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Environmental Studies

The environmental studies minor provides a 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 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 Literacy1


ANTH 196. Biological Anthropology


BIO 103. Contemporary Biology


ENG 221. Literature, Nature, Environment (this section only)


ENVT 200. Environmental Systems Theory


GEOL 102. Environment: Earth


GEOL 115. Earth Systems and Climate Change


ISAT 112. Environmental Issues in Science and Tech


GEOG 210. Physical Geography


Socio-Cultural Approaches to Environmental Studies2


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


ENG 390. The Environmental Imagination


GEOG 290. Human Interactions with the Physical Environment


GEOG 300. Population Geography


GEOG/GEOL 310 A-D. Environmental Impact


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/WGS 302. Third Wave Ecofeminism


SCOM 354/WRTC 326. Environmental Communication and Advocacy


SOCI 311. Sociology of the Environment


SOCI 357. Sociology of Disasters


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


Approved special topics courses


Approved internship programs


Approved study abroad courses


Environmental Science Literacy3


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


ENVT 400. Capstone Seminar



1 Minimum of 3 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.