Environmental Science and Policy
Environmental Science and Policy majors should be able to
Writing Intensive Classes
Students who have taken writing intensive classes should be able to:
These skills are a base for further study. Help is available through the Smith College Libraries’ Ask a Librarian options.
After taking Environmental Integration I and II and introductory courses in the categories of natural sciences and social sciences, humanities, and policy, students should be able to:
Advanced students should be able to:
Fulfilling the requirements of the major will enable students to acquire important research skills. Individual instructors in each of the courses assess skills on a class-by-class and case-by-case basis.
A primary ethical concern in students’ use of information is the avoidance of plagiarism. Students will learn in introductory courses how to properly cite sources, and even more importantly when information needs to be cited. The need for giving proper credit to one’s sources will be emphasized and enforced throughout the curriculum.
Information Resources for Environmental Science & Policy
In Which Classes Should Students Learn These Skills?
For the introductory course, ENV 101: Environmental Integration I: Perspectives, students learn about how humans have changed Earth's biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere, particularly over the last century, and the social, scientific, and political challenges posed by these alterations. Students also learn how to research, organize, and present basic environmental information, cite sources and avoid plagiarism. In the methods course, ENV 201/202 Environmental Integration II: Collecting and Analyzing Information, students learn how to gather, analyze and present data using methods from the natural and social sciences. Students draw on and cite data from multiple sources, including laboratory experiments, fieldwork, maps, databases, archival sources, surveys, and interviews. In the third integration course, ENV 311: Environmental Integration III: Interpreting and Communicating Information, students focus on the interpretation and communication of environmental issues and solutions. Students develop the ability to interpret environmental information from multiple sources, to synthesize that information for their own understanding, and to communicate that knowledge in ways appropriate to the particular objective and audience. The capstone course, ENV 312: Environmental Integration: IV: Sustainable Solutions, gives students direct experience with the range and complexity of activities required to address a real-world environmental project. Additional introductory courses provide breadth in the natural and social sciences and introduce students to literary skills in contributing disciplines. In other required courses, students learn quantitative analyses through Statistics and a range of specific literary skills to support a coherent environmental focus through their chosen electives.