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)

  • MAT 125 or MAT 131 Calculus. If students do not place into MAT 125 or 131 on the basis of the math placement examination, MAT 123 is a required course for the major.
  • ECO 108 Introduction to Economics
  • SBC 111 Introduction to Sustainability
  • SBC 113 Physical Geography
  • SBC 116 Human Geography
  • CHE/ENV 115 Chemistry, Life, and Environment (Note: CHE 115, 129, 131, 141, or 152 may be substituted for CHE/ENV 115)
  • SBC 201 Systems and Models
  • ANP 120 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • SBC 204 Population Studies
  • BIO 201 and BIO 204 Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems and lab

B. Career and Leadership Skills (6 credits)

  • CSK 302 Technical Writing and Communication
  • CSK 305 Collective Action and Advocacy

C. Core Courses (12 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 307, 326, 391, and 350 are offered in Madagascar)

Group I:

  • ANP 307 Comparing Ecosystems in Madagascar
  • ANP 326 Lemurs of Madagascar
  • ANP 350 Field Methods in Primatology and Field Biology
  • ANP 391 Ecosystem Diversity and Evolution
  • BIO 352 Ecology Laboratory
  • GEO 313 Understanding Water Resources for the 21st Century
  • GSS 313/GSS 314  Design and Application I with GIS Lab
  • MAR 315 Conservation Biology and Marine Biodiversity
  • MAR 388 Tropical Marine Ecology
  • EHI 310 Preservation and Restoration of Ecosystems
  • 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
  • ENV 310 Sustainability and Renewable Energy - Costa Rica
  • ENV 340 Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science

Group II:

  • SBC 203 Interpretation & Critical Analysis
  • 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
  • SBC 321 Ecology and Evolution in American Literature
  • SBC 325 Environmental Writing and the Media
  • 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
  • SUS 303 Demographic Change and Sustainability
  • EDP 309 Planning: Policies and Regulations
  • SUS 366 Philosophy of the Environment
  • 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:

  • ENV 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens
  • SBC 401 Integrative, Collaborative Systems Project
  • ANP 487 Independent Research in Biological Anthropology
  • ANT 487 Independent Study 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 will be 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 with letter grades of no lower than a B from any 300-level or 400-level course in the major to the director of the EHI Undergraduate Program.

Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with  university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

Note: 
All 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.

Study Abroad

Stony Brook University offers study abroad experiences that are focused on issues of sustainability in Costa Rica, Madagascar, and the Turkana Basin (Kenya). While issues of climate change, water and energy security, sustainable agriculture, environmental justice, sustainable economic development, conservation of unique and threatened ecosystems, population growth, and human health are important everywhere, viewing these issues through the lens of a different place and a different culture provides a valuable perspective. Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad experiences and to talk with their major director to determine how study abroad coursework can be used to fulfill some requirements for their major.

Minor

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.

At least 12 credits applied to the minor may not be applied to any major or other minor within the Sustainability Studies Program.

Requirements for the 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. Students electing this minor should arrange a meeting with the EHI director to develop a course plan and complete the necessary forms.

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 minimum of three advanced courses chosen from the following:

  • ANP 307 Comparing Ecosystems in Madagascar*
  • ANP 326 Lemurs of Madagascar*
  • ANP 350 Methods in Studying Primates*
  • ANP 391 Ecosystem Diversity and Evolution*
  • ENV 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 310 Sustainability and Renewable Energy - Costa Rica
  • ENV 340 Contemporary Topics in Environmental Science
  • GEO 313 Understanding Water Resources for the 21st Century
  • 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.