Academics

Environmental and Sustainability Studies

The Department of Environmental and Sustainability Studies provides students with a range of knowledge, skills and values essential to effective professional and social engagement that advances and improves understandings of sustainability, food systems, and human relationships to the environment within diverse cultural communities. The department provides majors in sustainable food systems (SFS) and environmental studies (ENVS) that focus on justice, equality, stewardship and other core values of the College through practical problem-solving. The department and its programs represent and encourage diverse interdisciplinary learning through high-impact practices such as learning communities, collaborative assignments and projects, practical skills courses, undergraduate research, global learning across cultures, service and community-based learning, and internships.

Degrees Offered

The Bachelor of Arts is offered in environmental studies and sustainable food systems.

Majors

Environmental Studies

Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary major that requires a second disciplinary major and an advisor in each. Students and advisors can use the advising checklist to ensure accuracy. The major requires a minimum of 32 credit hours (eight courses).

ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies - 4 credits
PSCI 319 Modern Environmental Problems - 4 credits
IDS 472 Environmental Planning - 4 credits

Science support courses (one from each of three levels) - 12 credits 

LEVEL one
BIOL 112 Integrative Biology: Organisms, Ecology and Evolution - 4 credits
CHEM 105 Chemistry of Recycling - 4 credits
CHEM 110 Real World Chemistry - 4 credits
CHEM 111 Chemical Principles I - 4 credits
CHEM 115  Chemistry of Food and Cooking - 4 credits 
GEOL 121 Geology and Environment - 4 credits
GEOL 141 Oceanography - 4 credits
LEVEL TWO
BIOL 212 Environmental Science - 4 credits
BIOL 224 Field Botany - 4 credits
BIOL 233 NC Freshwater Fishes - 4 credits
BIOL 235 Vertebrate Field Zoology - 4 credits
CHEM 341 Instrumental Analysis - 4 credits
GEOL 230  Environmental Pollution - 4 credits 
MATH 112* Elementary Statistics - 4 credits
LEVEL three
BIOL 332     Invertebrate Zoology - 4 credits 
BIOL 334 Animal Behavior - 4 credits
BIOL 336 Ornithology - 4 credits
BIOL 438 General Ecology - 4 credits
GEOL 223 Hydrology - 4 credits
GEOL 230 Environmental Pollution - 4 credits
GEOL 340 Images of the Earth - 4 credits
GEOL 416 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy - 4 credits

CHOOSE ONE COURSE FROM Non-science support courses (4 credits)
ART 254 Sculpture and the Environment - 4 credits
ECON 222 Micro: Public Policy - 4 credits
ECON 301 Research Methods - 4 credits
ECON 344 Environment Resource Economics - 4 credits
ENGL 225 American Literature Survey I - 4 credits
ENGL 228/REL 120 American Nature Writing - 4 credits
ENVS/ART 220 The American Landscape - 4 credits
GEOL 230  Environmental Pollution - 4 credits 
HIST 227 Urban Environmental History - 4 credits
HIST 324 American Rivers - 4 credits
PHIL 242 Environmental Ethics - 4 credits
PPS 211  Change, Innovation and Impact - 4 credits 
PSCI 318 Environmentalism in Early America - 4 credits
PSY 344 Environmental Psychology - 4 credits
SOAN 322 Environmental Anthropology - 4 credits

CHOOSE ONE COURSE FROM EITHER SCIENCE OR NON-SCIENCE SUPPORT COURSES LISTED ABOVE, OR FROM THE LIST BELOW (4 credits)
ENVS 110  Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture - 4 credits 
ENVS 310 Advanced Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture - 4 credits
ENVS 350    Special Topics - 4 credits 
IDS 437 Barrier Islands: Ecology and Development - 4 credits
IDS 482 Ecofeminism and Environmental Justice - 4 credits

Total credits hours required for A.B. degree in environmental studies – 32 credits

*ECON 301 may be substituted by petition for MATH 112. Appropriate internships or independent studies can be substituted for both science and non-science electives by petition and approval of the program coordinator.

Sustainable Food Systems

Sustainable food systems is an interdisciplinary major. The major requires a minimum of 45 credit hours (12 courses).

SFS 120  Introduction to Food Systems - 4 credits 
SFS 220  Sustainable Regional Food - 4 credits  
IDS 428 or another approved senior capstone course - 4 credits
SFS 110  Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture - 1 credit 
SFS 310  Advanced Practicum in Sustainable Food Systems - 4 credits  
Required off-campus internship or study abroad at approved program - 4 credits  
Skills courses or additional skills-based internship - 4 credits  
Electives chosen in consultation with advisor - 20 credits 

Elective Courses
Students will work with their advisor to select a coherent group of elective courses, based on their interests. Examples of focus areas include food production, food enterprises, food justice, food advocacy, food policy, food economics, food education, food psychology, food and health, and more. 

