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Dr. Peter Bsumek

Phone: (540) 568-3386

Environmental Studies

The environmental studies minor provides an cross disciplinary education engaging socio-cultural, scientific and technical issues raised by the oft-conflicting needs and desires of globally interacting societies. Designed to complement any major, the goals of the environmental studies minor include:

The minimum requirement for a minor in environmental studies is 24 credit hours taken from the four categories outlined.

No more than three courses from a single subject (e.g., GEOG, GEOL, ANTH, ENG, etc.) may count toward completion of the environmental studies minor. Students wishing to complete more than one of the environment 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.

Required Courses

Credit Hours
Introduction to Environmental Literacy 1
     GANTH 196. Biological Anthropology
     GBIO 103. Contemporary Biology
     ENVT 200. Environmental Systems Theory
     GGEOL 102. Environment: Earth
     GGEOL 115. Earth Systems and Climate Change
     GHUM 200. Literature, Nature, Environment (this section only)
     GISAT 112. Environmental Issues in Science and Technology
     GEOG 210. Physical Geography
Socio-Cultural Approaches to Environmental Studies 2
     ANTH 373. Anthropological Perspectives on Environment and Development
     ECON 305. Environmental Economics
     ECON 340. Economics of Natural Resources
     ENG 371. Literature and the Environment
     ENG 471. Ecocriticism and Environmental Ethics
     GEOG 290. Human Interactions with the Physical Environment
     GEOG 300. Population Geography
     GEOG 310. Environmental Issues
     GEOG 311. Endangered Environments
     GEOG 320. Human Dimensions of Global Change
     GEOG 322. Agricultural Systems
     GEOG 325. Environmental Ethics
     GEOG 341. Wilderness Techniques
     GEOG 342. Management and Protection of Natural Resources
     GEOG 343. Wildlife Management
     GEOG 345. Geography of Poverty
     GEOG/ISAT 429. Sustainability: An Ecological Perspective
     GEOG 430. Geography of Crop Plants
     HIST 427. U.S. Environmental History
     ISAT 421. Environmental Policy and Regulation
     SCOM 354. Communication, Environment and Environmentalism
     SOCI 311. Sociology of the Environment
     Approved special topics courses
     Approved internship programs
     Approved study abroad courses
Environmental Science Literacy
     BIO 451. Ecological Systems
     BIO 452. Population Ecology
     BIO 456. Landscape Ecology
     BIO 457. Environmental Toxicology
     BIO 459. Freshwater Ecology
     GEOG 327. Climatology
     GEOG 340. Biogeography
     GEOL 211. Introduction to Oceanography
     GEOL 310. Management of Marine Resources
     GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use
     ISAT 320. Fundamentals in Environmental Science
Senior Seminar Capstone Course
     ENVT 400. Capstone Seminar


1 Minimum of three credit hours; can be double-counted with GenEd credits.
2 Minimum of 15 credit hours; only two courses with the same course subject may be taken.
3 Minimum of 3 credit hours.