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Environmental Science

This minor is a cross disciplinary program that any student may elect. Students pursuing programs ranging from the physical, natural or social sciences to education, journalism or business could benefit from this broadly-based 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 GEOL 115 or ISAT 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 Science1                

            3–4

BIO 124. Ecology and Evolution

BIO 250. Ecology and Evolution

 

GEOL 102. Environment: Earth

           

GEOL 115. Earth Systems and Climate Change

           

ISAT 100.  Environmental and Energy Sustainability

           

ISAT 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 353. Environmental Chemistry

           

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 Geographic Information Science

           

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

           

ENG 390. The Environmental Imagination

 

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 Seminar2

           


 

            24-25

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.