The Environmental Studies program provides an interdisciplinary curriculum that spans the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Distribution requirements enable students to develop a broad understanding of complex environmental issues that entails thinking beyond existing disciplinary frameworks and boundaries. Through their coursework, Environmental Studies students acquire skill sets – in historical and scientific inquiry, critical thinking and effective communication, and social, cultural and political analysis – that are essential to solving contemporary environmental problems. Students in the program are trained in the use of digital mapping and spatial analytical tools that are increasingly in demand by governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and the private sector, preparing them for a range of professional opportunities
The Minor in Environmental Studies (ENVS) consists of 18 credits of coursework reflecting each of the program’s major fields.
- Requirement 1: 01:381:101 Introduction to Environmental Studies (3 credits) (can be substituted with 01:450:102)
- Requirement 2: Natural Sciences. A total of 3 credits (see detailed course list on degree navigator)
- Requirement 3: Environmental Humanities. A total of 3 credits (see detailed course list on degree navigator)
- Requirement 4: Environmental Social Sciences. A total of 3 credits (see detailed course list on degree navigator)
- Requirement 5: ENVS Methods/Techniques. A total of 3 credits (see detailed course list on degree navigator)
- Requirement 6: Elective. A total of 3 credits (see detailed course list on degree navigator)
A maximum of 6 credits toward the Minor in ENVS can be earned at the 100 level.
At least 6 credits toward the Minor in ENVS must be earned at the 300 – 400 level.
No more than 6 of these credits can be double counted for another program.
No more than one course with a grade of D may be used in the Minor in ENVS.
Learning Goals for the Minor in Environmental Studies
This program has three learning goals:
- Environmental Literacy – Students who complete the minor will understand and be able to articulate, both orally and in writing, the core principles, concepts, and theories that form the field’s interdisciplinary foundation.
- Environmental Methods/Techniques – Students who complete the minor will be able to demonstrate proficiency in at least one spatial analytical method/technique.
- Environmental Problem Solving – Students who complete the minor will be able to apply perspectives from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities in an integrated fashion to analyze concrete environmental problems and evaluate alternative approaches to them.