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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 separately for ease of use).

Note 1: EUS requirements often serve double duty as distribution requirements. Examples: Economics, Anthropology, and Sociology courses cover the Social Analysis requirement (SA) and 200-level EUS science and Biology courses cover the Laboratory Science requirement (LS). Many other distribution requirements are covered in Focus Area courses.

Note 2: All courses taken to fulfill EUS requirements must be taken for a letter grade (i.e. not for Pass/Fail). This ensures serious scholarship in important topic areas.

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

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Tom O'Dowd
Executive Administrator of Environmental and Urban Studies (EUS)
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Environmental and Urban Studies (EUS) Program
Bard College
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504

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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 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]

  1. EUS 305, EUS Practicum (4 credits): Practicum courses, 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. 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 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 your Focus Area: empirical analysis, research methods, mathematics, or computer science, as deemed appropriate. (Typical choices include GIS, statistics, biostatistics, econometrics, 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. [Must be taken for a letter grade]

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

Steps Toward Graduation by Year

EUS First Years

Explore EUS & complete some distribution requirements!

EUS Sophomores

Complete moderation requirements for upper college study.

EUS Juniors

Deepen your Focus Area and prepare for Senior Project.

EUS Seniors

Complete your Senior Project and fill other requirements!