Requirement and Courses

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
~Native American Proverb

Admission and Completion Requirement:

Students select two courses from each of the three "stems" (Humanities, Social Science and Technology) for a total of 18 credits.  Students may count a maximum of one course from their major program, provided that those courses are listed in one of the three stems.  All students are required to take GEV 3000: Seminar in Sustainability Studies, which replaces one course from either the Humanities or Social Sciences stem.  Only one class may be taken elsewhere.


  • ETH 3650 Globalization Eth & Eco (prereq 2050)
  • HIS 2276 American Environmental History
  • PHI 2121 Environmental Ethics
  • PHI 4210 Environmental Philosophy
  • PJ 2100/PHI 2430 Eco Feminism
  • PJ 2200 Caring for Earth
  • PJ 4600 Global Poverty and Justice
  • THL 4330 Christian Environmental Ethics(prereq THL 1050 or 1051)


  • ECO 1104 Environment and Economy
  • GEV 2520 Urban Geography
  • GEV 2525 Population Geography
  • GEV 2500 Global Change in Local Places
  • GEV 3570 Land Use Planning & Management
  • GEV 3580 Natural Res and Conversation
  • PSC 2625 Environmental Policy
  • PSC 3800 Environmental Law


  • GEV 1050 Environmental Science I
  • GEV 1051 Environmental Science II
  • BIO 3255 Introduction to Ecology
  • BIO 4451 Field Ecology and Evolution & BIO 4452Field Ecology & Evolution Lab
  • BIO 4801 Conservation Biology
  • CHE 5715 Alternative Energy
  • CHE 5001 Industrial Liquid and Solid Waste
  • CHE 5002 Principles of Air Pollution Control
  • CHE 4831 and CHE 4832 Chemical Engineering Research (topic must be approved)
  • EGR 7110 Climate Change/Sustainability
  • EGR 7111 Life Cycle/Impact Assessment
  • EGR 7112 Econ/Social Equity Integrator
  • CEE 4331 Solid and Hazardous Waste (prereq CEE 2311)
  • CEE 4612 Undergraduate Research (topic must be approved)
  • CEE 7829 Principles of Sustainable Development for Industry and Society
  • CEE 8207 Design of Sustainable Transportation Systems
  • ME 5130 Introduction to Sustainable Energy
  • ME 5140 Design of Gravity Water Networks

Note: refer to the catalog for all course requiements and pre-requisites

For More Information:

Dr. Andrea Welker, Ph.D. P.E.
Program Director
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Dr. Maghan Keita
Director, IGIS Program

Dr. Paul C. Rosier
Department of History

Dr. Frank Galgano
Department of Geography and the Environment

Contact Information

Department of Geography and the Environment
Suite G67, Mendel Science Center
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-3337
Fax: (610) 519-3338

Dr. Francis A. Galgano

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Lisa J. Rodrigues

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