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Undergraduate: Ecosystems and Human Impact

  • Program Overview

    Ecosystems and Human Impact (EHI)

    The Ecosystems and Human Impact major, leading to a Bachelor of Art 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, and geography, combined with an understanding of economics, ethics, and policy within a greater global perspective. 

    The major prepares students for entry-level employment in the public, private, or non-profit sectors concerned with a wide range of issues, such as: conservation of ecosystems, ecosystem restoration, loss of biodiversity, and development of sustainable bioresources. The major prepares students for graduate study in anthropology, geography, environmental science, sociology, natural resource management, and biology among other fields. 

    The major builds on the interdisciplinary sustainability core curriculum. Students will enroll in major-specific courses in their junior and senior year. 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. Local internships, research courses, and field courses are also available to students to build up real-world experience.

    The Ecosystems and Human Impact minor is intended for students who seek to complement their chosen major with a coherent set of courses emphasizing the interaction between humans and ecosystems from an interdisciplinary perspective.

     

     

     

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Major and Minor in Ecosystems and Human Impact (EHI)

    Requirements for the Major in Ecosystems and Human Impact (EHI)

    A. Required Foundation Courses for Major (27-28 credits)

    • MAT 125 or MAT 131 Calculus or AMS 151. If students do not place into MAT 125 or 131 or AMS 151 on the basis of the math placement examination, MAT 123 (or MAT 119/MAT 123) is a required course for the major.
    • ECO 108 Introduction to Economics
    • SUS 111 Introduction to Sustainability (formerly offered as SBC 111) or ENS 101 Prospects for Planet Earth
    • CHE/ENV 115 Chemistry, Life, and Environment (Note: CHE 129, 131, 141, or 152 may be substituted for CHE/ENV 115)
    • SUS 201 Systems and Models (formerly offered as SBC 201)
    • ANP 120 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
    • SUS 204 Population Studies (formerly offered as SBC 204)
    • BIO 201 and BIO 204 Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems and Laboratory

    B. Core Courses (24-25 credits)

    • SUS 301 Technical Writing and Communication (formerly offered as CSK 302)
    • SUS 305 Collective Action and Advocacy (formerly offered as CSK 305)
    • GSS 313/314 GIS Design and Applications I/GIS Laboratory or GIS 317 Geospatial Narratives
    • ENV 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens or SUS 401 Integrative Collaborative Systems Studies (formerly offered as SBC 401)
    • ENV 304 Global Environmental Change or ATM 305 Global Atmospheric Change
    • BIO 351 Ecology
    • SUS 326 Conservation Genetics (formerly offered as EHI 326)
    • SUS 322 Human Ecology (formerly offered as EHI 322)

    C. Elective Course Groups (15-18 credits)

    Other classes may be substituted with permission of undergraduate director

    Group I: Technical skills

    Choose one of the following three courses:

    Group 2: Solutions for Environmental Problems

    Choose three courses from the following list. Students may take a three credit  SUS 488 SUS 487 , or  ANP 487  with permission of their faculty advisor.

    • ANP 307 Comparing Ecosystems in Madagascar
    • ANP 326 Lemurs of Madagascar
    • ANP 350 Field Methods in Primatology and Field Biology
    • ANP 401 Pastoralism Under Pressure: Savannas, Society, and Sustainability in East Africa
    • BIO 319 Landscape Ecology Laboratory
    • BIO 352 Ecology Laboratory
    • BIO 353 Marine Ecology
    • BIO 371 Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems
    • ENV 340 Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science
    • GEO 304 Energy, Mineral Resources, and the Environment
    • GEO 313 Understanding Water Resources for the 21st Century
    • MAR 315 Conservation Biology and Marine Biodiversity
    • MAR 336 Marine Pollution
    • MAR 384 Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
    • MAR 388 Tropical Marine Ecology
    • MAR 394 Environmental Toxicology and Public Health
    • SUS 319 Preservation and Restoration of Ecosystems (formerly offered as EHI 310)
    • SUS 313 Ecosystem Based Management (formerly offered as EHI 311)
    • SUS 340 Ecological and Social Dimensions of Disease (formerly offered as EHI 340)
    • SUS 344 Sustainable Natural Resources (formerly offered as EHI 343)
    • SUS 351 Design and Implement a Research Project in Ecotoxicology (formerly offered as EHI 350)
    • SUS 352 Conduct and Communicate a Research Project in Ecotoxicology (formerly offered as EHI 351)

