Environmental Science, Minor

The environmental science minor provides undergraduates with a strong foundation on a variety of scientific, technical, institutional, economic, behavioral, and conservation-oriented solutions to environmental problems caused by either natural phenomena and/or human activity.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Course Work

Introductory Course Work
Complete one of the following:4-5
Basic Microbiology
and Lab for BIOL 1121
Environmental Science
Science or Engineering
Complete one of the following courses based on your major:4-5
Engineering Majors
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
Other Majors
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
Environmental Engineering 1
Social Sciences
Complete one of the following:4
Environmental Economics
Environmental Ethics
Environmental Politics and Policy
Environment and Society
Environment, Technology, and Society


Complete any two courses from the following. Only one of the courses may be in the 1000–1999 range. Only one course may be selected from a group:8-10
Physics Group
For nonengineering/nonscience majors only:
Energy, Environment, and Society
Biology Group
Environmental Planning Group
Environmental Planning
Geology and Land-Use Planning
Geology Group
Earth Landforms and Processes
and Lab for ENVR 2340
Environmental Pollution
Soil Science
Hydrogeology Group
Applied Hydrogeology
and Lab for ENVR 4500
Geographic Information Systems Group
Geographic Information Systems
and Lab for ENVR 3300
Civil Engineering Group
Environmental Engineering 2
Hydrologic Engineering

Interdisciplinary Work

Complete the independent project, the applied experience, or the environmental safety program:
Independent Project
See program advisor for approval before embarking on the project.
Applied Experience
See program advisor for details.
Environmental Safety Program
See program advisor for details.

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor