Effective: Fall 2015 - Current


A minor in the Environment is not open to students concentrating in the Environment, to students in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, nor to those pursuing a minor in Global Change or minor in Sustainability. 

The goals of this minor are to enhance the environmental literacy of undergraduates by exposing them to various disciplinary approaches to environmental issues and problems and by providing opportunities for field-based experience and for the acquisition of analytical skills useful in solving environmental problems.

The intended audience is students seeking some measure of environmental literacy or preparing themselves for careers with an environmental dimension.

Students wishing to pursue a minor in the Environment must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the program's designated advisor. 

Prerequisites to the Minor

None for the Academic Minor per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the Academic Minor may have course prerequisites.

Requirements for the Minor

At least 17 credits of courses, to be elected from five categories as stated (at least two of the required courses must be at the 300-level or above):

  1. Introductory interdisciplinary courses. One course chosen from:
    • ENVIRON 110 / BIOLOGY 110 / GEOSCI 171 / AOSS 171 / ENSCEN 171. Introduction to Global Change I. Physical Impacts
    • ENVIRON 111 / SOC 111 / GEOG 111 / AOSS 172 / ENSCEN 172. Introduction to Global Change II. Human Impacts
    • ENVIRON 201. Ecological Issues
    • ENVIRON 270. Our Common Future
    • CEE 260. Environmental Principles
  2. Environmental Natural Science. One course chosen from the list of Environmental Natural Science courses, above:
  3. Environmental Social Science. One course chosen from the list of Environmental Social Science courses:
  4. Culture and Environment. One course chosen from the list of Culture and Environment courses:
  5. Analytics or Field Experience (one course):
    1. Field Experience. The field experience requirement may be satisfied in two ways: by a field course at the UM Biological Station, Camp Davis, or other approved field location; or by an approved off-campus internship that results in academic credit.
    2. Analytics. The analytics requirement may be satisfied by electing STATS 250 or SOC 210 or equivalent (STATS 265 or IOE 265).

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