Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

General

Program Description

Analyze and think critically about environmental issues

Local and global societies face an array of environmental problems, from biodiversity loss to climate change to various types of pollution. To tackle these problems, future leaders need to understand the science behind the issues as well as the societal context in which they occur. The Environmental Sciences and Studies (E.S.S.) major provides students the knowledge and skills to become these future leaders through two major options. The general Environmental Studies major exposes students to environmental issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, while the Environmental Studies major with an emphasis in science allows students to focus primarily on the natural and physical science aspects of today’s environmental problems. Both major curricula integrate Franklin’s Academic Travel program, offer opportunities to pursue independent research, incorporate real-world experience, and encourage majors to study abroad.

In particular, Franklin’s affiliation with the School for Field Studies (S.F.S. - www.fieldstudies.org) allows E.S.S. students to study at one of the S.F.S. sites during a summer or semester and receive major credit. Both major programs prepare students for careers in government, non-profit conservation, consulting, as well as for graduate degree programs.

Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies major gives students an interdisciplinary background and enables them to think critically about, analyze, and understand today's environmental issues. In this major, students receive a broad overview of environmental issues that include environmental science, the social sciences, and humanities. Students take a core set of fundamental courses and then tailor a set of broad upper-level electives that reflect the students' specific interests.

Environmental Studies with an Emphasis in Science

This emphasis targets students who are intrigued by the science behind environmental issues. The coursework emphasizes the environmental sciences and quantitative methods, while still providing insight from other disciplines to help students understand the societal issues intertwined with the environment. Students take a core set of fundamental courses and then develop a set of science-focused upper-level electives that reflect their own specific interests.

Environmental Studies with an Emphasis in Science Requirements

*All Bachelor of Arts degrees require a total of 120 credits consisting of Core Requirements, Major Requirements, and General Elective courses. Prerequisites may be required for courses outside of the major.

Admission Criteria

Undergraduate admission to Franklin University Switzerland is selective, competitive and based primarily on the following:

  • High School Record
  • Personal Recommendations
  • SAT I or ACT Scores

By the time you start your application, you are expected to have completed a solid university preparatory program. We recommend a program that includes four years of English grammar, composition, and literature; three years of a foreign language; three years of history; three years of mathematics, and two years of science. Coursework in areas such as art, computer science, and music is also recommended.

Cost & Fees

  • US Nationals / Permanent Residents and Canadian Nationals
    Academic Tuition Includes Academic Travel (Required, two weeks each semester): $40,800 per year
  • All Other Nationalities
    Academic Tuition Includes Academic Travel(Required, two weeks each semester): CHF 49,100 per year

Foundation Courses (15 Credits)

BIO 101 Introduction to Biology: Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology
ENV 200 Understanding Environmental Issues
MAT 201 Introduction to Statistics

One of the following:

BIO 102 Introduction to Biology: Cell and Animal Biology
BIO 103 Introduction to Biology: Plant Science
One additional 100-level science course (BIO ENV GEO)

Lower-level Humanities and Social Sciences (9 Credits)

Three of the following:

ECN 100 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECN 101 Principles of Microeconomics
COM 180 Public Speaking
HIS 104 Global History I: Traditions, Encounters, and Adaptation from the Stone Age to the 16th Century
HIS 105 Global History II: Globalization, the Emergence of the Modern State, and Coping with Change
LC 110 Reading Cultures: Approaches to Cultural Studies
POL 100 Introduction to Political Science
POL 101 Introduction to International Relations

Upper-level Science Courses (6 Credits)

Two of the following:

ENV 210 Natural Disasters, Catastrophes, and the Environment
ENV 230T Freshwater Conservation
ENV 250 Quantitative Methods for Environmental Science
ENV 280T Managing the New Zealand Environment
ENV 350 Swiss Environments
ENV 360 Research Methods in Environmental Sciences
ENV 372 Sustainability Science
ENV 399 Research in Environmental Studies

or any 300-level Biology course

Upper-level Humanities and Social Sciences (12 Credits)

Four of the following:

