environmental management minor

Dr. Steven P. Frysinger, Coordinator

The cross disciplinary Environmental Management minor prepares students to apply the principles of environmental science and engineering to contemporary environmental problems in natural resource, industrial, and public policy contexts. The minor is particularly suitable for students interested in professional careers in industrial environmental management, natural resources management, and environmental policy and planning.

The Environmental Management minor strives to develop graduates who can apply science and technology to a broad range of practical environmental problems in a variety of professional settings. Students completing the minor are expected to be literate in and competent with the sciences and mathematics underlying environmental problem-solving.

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

Environmental Management Club (the Air and Waste Management Association student chapter)

JMU Collaboration for Environment, Health and Safety (CEHS)

Minor Requirements

The Environmental Management minor requires a total of 29 credits, including prerequisite courses. The prerequisites must have been completed successfully before the student may be enrolled in the Environmental Management minor. Prerequisite courses may be fulfilled as part of the student's major. At least one elective course must be outside of the student's major.



Credit Hours

BIO 124, Ecology and Evolution or BIO 250, Ecology and Evolution


Complete 3 hours from one of the following:

ISAT 251, Topics in Statistics for ISAT

MATH 220, Elementary Statistics

MATH 285, Data Analysis

MATH 307, Principles of Probability and Statistics

MATH 318, Introduction to Probability and Statistics


Prerequisites Total:


Required Courses

Credit Hours

ISAT 320 and 321, Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Technology I-II


CHEM 241: Organic Chemisty I


ENVT 400, Capstone Seminar: Environmental Problem Solving


Concentration courses (see below)


Required Courses Total:



Students completing the Environmental Management minor must concentrate in one of three areas, Natural Resources, Industrial Systems, or Environmental Policy, described below. Students should be aware that some of the listed courses may have additional prerequisites.

Natural Resources

    • ISAT 424: Natural Resource Management
    • And choose two of the following courses:

BIO 402: Forest Ecology

BIO 456: Landscape Ecology

BIO 457: Biological Applications of Geographic Information Systems

BIO 459: Freshwater Ecology

BIO 465: Environmental Toxicology

CHEM 354: Environmental Chemistry Field Camp

CHEM/GEOL 355: Geochemistry of Natural Waters

GEOG 340: Biogeography

GEOG 341: Wilderness Techniques

GEOG 342: Management and Protection of Natural Resources

GEOG 343: Wildlife Management

GEOL 340: Environmental Soil Science

ISAT 420: Environmental Analysis and Modeling

ISAT 425: Environmental Hydrology

ISAT 429: Sustainability: An Ecological Perspective

Industrial Systems

    • ISAT 422: Industrial Environmental Management
    • And choose two of the following courses:

HTH 352: Environmental Health

HTH 450: Epidemiology

ISAT 423: Environmental Remediation

ISAT 427: Industrial Hygiene

ISAT 428: Industrial Ecology

Environmental Policy

    • ISAT 421: Environmental Policy and Regulation
    • ISAT 422: Industrial Environmental Management or ISAT 424: Natural Resource Management
    • And choose one of the following courses:

BIO 465. Environmental Toxicology

ECON 305: Environmental Economics

ECON 340: Economics of Natural Resources

GEOG 325: Environmental Ethics

GEOG/ISAT 429: Sustainability, An Ecological Perspective

HIST 427: US Environmental History

ISAT 411: Energy Economics and Policy

ISAT 420: Environmental Analysis and Modeling

ISAT 423: Environmental Remediation

ISAT 471: Transportation: Energy, Environment, and Society

ISAT 472: Transportation: Air Quality Monitoring and Regulation

PPA 484: Environmental Regulatory Politics and Policy

SCOM 354. Environmental Communication and Advocacy

SOCI 311. Sociology of the Environment

Other courses may apply to the concentrations by permission of the Coordinator.

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