Requirements for the Minor in Environmental Science and Policy

A total of six courses (minimum of 18 credits) distributed as follows:

1. Required Foundation Course (choose one)

  • SCIE 100: Introduction to Environmental Science
  • GEOL 110: Environmental Geology

2. Three Science Courses We strongly recommend that BIOL 303 (Ecology) be chosen as one of the three courses by science majors. At least one course must be outside the major. Only one of these three courses may be an off-campus course. Some examples are:

For Science majors (these courses are also accepted for Social Science and Humanities majors):

  • BIOL 203: Concepts in Biology: Energy Resources
  • BIOL 240: Island Biogeography
  • BIOL 241: Natural History of Costa Rica
  • BIOL 243/244: Madagascar: Culture, Conservation, and Natural History
  • BIOL 303: Ecology
  • BIOL 308: Aquatic Ecology
  • BIOL 318: Evolution
  • BIOL 403: Biodiversity and Conservation
  • BIOL 415: Microbial Ecology
  • CHEM 203: Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 303: Physical Chemistry
  • ENCH 315: Environmental Chemistry
  • GEOL 200: Oceanography
  • GEOL 202: Meteorology
  • GEOL 275: Geology and Natural History of Hawaii
  • GEOL 302: Surficial Geology
  • GEOL 305: Groundwater Hydrogeology
  • GEOL 416: Geochemistry
  • PHYS 314: Thermodynamics

For Social Science and Humanities majors: (these courses may or may not be accepted for science majors)

  • BIOL 101: Biology in Practice: Environment theme topic
  • BIOL 235: Ecology and the Environment
  • BIOL 240: Island Biogeography
  • BIOL 241: Natural History of Costa Rica
  • BIOL 243/244: Madagascar: Culture, Conservation, and Natural History
  • CHEM 102: Chemistry in Today's Society (lab)
  • GEOL 110: Environmental Geology
  • GEOL 200: Oceanography
  • GEOL 202: Meteorology
  • GEOL 275: Geology and Natural History of Hawaii

3. Two Social Science or Humanities courses outside the major. Social Science and Humanities majors must take at least one course at the 300 level or higher. Some examples are:

  • ANTH 341: Cultural Ecology
  • ANTH 350: Environmental Anthropology
  • ECON 101: Economics of Sustainability
  • ECON 102: Resources and Growth
  • ECON 318: Environmental Economics
  • HIST 240: American Environmental Relations
  • HIST 241: Environmental Injustice
  • HIST 271: Changes in the Land
  • INTR 150: Idea and Practice of Sustainability
  • INTR 310: America's Energy Addiction
  • PHIL 271: Values and Society
  • PHIL 336: Ethics
  • POSC 290: Environmental Politics and Policy
  • POSC 325: Global Environmental Governance
  • RELS 346: Religion and Nature

Each semester, many disciplinary Topics courses (150, 250, 350) are offered. Topics courses may substitute for the above requirements if they have an environment-related theme.

Credit for independent studies, internships, etc. may be arranged with approval from the coordinator of the minor.