The minor in environmental studies provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues and the skills to analyze future environmental problems. As a student, you’ll be encouraged to learn to view environmental issues from scientific, political and social standpoints with the goal of developing expertise in this important area.

Students who minor in environmental studies can tailor their program, through choice of electives, to your academic, professional and personal goals.

The Environmental Studies minor is 18 semester credit hours. As per University guidelines, a maximum of six credit hours can be taken at the lower level for the minor.

For more information, see the course catalog.

Foundation Courses (6 semester credit hours required)

SOC/PA 3382: Sustainable Communities
NATS 2333: Energy, Water, and the Environment
GEOS 2310: Environmental Geology
GEOS 2302: The Global Environment

Electives (12 semester credit hours)

Choose 4 from this list, or 3 from the list with 1 alternate course accompanied by written permission of the Supervisory Committee

BIO 3388: Honey Bee Biology
CHEM 4381: Green Chemistry and Green Fuels
ECON 4333: Environmental Economics
ENVR/GEOG 2302: The Global Environment (same as GEOS 2302) (it not taken as a foundation course)
GEOS 2310: Environmental Geology (if not taken as a foundation course)
GEOS 2324: Energy, the Environment, and Human Health
GISC/IPEC 4310: Environment and Health Policy in East Asia
GISC/IPEC 4384: Health and Environmental GIS: A Global Perspective
GISC 4386: Global Change and its Challenges
ECON 4336: Environmental Economic Theory and Policy
ENGY/MECO 3300: Introduction to Energy Technology
ENGY/MECO 3330: Energy Economics
ENGY/MECO 3340: Energy Laws and Contracts
ENGY/MECO 4300: Energy Land Management
HIST 4368: North American Environmental History
HLTH 4380: Topics in Health – Climate Change and Health Care
IPEC 3349: World Resources and Development
ISIS 4310: International Development – Cultural Impacts
ISNS 2367: The Oceans
ISNS 2368: Weather and Climate
MECH 4V95: Topics in Mechanical Engineering (when topic is Introduction to Wind Energy or related)
PA/GEOG 3377: Urban Planning and Policy
PSCI 4304: Energy and Environmental Studies Politics and Policy
PSCI 4396: Special Topics in Political Science (when topic is environmental policy or related)

Students may also select an independent study course or internship with approval from their advisor.