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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).


Credit Hours

Group 1. Introduction to Environmental Science1                


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


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


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


ENVT 400. Capstone Seminar2




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.