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The Environmental Studies Minor provides an interdisciplinary 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 scientific, cultural, and political aspects of the world's environmental problems; and
  • to better prepare students for further study at the graduate or professional school level and careers in the expanding field of environmental professions.

This minor entails taking at least 24 credit hours within four substantive categories:

  • Introduction to Environmental Literacy: What are the fundamental ways we understand the relationship between humans and nature? How is this relationship beneficial?  When does this relationship encounter problems?
  • Environmental Science Literacy: What core scientific processes underlie the environmental problems prevalent on our planet?  How does understanding these processes enable us to better address these problems?
  • Socio-Cultural Approaches to Environmental Studies: How can we dive deeply into specific problems emerging from human/nature interactions?  What social science, natural science, and humanities approaches help us understand the complexities of environmental problems and their potential solutions?
  • ENVT 400 – Capstone on Environmental Problem Solving: How do we apply the tools and skills we develop in the courses taken for the minor to a current environmental problem?  What does it mean to engage in environmental problem solving in an ‘interdisciplinary’ manner?

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Dr. Rob Alexander
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Miller 2147
MSC 7705
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