Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Environmental Studies Course Registration

Dear Environmental Studies minors,

I hope you are all having a great winter-into-spring. We are approaching time to register for courses for the fall 2013 semester. Below are some important items that you need to know about the registration process.

If you have questions about the ES minor requirements, first check requirements sheets, which have been updated for the 2013-2014 academic year ( Note that the class of 2014 has a different set of requirements than the others. Most of what I have written below applies to the classes of 2015 and beyond. You can get in touch with ESP grad assistant Kevin Brown ( in Devlin 213 or me if you have questions. In choosing your courses, remember that only one of the courses you take for the minor can also satisfy requirements for your major or the university core, and that the courses must involve at least three different departments.

Next fall, we have two options available for the Policy Foundation course requirement: Environmental Economics (EC278, TTh 3-4:15) and Environmental Sociology I (SC562, Fridays 3-5:30). The ESP has 20 slots reserved in EC278 for minors; to request one of these email MaryEllen Doran ( in the Economics Department early during the registration period (April 11-19). Please include your Eagle number and that you are an ES minor in the email, and make sure you have room in your schedule for the course. SC562 is “department permission” course designed for seniors and some juniors. Please email Prof. Brian Gareau ( if you would like to take the course. Note that two other courses (MB145 and UN256) will be available to fill this requirement in the spring semester 2014.

For the Environmental Systems requirements (GE201-208) we are offering Environmental Systems: Ecosystems (GE202 and lab GE212) with Prof. Martha Carlson Mazur in the first half of the fall semester and Environmental Systems: The Human Footprint (GE201 and lab GE211) with me for the second half of the semester. You can register for one or both courses. The lecture for both is MWF at 10. Please note that the Student Services computer system does not allow you to register for two courses offered during the same time slot (even though in this case they will not meet at the same time during the semester). To register for both courses, register for one (and its lab) normally, and then email Ursula DellaPorta ( in Student Services and request that she register you into the other course and lab section. Note that GE203, GE204, GE207 and GE208 will be offered in the spring semester 2014.

For electives, consult the ES minor website, ( There are many options available for the fall semester. Note that all Earth and Environmental Sciences (GE) courses (including GE202-208) can count toward the ES minor elective requirements for the classes of 2015 and beyond.

Please be in touch with Kevin or me you have questions.

Noah P. Snyder
Director, Environmental Studies Program
Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Boston College
Devlin Hall 213
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Office hours in Devlin 320: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3-4:30 pm

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