Environment, Society, and Culture, Minor
Liberal Arts (Code 489-401)
Advisors: J. Boulter (Public Health and Environmental Studies), J. Phillips (Chemistry and Biochemistry), C. Pierce (Public Health and Environmental Studies).
The Environment, Society, and Culture minor enables students to apply interdisciplinary approaches to investigate the human and ecological dimensions of environmental issues, including climate change, environmental justice, pollution, and sustainable food systems. The minor provides the opportunity to integrate courses from a variety of disciplines, including economics, environmental science, ethics, gender studies, geography, history, policy, public health, and sociology. Concepts and tools from these disciplines empower students to address environmental challenges at local-to-global scales. The minor is open to all students and is designed to be flexible so that students can tailor their courses to meet their particular needs and interests.
In addition, students gain real world research skills and apply principles of environmental justice, civic engagement, sustainability, and strategic policy development to learn about the underlying drivers of critical challenges such as climate change, air and water pollution, biodiversity loss, urbanization, and infectious disease outbreaks. Students in the minor examine social and environmental conflicts and the policies and strategies to address these conflicts. The Environment, Society, and Culture minor challenges students to think critically and holistically to understand the social and environmental dynamics of environmental concerns.
|Minimum of 24 credits, with at least 12 credits from courses at the 300-level or above, including:|
|Select at least one gateway course from the following:|
|Environmental Biology and Conservation|
|Chemistry and Climate|
|Introduction to Environmental Health|
|Sustainability Basics and Beyond|
|Planet Earth: Conservation of the Environment|
|Select at least three of the following from the “Socio-cultural Perspectives” category:|
|Topics in Communication and Social Advocacy (when offered as Environmental Communications)|
|Waste & Society: Energy, Food, and Efficiency|
|U.S. Environmental and Sustainability Policy|
|Sustainable Placemaking and Community|
|Geography of Food|
|International Environmental Problems and Policy|
|American Environmental History|
|Sociology of Food and Agriculture|
|Natural Science Focus Area: A two-course sequence in a natural science chosen from the following options:|
|Conservation Biology 1|
and Environmental Chemistry 2
|Planet Earth: The Physical Environment|
and Introduction to Geomorphology
or GEOG 340
or GEOG 361
and Earth Resources and Sustainability
or GEOL 308
|Select additional courses from those listed above or from the options below to reach a total of 24 credits:|
|American Indian History|
|Contemporary American Indian Communities|
|Biological Field Experiences and Service-Learning Capstone|
|Disease Detectives: Epidemics and Data|
|Radiation, Air Pollution and Health|
|Water and Wastewater|
|Hazardous and Solid Waste Management|
|Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning|
|Geography Field Seminar|
|History of Public Health in the United States|
|Principles of Demography|
|Social Class and Inequality|
Must take either GEOG 178 or BIOL 180 as the gateway course as a prerequisite to BIOL 328.
CHEM 105, CHEM 106, and CHEM 109 may be used in lieu of CHEM 115 but only six credits may be counted toward the minor from these courses.
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 the Honors program, International Study Abroad or National Student Exchange may also be applied with consent of an advisor.
Note 2: A minimum of 48 unique credits must be earned between the student’s major and this minor for purposes of meeting graduation requirements for first and second degree programs.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:
- Examine the human impacts on environmental systems using scientific inquiry.
- Describe political, economic, and social dimensions of environmental problems.
- Recognize the spiritual and philosophical interconnections between humans and the environment.
- Integrate scientific, socioeconomic, and ethical perspectives to address environmental issues.