2017-2018 Catalog 
    May 21, 2018  
2017-2018 Catalog

Environmental Analysis Major

Major Requirements

The major in Environmental Analysis requires a minimum of 14 courses. CMC students interested in the major in Environmental Analysis select a concentration in science or a concentration in policy through the Keck Science Department, and should discuss the eligibility of specific courses with their faculty advisor and with EA science faculty.

A. Environmental Analysis: Science Concentration

The major in Environmental Analysis: Science Concentration requires a minimum of 15 courses, distributed as follows:

4. Earth Science (1 course)

 At least 1 course in Earth Science, such as:

5. Upper-Division Policy (1 course)

See listing below .

6. Electives (6 courses)

Six upper division environmental analysis-approved science courses selected in consultation with KSD Environmental Science faculty, including at least one or more course in ecology (e.g. BIOL 135L KS BIOL 138L KS /BIOL 139 KS BIOL 146L KS , etc.; see listing below ) and one or more that emphasizes Earth science (e.g. EA 100L KS , EA 103 KS , EA 104 KS , etc.; see listing below ).

Three of the courses must have a laboratory requirement.

These six courses may be cross-listed but normally may not double-count for another science major.

7. Senior Thesis (2 courses)

Environmental Analysis: Science concentration majors must complete either:

B. Environmental Analysis: Policy Concentration

The major in Environmental Analysis: Policy Concentration requires a minimum of 16 courses, distributed as follows:

Upper division elective courses for Environmental Analysis Majors

Science Concentration

Policy Concentration


Political Studies

  • POST 114 HM - Comparative Environmental Politics
  • POST 140 HM - Global Environmental Politics


  •  SOC 180 HM - Tropical Forests: Policy and Practice

Senior Thesis in Science

The senior thesis is a general education requirement and the capstone experience of a student’s undergraduate education. Students must complete a senior thesis in at least one of their majors under supervision of a faculty reader who teaches within that major, unless granted a special exception.

Science majors have the following senior thesis options. Refer to the major requirements above for major-specific senior thesis requirements.

1-Semester Library Thesis without Lab (1 course, 1 credit)

Students interested in a 1-semester library thesis without lab complete an extensive library research thesis in the 1st or 2nd semester of the senior year, chosen from:


The Senior Thesis Research Project course (188L) or the Summer Research Project course (189L) may  not be counted as elective courses in the major.

Special Options for Majors in Environmental Analysis

Dual Major in Science

Students selecting a dual major including science should discuss their program requirements with the conveners of the appropriate programs. Usually up to 2 electives in science may be waived for dual majors including science. Unless otherwise specified above or exempted by the appropriate convener of the Keck Science Department, science students with dual majors are required to complete a 1- or 2-semester thesis in science.

Honors in Science

To be eligible for departmental honors in a science major, students must:

  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 10.5 in courses in the major;
  • Complete a 1- or 2-semester thesis project in which the student has demonstrated excellence by making a significant contribution to the progress of the research, by producing a thesis document judged to be of honors quality by the department, by presenting the work in a cogent fashion, and by engaging in the departmental seminar program.

Students with a dual major including science who wish to be considered for honors in science will only receive honors if they:

  • Have completed all requirements for a full major in science and are granted honors, or
  • Qualify and receive honors in both disciplines of their dual major. See Academic Honors at Graduation  for details.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is a vital, strongly encouraged part of the EAP experience, enabling students to secure a deeper appreciation for the global dimensions of our environmental situation.

General Education Requirements for Science Majors

General Education Requirement in Science

Every CMC student must complete one (1) laboratory science course offered by the Keck Science Department or elsewhere within the Claremont Consortium. This requirement must by satisfied by the end of the 2nd year at CMC.

General Education Requirements in the Social Sciences and the Humanities

For students with science majors, general education requirements in the social sciences and humanities must be met by courses outside of a student’s major field(s). Students in most science majors, including this major, must take courses in 3 of the 4 fields of the social sciences and in 2 of the 4 fields of the humanities for a total of 5 courses. 

Science majors with a dual or double major in either the humanities or the social sciences will be required to take an additional general education course in those categories.

Student Learning Outcomes of the Program in Environmental Analysis

In addition to the Keck Science overall learning outcomes, the Environmental Analysis major also has the following outcomes:

1. Understand and describe the complex social, scientific, and humanistic aspects of environmental issues.
2. Understand and apply both disciplinary and interdisciplinary analysis to environmental issues.
3. Critically analyze, evaluate, and interpret scholarly arguments and popular discourse and be able to communicate this analysis to a variety of communities.
4. Develop well-reasoned solutions to environmental predicaments, testing them against relevant criteria and standards.
5. Be able to craft well-researched, informative, and effective scholarly presentations.
6. Contribute knowledge and action regarding environmental issues to the public through service learning, internships, community-based-research, and other activities.