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    The Environmental Sciences Minor

The environmental sciences minor has been developed to encourage and facilitate studies in environmental sciences by students completing degrees in the other science and engineering disciplines. The environmental sciences (ES) minor requires:

Core Sciences (Environmental Sciences Minor)

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of environmental science, it is important that professionals from various areas of expertise acquire a common language and set of core concepts to make discussion and cooperation possible. The following courses represent the minimum set of requirements (total of 30 credits):

Mathematics (12 credits)

At least one of these four courses:

Biology (3 credits)

One course, such as:

Physics (10 credits)

Chemistry (13 credits)

Environmental Sciences:

Students must take two introductory courses dealing with the environment and three or more of the upper-level environmental science courses on the following lists:

Introductory Courses (6 credits)

Upper-Level Courses (9 credits)

Pairing a Major with the Environmental Sciences Minor

Many of the most creative and productive advances in environmental sciences in recent years have come from scientists trained in traditional disciplines (biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and engineering) who have devoted themselves to the study of environmental problems. Completion of the degree requirements of a traditional discipline provides depth and rigor that, when supplemented with additional academic training in environmental science, can be applied to professional work in a variety of environmental subjects, as the following examples show:

Biological Processes: Response of ecosystems to change, microbial degradation of pollutants, biogeochemical cycling of greenhouse gases. 

Illustrative majors: Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics, Biochemical Engineering

Physical Processes: Erosion of hillslopes, rivers, and coastlines; sediment production, transport, and fate; groundwater, movement of contaminant plumes; oceanography; atmospheric physics; aerosol formation; global warming.

Illustrative majors: Civil Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Environmental Chemistry: Environmental fate of pollutants, water and waste water treatment, geochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, ozone depletion, acid rain.

Illustrative majors: Chemistry, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering

Environmental Systems: Environmental modeling, risk assessment, environmental systems design, pollution control strategies.

Illustrative majors: Civil Engineering, Applied Mathematics and Statistics