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:


  • to help undergraduates develop an awareness of the cultural, political and scientific aspects of the world's environmental problems.
  • to better prepare students for further study at the graduate or professional school level and careers in the expanding field of environmental professions.


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.


Courses Credit Hours
Introduction to Environmental Literacy 1 3
GANTH 196. Biological Anthropology  
GBIO 103. Contemporary Biology  
GENG 221. Literature, Nature, Environment (this section only)  
ENVT 200. Environmental Systems Theory  
GGEOL 102. Environment: Earth  
GGEOL 115. Earth Systems and Climate Change  
GISAT 112. Environmental Issues in Science and Tech  
GEOG 210. Physical Geography  
Socio-Cultural Approaches to Environmental Studies 2 15
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 372. Eco-Criticism 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 Process  
GEOG 430. Geography of Crop Plants  
HIST 427. U.S. Environmental History  
ISAT 421. Environmental Policy and Regulation  
PPA 484. Environmental Regulatory Policy and Politics  
SCOM 354. Communication, Environment and Environmentalism  
SOCI 311. Sociology of the Environment  
WRTC 416/SCOM 465. Rhetoric of Environmental Science and Technology  
Approved special topics courses  
Approved internship programs  
Approved study abroad courses  
Environmental Science Literacy 3  
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 3
ENVT 400. Capstone Seminar  


1 Minimum of three credit hours; can be double-counted with General Education credits.

2 Minimum of 15 credit hours; only two courses with the same course subject may be taken.

3 Minimum of 3 credit hours