Students may select from the following courses: 

Choose five elective courses in consultation with advisor (20 credits): 
ACCT 201 Introduction to Accounting - 4 credits 
BIOL 112  Integrative Biology - 4 credits  
BIOL 115  General Botany - 4 credits  
BIOL 324      Field Botany - 4 credits  
BIOL 433  Microbiology - 4 credits  
BIOL 438  Ecology - 4 credits  
BUS 120  Introduction to Business - 4 credits  
BUS 324  Marketing Management - 4 credits
BUS 371  Nonprofit Management - 4 credits  
BUS 381  Entrepreneurship - 4 credits  
CHEM 115  Chemistry of Food & Cooking - 4 credits  
ECON 222
Microeconomics - 4 credits
ECON 342
Poverty, Power and Policy - 4 credits  
ECON 344  Environmental & Resource Economics - 4 credits  
ENVS 101  Introduction to Environmental Studies - 4 credits  
ENVS 240   Cape Fear River Basin Seminar - 4 credits  
GEOL 190  Terroir: Science of Wine - 4 credits  
GEOL 223  Hydrology - 4 credits  
IDS 416  Understanding Poverty - 4 credits  
JPS 103  Community Problem Solving - 4 credits
JPS 220  Community Building - 4 credits  
PECS 246  Conflict Resolution - 4 credits
PHIL 211  Environmental Ethics - 4 credits  
PSCI 319  Modern Environmental Problems - 4 credits  
PPS 211  Change, Innovation & Impact - 4 credits  
SFS 470 Senior Thesis - 4 credits  

Study Abroad and Internships 
The sustainable food systems major has identified a number of study abroad programs that provide coursework and co-curricular experiences appropriate and supportive of the learning outcomes for our program. The Guilford College faculty regularly lead a group of Guilford students to Castle Brunnenburg in the Italian Alps where students learn about agriculture in alpine settings and the history of food systems and the culture supporting it; students also work on the castle farm and vineyards through weekly workdays. The International Sustainable Development Studies Institute in Thailand is a Guilford-affiliated program where students can learn about sustainable food systems in communities from the mountains to the coast of Thailand. Students should consult with their departmental adviser in determining which study abroad program best meets their goals.

Students may also fulfill this requirement through an off-campus internship with several community partner groups working to address challenges in local and regional food systems here in the Triad.

Minors

Environmental Studies Track

The minor requires a minimum of 20 credit hours (five courses); one course must be at the 300-level. The minor in environmental studies is not available to environmental studies majors.

ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies
CHOOSE TWO COURSES (8 credits)
BIOL 112 Integrative Biology: Organisms, Ecology and Evolution - 4 credits
BIOL 212 Environmental Science - 4 credits
BIOL 224 Field Botany - 4 credits
BIOL 233 North Carolina Freshwater Fishes - 4 credits
BIOL 235 Vertebrate Field Zoology - 4 credits
BIOL 332  Invertebrate Zoology - 4 credits 
BIOL 333  Ichthyology - 4 credits  
BIOL 334 Animal Behavior - 4 credits
BIOL 336 Ornithology - 4 credits
BIOL 438 General Ecology - 4 credits
CHEM 105 Chemistry of Recycling - 4 credits
CHEM 110 Real World Chemistry - 4 credits
CHEM 111 Chemical Principles I - 4 credits
CHEM 115  Chemistry of Food and Cooking - 4 credits
GEOL 121 Geology and the Environment or GEOL 141 Oceanography - 4 credits
GEOL 223 Hydrology - 4 credits
GEOL 230/ENVS 330  Environmental Pollution - 4 credits
GEOL 340 Images of the Earth: GIS and Remote Sensing - 4 credits
GEOL 416 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy - 4 credits
MATH 112 Elementary Statistics or ECON 301 Research Methods - 4 credits

CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
ART 254 Sculpture and the Environment - 4 credits
ECON 222 Micro: Public Policy - 4 credits
ECON 344 Environmental and Resource Economics - 4 credits
ENGL 225 American Literature Survey I - 4 credits
ENVS 220 ART 220 The American Landscape - 4 credits
HIST 227 Urban Environmental History - 4 credits
HIST 324  American Rivers - 4 credits  
PECS 246 Mediation and Conflict Intervention - 4 credits
PHIL 242 Environmental Ethics - 4 credits
PSCI 318 Environmentalism in Early America  - 4 credits
PSCI 319 Modern Environmental Problems - 4 credits
PSY 344 Environmental Psychology - 4 credits
REL 120 ENGL 228 American Nature Writing - 4 credits
SOAN 322 Environmental Anthropology - 4 credits
CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
IDS 437 Barrier Islands: Ecology & Development - 4 credits
IDS 472 Environmental Planning - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for environmental studies minor – 20 credits

Appropriate internships or independent studies with sufficient academic content and rigor may be substituted for a science or a non-science course, but must be approved in advance by the program coordinator.

