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The Environmental Studies Program uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the science and policy of the Earth's environmental challenges and is designed to compliment any undergraduate major.

The goals of the Environmental Studies Minor are three-fold:

  • to help undergraduates develop an awareness of the scientific, cultural, and political aspects of the world's environmental problems,
  • to better prepare students for careers in the expanding field of environmental professions,
  • to prepare students for further study at the graduate or professional school level.

These goals are achieved through a dynamic curriculum, as well as research opportunities both on and off campus.

All Environmental Studies minors must take two foundation courses chosen from a specified list of environmental science and policy courses, three advanced courses to be chosen from upper-level offerings in various departments, and a senior seminar. Extensive opportunities are available for supervised internships in science and policy including the Environmental Scholars Program that is conducted in association with the Urban Ecology Institute. For more information about the program, please refer to the Environmental Studies Minor website.

In addition to the two major programs, a student may choose to minor in Geological Sciences. The minor is designed to be flexible and to allow the interested student to explore an area of interest in the earth sciences without the formal commitment of a major. Students interested in declaring a minor in the department should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Prof. Noah Snyder) to ensure they receive advising about course selections.

A minor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences consists of a minimum of six courses in the department structured as follows:

(A) Two required courses (8 credits):

  • Exploring the Earth I (EESC1132) with laboratory (EESC1133)
  • Earth Materials (EESC2220) with laboratory (EESC2221)

(B) At least seven additional credits from departmental courses numbered 1000 or higher
(C) At least three additional credits from a departmental course numbered 2000 or higher
(D) At least three additional credits from a departmental course numbered 3000 or higher

Each student's minor program must be approved in advance by a faculty advisor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Students should be aware that many upper-level courses have prerequisites in geoscience, mathematics, physics, or chemistry. Consult this catalog or a departmental advisor, and keep in mind that these prerequisites must be considered in designing a specific minor program. The minor program allows students flexibility in their choice of courses. Minor programs can be designed to emphasize specific areas of concentration within the broad range of subjects in Earth and Environmental Sciences.