Example Course Plan
General Environmental Studies
International Environmental Sustainability
Ecology Course Plan (first 3 semesters)
This is an example course plan based on the 2021-2022 University Catalog; your actual
schedule may deviate from this example. Your faculty advisor will work with you to
select appropriate courses.
As an IWU student, it is your responsibility to track your progress each semester
towards completing graduation requirements using the MyIWU degree audit tool.
- BIOL 102 General Biology (LSL)
- One ES course from approved list designated as:
- General Education Course* (or Gateway if not completed in the Fall semester)
- Second Language Course
- Physical Education (PEY)
* Students may want to consider a general education course that will also fulfill
a Humanities and Social Science requirement for the major, or for May Term consider
ENST/BIO 318 Field Ornithology (offered in alternate May Terms) which fulfills an
Ecology elective requirement.
Additional Information for Spring Semester
- During the 4th semester (Spring of Year 2) Ecology majors should take ENST 230 Earth Systems Science (PSL), if not taken in Year 1, and also ENST 200 Geographic Information Systems/GIS (FR) to fulfill a Methods requirement for the major.
*Depending on career interests, in consultation with their advisor, students may also
consider taking CHEM 201 General Chemistry.
Students are encouraged to study abroad and should consult with the Director of the
Environmental Studies Program to decide on a case-by-case basis which semester(s)
would be most appropriate.
- Though BIOL 101-102 is not required for the General major, or the Environmental Policy
or International Environmental Sustainability concentrations, students should enroll
in BIOL 101-102 their first year if they are interested in pursuing the Ecology concentration.
BIOL 102 is a prerequisite for taking upper level biology courses. Due to course
sequencing, without taking the introductory biology sequence (BIOL 101-102) in the
first year, it may be impossible later in their undergraduate career to pursue the