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Urban Environmental Studies

The Urban Environmental Studies Minor

The minor in Urban Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to foster a broad understanding of both environmental science and policy.  The program provides students with opportunities to explore scientific, economic, political, cultural, and ethical concepts as they relate to human-environment interactions, and explore what is necessary to ensure a sustainable society for future generations.

The following courses are required (2 units)

  • UES 150 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • UES 160 Environmental Earth Science

Three courses from the following:

  • BI 411*General Ecology or BI 314 Conservation Biology
  • EC 340* Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • PL 307* Environmental Ethics
  • RE 320 Religion and the Natural World
  • UES/PS 210 Environmental Problems and Policy
  • PY 220 Environment and Behavior
  • SO 376 Environnmental Sociology
  • BI 225* Evolutionary Ecology
  • UES 206** Special Topics in Urban Environmental Studies

*These courses have prerequisites other than UES 150

**UES 206 may be taken only once for credit toward the minor

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Courses used to satisfy environmental studies minor requirements may count towards major requirements in biology, economics, philosophy, political science, and psychology.

The set of courses required in the minor comprise the essential components of an interdisciplinary environmental studies program. In addition to these courses, students are encouraged to apply knowledge learned in other courses to the examination of environmental issues.

Further study in the natural sciences (chemistry, field biology, and physics) and economics, specifically microeconomic theory and applications, would provide greater depth to the knowledge acquired in the environmental studies minor.

Additional courses recommended for the Urban Environmental Studies minor:

  • BI 206 Field Botany
  • BI 232 Vertebrate Field Zoology
  • CH 101 Introductory Chemistry
  • EC 202 Principles of Microeconomics