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Requirements for an EUS Major

Requirements for an EUS Major
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. Below, please find our full Graduation Requirements as well as our Moderation Requirements (which are listed seperately for ease of use).

Note: EUS requirements often serve double duty as distribution requirements. Examples: Economics courses cover the Social Science requirement (SSCI), Biology and other science courses cover the Lab Science requirement (SCI), and History courses cover the History distribution requirement (HIST). Many other distribution requirements are covered in Focus Area courses.

More detailed information on focus areas can be found at the EUS Focus Areas page.

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Environmental and Urban Studies Program
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Graduation Requirements (48 Credits)

  1. EUS 101, Introduction to Environmental and Urban Studies (4 credits): The core interdisciplinary course in the social sciences.

  1. EUS 102, Introduction to Environmental and Urban Science (4 credits). The core interdisciplinary course in the physical sciences.

  1. One EUS course at the 200 level in each of the following areas of study (12 credits).
    Note: prerequisites normally apply for b and c: 

a.    Historical Studies
b.    Economics (prerequisite: Econ 100 or the equivalent AP or transfer credits)
c.    Environmental Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, or Psychology

  1. EUS 305, EUS Practicum (4 credits): Practicum courses, normally taken after moderation, include field work. Some Study Abroad programs may satisfy the Practicum requirement. 

  1. EUS Colloquium (2 credits): This speaker series may be repeated as often as you like. A maximum of 4 credits will be awarded. 

  1. EUS Internship or Service Project (0 credits). More information at our EUS Internships Page.

  2. 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 principles and theorems 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 your Focus Area: empirical analysis, research methods, mathematics, or computer science, as deemed appropriate. (Typical choices include GIS, statistics, biostatistics, and ethnography.)

  3. EUS Senior Project (8 credits).

Moderation Requirements (12 Credits)

1. EUS 101 and 102 (items 1 and 2 above).

2. Any ONE of the three requirements stated in item 3 above.

For information on Moderation Advisers, Boards, and Papers click here: VIEW MORE >>

Steps Toward Graduation by Year

EUS First Years

Explore EUS & knock off distribution requirements!

EUS Sophomores

Wrap-up moderation requirements and plan ahead!

EUS Juniors

Dive deep into your Focus Area and prepare for Senior Project

EUS Seniors

Complete your Senior Project and wrap-up other requirements!