AHT 361 The Visual Culture of Disaster
BUS 381 Sustainability and Innovation Management
CLCS 250 Ecocritical Approaches to Film
CLCS 310 The Culture of Cities
CLCS 320 Culture, Class, Cuisine: Questions of Taste
CLCS 330 The Politics of Mobility: Exile and Immigration
CLCS 372 Tales of Catastrophe
COM 301 Globalization and Media
COM 310 Issues in Journalism
COM 352 Environmental Discourses
ECN 256 Managerial Economics (Intermediate Microeconomics)
ECN 303 Development Economics
ECN 330T Neo-liberal India: Globalization and Development
ECN 341 International Trade
ECN 355 Political Economy: Theories and Issues
ENV 220 Ecocritical Approaches to Literature
ENV 297 Faculty Fellows Summer Program
ENV 498 Internship in Environmental Studies
ENV 499 Senior Research Project in Environmental Studies
HIS 325 Human Rights in History
HIS 355 The World and the West in the Long 19th Century
POL 281T Sustainable Development in Africa: Politics, Prospects, and Practice
POL 310 International Law
POL 321 International Organization
POL 376 International Environmental Politics
POL 377 International Political Economy
POL 378 International Politics of Energy

Capstone Course (3 Credits)

ENV 497 Senior Capstone

Foundation Courses (18 Credits)

BIO 101 Introduction to Biology: Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology
ENV 200 Understanding Environmental Issues
MAT 201 Introduction to Statistics

One of the following:

BIO 102 Introduction to Biology: Cell and Animal Biology
BIO 103 Introduction to Biology: Plant Science

One additional 100-level science course (BIO ENV GEO)

Lower-level Humanities and Social Sciences (3 Credits)

One of the following:

ECN 100 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECN 101 Principles of Microeconomics
COM 180 Public Speaking
HIS 104 Global History I: Traditions, Encounters, and Adaptation from the Stone Age to the 16th Century
HIS 105 Global History II: Globalization, the Emergence of the Modern State, and Coping with Change
LC 110 Reading Cultures: Approaches to Cultural Studies
POL 100 Introduction to Political Science
POL 101 Introduction to International Relations

Upper-level Science Courses (12 Credits)

Four of the following:

ENV 210 Natural Disasters, Catastrophes, and the Environment
ENV 230T Freshwater Conservation
ENV 250 Quantitative Methods for Environmental Science
ENV 280T Managing the New Zealand Environment
ENV 350 Swiss Environments
ENV 360 Research Methods in Environmental Sciences
ENV 372 Sustainability Science
ENV 399 Research in Environmental Studies

or any 300-level Biology course

Quantitative (3 Credits)

One of the following:

ENV 250 Quantitative Methods for Environmental Science
BUS 306 Quantitative Methods and Dynamic Forecasting
MAT 200 Calculus

or any 300-level Mathematics course

Upper-level Humanities and Social Sciences (6 Credits)

Two of the following:

AHT 361 The Visual Culture of Disaster
BUS 381 Sustainability and Innovation Management
CLCS 250 Ecocritical Approaches to Film
CLCS 310 The Culture of Cities
CLCS 320 Culture, Class, Cuisine: Questions of Taste
CLCS 330 The Politics of Mobility: Exile and Immigration
CLCS 372 Tales of Catastrophe
COM 301 Globalization and Media
COM 310 Issues in Journalism
COM 352 Environmental Discourses
ECN 256 Managerial Economics (Intermediate Microeconomics)
ECN 297 Faculty Fellows Program
ECN 303 Development Economics
ECN 330T Neo-liberal India: Globalization and Development
ECN 341 International Trade
ECN 355 Political Economy: Theories and Issues
ENV 220 Ecocritical Approaches to Literature
ENV 297 Faculty Fellows Summer Program
ENV 498 Internship in Environmental Studies
ENV 499 Senior Research Project in Environmental Studies
HIS 325 Human Rights in History
HIS 355 The World and the West in the Long 19th Century
POL 281T Sustainable Development in Africa: Politics, Prospects, and Practice
POL 310 International Law
POL 321 International Organization
POL 376 International Environmental Politics
POL 377 International Political Economy
POL 378 International Politics of Energy

Capstone Course (3 Credits)

ENV 497 Senior Capstone

Tuition and Fees

US nationals or permanent residents / Canadian nationals

Cost of Attendance

The actual cost of attendance will vary depending on circumstances, based on how far you have to travel to reach Franklin, the choices you make regarding meals and housing, and more. The costs can be broken into Direct vs. Indirect costs (see below).

