Oct 15, 2019
Scripps College offers the Environmental Science Track; major requirements are detailed below. Please refer to the Pomona College and Pitzer College catalogs for information about the other tracks: Environmental Policy, Society and the Environment, and Sustainability and the Built Environment. Consult with Professor Lance Neckar at Pitzer or Professor Char Miller at Pomona to discuss specific major/minor requirements.
Requirements for the Major
One Specialized Field in which to develop a course plan
- Environmental Science
- Environmental Policy
- Society and the Environment
- Sustainability and the Built Environment
A Senior Capstone of two courses for the Environmental Science Track
Selecting one of the other tracks listed above at Pomona College or Pitzer College requires completion of a Senior Capstone of one course plus an environmental internship. Or, Pomona-EA's two capstones: EA 191 PO Thesis (fall) and EA 190 PO Seminar (spring).
Environmental Science Specialized Field:
A major in Environmental Analysis (Science track) requires a minimum of 14 courses plus seminar and a senior thesis. Students interested in this major/track should discuss the eligibility of specific courses with their academic adviser and with EA science faculty.
- Introductory Core: EA 010 PO and either EA 020 PO or EA 086 PZ or POLI136 PO .
- Introductory Biology: BIOL043L KS and BIOL044L KS , or BIOL040L KS and BIOL044L KS , or both semesters of the AISS course ( AISS001ALKS , AISS001BLKS , AISS002ALKS , AISS002BLKS ).
- CHEM014L KS and CHEM015L KS , or CHEM040L KS and CHEM015L KS , or CHEM029L KS , or both semesters of the AISS course ( AISS001ALKS , AISS001BLKS , AISS002ALKS , AISS002BLKS ).
- At least one introductory Earth Science course (e.g., EA 055L KS , GEOL020 PO, or approved alternate; see Pomona College catalog for GEOL020 PO details).
- Six upper division EA-approved science courses selected in consultation with Keck Science Environmental Science faculty to include:
Note: These six courses may be cross-listed but normally may not double-count for another science major.
- One environmental policy course from the list of approved Courses in Environmental Analysis .
- An environmentally focused Study Abroad and Global Education (SAGE) program is strongly recommended.
- Senior Capstone (two courses) to include one of the following options:
- A one-semester thesis in Environmental Analysis ( EA 191 KS ) AND either EA 190 PO (generally offered in Spring), or EA 150 PZ (generally offered in Fall), or an alternative course approved by the Environmental Analysis science faculty.
- A two-semester thesis in Environmental Analysis ( EA 188L KS / EA 190L KS , or EA 189L KS / EA 190L KS )
Students must take at least one class in statistics or the application of quantitative methods to environmental problems. This requirement may be satisfied by taking an approved class with a quantitative focus as one of the six upper-division EA science courses. Alternatively, students may take an approved non-science course in statistics in addition to the other major requirements.
To be considered for departmental honors in Environmental Analysis, a student must:
- Achieve a minimum grade point average of 11.0 (A-) in courses in the major;
- Complete a one-or two-semester thesis project in which the student has demonstrated excellence by making a significant contribution to the progress of the research and by producing a thesis document judged to be of honors quality by the department;
- Present an oral progress report at the end of the first semester of a two-semester thesis and a poster at the conclusion of either a one- or two-semester thesis in which the student clearly explains the rationale for the project and the conclusions that were drawn, engages the listener, and knowledgeably answers questions; and
- EA Science track majors must attend at least six scientific seminars during the semester (each semester for a two-semester thesis) and submit a brief and clear summary of each.