98-99 University Bulletin Entry for:

Environmental Studies Program

(file last updated: [8/10/1998 - 15:23:11])


Awareness of the mutual impactof human activity and the natural environment is rapidly growing.On scales as different as personal hygiene and international tradeagreements, decisions increasingly reflect environmental concernsand understanding. This broad range of issues can be sucessfullyapproached from the vantage point of several traditional disciplines.Yet, no single field is truly representative of, or adequate for,the study of "the environment." Accordingly, the BrandeisEnvironmental Studies Program aims to expand disciplinary trainingin the social and natural sciences to assure adequate groundingin environment-related sub-fields, but also to complement suchtraining with similarly relevant courses outside a student's mainfield of concentration. This combination is designed to providea broad, trans-disciplinary base for employment or future professionaltraining.

How to Become a ProgramMember

The program is open to studentsfrom any field of concentration. The requirements may be met withspecific courses in the sciences, the social sciences, and thehumanities, and must also include a practical component of anenvironmental problem, and a senior research paper (that may serveas a thesis in the student's concentration), or a structuredinternship experience. Some students may elect to receive fieldtraining in specialized subjects, e.g., marine biology, sustainabledevelopment, tropical ecology. The program maintains extensivefiles of such off-campus opportunities. Students may registerfor the program, seek guidance in course selection, off-campustraining, and paper topics, by contacting the Environmental StudiesProgram faculty advisor as early in their Brandeis career as possible.Registered participants will receive information on courses andcampus events.


Brian Donahue, Chair

(American Studies)

Joyce Antler

(American Studies)

Richard Gaskins

(American Studies, Legal Studies)

Laura Goldin

(American Studies)

Judy Herzfeld


Adam Jaffe


Attila Klein


Requirements for the Program

A.Two semester courses chosen from Group I (Environment and Society).

B.Two semester courses chosen from Group II (Environment and theNatural World).

C.Successful completion of AMST 20a (Environmental Issues).

D.Either successful completion of ENVS 97a or b (Senior Essay)(or an approved Senior Honors Thesis submitted to any department);or successful completion of ENVS 92a or b (EnvironmentalInternship).

Special Note on Off-CampusCourses

Through our membership in theMarine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Consortium, competitively selectedstudents may satisfy some of the above requirements by participatingin the Semester in Environmental Science offered each fall atthe MBL in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Brandeis is also affiliatedwith the School for Field Studies and the Marine Studies Consortium(MSC). Both offer programs of special interest to those enrolledin the Environmental Studies Program.

Courses of Instruction

ENVS 10b Into the OceanWorld

Signature of Professor Donahuerequired. Offered under the auspices of the MSC and open to Brandeisstudents by petition.

This interdisciplinary courseconsiders the far-reaching consequences of human interactionswith the seas. We will examine the physical and biological natureof the sea, the history of ownership, literature and art, theeffects of the sea on development, and tensions between undevelopedand developed countries for ocean resources, including the contemporarymarine issues of drilling and transporting petroleum. Usuallyoffered every fall (at Bentley College).

Mr. Donahue (Brandeis coordinator)

ENVS 11b Water ResourcesManagement and Policy

Signature of Professor Donahuerequired. Offered under the auspices of the MSC and open to Brandeisstudents by petition.

This advanced interdisciplinaryseminar will examine past and current water supply issues andexplore the uncertain future of our water supply. The Boston metropolitanarea water supply system is used as a case study. Water is lookedat from scientific, historical, and political viewpoints. Usuallyoffered every fall (at Brandeis).

Mr. Donahue (Brandeis coordinator)

ENVS 12b Marine Mammals:Biology and Conservation

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Prerequisite: A college-levelbiology course. Signature of Professor Donahue required. Offeredunder the auspices of the MSC and open to Brandeis students bypetition.

Designed to familiarize studentswith the biology and natural history of marine mammals, with anemphasis on whales, dolphins, and seals of the western North Atlantic.Topics include evolution, anatomy, behavior, field identification,the history of whaling, and contemporary conservation issues.Usually offered every spring at the New England Aquarium, Boston.

Mr. Donahue (Brandeis coordinator)

ENVS 13b Coastal Zone Management

Signature of Professor Donahuerequired. Offered under the auspices of the MSC and open to Brandeisstudents by petition.

Introduction to the coastalenvironment, its resources, and its uses; impact of human activities;scope of the Federal Coastal Zone Management Act; collaborativeplanning efforts by federal, state, and local governments; internationalapplications of coastal management. Course includes case studies,guest speakers, and student presentations. Usually offered everyspring (at Brandeis).

Mr. Donahue (Brandeis coordinator)

ENVS 14b The Maritime Historyof New England

Signature of Professor Donahuerequired. Offered under the auspices of the MSC and open to Brandeisstudents by petition.

The sea has shaped New England.This course will survey the sea's legacy from the earliest Indianfishery to the shipbuilding and commerce of today. Course themeswill include historical, political, and economic developments.There will be particular attention to insights gleaned from theinvestigation of shipwrecks, time capsules of discrete momentsfrom New England's past. Classes will include visits to museums,a field session at a maritime archaeology site, and guest lectureson current research projects. Usually offered in even years.

Mr. Donahue (Brandeis coordinator)

ENVS 92a and b EnvironmentalInternship

Signature of Professor Goldinrequired.

Students work in environmentalinternship placements tailored to the students' academic program,interests, and skills. Internships are in public and private organizationsfocused on environmental policy, research, regulation, enforcement,and education. A classroom component is designed to provide anopportunity for analysis and discussion of the internship experience.Usually offered every semester.

Ms. Goldin

ENVS 97a Senior Essay

Signature of the instructorrequired.

Usually offered every year.


ENVS 97b Senior Essay

Signature of the instructorrequired.

Usually offered every year.


Cross-Listed Courses

Core Courses

AMST 20a Environmental Issues


Group I:Environment and Society

AMST 101a

American Environmental History

AMST 191b

Environmental Research Workshop

ANTH 20b

The Development of Human FoodProduction

ANTH 55a

Development and the Third World

ECON 57a

Environmental Economics

ECON 175a

Introduction to the Economicsof Development

ENG 60b

Writing about the Environment

ENVS 11b

Water: Planning for the Future

ENVS 13b

Coastal Zone Management

LGLS 132b

Environmental Law and Policy

POL 165a

Seminar: International Relationsand the Global Environment

POL 173b

International Law and Politicsof the Environment

POL 179a

Seminar: Politics and Hunger

SOC 174b

Nature and Technology

SOC 175b

Environmental Sociology

Group II:Environment and the Natural World

An asterisk (*) indicates acourse with multiple prerequisites.


Human Reproduction, PopulationExplosion, Global Consequences


Organism and the Environment

BIOL 17b


BIOL 26a*

Plant Biology

BIOL 27a*

Aquatic Ecology

BIOL 28a*

Marine Biology

BIOL 30b*

Cetacean Biology and Conservation

BIOL 31b*

Fish Biology

BIOL 37b*

Biology of Extreme Environments

BIOL 60b*


BIOL 133b*

Marine Microbial Ecology

BIOL 149b*

Molecular Pharmacology


The Planet as an Organism:Gaia Theory and the Human Prospect


Chemicals and Toxicity

CHEM 33a*

Environmental Chemistry

ENVS 10b

Into the Ocean World

ENVS 12b

Marine Mammals: Biology andConservation


Science and Development

Additional Courses Concerningthe Environment

Social Science

FA 22b

History of Boston Architecture

FA 122a

American Architecture and UrbanPlanning

SOC 151b

Fieldwork in Social Settings:Environmental Fieldwork