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Environmental Management

Dr. Steven P. Frysinger, Director
Phone: (540) 568-2710

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Minor Requirements

The environmental management program prepares students to apply the principles of environmental science and engineering to contemporary environmental problems in both natural resource and industrial contexts. Students from a variety of majors can pursue an interdisciplinary minor in environmental management. After completing prerequisite foundation courses in science and math, students pursue the minor by completing core courses and a concentration, optionally culminating in a capstone thesis or project.

The environmental management program strives to develop graduates who are literate in and competent with the foundation sciences and mathematics underlying environmental science and engineering, and who can apply science and technology to a broad range of practical environmental problems.

Minor Requirements
The environmental management minor requires a total of 22 credits, excluding prerequisite cognate courses and an optional seminar and thesis. The cognate courses, or their equivalents, must have been completed successfully before the student may be enrolled in the environmental management minor. This may be accomplished as part of the student's major.

Cognate Courses
Credit Hours
BIO 114. Organisms
BIO 124. Ecology and Evolution
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II
MATH 235-236. Calculus I-II1
PHYS 240-250. University Physics I-II2

MATH 231-232 may be substituted for MATH 235-236.
2 PHYS 125-126 or PHYS 140-150 may be substituted for PHYS 240-250.

Core Courses
ISAT 320-321. Fundamentals of Environmental Science and
  Technology I-II
ISAT 302. Instrumentation and Measurement of the Environment
ENVM 490. Environmental Management Seminar (optional)
ENVM 491-492. Senior Thesis/Project I-II (optional)
See descriptions below


The environmental management minor concentrates in one of two areas, natural resources and industrial systems. Students should be aware that some of the listed courses may have additional prerequisites.

Natural Resources
ISAT 424. Natural Resource Management
Choose four of the following courses:
     BIO 451. Ecological Systems
     BIO 453. Microbial Ecology
     BIO 459. Freshwater Ecology
     CHEM 355. Geochemistry of Natural Waters
     ECON 340. Economics of Natural Resources
     GEOG 325. Environmental Ethics
     GEOG 327. Climatology
     GEOG 340. Biogeography
     GEOG 385. Principles of Remote Sensing
     GEOL 320. Meteorology
     GEOL 460. Geohydology
     ISAT 420. Environmental Analysis and Modeling
     ISAT 421. Environmental Policy and Regulation
     ISAT 425. Environmental Hydrology
     ISAT 426. Environmental Information Systems
     ISAT/GEOG 429. Sustainability: An Ecological Perspective
       Industrial Systems
     ISAT 422. Environmental Management
Choose four of following courses:
     ECON 305. Environmental Economics
     HTH 352. Environmental Health
     HTH 450. Epidemiology
     ISAT 410. Sustainable Energy Development
     ISAT 421. Environmental Policy and Regulation
     ISAT 423. Environmental Remediation
     ISAT 426. Environmental Information Systems
     ISAT 427. Industrial Hygiene
     ISAT 428. Industrial Ecology

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