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Environmental Studies

About our Program

The Environmental Studies degree program at Chaminade University of Honolulu responds to the growing need of society for conscientious, knowledgeable stewards of the environment. With a curriculum developed from the input of over forty environmental professionals, our multi-disciplinary approach allows you to examine environmental issues from a variety of perspectives, including:

  • Policy and Law
  • Science
  • Economics
  • Ethics and Values

This major prepares students for careers in environmental service, including careers in the ever-growing sectors of government and non-profit environmental organizations. Career directions could include environmental policy, law, economics, communications & information, consulting, science, ethics, and health.

B.S. Curriculum

Learning Outcomes

The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies requires the completion of the general education core in addition to pre-major and major requirements.

The Environmental Studies student will demonstrate an understanding of:

  1. The central importance of spirituality, ethics, and worldviews in the “environmental movement”;
  2. The importance of the environment in our own health and well-being;
  3. The major environmental issues and their potential solutions;
  4. Problem-solving skills from diverse disciplines for diverse populations;
  5. Scientific reasoning and methodology;
  6. The roles and importance of laws, politics, and economics in environmental issues;
  7. Career opportunities in the environment.
Degree Requirements

Pre-Major Requirements

  • ENV 100 Introduction to Environmental Issues
  • CH 102 Chemistry for the Concerned World Citizen
  • CH 102L Chemistry for the Concerned World Citizen Laboratory
  • ENV 201 Conservation Biology & Ecology
  • ENV 201L Conservation Biology & Ecology Laboratory
  • ENV 202 Environmental Physics
  • ENV 202L Environmental Physics Lab
  • GE 204 Landscapes of Hawai’i
  • BU 200 Introduction to Business

Major Requirements

  • ENV 300 Environmental Policy & Law
  • ENV 313/EC 313 Contemporary Economic Issues
  • ENV/RE 431 Environmental Ethics
  • SO 317 Social Research Methods and Evaluation
  • EN 307 Nature Writing
  • ENV 327 Career Development in the Behavioral Sciences
  • PSY 434 Organizational Psychology
  • ENV 400 Current Global Environmental Issues
  • ENV 485 Environmental Capstone Experience

Pre-Minor Requirements

  • ENV 100 Introduction to Environmental Issues
  • GE 204 Landscapes of Hawai`i

Any two of the following three science courses with the corresponding laboratory:

  • CH 102/L Chemistry for the Concerned World Citizen
  • Conservation Biology & Ecology/L
  • ENV 202 Environmental Physics/L

​Minor Requirements

  • ENV 300 Environmental Policy & Law
  • ENV 313/EC313 Contemporary Economic Issues
  • EN 307 Nature Writing
  • ENV 400 Current Global Environmental Issues

Opportunities

Career Preparation

Chaminade prepares students to pursue graduate programs and diverse careers in the environmental industry. This major prepares students for careers in environmental service, including careers in the ever-growing sectors of government and non-profit environmental organizations.

Career directions could include:

  • environmental policy
  • environmental law
  • economics
  • communications & information
  • environmental consulting
  • environmental science
  • ethics
  • health

Service Learning

Students are invited to participate in numerous service-learning projects that benefit Hawai’i’s fragile ecosystems, as well as give experience in the field. Among many varied projects, students have been involved:

  • Counting migratory whale populations
  • Removing alien algae from the reef
  • Quantifying reef health
  • Assessing native plant populations
  • Removing miconia (an invasive alien plant species) from Hawai’i forest habitat

Internships

We assist students in efforts to win environmental scholarships and internships, and encourage individual research and internships with environmental agencies, organizations and businesses. Students get valuable experience working in partnership with many public and private agencies and organizations.