Environmental Studies Program Overview

Are you ready to help the planet? Are you ready to learn how to make money while creating a green business? Do you see yourself studying ecology in the rainforests of Costa Rica, or rural development in Africa, or doing field work on air quality and forests in the Great Smoky Mountains? Would you like to teach environmental education to the next generation of students, or write land, air, and water or energy policy in Washington, DC? Would like to help create the next set of renewable energy projects in East Tennessee? The Environmental Studies (ENV) major provides you with a wide-ranging set of skills that prepares to you tackle planet-wide issues of sustainability, ecology, green building, environmental business practices and non-governmental advocacy of environmental issues.

The ENV Major is housed in the Social Sciences, insuring that you will gain a strong background in economics, politics, sociology and business from a North American and global perspective. The other courses in the major are in math, the humanities, education and the natural sciences, where you will gain skills in analyzing data, best practices in laboratory and field sciences, and environmental education training. As one of the only majors at MC with a required practicum, you will be expected to take your knowledge and apply it in the world beyond campus. Students have interned at any one of over 20 environmental wildlife, renewable energy, air, and water or soil organizations. ENV graduates work at the US Environmental Protection Agency, the State of Tennessee, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, in a variety of large and small businesses developing efficient, sustainable products and processes. We have ENV graduates who are practicing lawyers and ENV graduates who currently patrol and guide visitors and rangers for the US National Park Service. Come and be a part of our world.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

Course Offerings

The Major in Environmental Studies requires a minimum of 52 credit hours.

Required courses include:

ENV101: Introduction to Environmental Issues (3 hrs.)
ENV316: Population (3 hrs.)
ENV345: Environmental Politics (3 hrs.)
ECN201: Principles of Economics (4 hrs.)
SOC101: Introductory Sociology (3 hrs.)
PLS232: Public Policy (3 hrs.)
SLS301: Social Research Methods (3 hrs.)
BIO113: Principles of Organismal Biology (4 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
CHM 111: Fundamentals of Chemistry (4 hrs.)
CHM 121: General Chemistry (4 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
BIO222: Ecology and Evolution (4 hrs.)
BIO311: Natural History of the Southern Appalachians (4 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
MTH221: Inferential Statistics (3 hrs.)
MTH222: Regression Analysis (3 hrs.)


At least 6 credit hours from the following courses:
BUS201: Principles of Management (3 hrs.)
ECN221: Economic Development (3 hrs.)
ECN331: Public Policy toward Business (3 hrs.)
ENG315: Business and Technical Writing (3 hrs.)
PHR335: Outdoor Recreation Leadership (3 hrs.)
PLS212: International Politics (3 hrs.)
PLS321: American Political Process (3 hrs.)
SOC202: Social Problems (3 hrs.)
SOC211: Cultural Anthropology (3 hrs.)
SOC222: Sociology of Appalachian Culture
ENV 346: Environmental Economics (3 hrs.)
ENV349: Special Topics in Environmental Studies (3 hrs.)

ENV 337: Internship in Environmental Studies (3-15 hrs.) (A minimum of 3 credit hours is required)
ENV351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.).

Environmental studies students minoring in economics, political science and sociology cannot fulfill minor course requirements with courses serving as major electives in the Major in Environmental Studies.