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Requirements for the Environmental Studies Minor

environmental studies program

The Environmental Studies minor uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the science and policy of the Earth’s environmental challenges and is designed to complement any undergraduate major. The goals of the minor are to provide students with:

  • an awareness of the scientific, political, and cultural aspects of the world’s environmental problems and paths toward sustainable solutions;
  • a background for environmentally related careers in business, education, law, policy or research; and
  • preparation for graduate study.

To complete the minor, students in the classes of 2015 and beyond successfully complete the following requirements:

A. EESC 2201, Environmental Systems: The Human Footprint (plus lab EESC 2211; two credits)

B. One of the following courses (plus labs EESC 2212-2218; two credits):

  • EESC 2202, Environmental Systems: Ecosystems,
  • EESC 2203, Environmental Systems: Water Resources,
  • EESC 2204, Environmental Systems: The Critical Zone,
  • EESC 2205, Environmental Systems: Climate Change,
  • EESC 2206, Environmental Systems: Oceans,
  • EESC 2207, Environmental Systems: Earthquakes, or
  • EESC 2208, Environmental Systems: Quantitative Methods

C. One foundation course in environmental policy (three credits):

  • ECON 2277 Environmental Economics and Policy or ECON 2278 Environmental Economics
  • HIST 2503/SOCY 1025 People and Nature
  • HIST 4703 Environmental Histories of Water
  • MGMT 2145 Environmental Management
  • SOCY 1031 Society and Environmental Transformations
  • SOCY 2200 Statistics (or a different statistics course)
  • SOCY 5563 Environmental Sociology I
  • ENVS/UNAS 2256 Environmental Law and Policy
  • PHIL 5534 Environmental Ethics
  • Core Courses Open Only to First Year Students
    • PHIL 1501 Science and Ethics of Climate Change
    • SOCY 1501 Global Implications of Climate Change
    • SCOY 1509 Planet in Peril: History and Future of Human Impacts

D. At least ten credits (three or more courses) of electives. Only three credits can be from courses numbered below 200. At least three credits must be from courses numbered 300 and above. View list of available elective courses.

E. ENVS 4943, Environmental Seminar, a three-credit senior seminar offered every spring semester

Notes:

  • At least 15 credits must be used solely for the ES minor requirements (i.e., 5 credits can be shared with requirements for your major or the University Core).
  • Your ES minor courses must involve at least three different departments.

For orientation sessions: Entering students interested in environmental studies are encouraged to register for EESC 2201/2211 and EESC 2202/2212 in the fall semester.

Requirements A and B: Environmental Systems courses

 Course  Title  Instructor  Fall
2016
 Spr. 2017
EESC 2201 Environmental Systems: The Human Footprint Wong/Snyder   X
EESC 2202 Environmental Systems: Ecosystems Pisani
Gareau
X  
EESC 2203 Environmental Systems: Water Resources
Snyder
  X
EESC 2204 Environmental Systems: The Critical Zone Hon   X
EESC 2205 Environmental Systems: Climate Change Shakun X
 
EESC 2206 Environmental Systems: Oceans Kineke   X
EESC 2207 Environmental Systems: Earthquakes Kafka    
EESC 2208 Environmental Systems: Quantitative Methods Ebel    

Note: Each are two credit, half-semester courses with required labs EESC 2211-2218. None of these courses have prerequisites. The Student Services computer system does not allow you to register for two courses offered during the same time slot (even though in this case they will not meet at the same time during the semester). To register for both courses in a semester (for example, EESC 2201/2211 and EESC 2202/2212), register for one (and its lab) normally, and then contact Student Services and request that they register you into the other course and lab section.”

Requirement C: Foundation Policy courses (each are three credits)

 Course  Title  Instructor  Fall 2016  Spr. 2017
ECON 2277 Environmental Economics and Policy Sweeney X  
ECON
2278
Environmental Economics Olcum   X
HIST
2503/
SOCY
1025

People and Nature

 

Schor/
Parthasarathi
 

 

 

HIST
4703
Environmental History of Water Zhang   X
MGMT 2145 Environmental Management Faculty    
SOCY
1031
Society and Environmental
Transformations
Gareau    
SOCY
2200
Statistics Faculty X X
SOCY
5562
Environmental Sociology I Gareau
Jorgenson
X  
ENVS
2256
Environmental Law & Policy Plater   X
PHIL
5534
Environmental Ethics Faculty    
PHIL
1501
Science and Ethics of Climate Change
(open to freshmen only)
Storey/
Wong
  X
SOCY
1501
Global Implication of Climate Change
(open to freshmen only)
Gareau/Pisani
Gareau
   
SOCY
1509
Planet in Peril (open to freshmen only) Schor/
Parthasarathi
X  

 

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