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Environmental Science and Policy Major, B.A.

Program Director: Eric Kindahl

Please see Undergraduate Departments, Biology Department, for information on this interdisciplinary major.

Students in this program complete a common core of courses in environmental studies, the natural sciences, the social sciences and mathematics. These courses also fulfill the Hood College Core Curriculum requirements for a foundations course in mathematics/computation; for the scientific thought courses in the Methods of Inquiry section; and for a course in social and behavioral analysis in the Methods of Inquiry section.

Majors concentrate in one of three fields: environmental biology, environmental chemistry or environmental policy. Students draw on this training in an interdisciplinary problem-solving senior seminar. In addition, majors are guided toward internships and other work experiences that complement their academic work. Recent internship sites have included the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Nature

Conservancy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Park Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

This hands-on major is designed to take advantage of Hood’s proximity to terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats, to government research facilities and to federal policy-making agencies in Washington, D.C. Students in the ENSP program are encouraged to take part in Hood College’s Coastal Studies Semester, directed by Drew Ferrier.


Requirements for the Major
  • BIOL 201 Evolution and Ecology
  • BIOL 202 Physiology of Plants and Animals
  • CHEM 101, 102 General Chemistry I, II
  • ECON 206 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ENSP 101 Environmental Problems
  • ENSP 102 Environmental Science Laboratory
  • ENSP 470 Seminar: Environmental Impact Analysis
  • PSCI 203 Introduction to U.S. Politics or PSCI 210 Comparative Politics or PSCI 215 International Relations
  • ECPS 414 Environmental Policy
Environmental Biology Concentration
  • BIOL 203 Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics
  • CHEM 209 Organic Chemistry I
  • ENSP 403 Pollution Biology
  • ENSP 407 Natural Resource Management
  • MATH 112 Applied Statistics
8 credits of electives from the following:
  • BIHN 305 Aquatic Ecology
  • BIOL 316 Genetics
  • BIOL 331 Microbiology
  • BIOL 336 Vertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 337 Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 338 Advanced Ecology
  • BIOL 343 Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 344 Ornithology
  • BIOL 345-349 Field Ecology and Natural History
  • BIOL 451 Plant Ecology
  • CHEM 401 Environmental Chemistry
  • ENSP 201 Contemporary Environmental Controversies
  • ENSP 212 Coastal Community Ecology
  • ENSP 411 Conservation Biology
  • ESHN 210 Coastal Oceanography
  • INST 307 Hunger, Population and the Environment
  • INST 311 The Chesapeake Bay: Human Impact on a Natural System
Environmental Chemistry Concentration
  • CHEM 209 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 215 Quantitative Analysis
  • CHEM 324 Instrumental Methods of Analysis
  • CHEM 401 Environmental Chemistry
  • MATH 201 Calculus I
Recommended courses:
  • CHEM 431 Physical Chemistry I
  • ENSP 403 Pollution Biology
  • MATH 202 Calculus II
Environmental Policy Concentration
  • ECON 310 Environmental Economics
  • MATH 112 Applied Statistics
  • PSCI 203, 210 or 215 if not taken as part of the requirement for the major
12 credits of electives from the following:
  • ECON 306 Microeconomic Analysis
  • ECON 317 Economics of Development
  • ECON 318 Comparative Market Economies
  • ECON 324 International Trade
  • ENSP 201 Contemporary Environmental Controversies
  • ENSP 399 Internship
  • INST 307 Hunger, Population and the Environment
  • PSCI 203, 210 or 215 if not taken to fulfill other requirements for the major
  • PSCI 317 Urban Politics
  • PSCI 320 Congressional and Presidential Politics
  • PSCI 323 Politics of the Developing World
  • PSCI 408 Regulatory Politics and Law

Students should consult their advisers for elective courses that may strengthen the major and concentration. In addition to the courses listed in the basic curriculum and in the environmental biology, chemistry and policy concentrations, some courses are available through the environmental biology program of the Graduate School. These courses may be taken by environmental science majors who meet the qualifications set for the individual courses.