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Advising Information for First and Second Year Students

by Davidson College

Included below are four tips for first and second year students to assist you with academic planning.

  1. You must complete two of ENV 201 (Environmental Sciences, includes a lab), ENV 202 (Environmental Social Sciences), and ENV 203 (Environmental Humanities) before your junior year to be an Environmental Studies major.  ENV 201 and ENV 202 are currently offered every fall semester while ENV 203 is offered every spring semester.
  2. You need to look at the courses that interest you, and note the timing with which they’re offered and think backwards about prerequisites. For example, ECO 226 (Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, to be offered in spring 2014 and fall 2015) has an ECO 101 (Introductory Economics) prerequisite. So, if you want to do research involving the economics of environmental policy during the summers of 2014 or 2015, you will want to take ECO 101 by fall 2013 so that you can enroll in ECO 226 in spring 2014.
  3. Deadlines for summer research opportunities can come early (in January), some research projects require that you have completed certain core or methods courses, and some faculty members are able to work with only a limited number of students for independent studies or for summer research. So, well before you think that you might have an inkling about the type of research you might want to consider, introduce yourself to an ENV Core Faculty member and get the conversations rolling. You can always change projects later, but the experience and mentoring is invaluable.
  4. You will want to have completed your “methods” course, one that is likely to be relevant for your senior capstone research project, by the end of your junior year.