In This Section



The Environmental Studies Minor utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to help students develop their understanding of important environmental issues and potential solutions to these challenges. Students will develop a basic scientific understanding of how ecosystems function and how people interact with the natural environment. Students will also examine environmental issues from a variety of perspectives by taking courses about the natural environment in a variety of disciplines such as economics, philosophy, politics and geography, recreation and sports management, and sociology.


Students who complete an Environmental Studies Minor will be able to:

1. Explain how ecosystems function, how people depend on the natural environment, and how people affect the natural environment.

2. Identify and discuss various regional and global environmental challenges from a multidisciplinary perspective.

3. Create a synthesis amongst the different perspectives on the environment and provide a balanced opinion about environmental issues.

4. Explore solutions to environmental challenges by utilizing a multidisciplinary approach.

Foundation Courses (not counted as part of the minor)   7
POLI 101 Introduction to World Politics   3
Choose one from the following: (4 Credits)   4
BIOL 121/121L Biological Science I/Laboratory 4
CHEM 111/111L General Chemistry I/Laboratory 4
Recommended Courses    
Choose one from the following: (3-6 Credits)   3-6
ECON 101 OR Survey of Economics 3
ECON 201 Macroeconomics   3
ECON 202 Microeconomics 3
SOC 101 Introductory Sociology 3
CHEM 112/112L General Chemistry II/Laboratory  4
POLI 201  American National Government   3
Required Course (Sciecne Foundation) (4 Credits)   4
ENVI 201/201L Introduction to Environmental Science/Laboratory 4
Multidisciplinary Perspectives (at least 14 additional Credit Hours)    
ECON 320 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 3
ECON 333 Economics of Energy 3
SOC 480 Environmental Sociology 3
POLI 420 Global Environmental Politics 3
POLI 453 Regulatory Policies 3
PHIL 319 Environmental Ethics 3
HPRO 333 Environmental Health 3
RSM 379 Principles of Ecotourism 3
ENVI 399* Independent Study/Internship 1-4
Total Credits Required   18*

*Students must complete a total of at least 18 credits outside of the University Core. Students can complete the minor by taking ECON 320, POLI 420, PHIL 319, RSM 379 and ENVI 399 with no additional prerequisites.

Have questions? Contact:

Michael Ruse
Associate Dean/Director. University Honors Program
(843) 349-2548
Kearns Hall 116A

Declare this Minor »