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With the ever-increasing awareness of the impact of humans on the environment an informed citizenry is essential. The Environmental Studies minor is appropriate for students who wish to assume leadership roles in their communities, in business and government, and in conservation organizations. Students will acquire skills useful in the work place, including sampling techniques, collecting and understanding data, methods of effecting political change, and understanding regulatory compliance, with an emphasis on criticizing and synthesizing ideas and information.

Students from all majors are encouraged to complete a minor in Environmental Studies. This minor is particularly beneficial for students majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Communication, Forensic Science, Public Health and Wellness, and Sociology.

Course Requirements and Information

Required Courses:

ENVS 2215 Environmental Science 4
ENVS 3210 Advanced Environmental Science 3
SOC 2505 Environmental Law, Crime and Justice 3

Choose 2 electives from the following list:

BIOL 2310 Field Ecology 4
BIOL 2330 Aquatic Biology 4
BUS 2170 Environmental Economics 3
CHEM 2030/2131 Analytical Chemistry (includes Lab) 4
ENVS 2300 Geospatial Analysis 3
ENVS 4010 Independent Research in
Environmental Studies
SOC 2090 Climate Justice 3
PRS 2410 Environmental Ethics 3
Total Credits: 16-18

Upon completion of the Environmental Studies minor, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the physical, chemical, and biological sciences pertaining to Earth’s systems and how they function
  • Effectively communicate environmental science concepts and policies in multiple forms, including written, oral, and visual, to diverse audiences (i.e. general public, policymakers, scientists)
  • Evaluate some of the scientific, social, political, economic and ethical reasons for and consequences of human influences on the environment 
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