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Minor in Environmental Studies

Pictured | Skye McDonald | Biological Sciences / Minor in Environmental Studies | Mishawaka, Indiana (hometown)

Minor in Environmental Studies

  • Students are required to take 15 credit hours distributed among physical science, biological science, and policy/ethics courses. At least 6 credit hours must be taken at the 200-level or above.
  • Some of the course numbers listed below have variable titles. Only the specified titles are currently approved for credit toward the minor. New titles and courses may be approved by the Environmental Studies Committee.

Requirements (15-17 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Physical Science (3 cr.)

Select one of the following:

  • CHEM-N 190 The Natural World
    VT: Chemistry and Our Environment
  • CHEM-N 390 The Natural World
    VT: Environmental Chemistry for a Sustainable Future
  • GEOL-G 111 Physical Geology
  • PHYS-N 190 The Natural World
    VT: Energy in the Twenty-First Century

Biological Science (3-5 cr.)

Select one of the following:

  • BIOL-L 101 Introduction to Biological Sciences 1 (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-N 390 The Natural World
    VT: Environmental Biology
  • BIOL-L 473 Ecology; AND
    BIOL-L 474 Field and Laboratory Ecology (2 cr.)

Policy/Ethics (6 cr.)

Select two of the following:

  • ANTH-E 380 Urban Anthropology
    (may be joint listed as SOC-S 306 Urban Society)
  • INTL-I 490 International Studies Capstone Seminar 
    (may be joint listed as SOC-S 460 Topics in Non-Western Culture VT: International Inequalities and Global Issues)
  • PHIL-T 390 Literary and Intellectual Traditions
    VT: Environmental Philosophy
  • POLS-Y 115 Environment and People
  • SOC-B 399 Human Behavior and Social Institutions
    VT: Sustainable Communities OR
    VT: Costa Rica (may be joint listed as SOC-S 362 World Societies and Cultures); OR
    VT: Animals and Society

Electives (3 cr.)

Any of the above courses not already used in the specified areas, in addition to:

  • AHST-T 390 Literary and Intellectual Traditions
    VT: History of Landscape
  • ANTH-E 335 Ancient Civilization of Mesoamerica
    (project paper must be on an environmental topic and is subject to approval by the Environmental Studies Committee)
  • BIOL-L 304 Marine biology
  • FINA-A 190 Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity
    VT: Exploring the City
  • GEOG-G 338 Geographic Information Science
  • GEOL-G 210 Oceanography
  • GEOL-G 219 Meteorology
  • GEOL-G 451 Principles of Hydrogeology
  • HIST-T 190 World Literary and Intellectual Traditions
    VT: Humans and the Environment
    VT: The Modern City
  • WGS-T 390 Literary and Intellectual Traditions
    VT: Women and Sustainability

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2018-2019 Campus Bulletin
2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

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