Academic Requirements – ENV Science

 Academic Requirements

Environmental Program faculty believe that most students who are interested in studying in the environmental areas are best served by pursuing a core major partnered with rigorous courses constituting an interdisciplinary environmental minor. Students can chose either of two tracts: an Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Science or an Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Studies, which focuses more on the humanities and economic aspects of the environment. The Environmental Science or the Environmental Studies Minor, coupled with a liberal arts major, is designed to prepare students for careers in the environmental sciences, law, public health, public policy,and public administration, and to develop attitudes and values consistent with a sustainable environmental future.

Interdisciplinary Minor in Environmental Sciences

Requirements for the Environmental Science Minor

The following two courses are required for the environmental science minor. For course descriptions, see the relevant department’s listings in this Bulletin.

  1. ENV 201. Environmental Issues. (3h)
  2. CHM/PHY 120. Physics and Chemistry of the Environment. (4h)

A total of eighteen hours (including eight hours of elective courses) is required for the minor. The following courses can serve as electives for the environmental science minor. Additional elective courses may have been approved. The program director maintains a complete list of all approved elective courses. For course descriptions, see the relevant department’s listings in this bulletin.

Electives for the Environmental Science Minor

  • BIO  306. Introduction to Geographical Information Systems. (3h)
  • BIO 311. Ecology and Conservation Biology of Coral Reefs. (3h)
  • BIO 312. Ecology and Conservation Biology of Coral Reefs. (4h)
  • BIO 330. Land and Natural Resource Management. (3h)
  • BIO  340. Ecology. (4h)
  • BIO  341. Marine Biology. (4h)
  • BIO  342. Aquatic Ecology. (4h)
  • BIO  343. Topical Ecology. (3h)
  • BIO  344. African Savanna Ecology and Conservation. (4h)
  • BIO  347. Physiological Plant Ecology. (3h)
  • BIO 348. Physiological Plant Ecology. (4h)
  • BIO  349. Tropical Biodiversity. (4h)
  • BIO  350. Conservation Biology. (3h)
  • BIO  350L. Conservation Biology Laboratory. (1h)
  • BIO  356. Ecology and Resource Management in Australia. (4h)
  • BIO  377. Community Ecology. (4h)
  • BIO 379. Introduction to Geographical Information Systems. (4h)
  • BIO  380. Bio-statistics. (3h)
  • CHM 334. Chemical Analysis. (4h)
  • CHM 351. Green Technologies: Science and Entrepreneurship. (3h)
  • CHM 351b. Chemistry of Food. (3h)
  • CHM 391. Undergraduate Research. (1h-3h)
  • CHM 392. Undergraduate Research. (1h-3h)
  • ECN 241. Natural Resource Economics. (3h)
  • ESE 335. Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship: Science, Policy, and Economics. (4h)
  • ESE 351. Green Technologies: Science and Entrepreneurship. (3h)
  • HMN 365. Humanity and Nature. (3h)
  • MTH 256. Statistical Models. (3h)