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Dr. Bruce Wiggins
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Environmental Science

The environmental science minor is a cross disciplinary program that can be elected by any student. Students pursuing programs ranging from the physical, natural or social sciences, to education, journalism, or business could benefit from this broadly based environmental curriculum. The program draws from courses that focus on the application of scientific concepts and principles to the understanding of environmental problems and their solutions. The minor draws upon the expertise of faculty in the areas of biology, chemistry, geography, physics, and integrated science and technology.

The environmental science minor:

The minimum requirement for a minor in environmental science is 24 credit hours taken from the four groups outlined below. Students wishing to complete more than one of the environmental minors (Environmental Management, Environmental Science and Environmental Studies) may receive dual credit for the capstone course (ENVT 400), but may not receive dual credit for any other courses that might be shared by the minors. Pre-approved study abroad and/or internship experiences may be substituted for one or more of the courses listed below.

No more than two courses from a single subject area can count toward the completion of the Environmental Science minor.

A score of four or greater in AP Environmental Science substitutes for GGEOL 115 or ISAT 112.

Required Courses

Credit Hours
Group 1 – Introduction to Environmental Science 1
     BIO 124. Ecology and Evolution
     GGEOL 102. Environment: Earth
     GGEOL 115. Earth Systems and Climate Change
     GISAT 112. Environmental Issues in Science and Technology
     GEOG 210. Physical Geography
Group 2 – Advanced Environmental Science courses
     BIO 354. Global Climate and Life
     BIO/GEOL 400. Geology and Ecology of the Bahamas
     BIO/GEOG 402. Forest Ecology
     BIO 451. Ecological Systems
     BIO 452. Population Ecology
     BIO 453. Microbial Ecology
     BIO 454. Introduction to Biometrics
     BIO 456. Landscape Ecology
     BIO 457. Biological Applications of GIS
     BIO 459. Freshwater Ecology
     BIO 465. Environmental Toxicology
     BIO 466. Ecotoxicology Seminar
     CHEM 354. Environmental Chemistry Field Camp
     CHEM 450. Nuclear and Radiation Chemistry
     ENVT 200. Environmental Systems Theory
     GEOG 215. Geospatial Tools I – Cartography and GIS
     GEOG 216. Geospatial Tools II – Remote Sensing and GPS
     GEOG 290. Human Interaction with the Physical Environment
     GEOG 340. Biogeography
     GEOG 365. Cartography and Geospatial Visualization
     GEOG 366. Introduction to GIS
     GEOG 385. Principles of Remote Sensing
     GEOL 211. Introduction to Oceanography
     GEOL 310. Management of Marine Resources
     GEOL 320. Meteorology
     GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use
     GEOL 355. Geochemistry of Natural Waters
     GEOL 377. Earth Surface Processes
     GEOL 385. Geomorphology
     GEOL 410. Engineering Geology
     GEOL 460. Hydrogeology
     ISAT 320. Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Technology I
     ISAT 321. Fundamentals of Environmental Science and Technology II
     ISAT 420. Environmental Analysis and Modeling
     ISAT 423. Environmental Remediation
     ISAT 425. Environmental Hydrology
     ISAT 427. Industrial Hygiene
     ISAT 428. Industrial Ecology
     MATH 321. Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design
     MATH 322. Applied Linear Regression
     MATH 324. Applied Nonparametric Statistics
     MATH 328. Time Series Analysis
     MATH/BIO 345E. Biometry
     MATH 421. Applied Multivariate Statistics
     PHYS 215. Energy and the Environment
Group 3 – Environmental Studies courses
     ANTH 373. Anthropological Perspectives on Environment
     ECON 305. Environmental Economics
     ECON 340. Economics of Natural Resources
     ENG 371. Literature and the Environment
     ENG 471. Eco-Criticism and Environmental Ethics
     GEOG 325. Environmental Ethics
     HIST 427. US Environmental History
     ISAT 421. Environmental Policy and Regulation
     SCOM 354. Communication, Environment and Environmentalism
     SOCI 311. Sociology of the Environment
Group 4 – Capstone course
     ENVT 400. Capstone Seminar 2


1 Can be double-counted with General Education.
2 All students must complete the capstone course ENVT 400. Students must have completed 15 hours of their environment minor in order to enroll in the capstone.