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Doctoral Minors

Environmental Science Minor

(9 credit hours) Students in Ph.D. programs at Indiana University may, with the consent of their advisory committee, choose environmental science as an outside minor. The minor is flexible and is usually designed by students in accordance with their needs.


  1. 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 ES minor 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.
  2. The candidate must take at least 9 credit hours of graduate-level courses related to environmental science. The minor will consist of 3 total courses, 9 total credits. The minor will have at least two Environmental courses from SPEA and one elective course. 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:  (1) the courses must have a direct relationship to environmental science, and (2) 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.
  3. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) must be attained in all courses used for the minor.

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