Environmental Outreach & Interpretation

The Environmental Outreach and Interpretation major

The Environmental Outreach and Interpretation major is intended for students who wish to integrate a liberal arts background with the skills that emphasize the human dimension of environmental studies. Students completing this major will be prepared to pursue advanced studies in environmental law, communications, and environmental literature. Alternatively, students may matriculate directly into careers in environmental interpretation and seek employment at state or national parks programs.
Degree Requirements (62 Credits):

Foundation in Science: (11)

  • ES 101 Environmental Science (3)
  • EAS 101 Earth Science (4)
  • BI 101 Life Science (4)

Humans in the Environment: (6)

  • PHIL 206 Environmental Ethics (3) or PHIL 208 Bioethics (3)
  • ES 205 Human Ecology (3)

Tools and Applications: (15)

  • CO 206 Small Group Communication (3)
  • CO 215-16 Introduction to Public Relations I (3)
  • CO 320 Organizational Communication (3)
  • ES 395 Environmental Research Methods (3)

Experiential Learning and Integration: (6)

  • ES 200 Environmental Beta (2)
  • Field Experience: internship, research, or thesis (3) or one of the following ES 300 field courses (3)
    • ES 300A Winter Ecology in Yellowstone
    • ES 300B Alaska Landscape Dynamics*
    • ES 300C Tropical Ecology*
    • ES 300D Natural History of Montana*
  • ES 400 Environmental Omega (1)


Supporting Discipline Courses: (24)

The purpose of the supporting discipline is to allow students to integrate a program of study that emphasize the human dimension of environmental studies. Examples include environmental literature, theology of the land, nature writing, environmental sociology,  environmental ethics, outdoor leadership, communications and outdoor education.

Criteria and Procedure:

  1. By spring of sophomore year, students choose a disciplinary focus with the help of their EP advisor and a faculty member from a sponsoring discipline.
  2. With input from faculty advisors, students develop a 1-2 page proposal outlining the goals and objectives the discipline concentration. The proposal must include the following: a) A descriptive title, b) A background statement that describes how the discipline create a coherent area of study, c) A list of required courses.
  3. The proposal must be submitted to the Director of the Environmental Program at least 3 semesters prior to graduation.
  4. A minimum of 15 of the 24 credits must be at the 300 level or above.