Requirements for the Major and Minor in Ecosystems and Human Impact (EHI)

Requirements for the Major

A. Required Foundation Courses for Major (33-34 credits)
MAT 131-C or MAT 125-C Calculus
ECO 108-F Introduction to Economics
SBC 111 Introduction to Sustainability
SBC 113-E Physical Geography
SBC 116 Human Geography
ENV 115-E Chemistry, Life, and Environment
SBC 201 Systems and Models
ANP 120-E Introduction to Physical Anthropology
SBC 204 Population Studies
SBC 205 Introduction to Geospatial Analysis
BIO 201-E and BIO 204 Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems and lab

B. Career and Leadership Skills (6 credits)
CSK 102 Career Leadership Skills: Working in Teams
CSK 104 Career Leadership Skills: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
CSK 101, CSK 103, CSK 105, CSK 106, CSK 107, or CSK 108
CSK 302 Technical Writing and Communication

C. Core Courses (31 credits)
ENV 304-H Global Environmental Change
BIO 351 Ecology
EHI 326 Conservation Genetics
EHI 322 Human Ecology
In addition to the 4 core courses (12 credits) above, students are required to select four courses from group I (12-14 credits) and one course (3 credits) from group II. (Note ANP 325, ANP 391, ANP 350 are offered in Madagascar)

Group I:
ANP 325 Primate Behavior
ANP 391 Ecosystem Diversity and Evolution
ANP 350 Field Methods in Primatology and Field Biology
BIO 352 Ecology Laboratory
MAR 315 Conservation Biology and Marine Biodiversity
MAR 388 Tropical Marine Ecology
EHI 310 Preservation and Restoration of Ecosytems
EHI 311 Ecosystem Based Management
EHI 321 Human Reproductive Ecology
EHI 340-H Ecological and Social Dimensions of Disease
EHI 342-H Materials in Human and Natural World
EHI 343-H Sustainable Natural Resources
ENS 380 Stony Brook in Tanzania: Lake Victoria Environment and Human Health

Group II:

SBC 206 Economics and Sustainability
SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics
SUS 341-H Environmental Treatises and Protocols
SBC 307-K, 4 Environmental History of North America
SBC 320-J Sub-Saharan Africa: Geography, Cultures, and Societies
SUS 350 Contemporary Topics in Sustainability

One of the following course may be substituted for any of the courses in Group II, but each of these courses below has a prerequisite outside the major.
SBC 310 Migration, Development and Population Redistribution
CUE 321-G Ecology and Evolution in American Literature
SUS 303 Demographic Change and Sustainability
SUS 305-F Collective Action and Sustainability
EDP 309 Planning: Policies and Regulations
SUS 301 Environmental Ethics
SBC 311-F Disasters and Society: A Global Perspective
SBC 312-F  Environment, Society, and Health
SUS 306 Business and Sustainability
SUS 307 Environmental Economics and Sustainability

D. Systems Course (3 credits)
Choose one of the following:
GEO 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens
SBC 401 Integrative, Collaborative Systems Project
or ANP 487 or ANT 487: Independent Study: Research in Biology, Natural History
or Anthropology (both Cultural and Physical) as part of study abroad in Madagscar

E. Communications and Writing requirement
Proficiency in writing, oral communication, and computer literacy is encouraged in all students.  In addition to CSK 302, these skills will be developed within the context of other formal coursework and no additional credits are required. To meet the upper-division writing requirement, students must submit two papers from any 300-level or 400-level course in the major to the Director of the SUS Undergraduate Program.


The Ecosystems and Human Impact minor is intended for students who seek to complement their chosen major with a coherent set of courses emphasizing the interaction between humans and ecosystems from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Requirements for the Minor

No more than two courses that are used to satisfy your major can be applied to this minor. No more than one three-credit course in the minor may be taken under the Pass/No Credit option. All upper-division courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Completion of the minor requires 19 to 20 credits.

1. Required introductory courses:
SBC 111 Introduction to Sustainability
BIO 201 Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
SBC 201 Systems and Models
One of the following two courses:
ANP 120 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
ENV 115 Chemistry, Life, and Environment

2. Required three advanced courses chosen from the following:
*ANP 325 Primate Behavior
*ANP 350 Methods in Studying Primates
*ANP 391 Ecosystem Diversity and Evolution
BIO 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens
BIO 351 Ecology
BIO 352 Ecology Laboratory
EHI 310 Restoration Ecology
EHI 311 Ecosystem-Based Management
EHI 322 Human Ecology
EHI 342 Materials in Human and Natural World
EHI 343 Sustainable Natural Resources
ENV 304 Global Environmental Change
ENV 340 Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science
MAR 315 Conservation Biology and Marine Biodiversity SBC 309 Global Environmental Politics
* These courses are offered as part of the Madagascar Study Abroad Program.

Declaration of the Minor

Students should declare the Ecosystems and Human Impact minor no later than the middle of their sophomore year, at which time they should consult with the minor coordinator or undergraduate director and plan their course of study for fulfillment of the requirements.