case western reserve university



Required Courses


The environmental studies program offers a major (30 credit hours) leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. However, it may be elected only as a second major. The double major is required so that the multi-disciplinary perspective offered by the program may be complemented by a concentrated disciplinary major. To declare the major, students should have declared a first major and have sophomore or junior standing. Up to six credits in required and elective courses taken by students for their first major may be applied to their environmental studies major. None of the required courses may be taken pass/no pass.

The required courses are:

  • ESTD 101. Introduction to Environmental Thinking
  • ESTD 398. Environmental Seminar

and one course from each of the three following areas of emphasis:

  • RLGN 206. Religion and the Environment
  • HSTY 378. History of the American Environment
Social Policy
  • ECON 368. Environmental Economics
  • GEOL 303 ,(POSC 303). Environmental Law
Science and Engineering
  • ESCI 340. Introduction to Global Issues
  • BIOL 350. Introduction to Ecosystem Analysis
  • GEOL 202. Global Environmental Problems

At least 15 credit hours must be taken from a list of approved electives. This list will change from time to time as departmental offerings change. An approved Washington Semester internship may be used to satisfy part or all of the elective requirement. Students should consult with the program director for current information. All student programs must be approved by the director.


The minor in the College of Arts and Sciences (15 credit hours) consists of ESTD 101, one course from two of the three disciplinary groups above, and two of the approved electives, which may include courses from the third unselected disciplinary grouping.


The sequence in environmental studies in the Case School of Engineering consists of 9 credit hours comprising ESTD 101 and two courses from the above disciplinary list.