Academic Programs



Courses of special interest

  • Chemistry in Society
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Population Dynamics
  • Tropical Ecology
  • Appalachia and the Environment
  • American Writing of Nature
  • Sustainable Development

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    Once greenhouse gas concentrations are stabilized, global mean temperature will continue to rise due to momentum in the climate system for several decades, but it will very likely also begin to stabilize after several decades. (Worldwatch)

Catalog 2015-2016

The Environmental Studies minor serves as a general introduction to the facts and questions involved in concern for the natural environment, and is designed to prepare students for a life of critical and informed reflection on the biological, cultural, and social issues related to environmental concern. In addition to a course on environmental science, courses used to fulfill the requirements of the minor should be of two kinds. If taught within the Natural Sciences division, they should lead to a deeper understanding of life forms other than human or deal with the impact of human activity on the environment. If taught within other divisions, they should focus on the social and cultural dimensions of human relations with the natural world, especially in the light of environmental concern.  Courses taken within disciplinary majors and not listed below (topics courses or internships), IDS courses or courses taken at other institutions may fulfill a minor requirement, upon approval of the coordinator of Environmental Studies.  Students may augment the minor with interdisciplinary research experience and internships. 

Environmental Studies Minor Pattern
6 course units, including:
Core Course:
ENVS 1024 Environmental Science

In addition, students must take 5 courses, with at least 3 drawn from courses taught outside the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
ANTH 3404 Sustainable Development
ANTH 3424 Appalachia and the Environment
BIO 2015 Botany
BIO 2144 Tropical Ecology
BIO 2124 Field Botany
BIO 4144 Ecology
BIO 2164 Ornithology
CHEM 1004 Chemistry in Society
CHEM 2244 Environmental Chemistry
ENG 2134 American Writing of Nature
ENG 2344 The Culture of Nature
PHIL 2084 Environmental Philosophy
SOC 1054 Cultural Geography
SOC 3404 Sustainable Development
SOC 3424 Appalachia and the Environment
SOC 3744 Population Dynamics

Optional: Individualized research projects and independent studies courses may be taken in addition to the 6 courses above.  These courses, and the courses listed below, are designed to augment the experience gained from the courses building the minor.
ENVS 3072 Environmental Studies Research
ENVS 3074 Environmental Studies Research
ENVS 3204 Environmental Studies Internship
ENVS 4004 Senior Project
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