Environmental Science, Minor
Liberal Arts (Code 155-400)
Advisors: J. Boulter (Public Health and Environmental Studies), P. Ihinger (Geology and Environmental Science), H. Jol (Geography and Anthropology), E. Weiher (Biology).
This multidisciplinary liberal arts minor is created primarily for students with interests in environmental science and conservation of biological diversity. The minor emphasizes the study of environmental issues, ecology and conservation, and water and earth resources through application of concepts and methods from various disciplines. The minor is designed to complement a 36-credit standard major, e.g., Biology, Liberal Arts or Political Science. Students wishing to pursue a comprehensive major in environmental science should consider the Ecology and Environmental Biology Comprehensive Major in Biology, the Environmental Geography Comprehensive Major in Geography and Anthropology, the Environmental Science Comprehensive Major in Geology or the Environmental Public Health Comprehensive Major in the Public Health and Environmental Studies Program.
|Minimum of 24 credits, with at least 11 credits from courses at the 300-level or above, including:|
|BIOL 180||Environmental Biology and Conservation||3|
|or GEOG 178||Planet Earth: Conservation of the Environment|
|One or more of the following life sciences courses (min. 3 crs):|
|BIOL 328||Conservation Biology||4|
|BIOL 338||Vegetation Ecology||4|
|BIOL 376||Aquatic Ecology||3-4|
|Two or more of the following physical science courses (min. 6 crs):|
|CHEM 304||Environmental Chemistry||3|
|GEOG 304||Introduction to Geomorphology||4|
|GEOG 361||Environmental Hazards||3|
|GEOL 115||Environmental Geology||4|
|or GEOG 104||Planet Earth: The Physical Environment|
|GEOL 304||Global Environmental Change||3|
|GEOL 308||Water Resources||3|
|GEOL 315||Hydrogeology I||4|
|GEOL 336||Introduction to Geochemistry||3|
|One or more of the following health, humanities, or social science courses (min. 3 crs):|
|ECON 268||Environmental Economics||3|
|ENPH 110||Introduction to Environmental Health||3|
|ENV/GEOG 377||U.S. Environmental and Sustainability Policy||3|
|GEOG 270||Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning||3|
|GEOG/ENV 378||International Environmental Problems and Policy||3|
|PHIL 320||Environmental Ethics||3|
|Two or more of the following techniques courses (min. 6 crs):|
|ENPH 441||Water and Wastewater||3|
|GEOG 280||Introduction to Cartography and Visualization||3|
|GEOG 335||Geographic Information Systems I||3|
|GEOG 336||Geospatial Field Methods||3|
|GEOG 338||Remote Sensing of the Environment||3|
|GEOG 350||Soils and the Environment||4|
|GEOG 363||Watershed Analysis||4|
|GEOG 364||Fluvial Processes and Landforms||4|
|GEOG 370||Quantitative Methods in Geography||3|
|A field capstone (min. 1 cr):|
|BIOL 320||Studies in Tropical Environments||3|
|BIOL 329||Biological Field Experiences and Service-Learning Capstone||1-2|
|BIOL 490||Biological Field Studies||1-4|
|GEOL 303||Rocky Mountain Field Studies||3|
|GEOL 343||Geological Field Excursion||1-2|
|GEOL 470||Field Geology I||3|
Note 1: Credits from other courses may also be applied as electives, pending advisor and college approval, when they focus specifically on environmental topics. This includes special topics, directed studies, independent study, and/or internships. Applicable environmental courses offered through International Study Abroad or National Student Exchange may also be applied with consent of an advisor.
Note 2: For students pursuing standard majors in Biology or Geography, a maximum of 12 credits from the major may be applied to this minor.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:
- Demonstrate ecological and physical science knowledge related to the conservation of biological diversity and natural resources.
- Use computational and technological skills to analyze environmental systems.
- Evaluate relationships between environmental science and society.
- Apply knowledge, skills, and values of environmental science to examine issues in a field setting.