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ENV Certificate Requirements: Generalist Track

The Generalist Track is designed for students who want a broad based introduction to environmental issues and who wish to study a wide range of topics in environmental studies from a variety of perspectives (social, political, scientific, etc.).

The following requirements for the Generalist Track are in addition to those of a student's academic major. Program requirements are also published in the Princeton Undergraduate Announcement. By appropriate choice of courses, several of these requirements may satisfy the Program and the University distribution requirements. All courses to fulfill ENV Certificate Program requirements must be taken on a fully graded basis (no pass/fail) and graded as C or higher. Students interested in pursuing the Generalist Track are should complete the ENV Student Enrollment Form  and schedule a meeting with the ENV Program Director or Undergraduate Administrator as early as possible in their academic career.

ENV Certificate Requirements: Generalist Track

One (1) Environmental Studies Foundation Course (ENV 200A-F or ENV 201A/B)

Students enrolled in the Generalist Track must take one foundation course, either ENV 200A-F: "The Environmental Nexus," or ENV 201A/B: "Fundamentals of Environmental Studies: Population, Land Use, Biodiversity, and Energy."  Students enrolled in ENV 200 will select from one of several precept/lab varieties, the choice of which will fulfill differing distribution requirements, (EM, LA, QR, SA, STL, and STN). Students are encouraged to take their foundation course as early as possible in their academic careers. Please note the laboratory option is not required for the Generalist Track.

Four (4) Environmental Studies Electives

Students pursuing the Generalist Track are required to take four ENV electives. Two of these electives must be chosen from different academic divisions, such as engineering, the humanities, the natural sciences, or the social sciences. Three of the four ENV electives must be at the 300-level or higher. Only one elective from the student’s major may count towards the Generalist Track requirements.

To review approved electives for the Generalist Track, please, see the Environmental Course Offerings. Students may petition the ENV Program Director to have additional courses approved to fulfill elective requirements. To be considered for elective designation, courses must include a significant environmental component. Students are encouraged to discuss course choices with the program director or undergraduate administrator early in their planning process.

Concentrations within the Generalist Track

Students in the Generalist Track can choose to focus their coursework in the humanities or social sciences. Suggested course sequences for both concentrations are below.

Environmental Humanities Focus

1. One core course: either ENV 200A-F: "The Environmental Nexus," or ENV 201A/B: "Fundamentals of Environmental Studies;"

2. One advanced humanities course: ENV 369/ENG 383: "Environmental Imaginings and Global Change," or HIS 491/ENV 491: "THe History of Ecology and Environmentalism;" and

3. Three electives from the Generalist Track list, two of which must be from different academic divisions and should be at the 300-level or higher.

Environmental Social Sciences Focus

1. One core course: either ENV 200A-F: "The Environmental Nexus," or ENV 201A/B: "Fundamentals of Environmental Studies;"

2. One advanced social science course: WWS 350/ENV 350: "The Environment: Science and Policy;"

3. Three electives from the Generalist Track list, two of which must be from different academic divisions and should be at the 300-level or higher.

Senior Thesis

All students seeking to earn a Certificate in Environmental Studies are required to include an environmental dimension within their departmental independent work. The environmental topic must be approved by both the ENV Program Director and the undergraduate representative of the student's department of concentration. The environmental content of the senior thesis will be reviewed as part of the ENV Senior Colloquium. Students may consult the archive of ENV Senior Thesis Titles for a comprehensive list of previous topics.

ENV Senior Colloquium

The ENV Senior Colloquium is required for seniors pursuing the ENV Certificate. The colloquium is noncredit and supplements input that students receive from their departmental advisers with perspectives of students and faculty from other academic disciplines. In the fall term, students introduce their thesis topics in weekly group meetings. While there are no formal colloquium meetings during the spring term, seniors will participate in the Discovery Day poster session, the culminating event for all ENV students. Discovery Day is an opportunity for participating seniors to share outcomes of their senior thesis research with members of the University community.

Certificate of Proficiency

Students who have met the requirements of the Generalist Track in the Environmental Studies Program and of their department will receive a certificate of proficiency in environmental studies upon graduation.