Majors and Courses

Environmental Analysis (SCR)

Scripps College participates with Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Pomona Colleges in a 5-college collaboration that allows students to take advantage of a broad range of courses, facilities, and opportunities in the study of environmental issues.
The Environmental Analysis Program (EAP) is 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.
The program regards Off-Campus Study as a vital, strongly encouraged, part of the major experience, enabling students to secure a deeper appreciation for the global dimensions of our environmental situation. Specially focused environmental Off-Campus Study semesters include programs in Australia, Costa Rica, Botswana, Ecuador, New Zealand, and South Africa.


Environmental analysis majors must choose one specialized field (or “track”) from among four in which to develop their course plan. These tracks include:
1. Environmental Science
2. Environmental Policy
3. Society and the Environment
4. Sustainability and the Built Environment

Requirements for the EA Environmental Science track are summarized below. Environmental Analysis students or prospective majors interested in the non-science tracks should consult with their home institution’s Academic Catalog .

Environmental Science Specialized Field Requirements:
Students interested in an Environmental Analysis science track should discuss the eligibility of specific courses with their academic adviser and with EA science faculty.
• Introductory Core: EA 010 PO and either EA 020 PO or EA 086 PZ or POLI039 PO.
• Introductory Biology: BIOL043L KS and BIOL044L KS, or BIOL040L KS and BIOL044L KS, or both semesters of the AISS course ( AISS001ALKS, AISS001BLKS, AISS002ALKS, AISS002BLKS).
• CHEM014L KS and CHEM015L KS, or CHEM040L KS and CHEM015L KS, or CHEM029L KS, or both semesters of the AISS course ( AISS001ALKS, AISS001BLKS, AISS002ALKS, AISS002BLKS).
• At least one introductory Earth Science course (e.g., EA 055L KS, GEOL020 PO, or approved alternate; see Pomona College catalog for GEOL020 PO details).
• Six upper division EA-approved science courses selected in consultation with Keck Science Environmental Science faculty to include:
o One or more in ecology (e.g., BIOL135L KS, BIOL138L KS/ BIOL139 KS, BIOL146L KS, BIOL169L KS, and others); and
o One or more that emphasizes Earth Science (e.g., EA 100L KS, EA 103 KS, EA 104 KS, and others); and
o Three of the courses must have a laboratory requirement.
Note: These six courses may be cross-listed but normally may not double-count for another science major.
• One environmental policy course from the list of approved Courses in Environmental Analysis.
• An environmentally focused Study Abroad and Global Education (SAGE) program is strongly recommended.
• Senior Capstone (two courses) to include ONE of the following TWO options:
1. A one-semester thesis in Environmental Analysis ( EA 191 KS) plus EA 190 PO (Spring), or EA 150 PZ (Fall)
2. A two-semester thesis in Environmental Analysis ( EA 188L KS/ EA 190L KS, or EA 189L KS/ EA 190L KS)
• Students must take at least one class in statistics or the application of quantitative methods to environmental problems. This requirement may be satisfied by taking an approved class with a quantitative focus as one of the six upper-division EA science courses. Alternatively, students may take an approved non-science course in statistics in addition to the other major requirements.

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.