Majors and Courses


The interdisciplinary Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) major is designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of environmental fields as well as for graduate study in a related field. The major is designed to develop a general understanding of the various disciplines that study environmental systems including biology, chemistry, economics, and government policy. The program also emphasizes the ways in which the various disciplines inform each other in environmental decision-making settings.
The Faculty

Faculty members from several disciplines contribute to the required courses for the EEP major. The EEP major is administered by the Environment, Economics, and Politics Committee.


The major requires a minimum of thirteen courses, in addition to the college’s general education requirements. The following courses (or equivalents), are required:
1. Core Requirements (5-7 courses)
o ECON 101 CM - Intermediate Microeconomics
o ECON 171 CM - Environmental Economics
Choose one of the following four tracks:
Track 1
o CHEM 014L KS - Basic Principles of Chemistry
o CHEM 015L KS - Basic Principles of Chemistry
o BIOL 044L KS - Introductory Biology
or Track 2
o CHEM 029L KS - Accelerated General Chemistry
o BIOL 044L KS - Introductory Biology
or Track 3
o CHEM 040L KS - Introduction to Biological Chemistry (cross-listed as BIOL 040L KS - Introduction to Biological Chemistry)
o CHEM 015L KS - Basic Principles of Chemistry
o BIOL 044L KS - Introductory Biology
or Track 4
o AISS 001ALKS-Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence (AISS)
o AISS 001BLKS-Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence (AISS)
o AISS 002ALKS-Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence (AISS)
o AISS 002BLKS-Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence (AISS)
One of the following four courses:
o ECON 120 CM – Statistics
o BIOL 175 KS - Applied Biostatistics
o MATH 052 CM - Introduction to Statistics
o PSYC 109 CM - Introduction to Statistics for Psychologists

2. Elective Courses (7 courses): Choose two courses from two groups below and three courses from one group. At least one course from Group 3 must include a lab.
Group 1:
o GOVT 118 CM - The Processes of Environmental Policymaking
o GOVT 120 CM - Environmental Law
o GOVT 120E CM - Environmental Leadership
o GOVT 132E CM - Politics and Economics of Natural Resource Policy in Developing Countries
Group 2:
o ECON 125 CM - Econometrics
o Level II Economics elective courses (Level II economics electives are ECON courses that require ECON 101 CM and/or ECON 102 CM as a prerequisite).
Group 3:
o BIOL 135L KS - Field Biology (with lab)
o BIOL 138L KS - Applied Ecology and Conservation (with lab)
o BIOL 139 KS - Applied Ecology and Conservation
o BIOL 146L KS - Ecology (with lab)
o BIOL 147 KS - Biogeography
o BIOL 159 KS - Natural Resource Management
o BIOL 165 KS - Advanced Topics in Environmental Biology
o BIOL 169L KS - Marine Ecology (with lab)
o BIOL 176 KS - Tropical Ecology
o CHEM 139 KS - Environmental Chemistry
o EA 100L KS - Global Climate Change (with lab)
o EA 103 KS – Soils and Society
o EA 104 KS - Oceanography

3. Senior Thesis:
EEP majors must complete either a one- or two-semester senior thesis in a constituent EEP discipline, which includes Biology, Chemistry, Economics, and Government. Students who plan to complete a thesis in Economics are encouraged to take ECON 125 CM - Econometrics to fulfill one of their Group 2 elective requirements.
Prerequisites for EEP Majors
The following courses are prerequisites for major requirements (and may be counted for general education requirements):
o MATH 030 CM - Calculus I
o ECON 050 CM - Principles of Economic Analysis
o GOVT 020 CM - Introduction to American Politics

General Education Requirements for EEP Majors
For the general education requirement in the social sciences and the humanities, EEP majors must complete designated courses in all four fields of the social sciences (economics, government, history, and psychology), together with courses in two of the four fields of the humanities (literature, philosophy, religious studies, and literature in a foreign language).
Dual majors
Students with a dual major in EEP must complete at least nine courses, distributed as follows:
1. Core requirements (5-7 courses, see above)
2. Elective courses (4 courses, see above): Choose one course from two groups and two courses from one group. At least one course from Group 3 must include a lab.

Students are precluded from pursuing a dual major in Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) and the following disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Analysis, and Government.

Keck Science Common Learning Outcomes

Learning Goals
The interdisciplinary EEP major is designed to achieve a variety of educational outcomes. The basic goals of the EEP major are to.

1. Develop a general understanding of biology, chemistry, economics, and government policy; and
2. Gain deeper knowledge of those aspects of the constituent disciplines focused on the environment.

Student Learning Outcomes
Evidence of such understanding should be reflected in grades from upper division courses within the EEP major and a senior thesis that applies inter-disciplinary methods to contribute to understanding of environmental issues.