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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

            3

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

            15

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

            3

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

            3

ENVT 400. Capstone Seminar

           


            24

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.