Environmental Studies Minor
(12 credit hours) Students in Ph.D. programs at Indiana University may, with the consent of their advisory committee, choose environmental studies as an outside minor. The minor is flexible and is usually designed by students in accordance with their needs.
- The doctoral candidate must secure a faculty advisor in consultation with the director of the Doctoral Program in Environmental Science. The advisor may not be from the candidate’s major department. The candidate’s advisor serves as the representative in all examinations or other requirements of the candidate’s Ph.D. program that relate to the minor. The advisor decides on the character of the examination, if any, in the minor field and certifies that the candidate has met the requirements of the minor.
- The candidate must take at least 12 credit hours of graduate-level courses related to environmental studies. These courses must be from at least two different disciplines outside the candidate’s major department. The choice of courses should be made in consultation with the candidate’s advisor and must be approved by the director of the Doctoral Program in Environmental Science. Acceptance of the proposed minor is based on two criteria:
- the courses must have a direct relationship to environmental studies
- the courses must not normally be required as part of major or tool skill options in the student’s major department. Courses in the minor program should be selected according to the student’s interest. Students majoring in areas other than the natural sciences, for example, may wish to consider the offerings in the natural sciences; similarly, natural science students might consider course offerings in the social and behavioral sciences.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) must be attained in all courses used for the minor.