William and Mary

Advice for Freshmen interested in ENSP

For Freshmen, we recommend the following courses for your first semesters at William and Mary. These courses will help you become familiar with the Environmental Science and Policy program while also leaving your options open to choose between the Science and the Policy tracks in the major or the minor.

  1. Take ENSP101 in the Fall. This class will introduce you to many of the major issues that other courses expand upon. This class is also a pre-req for several other Environmental courses, but not all. Although we hold slots open exclusively for incoming Freshmen, this class can fill up quickly. Don't dispair, taking this class as a Sophomore will still keep you on track as there are many classes you can take without ENSP101 under your belt first.
  2. Take an ENSP250 1-credit seminar in the Spring of your Freshman year. Small classes are always fun, and this seminar will expose you to outside experts in environmental fields, let you get to know an environmental professor in some depth, and also help you get to know some of your fellow environmental students.
  3. Think about taking an introductory Geology (GEOL101 or 110) and/or an introductory Biology course (BIOL204) in one of your first two semesters. If you decide on the Science track, both of these types of courses are required. Only one (biology or geology) is required for the Policy track. However, taking one of these early opens up a whole series of upper-level field lab courses, one of which you will need to take in a later year. These courses also satisfy GER2.
  4. Our Environmental ethics classes (namely ENSP302 and 303) do not have pre-reqs. ENSP302 satisfies GER4A and GER7. ENSP303 satisfies GER7. Both are popular choices among Environmental Science and Policy students. There are other ethics options too (KINE393 and RELG321).
  5. Environmental Economics is required for our Policy track and is a popular elective course for many Science track students. Microeconomics ECON101 is a pre-req for this course, so we suggest you take ECON101 as early as you can. This also satisfies GER3.

There are many ways to get into the Environmental major, and these are just a handful of suggestions. Our declaring major/minor page contains links to more detailed lists of the requirements for the degree, which should help with planning over the first few semesters. You can also contact the program Director, Prof Andy Fisher ([[ahfis2]]), for general advice about the Environmental program.