Environmental Science Minor

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

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

Outcome 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.

Outcome 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 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 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&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