Environmental Sciences and Policy Minor

Sustaining and protecting the earth

A minor in environmental science and policy is a great option for the student who is interested in conservation and the policies that are developed to protect the environment. This minor easily complements many of the offerings from other CNAS departments, but a student does not have to be majoring in a science field to pursue this minor.

Program requirements

Environmental Sciences and Policy

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science

Administrator: Professor Xingping Sun, Ph.D.

The Environmental Sciences and Policy minor is administered by the College of Natural and Applied Sciences with the Dean, or his/her designate, serving as program coordinator. Courses must be approved by the faculty on the Environmental Focus Committee for inclusion in the minor. The coordinator must approve the course of study for each student who wishes to complete the minor.

The minor in Environmental Sciences and Policy consists of 18-19 hours. It is interdisciplinary and will permit students in various fields to complement their academic major with a minor emphasizing Environmental Sciences and Policy.

  1. Natural Science: Select 3 of the following. (9-10 hours)
    1. BIO 369(4) General Ecology
    2. CHM 260(3) Principles of Environmental Chemistry or CHM 460(3) Environmental Chemistry I 
    3. GLG 171(3) Environmental Geology* or GRY 108(3) Principles of Sustainability**
    4. GRY 351(3) Conservation of Natural Resources or AGN 335(3) Soil Conservation and Water Management
  2. Policy: Select 3 of the following courses (9 hours)
    1. ECO 540(3) Economics of the Environment
    2. PHI 302(3) Environmental Ethics
    3. PLS 555(3) Public Policy for a Global Environment
    4. LAW 537(3) Environmental Regulation
    5. PSY 379(3) Environmental Psychology
    6. SOC 319(3) Environmental Sociology
  3. Recommended: At least one statistic course.

*GLG 171 may count toward the General Education Focus on Physical Science requirement.

**GRY 108 may count toward the General Education Focus on Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.