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:

  • provides a scientific background to those students interested in environmental law, environmental economics and environmental sustainability.
  • broadens the student's understanding of how sciences are linked to environmental questions.
  • complements any major by focusing on courses related to environmental issues.


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.


Courses Credit Hours
Group 1. Introduction to Environmental Science 1 3–4
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 15
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 and Evolution  
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. Toxicology Seminar  
CHEM 354. Environmental Chemistry Field Camp  
CHEM 450. Nuclear and Radiation Chemistry  
ENGR 431. Engineering Design V 3  
ENGR 432. Engineering Design VI 3  
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/GEOG 310. Environmental Impact  
GEOL 320. Meteorology  
GEOL 340. Environmental Soil Science  
GEOL 355. Geochemistry of Natural Waters  
GEOL 377. Earth Surface Processes  
GEOL 385. Geomorphology  
GEOL 410. Engineering Geology  
GEOL 460. Hydrogeology  
ISAT 311. Role of Energy in Modern Society  
ISAT 320. Fundamentals of Environmental Science & Technology I  
ISAT 321. Fundamentals of Environmental Science & 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 354E/BIO 454. Biometry  
MATH 421. Applied Multivariate Statistics  
PHYS 215. Energy and the Environment  
Group 3. Environmental Studies courses 3
One of the following courses:  
ANTH 373. Anthropological Perspectives on Environment  
ECON 305. Environmental Economics  
ECON 340. Economics of Natural Resources  
ENG 371. Literature and the Environment  
GEOG 325. Environmental Ethics  
HIST 427. U.S. Environmental History  
ISAT 311. Role of Energy in Modern Society  
ISAT 421. Environmental Policy and Regulation  
SCOM 354. Communication, Environment and Environmentalism  
SOCI 311. Sociology of the Environment  
Group 4. Capstone course 3
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.
3 Requires approval by the environmental science minor coordinator.