, and students must complete:

  • • EA 10 Introduction to Environmental Analysis
  • • EA 86 Introduction to Environmental Justice
  • • EA 30L Introduction to Environmental Science
  • • Four electives that meld with the curriculum of the students’ other major, in consultation with an EA adviser
  • • An internship or field research project

Internships

Environmental Analysis majors are required to deepen their understanding of the discipline through an internship. Information on internships

Environmental Analysis Academic Advisers

Pitzer Advisers: Paul Faulstich, Melinda Herrold-Menzies, Susan Phillips, Brinda Sarathy, Lance Neckar
Keck Science Advisers: (Environmental Science Track): Katie Purvis-Roberts, Donald McFarlane, C. Robins, B. Williams
Arboretum Director: Joe Clements

Environmental Analysis in the Pitzer College course catalog

Environmental Science at Keck Science Department

Environmental Analysis at the 5Cs