Cape Fear River Basin Track

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses).

ENVS/PPS 240 Cape Fear River Basin Seminar I - 4 credits  
ENVS/PPS 340* Cape Fear River Basin Seminar II - 4 credits  
*must be taken last for all coursework in minor

 

choose two courses  (8 credits)
ART 254 Sculpture and the Environment - 4 credits
BIOL 235 Vertebrate Field Zoology - 4 credits 
BIOL 333 Ichthyology - 4 credits 
BIOL 334 Animal Behavior - 4 credits 
BIOL 336 Ornithology - 4 credits 
GEOL 223 Hydrology - 4 credits 
ENGL 228/REL 120 American Nature Writing - 4 credits 
HIST 221 North Carolina: Demographic History - 4 credits 
HIST 222 North Carolina History - 4 credits 
HIST 324 American Rivers - 4 credits 
JPS 220 Community Building Fundamentals - 4 credits
JPS 335 Reclaiming Democracy - 4 credits 
PSY 344 Environmental Psychology - 4 credits  
IDS 437 Barrier Islands: Ecology & Development - 4 credits 

Total credit hours required for environmental studies - Cape Fear River Basin track: 16 credits. 

Appropriate internships or independent studies with sufficient academic content and rigor may be substituted for a science or a non-science course, but must be approved in advance by the program coordinator.

Sustainable Food Systems Minor

The minor is an interdisciplinary minor. The minor requires a minimum of 20 credit hours (six courses):

SFS 110  Introduction to Food Systems - 4 credits
SFS 220  Sustainable Regional Food - 4 credits 
IDS 428 or another approved senior capstone - 4 credits 
SFS 110  Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture - 1 credit
SFS 210  Liberal Artisan Skills - 3 credits 
An approved SFS elective - 4 credits 
Total credit hours required for sustainable food systems minor is 20 credits. 

Environmental Studies at Guilford

Why Environmental Studies at Guilford?

As an environmental studies major, you will join a growing number of students, faculty and staff on campus committed to helping you achieve personal, community and global goals for a more sustainable future.

Environmental studies (ENVS) is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the relationship between humans and the environment. It allows students to study and address a fundamental issue of our times — the quality of the Earth’s environment and the sustainable use of its natural resources. The program’s focus on justice, global awareness, service to the larger community and the concept of “Nature as sacred” are in keeping with Guilford’s five academic principles and its Quaker heritage.

There are many opportunities for students to further develop their knowledge outside of the traditional classroom. Guilford is one of the few colleges in the country to hold a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, whose purpose is to “preserve and protect the environment.” Funds from this grant provide scholarship for study abroad and internship opportunities that demonstrate values and interest for the environment.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Study Abroad

Guilford offers ENVS students transformative study abroad experiences. Through field- based learning and research, our students engage in global environmental issues and expand their understanding of core principles.

The ENVS department highlights the following programs for ENVS students:

Ecoquest
The Ecoquest Education Foundation, an applied field studies program in New Zealand, offers participants the chance to gain applied field experience in ecology, resource management and environmental policy.

School for Field Studies
The School for Field Studies offers a wide variety of programs and locations designed to explore local environmental problems and engage students in field research. Students attending School for Field Studies programs regularly participate in the Guilford Undergraduate Research Symposium (GUS) each spring.

Interested in Study Abroad? View a past ENVS study abroad opportunity: Tour of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands.

Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Local opportunities:

State Opportunities:

National and International Opportunities:

Research
ENVS Forum

The environmental studies department holds a forum every spring that showcases student and class projects including Study Abroad, interdisciplinary projects, film documentaries and individual research.

GUS
Every year ENVS students present original research at Guilford’s Undergraduate Symposium.

Carl Simon '07

Rania Campbell-Cobb '08

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Rania Campbell-Cobb '08 studied environmental studies, sociology and economics at Guilford College, and social innovation and sustainability at Goddard College. She has been working in sustainable agriculture and community engagement since 2004.

Rania is the founder and executive director of Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm, as well as the Director of Sustainability at Friends Rehabilitation Program, a Quaker-based provider of affordable housing and social services.

Lillian Collins '16

Plumssteadville, Pa., environmental studies and art (sculpture) double-major

Future Plans: National Crew Leader, Student Conservation Association

Eric Pierrelouis '16

Montgomery Village, Md., psychology & environmental studies double-major
Future Plans: Nature educator, Burgundy Wildlife Research Center

Post-Grad Plan Details: I plan to road trip across the country and visit a number of national parks.

Kelsey Ruehling '16

Three Rivers, biology & environmental studies double-major
Future Plans: Conservation internships, Bald Head Island Conservancy and Yellowstone National Park

Environmental & Sustainability Studies Faculty

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