Professor Harlo Hadow instructs
Students exploring environmental studies at Coe have a wealth of special opportunities as the curriculum is robust, unique and diverse. Recognizing that environmental studies requires a blending of critical thinking skills and content instruction from many different areas of the college, faculty from at least six separate departments all teach in the major. This interdisciplinary approach equips students to evaluate informed solutions to the complex, technical ecological problems facing policy makers.
All majors take the following core courses:
Working with the director of the program, students then take an additional four courses with a substantial focus on environmental content and relevant to a student’s particular course of study. Classes will be from natural and social sciences, as well the humanities.
In addition, an important component of the major is a student reflective portfolio, reviewed by the Director of Environmental Studies and other supervising faculty as appropriate. A student typically begins the portfolio during BIO-105 Introduction to Environmental Studies. This portfolio helps a student draw connections within the disparate learning he has encountered while working in an interdisciplinary major.
Many students completing the Environmental Studies program will take a course at the Coe College Wilderness Field Station, a unique summer program of biological field study in the Superior National Forest in Northern Minnesota. Making use of a rustic, off grid research facility owned and operated by the college on the border of the famed Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, students have an opportunity to better understand, evaluate and envision changing how humans relate to the natural world. The Field Station offers college students from several participating institutions a holistic, full immersion experience of educational adventure. All classes are small and personal, and integrate lectures and laboratory investigation with frequent backcountry canoe travel. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the Coe College Wilderness Field Station is the learning adventure of a lifetime. More information is available at http://www.coe.edu/fieldstation.
Off-campus study is not limited to the Field Station, as many professors in the major offer May Term courses designed to explore topics through hands-on learning. Recent examples of such course include:
|A student takes a break as he overlooks the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.|