    Group 3: History and Policy of Environmental Issues

    Choose one of the following courses:

    • AFS 374/SBC 374 Environment and Development in African History
    • ANP 391 Ecosystem Diversity and Evolution
    • SUS 314 Civilizations and Collapse (formerly offered as EHM 314)
    • SUS 316 Cuba and Sustainability (formerly offered as EHM 316)
    • ENS 311 Ecosystem Ecology and Global Environment
    • ENS 333 Environmental Law
    • MAR 340 Environmental Problems and Solutions
    • MAR 392 Waste Management Issues
    • SUS 203 Interpretation & Critical Analysis (formerly offered as SBC 203)
    • SUS 206 Economics and Sustainability (formerly offered as SBC 206)
    • SUS 317 American Environmental History (formerly offered as SBC 307)
    • SUS 309 Global Environmental Politics (formerly offered as SBC 309)
    • SUS 311 Disasters and Society a Global Perspective* (formerly offered as SBC 311)
    • SUS 312 Environment, Society, and Health* (formerly offered as SBC 312)
    • SUS 325 Environmental Writing and the Media (formerly offered as SBC 325)
    • SUS 307 Environmental Economics and Management*
    • SUS 341 Environmental Treatises and Protocol
    • SUS 350 Contemporary Topics in Sustainability

    *Course has a pre-requisite that is outside the major.

    D. Communications and Writing requirement 

    Proficiency in writing, oral communication, and computer literacy will be encouraged in all students. In addition to SUS 301, 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 with letter grades of no lower than a B from any 300-level or 400-level course in the major to the director of the EHI Undergraduate Program.

    Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with  university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the"Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

    Note: 
    No more than one course (4 credits maximum) with a passing grade lower than C can be credited towards the major. Course taken with the Pass/NC option may not be applied to the major.

    Study Abroad

    Stony Brook University offers study abroad experiences that are focused on issues of sustainability in Cuba, Madagascar, and the Turkana Basin (Kenya). While issues of climate change, water and energy security, sustainable agriculture, environmental justice, sustainable economic development, conservation of unique and threatened ecosystems, population growth, and human health are important everywhere, viewing these issues through the lens of a different place and a different culture provides a valuable perspective. Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad experiences and to talk with their major director to determine how study abroad coursework can be used to fulfill some requirements for their major.

    Double Majors

    Excluding ENV 301 (Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens), SUS 301 (Technical Writing and Communication), SUS 305 (Collective Advocacy and Action), and SUS  401 (Integrative Collaborative Systems Studies), no more than 6 credits of 300-400 level course credits can be applied to two majors within the Sustainability Studies Program or the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.  

    Minor in Ecosystems and Human Impact (EHI)

    The Ecosystems and Human Impact minor is intended for students who seek to complement their chosen major with a coherent set of courses emphasizing the interaction between humans and ecosystems from an interdisciplinary perspective.

    Declaration of the Minor

    Students should declare the Ecosystems and Human Impact minor no later than the middle of their sophomore year, at which time they should consult with the minor coordinator or undergraduate director and plan their course of study for fulfillment of the requirements.

    Requirements for the Minor in Ecosystems and Human Impact (EHI)

    • No more than one three-credit course in the minor may be taken under the Pass/No Credit option.
    • All upper-division courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.
    • Completion of the minor requires 21-22 credits. 

    1. Required courses (12-13 credits):

    • SUS 111 Introduction to Sustainability (formerly offered as SBC 111) or ENS 101 Prospects for Planet Earth
    • BIO 201 Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
    • SUS 201 Systems and Models (formerly offered as SBC 201)

    One of the following courses:

    • ANP 120 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
    • ENV 115 Chemistry, Life, and Environment (Note: CHE 129, 131, 141, or 152 may be substituted
      for CHE/ENV 115)
    • GIS 313/314 GIS Design and Applications I and Laboratory or GSS 317 Geospatial Narratives

    2. Electives (9 credits):

    Choose three of the following courses:

