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Environmental Studies Minor

The Environmental Studies minor provides an opportunity for the interested student to engage in a thorough study of the environment from many academic viewpoints, but in an integrated fashion. Through participation in this program, the student has an opportunity to study the nature of the environment, human relationship to the environment, today’s environmental problems, and proposed solutions to these problems. Qualified students may also participate in research within the College through collaboration with individual professors or in the community through various internships sponsored by participating departments.

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Link To College Bulletin for Course Descriptions

Environmental Studies Minor  Requirements

Total Credit Hours Required 25-28

ENVR 124 Environmental Issues (3 cr) AND
GEOG 111 Physical Geography (3 cr) and GEOG 112 N/Physical Geography Lab (1 cr) OR
GSCI 140 Environmental Science (3 cr) and GSCI 141 N/Environmental Science Lab (1 cr)

SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES – three courses in at least two disciplines
ANTH 204 Human Ecology (3 cr)
ANTH 302 Medical Anthropology (3 cr)
ANTH 313 Global Health Issues (3 cr)
ECON 340 Environmental Economics (3 cr)
ECON 355 Economic Development and Growth (3 cr)
ENVR 250 Urban Environmental Issues in Latin America (3 cr)
ENVR 268 Landscapes and Livelihoods in Central Appalachia (3 cr)
ENVR 395 Environmental Internship (3 cr)
ENVR 399 Directed Studies (3 cr)
GEOG 201 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning (3 cr)
GEOG 269 Geographic Field Studies in Western Canada (3 cr)
GEOG 274 Conservation and Resource Management (3 cr)
HIST 369 Environmental Thought & Politics in Modern America (3 cr)
PHIL 201 Environmental Ethics (3 cr)
PLSC 215 Community, State and Regional Politics (3 cr)
PLSC 314 American Public Policy (3 cr)
PLSC 316 Political Power in America Cities (3cr)
PSYC 275 Environmental Psychology (3 cr)
SOCL 218 Sociology of Environmental Issues (3 cr) or SOCL 318 Environmental Sociology (3 cr)

SCIENCES – three courses in at least two disciplines
BIOL 203 Principles of Ecology (3 cr)
BIOL 215 Plant Diversity (4 cr)
BIOL 235 Disease and the Developing World (3 cr)
BIOL 305 Conservation Biology (3 cr)
BIOL 311 Taxonomy of Vascular Plants (4 cr)
BIOL 312 Aquatic Community Ecology (4 cr)
BIOL 314 Biodiversity (3 cr)
BIOL 376 Environmental Management (3 cr)
CHEM 104 Chemistry and Society (3 cr) and CHEM 105 N/Chemistry and Society Lab (1 cr)
ENVR 395 Environmental Internship (3 cr)
ENVR 399 Directed Studies (3 cr)
GEOG 220 Weather and Climate (3 cr)
GEOG 230 Biogeography (3 cr) or GEOG 431 Field Biogeography (3 cr)
GEOG 382 Climate Change and Variability (3 cr)
GSCI 120 Our Geological Environment (3 cr) and GSCI 121 N/Our Geological Environment Lab (1 cr)
GSCI 150 Geology of Climate Change and Energy (3 cr) and GSCI 151 N/ Geology of Climate Change and Energy Lab (1 cr)
GSCI 160 Physical Geology (3 cr) and GSCI 161 N/ Physical Geology Lab (1 cr)
GSCI 200 Environmental Geology (3 cr)
GSCI 210 Mineralogy (3 cr)
GSCI 315 Principles of Geochemistry (3 cr)
GSCI 331 Geomorphology (3 cr)
GSCI 335 Global Climate Change (3 cr)
GSCI 347 Groundwater Hydrology (3 cr)

1.  A three-credit lecture taken with its one-credit co-requisite lab constitutes one course.
2.  No more than four courses total can be taken from the same prefix.
3.  Three credits of ENVR 395 (internship) constitute one course. No more than three credits of ENVR 395 can be applied to the minor.
4.  Three credits of ENVR 399 (directed study) constitute one course. No more than three credits of ENVR 399 can be applied to the minor.


Recent Directed Studies

  • Deer browsing and biodiversity in Letchworth State Park
  • GIS-based tree inventory
  • Sustainability planning
  • Letchworth applications in biogeography


For further information and/or to enroll in the Environmental Studies minor, contact:
David Aagesen
Bailey Hall 233
Phone: (585) 245-6191