Environmental Studies Minor

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The Environmental Studies minor offers students a variety of scientific, social, economic, political, and literary perspectives on environmental issues. Gaining these perspectives will help students become environmentally literate citizens and employees in non-technical fields.

Admission to the Program

The Environmental Studies minor is designed for non-science majors but any undergraduate student can declare this minor. Science majors should consider the minor in Environmental Science.

Minor Departmental Requirements for the Environmental Science Minor (11 credits)

  • ENV 202 Environmental Science (4 credits)*
  • ENV 303 Ecology (4 credits)*
  • ENV 452 Environmental Laws and Regulations (3 credits)

*These courses meet general education requirements

Electives from the following list: (7 credits)

  • ENV 389 American Literature and the Environment (3 credits)
  • ANT 323 Anthropological Perspective Global Issues (3 credits)
  • ANT 325 Indigenous Peoples and Globalization (3 credits)
  • ANT 380 Political Ecology (3 credits)
  • ANT 465 Environmental Archaeology (3 credits)
  • CHM 372 Environmental Issues (3 credits)
  • ESC 364 Water Resource Issues (3 credits)
  • GEL 362 Energy and Mineral resource Issues (3 credits)
  • HST 302 History of Science and Technology in America (3 credits)
  • HST 407 American Environmental History (3 credits)
  • PBH 303 Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • PLS 328 Politics of Energy Policy (3 credits)
  • PLS 338 Global Issues (3 credits)
  • SOC 306 Development and Globalization (3 credits)
  • SOC 307 Environmental Sociology (3 credits)

ONE of the following courses:

  • ANT 316 Food and Culture (3 credits)
  • PLS 366 Politics and Food (3 credits)

Total credits (18 credits)

Note: Elective courses suitable for the Environmental Studies minor come and go from the College's curriculum. Currently permissible courses (as of the publication of the Catalog) are listed above. Students may request approval for substitution of a similar course from the chairperson of the Department of Environmental Science and Ecology prior to taking the course.