Gonzaga is a fantastic place to study the environment.
We have more than a dozen National Parks, National Forests, and National Recreations Areas within less than a day's drive from Spokane, including some of the literal wonders of the world. From the deepest canyon in North America to not one, but two UN World Heritage Sites in the region, Gonzaga is an ENVS Major's dream location. And did you know: the largest floods ever to occur in the history of the planet passed right through Spokane – less than 10,000 years ago? At Gonzaga you'll have opportunities to study these places and events. You also have a number of organizations and clubs available to you including: Gonzaga Environmental Organization (GEO) student club; Marian Hall Outdoor Adventure and Leadership Theme Community; and Gonzaga Outdoors student club.
The Environmental Studies Program offers 36-credit major with the introductory interdisciplinary course, ENVS 101, which builds cohesion and a sense of community for the major. Students take three science courses specifically designed for non-science majors: 1 in Chemistry (ENVS 104/CHEM123); 1 in Biology (choice of (ENVS 102/BIOL 102 or ENVS 103/BIOL 123 or ENVS 199/199) and the unique ENVS 200, created especially for the ENVS Major and Minor.
All students complete the program with a Senior Symposium in Environmental Studies (ENVS 499). Students take six additional courses: Environmental Ethics (ENVS 458/PHIL 458) 2 upper-division courses in the social sciences, 2 upper division courses in the humanities, and one upper division elective. Environmental Studies majors are encouraged to take more than 36 credits, especially if considering postgraduate study.
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