Liberal Studies: Environmental Emphasis Major Requirements
The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies: Environmental Emphasis is designed specifically as a second major for students in the CLAES School of Education interested in teaching science in elementary schools. The program is tailored to meet the interdisciplinary science objectives of elementary education majors and to facilitate the timely completion of their dual requirements in the School of Education and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This program is not designed to prepare students for further study in science disciplines at the graduate or professional level, or to teach science at the middle or high school level.
PLEASE NOTE: Some of the following requirements for the Liberal Studies: Environmental Emphasis Major may be satisfied by taking similar coursework through Rider Approved Study Abroad Programs. Please contact your academic advisor, the GEMS department chair, and/or Rider's Center for International Education (CIE) for further information.
GEMS (26 Credits)
|ENV-100||Introduction to Environmental Sciences||4|
|ENV-200||Statistical and Computer Applications in the Natural Sciences||4|
|ENV-205||Introduction to Geographical Information Systems||3|
|ENV-220||Weather and Climate Change||3|
|GEO-100 or 113||Earth Systems Science or Environmental Geology||3|
|GEO-102||Earth Materials and Processes Lab||1|
|GEO-350||Soils and Surficial Processes||4|
|GEO-407||Hydrology and Water Resources||4|
Biology (8 Credits)
|BIO-115||Principles of Biology I||4|
|BIO-116||Principles of Biology II||4|
Chemistry (4 Credits)
|CHE-120||Principles of Chemistry||3|
|CHE-121||Principles of Chemistry Lab||1|
Physics (4 Credits)
|PHY-100||Principles of Physics I||3|
|PHY-100L||Principles of Physics I Lab||1|
Elective Group A: (4 Credits) Select one course from the following:
|BIO-272+272L||Introduction to Marine Biology and Lab||4|
|BIO-335||Modern Plant Biology||4|
|BIO-372||Behavior of Marine Organisms: An Evolutionary Approach||4|
|MAR-227-229||Introduction to Field Marine Science1||4|
|MAR-380/580||The Learning and Teaching of Marine Sciences1,2||4|
Elective Group B: (3 Credits) Select one course from the following:
|AMS-250||America and the Future||3|
|AMS-304||Technology and Science in America||3|
|BHP-231||Natural Adventures: Journeys in American Ecology and History||3|
|BHP-232||Issues at the New Jersey Shoreline-Science and Politics||3|
|BHP-259||The Environment: A Conflict of Interest||3|
|HIS-299||American Environmental History||3|
|PHL-320||Philosophy of Science||3|
|POL-328||Environmental Policy and Politics||3|
|POL-329||Comparative Environmental Policy||3|
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 49 (In addition to CLAES core requirements). Environmental Emphasis majors also will take either MTH-105: Algebra and Trigonometry or MTH-210: Calculus I to satisfy the CLAES mathematics core requirement.
1The courses, Introduction to Field Marine Sciences and The Learning and Teaching of Marine Sciences, are taught at various field stations on a rotating basis during the Summer I or Summer II terms. Introduction to Field Marine Sciences courses include:
- Subtropical Environments; MAR-227
- Boreal Environments; MAR-228
- Tropical Environments; MAR-229
2MAR-580 can be used for graduate credit.
3IND-316 usually requires travel to foreign countries (destination varies from year to year) at extra cost. Travel normally occurs during the winter break or during the summer. Exact travel dates vary, depending on destination.
HONORS PROGRAM IN LIBERAL STUDIES: ENVIRONMENTAL EMPHASIS
Graduation with Honors in Liberal Studies: Environmental Emphasis is awarded in recognition of majors who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in the program is by invitation of the GEMS faculty. Eligibility requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.5 in courses required for the major and the satisfactory completion of a three- or four-credit Independent Research and Study course. In addition an honors candidate must maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0.