Program Requirements

EUS Majors

EUS Majors

EUS requirements strike a balance between the interdisciplinary breadth necessary to address complex urban and environmental problems and the depth and rigor of an individualized Focus Area.  More detailed information on focus areas can be found at the EUS Focus Areas page.

Graduation Requirements (48 credits)

  1. EUS 101, Introduction to Environmental and Urban Studies (4 credits): The core interdisciplinary course in the social sciences.
  2. EUS 102, Introduction to Environmental and Urban Science (4 credits). The core interdisciplinary course in the physical sciences. 
  3. One EUS course at the 200 level in each of the following areas of study (12 credits).
    Note: prerequisites normally apply for a, b, and c: 
    a.    Social and/or Historical Analysis besides ECON (Anthropology, Historical Studies, Political Studies, Sociology)
    b.    Economics (prerequisite: ECON 100 or the equivalent AP or transfer credits)
    c.    Laboratory Science (EUS science courses, or Biology, Physics, or Chemistry courses)
    [Must all be taken for a letter grade]
  4. EUS 305, EUS Practicum (4 credits): Practicum courses, taken after moderation, includes field work. Some Study Abroad programs may satisfy the Practicum requirement.
  5. EUS Colloquium (2 credits): Pass/ Fail only. This speaker series may be repeated, but only up to 4 credits will be awarded. 
  6. EUS Internship or Service Project (Optional credit). More information at our EUS Internships Page.
  7. 14 credits (not including core requirements in items 1–5 above) in a well-defined Focus Area, to be identified at the time of moderation. The student should learn the methodological approaches, research methods, and writing/publication conventions as well as the fundamental concepts of the Focus Area, which is identified in consultation with the advisor and approved by the moderation board.
    a.    At least two Focus Area courses must be at the 300-level, normally within a single discipline.
    b.    One Focus Area course should cover methodologies relevant to that Focus Area: empirical analysis, research methods, mathematics, or computer science, as deemed appropriate. (Typical choices include GIS, statistics, biostatistics, econometrics, and ethnography.)
  8. EUS Senior Project (8 credits). 

Note: All courses taken to fulfill EUS requirements (with the exception of EUS COL) must be taken for a letter grade (i.e. not for Pass/Fail). 

Moderation Requirements (12 credits)

By the sophomore year, an EUS major should have an academic advisor who is an EUS core faculty member. In the second semester of the sophomore year, the student and advisor convene the moderation board. The board normally consists of three EUS faculty members (core or affiliated, and including the advisor); however, one board member may be a non-EUS faculty member in the student’s Focus Area. Prior to or concurrent with moderation, a student must have taken at least EUS 101 and 102, any one of the three requirements stated in item 3 of the graduation requirements. At least one course must have been taken in the proposed Focus Area. These courses must be assigned a letter grade.

In addition to completing the required courses for moderation, students should submit the following written material:
  • Short Papers:  copies of the two short papers--one retrospective and one prospective--required by the registrar for moderation. The retrospective paper (1000 words) should include a discussion of the student’s intellectual and experiential path to EUS as a major. The prospective paper (1500 words) should outline a plan of study for the next two years – to include proposed courses to complete the major and the general education requirements, internship prospects, study-away plans, and a detailed discussion of the student’s chosen Focus Area with plans for fulfillment in the area.
  • Requirements Worksheet:  a completed requirements worksheet (see below) that includes all coursework the student has completed for the EUS major, identifies the primary focus area, and indicates which course will be used to fulfill the methods requirement.
  • Writing Sample:  a 2000 word paper written in response to an assigned article.  Details on the article and instructions for the paper will be distributed at least four weeks before the scheduled moderations.
  • Senior Project Proposal:  a one-page, single-spaced senior project proposal.  The senior project proposal should describe a topic that might be the basis for the student's senior project. The proposal should include a possible research question(s), explanation of how the project is interdisciplinary in its approach and list of potential faculty advisors.  For students contemplating more than one idea for a senior project, feel free to include more than one in the proposal. Instructions for what should be included in the proposal will be distributed at least four weeks before the scheduled moderations.  
The student posts these materials to the EUS Program moodle site no less than one week before the scheduled board meeting,