Direct Costs

These will appear on the billing statement each semester and may vary based on the cost of housing and meal plan the student chooses. These costs include tuition, university fees, room, and board as well as Swiss health insurance. Exact amounts or averages for these costs (for example for housing or insurance) are provided below.

Tuition and Fees Per Semester Per Year
Academic Tuition
Includes Academic Travel
(Required, two weeks each semester)
$20,400 $40,800
Annual University Fees $710 $1,420
Orientation Fee
(new incoming students only)
$500 $500
Housing and Meals
Average Residence Hall $5,045 $10,090
Meal Plan
(required for all first-year students)
$1,600 $3,200
Health Insurance
Average Insurance for Non-Swiss citizens* $790 $1,580

*Swiss law requires that all students are covered by Swiss medical insurance. The cost varies according to the age of the student. For information regarding the cost of Swiss medical insurance for 2017-2018 please see Health and Counseling.

Indirect Costs

These costs are incidental to the student’s attendance and are fully managed by the student and their family. These costs include travel costs to/from Franklin each semester, the purchase of books and supplies as well as personal costs for weekend travel, toiletries, and such. Each family can reduce these costs by planning travel early, sending care packages from home that include lower-priced toiletries, buying used books and more.

Typical Expenses Per Semester Per Year
Books and other materials $700 $1,400
Travel to and from campus (average cost of an intercontinental flight) $1,000 $2,000
The average cost for personal expenses, off-campus meals, independent travel (based on student surveys) $1,500 $3,000

Total Average Cost of Attendance

Based on the above estimates and average costs, the typical total cost of attendance for a non-Swiss, new incoming undergraduate student (e.g. a first-year undergraduate student, incoming study abroad student or transfer student) coming from the US or Canada would calculate as follows:

Average Direct Costs Average Indirect Costs Total
First Semester $29,045 $3,200 $32,245
Second Semester $28,545 $3,200 $31,745

Non-US or Canadian national or a permanent US resident

Cost of Attendance

The actual cost of attendance will vary depending on circumstances, based on how far you have to travel to reach Franklin, the choices you make regarding meals and housing, and more. The costs can be broken into Direct vs. Indirect costs (see below).

Direct Costs

These will appear on the billing statement each semester and may vary based on the cost of housing and meal plan the student chooses. These costs include tuition, university fees, room, and board as well as Swiss health insurance. Exact amounts or averages for these costs (for example for housing or insurance) are provided below.

Tuition and Fees Per Semester Per Year
Academic Tuition
Includes Academic Travel
(Required, two weeks each semester)
CHF 24,550 CHF 49,100
Annual University Fees CHF 710 CHF 1,420
Orientation Fee
(new incoming students only)
CHF 500 CHF 500
Housing and Meals
Average Residence Hall CHF 5,045 CHF 10,090
Meal Plan
(required for all first-year students)
CHF 1,600 CHF 3,200
Health Insurance
Average Insurance for Non-Swiss citizens* CHF 790 CHF 1,580

*Swiss law requires that all students are covered by Swiss medical insurance. The cost varies according to the age of the student. For information regarding the cost of Swiss medical insurance for 2017-2018 please see Health and Counseling.

Indirect Costs

These costs are incidental to the student’s attendance and are fully managed by the student and their family. These costs include travel costs to/from Franklin each semester, the purchase of books and supplies as well as personal costs for weekend travel, toiletries, and such. Each family can reduce these costs by planning travel early, sending care packages from home that include lower-priced toiletries, buying used books and more.

