2002 - 2003 Environmental Studies Program

Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Minor

Faculty: Lawrence Anderson, Bonnie Baxter, Diane Forster-Burke, Patricia Gay, David Goldsmith, Ty Harrison, Carolyn Jenkins, Jeffrey McCarthy, Jeff Nichols, Michael A. Popich, Paul Presson, Judy Rogers, Gretchen Siegler, David Stanley, David Stokes, Charles Tripp, John Watkins


The Environmental Studies Program offers an academic minor focused on the examination of environmentally related issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. With a foundation based in studies in philosophy, history, and literature, the minor concentrates on social policy, values, and scientific understanding with respect to the environment and stresses comprehension and analysis of rapidly changing global and regional environmental conditions. The curriculum prepares students to enter public and private organizations that deal with today's pressing environmental matters.

Program Requirements

The academic minor requires completion of 24 credit hours selected from the anthropology, biology, economics, English, earth systems science, philosophy, and political science courses listed below. Students must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA in courses required for the Environmental Studies minor. Additional course work is available in the chemistry, history, and psychology programs, and in selected honors courses.

Students choosing a double major or minor in any of the fields included within this minor may not apply a course to more than one major or minor except in the case of BIOL 210 (Environmental Biology, LE).

For course prerequisites please refer to the course descriptions.

Academic Minor

Requirement Description

Credit Hours


Required Courses


BIOL 210 Environmental Biology and Lab, LE
ESS 205 Earth Systems and Global Environmental Change
ENGL 355 Literature of the Environment
PHIL 307 Environmental Ethics
PLSC 327 Environmental Politics and Policy





From the following courses, students must take six additional hours:

ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology (4)
BIOL 404 Ecology and Lab (4)
ECON 325 Environmental Economics (4)
ESS 110 Introduction to Geology, LE (3)




Certain Selected Topics (300 courses), Directed Studies (401 courses), and Internships (440 courses) offered under participating programs may also be suitable as electives. Students should consult a faculty member in the Environmental Studies Program regarding the suitability of a particular course and should get approval from the director of the Environmental Studies Program before registering. Refer to the course descriptions in each program for specific information and prerequisites. Titles of Selected Topics courses are published in the course schedules for each semester.