Environmental Science Minor

Goal 1: Students will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the importance of the environment, the extent to which societal actions impact it, the need for sustainability, and how sustainability can be achieved.

Outcome 1.1: Students will be able to describe the basic environmental challenges facing the world today, their causes, and possible solutions.

Outcome 1.2: Students will be able to describe the scientific, ethical, and moral imperatives behind the need to protect and sustain the environment.

Goal 2: Students will develop a strong foundation in the physical and natural sciences, including environmental science, biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as quantitative skills such as statistics and computation.

Outcome 2.1: Students will be able to explain basic concepts in biology, general chemistry, and physics.

Outcome 2.2: Students will be able to apply quantitative and computer skills such as statistics and Geographic Information Systems to answer research questions and implement solutions.

Goal 3: Students will develop the skills needed for a successful career in Environmental Science, including presentation skills, networking, and familiarity with career paths in the field.

Outcome 3.1: Students will be able to communicate scientific research through written and oral formats.

Outcome 3.2: Students will be able to improve and apply their skills to real-world issues in an internship with environmental professionals.

The minor in environmental science requires completion of the following (along with their respective laboratory sections) and three additional courses representing at least two of the course groups (A, B and C).

BIO 101
Bio I: Cells
and Bio I: Cells Lab
or BIO 151L Phage Lab
BIO 102
Bio II: Genetics
and Bio II: Genetics Lab
or BIO 150L Bio I: Cells Lab Phage
BIO 201Bio III: Organismic Biology4
ENV 106
Exploring the Earth
and Exploring the Earth Laboratory
or BIO 429
Environmental Science
and Environmental Science Lab
ENV 102Environmental Ethics3
ENV 490Environmental Sci Internship3
ENV 390Environmental Science Seminar (2 semesters)0
CHM 120
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
CHM 125
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II
CHM 210
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
Three additional courses representing at least two of the following course groups (A, B and C)9
Group A: Biological Sciences
Animal Behavior
Plant Physiological Ecology
Plant Systematics
Invertebrate Zoology
Applied&Environ Microbio
Group B: Physical Science
Environmental Geology
Environmental Toxicology
Atmospheric Environmental Chem
Aqueous Environmental Chem
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
Select one of the following:
General Physics II
and General Physics Laboratory II
University Physics II
and University Physics Lab II
Group C: Environmental Studies
Environmental Law
Economic Development
Environmental Economics
Irish Environmental Writing
Nature & Environmental Writing
Environmental Justice
Climate Change Stories
Introduction to GIS
Intermediate GIS
Urban Economics
Urban Economics
Environmental Economics
American Environmental History
Organizational Sustainability
Fair Trade Coffee: Study Tour
Sculpture and the Environment
Photography & Climate Crisis
Darwin, Dogma, and Ecology
Philosophy of the Environment
God and Evolution
Total Hours43