Typical Expenses Per Semester Per Year
Books and other materials CHF 700 CHF 1,400
Travel to and from campus (average cost of an intercontinental flight) CHF 1,000 CHF 2,000
The average cost for personal expenses, off-campus meals, independent travel (based on student surveys) CHF 1,500 CHF 3,000

Total Average Cost of Attendance

Based on the above estimates and average costs, the typical total cost of attendance for a non-Swiss, new incoming undergraduate student (e.g. a first-year undergraduate student, incoming study abroad student or transfer student) coming from the US or Canada would calculate as follows:

Average Direct Costs Average Indirect Costs Total
First Semester CHF 33,195 CHF 3,200 CHF 36,395
Second Semester CHF 32,195 CHF 3,200 CHF 35,395

Scholarships & Financial Aid

At Franklin, we see financing your education as an investment and partnership among you, your family, and the University. About 70 percent of Franklin students receive financial aid in a variety of forms, such as need- and merit-based scholarships, government, and private aid and engagement incentives. Franklin offers scholarships, financial aid, and other initiatives, and various external programs are available based on citizenship and need assessment. Together we will create your financial aid package and carefully guide you through your financing options.

Need-based Aid

Students of all nationalities are encouraged to apply for financial aid. Information about how and when to apply, various aid programs available and eligibility is available in our dedicated section on Financial Aid.

Scholarships and Merit Awards

Merit scholarships are given to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement and are renewed each year, for four years. These scholarships are automatically awarded at the time of admission and are not based on need or family income. Priority is given to students applying for admission by the December 1, 2017, deadline. After December 1, we may continue to award merit scholarships, if funds are still available. For more information, students are advised to contact our office in Lugano.

Below is a range of awards available for the incoming class of Fall Semester 2018.

Merit Award Amounts for US Students
(US dollars)
Merit Award Amounts for Students outside of the US
(Swiss francs)
$22,000 CHF 28,500
$18,000 CHF 24,500
$16,000 CHF 22,500
$12,000 CHF 18,500
Up to $5000 Up to CHF 5000

Swiss Matura Initiative

Specific financial incentives are available for students holding a Swiss national high school diploma (Matura).

Starting with the 2016-17 academic year, Franklin University Switzerland offers students holding a Swiss national high school diploma ('Matura') the opportunity to earn a Bachelor's degree in a discipline of their choice in a program designed just for them.

Life-long Learning Scholarship Program

The Life-Long Learning Scholarship Program (L.L.L.S.) supports students by preparing them to be career-ready upon graduation from Franklin, not only with regard to academic foundations in their respective disciplines but also by providing them with skills that are essential in public and private sector employment in a wide variety of settings. By participating in the Life-Long Learning Scholarship program, students will experience a strong sense of engagement with the University, develop leadership skills, and have the opportunity to learn and develop practical skills in a number of fields and areas.

L.L.L.S. Program Eligibility for Students

  1. All undergraduate students enrolled at Franklin University Switzerland with full-time status (a minimum of four semester courses) may apply for an L.L.L.S. position.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher is required to be eligible for the L.L.L.S. program.
  3. All applicants MUST have an account in good standing with the University in order to be eligible for the L.L.L.S. program.
  4. Resident Assistants are eligible for L.L.L.S. positions for a maximum of 5 hours per week and only with permission from their supervisors.

L.L.L.S. Position Levels

The L.L.L.S. positions are classified into various levels. First-year students start with simpler, service-oriented positions and progress to more challenging positions with greater responsibility and increased complexity during their upper-class years.

  • Tier I: Task-oriented. Entry-level students learn basic career skills and experienced students have proven to be dependable. Students may have time to study while conducting projects after their assigned tasks have been completed.
  • Tier II: Students learn project management and more advanced career skills. Experienced students have the capacity to train and supervise beginner level students. Students do not have time to study during their assigned projects.
  • Research Assistant or other Academic Assistant Position: Students perform basic to advanced academic research and complete academic projects. Students do not have time to study during their assigned projects.

The L.L.L.S. program allows students to experience a strong sense of engagement with the University, develop leadership skills, and have the opportunity to learn and develop practical skills in a number of fields and areas. Students are expected to maintain communication with their supervisor about the schedule, tasks, and deadlines. Supervisors are expected to provide training for L.L.L.S. students to fully acclimate the student to the new role.

L.L.L.S. Administration

At the beginning of each semester, information about open L.L.L.S. positions and the application process is sent to students' Franklin email accounts. The L.L.L.S. Program is coordinated by the Dean of Student Life and Engagement in collaboration with the Vice President for Finance and Administration and the Franklin Bursar.

Last updated Dec 2019

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