Environmental Science Minor

Learning Goals and Objectives 

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

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

Objective 1.2: Students will be able to describe the scientific, ethical, and moral imperatives behind the need to protect and sustain a healthy environment, and the role of environmental science and environmental scientists in those efforts.

Goal 2: Students will develop a strong foundation in the physical and natural sciences, including environmental science, biology, chemistry, and physics.

Objective 2.1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic biology, including cell biology, genetics, and organismal biology.

Objective 2.2: Students will demonstrate knowledge of general chemistry and physics.

Goal 3: Students will understand the types of careers available to environmental scientists, create connections with people in the field of environmental science, and receive hands-on experience in the working world.

Objective 3.1: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of environmental science and scientists in societal efforts towards sustainability and complete an internship applying their knowledge to real-world issues alongside 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 101Bio I: Cells4
BIO 102Bio II: Genetics4
BIO 201Bio III: Organismic Biology4
ENV 106Exploring the Earth4
ENV 102Environ Theory & Ethics Sem3
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)
Group A: Biological Sciences
Animal Behavior
Plant Physiological Ecology
Plant Systematics
Invertebrate Zoology
Applied&Environmental Micro
Group B: Physical Science
Environmental Chemistry
Water Chemistry
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
Geographic Information Systems
Economic Development
Environmental Economics
Nature Writing in America
Writing and Environmt Justice
American Environmental History
Organizational Sustainability
People, Planet and Profit
Marketing Study Tour
Food and Justice
Environmental Politics in Am
Fair Trade:Coffee-Co-Op to Cup