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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:

  • 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 GISAT 112. International Studies and Special Topics courses with appropriate content may be counted (prior approval by the environmental science minor coordinator required). 

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 100.  Environmental and Energy Sustainability

GISAT 112. Environmental Issues in Science and Technology

 

GEOG 210. Physical Geography

 

GEOL 110. Physical Geology

 

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 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 411. Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering and Design

 

ENGR 472. Biological Treatment Processes and Reactor Design

 

ENGR 474. Physical Chemical Treatment Processes

 

ENGR 478. Water Resources Engineering

 

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/CHEM 355. Geochemistry of Natural Waters

 

GEOL 377. Earth Surface Processes

 

GEOL 406. Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography

 

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/BIO 345E. 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

 

ISAT 473. Local Agriculture and Farm Internships

 

SCOM 354/WRTC 326. Environmental Communication and Advocacy

 

SOCI 311. Sociology of the Environment

 

WRTC 416/SCOM 465. Rhetoric of Environmental Science and Technology

 

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.