    • ANP 307 Comparing Ecosystems in Madagascar*
    • ANP 326 Lemurs of Madagascar*
    • ANP 350 Methods in Studying Primates*
    • ANP 391 Ecosystem Diversity and Evolution*
    • ANP 401 Pastoralism Under Pressure: Savannas, Society, and Sustainability in East Africa
    • BIO 319 Landscape Ecology Laboratory
    • BIO 336 Conservation Biology
    • BIO 351 Ecology
    • BIO 352 Ecology Laboratory
    • BIO 353 Marine Ecology
    • BIO 371 Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems
    • SUS 319 Restoration Ecology (formerly offered as EHI 310)
    • SUS 313 Ecosystem-Based Management (formerly offered as EHI 311)
    • SUS 322 Human Ecology (formerly offered as EHI 322)
    • SUS 326 Conservation Genetics (formerly offered as EHI 326)
    • SUS 340 Ecological and Social Dimensions of Disease (formerly offered as EHI 340)
    • SUS 344 Sustainable Natural Resources (formerly offered as EHI 343)
    • SUS 351 Design and Implement a Research Project in Ecotoxicology (formerly offered as EHI 350)
    • SUS 352 Conduct and Communicate a Research Project in Ecotoxicology (formerly offered as EHI 351)
    • ENV 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens
    • ENV 304 Global Environmental Change or ATM 305 Global Atmospheric Change
    • ENV 340 Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science
    • GEO 304 Energy, Mineral Resources, and the Environment
    • GEO 313 Understanding Water Resources for the 21st Century
    • MAR 315 Conservation Biology and Marine Biodiversity
    • MAR 336 Marine Pollution
    • MAR 384 Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
    • MAR 388 Tropical Marine Ecology
    • MAR 394 Environmental Toxicology and Public Health
    • SUS 309 Global Environmental Politics (formerly offered as SBC 309)

    * These courses are offered as part of the Madagascar Study Abroad Program.

     

     

  • Sequence

    Sample Course Sequence for the Major in Ecosystems and Human Impact

    A course planning guide for this major may be found hereThe major course planning guides are not part of the official Undergraduate Bulletin, and are only updated periodically for use as an advising tool. The Undergraduate Bulletin supersedes any errors or omissions in the major course planning guides.  

    FRESHMAN

    FALL Credits
    First Year Seminar 101 1
    WRT 101 3
    SUS 111
    3
    MAT 125, MAT 131, or AMS 151 3-4
    Elective
    3
     Total 13-14
     
    SPRING Credits
    First Year Seminar 102 1
    WRT 102 3
    CHE 129, CHE 131, or ENV 115 3-4
    ECO 108
    4
    Elective 3
     Total 14-15
     
    SOPHOMORE

    FALL Credits
    SUS 201 3
    ANP 120 4
    BIO 201/BIO 204 5
    SUS 301 3
     Total 15
     
    SPRING Credits
    ENV 304 or ATM 305 3
    Foreign Language or elective  3-4
    SUS 322 3
    SUS 326  3
    Elective  3
     Total 15-16
     
    JUNIOR

    FALL Credits
    technology elective (group 1) 3-4
    SUS 305 3
    solutions elective (group 2) 3
    SUS 304  3
    Elective  3
     Total  15-16
     
    SPRING Credits
    BIO 351 3
    solutions elective (group 2)
    solutions elective (group 2)
    GSS 313/GSS 314 4
    Elective 3
     Total 16
     
    SENIOR

    FALL Credits
    Elective  3
    Elective   3 
    Elective  3
    EHI 487 6
     Total 15
     
    SPRING Credits
    issues elective (group 3) 3
    SUS 401 or ENV 301  3
    Elective   3 
    Elective 3
    Internship  3
     Total 15

     

  • Contact

    Ecosystems and Human Impact (EHI)

    Major and Minor in Ecosystems and Human Impact

    Director: Dr. Sharon Pochron

    E-mail:  Sharon.pochron@stonybrook.edu  

    Program Office: W0511 Melville Library

    Undergraduate Advisor: Nancy Black

    Phone: 631.632.9404 

    Website: https://www.somas.stonybrook.edu/education/undergraduate/undergraduate-degrees/bachelor-of-arts-in-ecosystems-and-human-impact/

     

     

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