BA in Ecosystems and Human Impact

ecosystemspowerThe Ecosystems and Human Impact major, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, provides the skills, knowledge, and preparation for students to assess and address the complex interaction of humans and natural environments. The curriculum integrates principles and methodologies from ecology, biology, genetics, anthropology, human ecology, geography, combined with an understanding of economics, ethics, and policy within a global perspective.

The major builds on the interdisciplinary core curriculum offered at Stony Brook University's Sustainability Program. Students will enroll in major-specific courses in their junior and senior year. Local internships, research courses, and field courses are also available to students to build up real-world experience. In their junior or senior year, students will have the opportunity to enroll in the study-abroad program at Ranomafana, Madagascar, which provides training in field biology, ecology, primatology, and anthropology. Students enrolled in this program will take courses and conduct independent research that contributes to a better understanding of Ranomafana National Park and the link between the park and the people of the region.


One course passed with a C - may be applied to the major; all other courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Course taken with the Pass/NC option may not be applied to the major.

 Please click here for the Major Checklist of courses for the EHI Major.  To contact the faculty director of the major please email:

To find out more about jobs relating to this major, please click here to visit the Career Center webpage for the EHI major.

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A: Foundation Courses (32-33 credits)

MAT 125-C Calculus A or MAT 131-C Calculus I
ECO 108-F Introduction to Economics
SBC 111 Introduction to Sustainability Studies
SBC 113-E Physical Geography
SBC 116 Human Geography
ENV 115-E Chemistry, Life Environment
SBC 201 Systems and Models
ANP 120-E Introduction to Physical Anthropology
SBC 204 Population Studies
SBC 205- Introduction to Geospatial Analysis
BIO 201-E Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
BIO 204 Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry in the Biological Sciences

B: Career Leadership Skills (6 credits)

CSK 102 Career Leadership Skills: Working in Teams (1 credit)
CSK 104 Career Leadership Skills: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (1 credit)
CSK 302 Technical Writing and Communication (3 credits)

Plus one of the following (1 credit each):

CSK 101 Career Leadership Skills: Advocacy and Change
CSK 105 Career Leadership Skills: Leadership
CSK 106 Communication Methods and Strategies
CSK 107 Assessment

C: Core Courses (27-29 credits)

ENV 304-H Global Environmental Change
BIO 351 Ecology
EHI 326 Conservation Genetics
EHI 322 Human Ecology

-- In addition to the four courses (12 credits) above, students are required to select four courses from Group I (12-14 credits) and one course (3 credits) from Group II. (NOTE: ANP 325, 391, 350 are offered in Madagascar.) --

  • GROUP I:
    ANP 325 Primate Behavior
    ANP 391 Ecosystem Diversity and Evolution
    ANP 350 Field Methods in Primatology and Field Biology
    BIO 352 Ecology Lab
    GEO 313 -H Understanding Water Resources for the 21st Century
    MAR 315 Conservation Biology and Marine Biodiversity
    MAR 388 Tropical Marine Ecology
    EHI 310 Restoration Ecology
    EHI 311 Ecosystem Based Management
    EHI 321 Human Reproductive Ecology
    EHI 340-H Ecological and Social Dimensions of Disease
    EHI 342-H Materials in Human and Natural World
    EHI 343-H Sustainable Natural Resources
    ENS 380 Stony Brook in Tanzania: Lake Victoria Environment and Human Health
    ENV 310 H: Sustainability and Renewable Energy - Costa Rica
    ENV 340 Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science

    SBC 206 Economics and Sustainability
    SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics
    SUS 341-H Environmental Treatises and Protocols
    SBC 307-K(4) Environmental History of North America
    SUS 350 Contemporary Topics in Sustainability
    SBC 320-J Sub-Saharan Africa: Geography, Cultures, and Societies

    (One of the following courses can be used as a substitute for any of the courses in Group II.  Note: Each of these courses below has a prerequisite outside the major.)

    SBC 310 Migration, Development and Population Redistribution
    SBC 321-G Ecology and Evolution in American Literature
    SUS 303 Demographic Change and Sustainability
    SUS 305-F Collective Action and Sustainability
    EDP 309 Planning, Policies, and Regulations
    SUS 301 or PHI 366 Environmental Ethics
    SBC 311-F Disasters and Society: A Global Perspective
    SBC 312-F Environment, Society, and Health
    SUS 306 Business and Sustainability
    SUS 307 Environmental Economics and Management

D: Systems Course (3 credits)
One integrative, collaborative systems project course:

ENV 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens
SBC 401 Integrative, Collaborative Systems Project
ANP 487 or ANT 487: Independent Study: Research in Biology, Natural History, or Anthropology (both Cultural and Physical) as part of the study abroad program in Madagascar.

E: Upper Division Writing Requirement

Proficiency in writing, oral communication, and computer literacy will be encouraged in all students. In addition to CSK 302, these skills will be developed within the context of other formal coursework and no additional credits are required. To meet the upper-division writing requirement, students must submit two papers from any 300-level or 400-level course in the major to the faculty advisor of the EHI major.

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