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Minor in Environmental Sciences

(17-19 credit hours)

Environmental Sciences

Advisors: Christy Briles & Anne Chin​

Two lecture/laboratory courses from the following list (eight to ten credit hours; see note 2):
BIOL 2051/2071, General Biology
BIOL 2061/2081, General Biology
CHEM 2031/2038, General Chemistry
CHEM 2061/2068, General Chemistry
ENVS 1042, Introduction to Environmental Science
GEOL 1072, Physical Geology
GEOL 1082, Physical Geology
PHYS 2010/2030, College Physics
PHYS 2020/2040, College Physics

Three upper division courses outside of the student's major discipline from the following list (nine credit hours; see notes 5 & 6):  
ANTH 4010, Global Health Studies I
BIOL 3411, Principles of Ecology
CHEM 4700, Environmental Chemistry ( see Note 4)
ECON 4540, Environmental Economics
ENVS/PHYS 3082, Energy and Environment
GEOG 3232, Weather and Climate
GEOG 3240, Colorado Climates
GEOG 4020/ENVS 5020, Earth Environments and Human Impacts
GEOG 4080/5080, Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 4090/5090, Environmental Modeling with GIS
GEOG 4220/5220, Environmental Impact Assessment
4230/5230, Hazard Mitigation and Vulnerability Assessment
GEOG 4240, Principles of Geomorphology
GEOG 4270, Glacial Geomorphology
GEOG 4335/5335, Contemporary Environmental Issues
GEOG 4265/5265, Sustainability in Resource Management
GEOG 4350/5350, Environment and Society in the American Past
GEOL 4030, Environmental Geology
HIST 4232, Historic Preservation
HIST 4810, U.S. Environmental History
PHIL 4510, Philosophy of Nature
PSC4354, Environmental Politics

Notes for Environmental Science Minor:
1) All work submitted for an environmental sciences minor must have a grade of C (2.0) or above.
2) The lecture/laboratory sequence can be part of the requirements for the major, but not in the student's major department (i.e., a biology major cannot use the general biology sequence, but could use the general chemistry sequence, which is also required for the biology major).
3) Students must take a minimum of nine hours of the upper division courses at the Downtown Campus.
4) If the student plans to go on to the MS in Environmental Sciences Program, he/she should choose courses other than CHEM 4700. This is a core course in the MS in Environmental Science Program.
5) Many of the upper division courses have prerequisites; student must check the catalog for prerequisite requirements for these courses.
6) The three upper division elective courses for the environmental sciences minor cannot be from the student's major discipline, even if the particular course is not counted toward the major.