Undergraduate Bulletin

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

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

Requirements for the Major

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 is a required course for the major.
  • ECO 108 Introduction to Economics
  • SBC 111 Introduction to Sustainability 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)
  • SBC 201 Systems and Models
  • ANP 120 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • SBC 204 Population Studies
  • BIO 201 and BIO 204 Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems and Laboratory

B. Core Courses (24-25 credits)

  • CSK 302 Technical Writing and Communication
  • CSK 305 Collective Action and Advocacy
  • 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 SBC 401 Integrative Collaborative Systems Studies
  • ENV 304 Global Environmental Change or ATM 305 Global Atmospheric Change
  • BIO 351 Ecology
  • EHI 326 Conservation Genetics
  • EHI 322 Human Ecology

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
  • 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
  • EHI 310 Preservation and Restoration of Ecosystems
  • EHI 311 Ecosystem Based Management
  • EHI 340 Ecological and Social Dimensions of Disease
  • EHI 343 Sustainable Natural Resources
  • EHI 350 Design and Implement a Research Project in Ecotoxicology
  • EHI 351 Conduct and Communicate a Research Project in Ecotoxicology

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
  • EHM 314 Civilizations and Collapse
  • EHM 316 Cuba and Sustainability
  • ENS 311 Ecosystem Ecology and Global Environment
  • ENS 333 Environmental Law
  • MAR 340 Environmental Problems and Solutions
  • MAR 392 Waste Management Issues
  • SBC 203 Interpretation & Critical Analysis
  • SBC 206 Economics and Sustainability
  • SBC 307 American Environmental History
  • SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics
  • SBC 307 Environmental History of North America
  • SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics
  • SBC 311 Disasters and Society a Global Perspective*
  • SBC 312 Environment, Society, and Health*
  • SBC 325 Environmental Writing and the Media
  • 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 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 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: 
All 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.

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), CSK 302 (Technical Writing and Communication), CSK 305 (Collective Advocacy and Action), and SBC 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

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.

Requirements for the Minor

  • 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):

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

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*
  • 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
  • EHI 310 Restoration Ecology
  • EHI 311 Ecosystem-Based Management
  • EHI 322 Human Ecology
  • EHI 326 Conservation Genetics
  • EHI 340 Ecological and Social Dimensions of Disease
  • EHI 343 Sustainable Natural Resources
  • EHI 350 Design and Implement a Research Project in Ecotoxicology
  • EHI 351 Conduct and Communicate a Research Project in Ecotoxicology
  • 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
  • SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics

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

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.