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

Requirements for the Major

A. Required Foundation Courses for Major (32-33 credits)

B. Career and Leadership Skills (6 credits)

C. Core Courses (31 credits)

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 Ecological and Social Dimensions of Disease
  • EHI 342 Materials in Human and Natural World
  • EHI 343 Sustainable Natural Resources

Group II:

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

One of the following courses 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
  • SBC 321 Ecology and Evolution in American Literature
  • SUS 303 Demographic Change and Sustainability
  • SUS 305 Collective Action and Sustainability
  • EDP 309 Planning: Policies and Regulations
  • SUS 301 Environmental Ethics
  • SBC 311 Disasters and Society: A Global Perspective
  • SBC 312 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.

One course passed with a C- may be applied to the major; all other courses offered for the major must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Course taken with the Pass/NC option may not be applied to the major.


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.