Environmental Studies Minor

Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences
Office: 150 Houghton Hall

(716) 673-3302

Erica Simoson, Chairperson

Email: geosciences@fredonia.edu

Website: http://home.fredonia.edu/earth

The Environmental Studies minor provides students with a broad interdisciplinary perspective on the relationship between humans and the natural world. Drawing equally on insights from the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences, the program prepares students to address key environmental and social challenges of the 21st Century—unsustainable resources use, climate change, energy policies, ecosystem devastation, social justice issues, population growth and development, industrial food systems, pollution and waste, and human health problems, to name a few.

The Environmental Studies minor is open to all students, and it is particularly useful for students who are thinking about environmentally focused careers in the areas of advocacy and public policy, communication, economics, history, journalism, law, or writing. The breadth and interdisciplinary nature of the program provides a solid foundation in the multitude of perspectives from which to view the natural world, and the variety of independent but interconnected paths from which to build a career focused on sustainability.

Minor Requirements

Required Core Courses:

Some courses require prerequisites.  Click on any hyperlinked course for additional information. 

Students will take at least one class from each of the four areas:

1. Natural Science:

BIOL 115Environmental Biology

3

or

CHEM 113Chemistry in the Environment: Issues and Solutions

3

or

GEO 175Thirsty Planet

3

Total Credit Hours:3

2. Historical Contexts:

HIST 310World Environmental History

3

or

HIST 352Environmental History of North America

3

Total Credit Hours:3

3. Social Science:

POLI 387Environmental Policy

3

or

ECON 380Environmental/Natural Resource Economics

3

Total Credit Hours:3

4. Humanities:

COMM 321Environmental Communication

3

or

ENGL 333Environmental Literature

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Electives:

Students will take at least two courses from two different disciplines, selected from the following list (or from the previous list of required core courses):

BIOL 421Biological Conservation

3

BIOL 426Current Environmental Topics

3

ECON 340Urban and Regional Economics

3

ESCI 105Global Environmental Issues

3

GEO 359Vanishing Earth Resources

3

HIST 353U.S. Consumer Culture

3

POLI 240Urbanization and Environmental Challenges

3

SOC 215Introduction to Public Health

3

SOC 342Food and Culture

3

WRTG 374Writing and Social Change

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Capstone:

ESCI 440Environmental Sciences Seminar

1

ESCI 441Environmental Sciences Senior Seminar

1

Total Credit Hours:2
 

NOTE:

  • Both ESCI 440 & ESCI 441 are required for the Capstone.
  • Many of the upper level core and elective courses have prerequisites;  students are responsible for knowing which prerequisites they need to take and should plan carefully as they complete this minor.
  • No more than six credits from a student’s major or other minors may be counted toward the Environmental Studies minor.

Total Credit Hours: 20