Majors and Courses

Environmental Analysis (CMC)

Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona and Scripps Colleges participate in a Five-College collaboration that allows students to take advantage of a broad range of courses, facilities, and opportunities in the study of environmental issues.

The majors that constitute the Environmental Analysis Program (EAP) at CMC are designed to prepare students for careers in many environmental problem-solving fields, including law, policy, medicine, chemistry, conservation, global climate change, urban planning, and resource management. It also provides a solid background for careers in environmental education and community environmental action.

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.


Environmental Analysis: Science
Introductory Core: EA 10, EA 20
Introductory Biology: Bio 43L, Bio 44L
Introductory Chemistry: Chem 14L, Chem 15L or Chem 29L
[The requirement for Introductory Biology and Introductory Chemistry may be met by completion of both semesters of the Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence (AISS)]
At least one earth sciences course – e.g., PO Geol 20x
6 upper-division EA science courses, including one in ecology (Bio146L, Bio169L, or equivalent)
1 upper-division policy course – e.g., Econ 171; Gov 118
Senior Thesis/Capstone [either a one-semester thesis, Bio/Chem/Phys 191 (Fall) and Environmental Analysis Senior Seminar, PO EA 190 (Spring), OR a two-semester thesis, Bio/Chem/Phys 188L–190L or 189L–190L] 

Environmental Analysis: Policy
The requirements for this major are the same as those for the Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) major with the following substitutions:
1) For students not planning advanced work in science, EA 10, EA 20, and EA 30L are also included among the courses that may be substituted for Chem 14L and 15L;
2) Students may petition to substitute an upper-division elective approved by the EA Steering Committee for Bio 137 (EEP Clinic);
3) Students must complete a Senior Thesis/Capstone of either a one-semester thesis and Environmental Analysis Senior Seminar, PO EA 190 (Spring), OR a two-semester thesis; the one- or two-semester thesis must be in a department approved by the EA Steering Committee.
[Note: CMC students seeking approvals from the EA Steering Committee should approach Professor Emil Morhardt, Donald McFarlane, or Katie Purvis-Roberts, the Keck Science representatives on the Committee.]

Environmental Analysis: Environment and Society Track
Students who are particularly interested in human ecology, indigenous studies, or art and the environment may pursue this version of the major through Pitzer College.

Keck Science Common Learning Outcomes

Students completing a major in the Keck Science Department should demonstrate the ability to:

1. Use foundational principles to analyze problems in nature.
2. Develop hypotheses and test them using quantitative techniques.
3. Articulate applications of science in the modern world.
4. Effectively communicate scientific concepts both verbally and in writing.

Student Learning Outcomes
An Environmental Analysis Major should be able to:

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