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Environmental Studies Minor

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The Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Minor Program (18 hours) is intended to provide all students with the opportunity to obtain a broad-based knowledge of the environmental issues facing our planet; knowledge that spans the biological-physical threats and solutions, as well as behavioral, social, economic, and design implications.  The Environmental Studies Program fosters interdisciplinary study among diverse course offerings in Anthropology, Architecture, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Economics, Philosophy, Physics, and Political Science.

The Minor Course Requirements: 

Students pursuing  behavioral-humanistic-design emphasis must select two courses (6 hours) from the following offerings:

BIOL 1020/1021 - Biology of Organisms/Lab
CHEM 1010/1011 - Chemistry of Materials/Lab
ESCI 1020 - Landforms
ESCI 1103 - The Human Planet
ESCI 1010 - Weather and Climate; or
ARCH 3421 - Environmental Systems with ARCH 3713 - Architecture Design Studio

Students pursuing an environmental science emphasis must select two courses (6 hours) in different disciplines from the following offerings:

BIOL 3050 - General Ecology
BIOL 4055 - Ecology/Environmental Issues
CHEM 4001 - Environmental Chemistry
ESCI 4251 - Environmental Hazards
ESCI 4252 - Global Environmental Change
PHYS 4222 - Environmental Physics

All Environmental Studies students also select three elective courses (9 hours) from the following offerings:

ANTH 4220 - Cultural Perspectives/Environment
ANTH 4510 - Health/Culture/Environmental Justice
ECON 4230 - Ecological Economics
ESCI 4201 - Urbanization/Environment
PHIL 3515 - Environmental Ethics
POLS 4512 - Global Environmental Politics
ARCH 4421 - Sustainable Design

In addition to these elective courses, all Environmental Studies students are required to take one core course: ENVR 4000 - Environmental Studies Directed Research.