Environmental Studies Minor

Minor in Environmental Studies

This is an interdisciplinary program that integrates the natural and physical sciences with the social sciences and humanities to study current environmental problems resulting from human population growth, global climate change, overuse of natural resources, pollution and biodiversity loss. A minimum 18 hours are required, 9 of which must be in the natural and physical sciences, including the listed Honors College courses, and 9 must be from the social sciences and humanities. Both BIOL 1202 (Environmental Biology) and POL SCI 3480 Environmental Politics must be completed as part of the total 18 hours. A total of 12 hours must be taken at or above the 2000 level, with one additional course at or above the 3000 level besides POL SCI 3480. At least 9 hours must be taken while in residence at UMSL. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required.

ANTHRO 1005Introduction to Biological Anthropology4
ANTHRO 2126Archaeology Of Greater St Louis3
ANTHRO 3228People and Plants3
ANTHRO 3232Environmental Archaeology3
ANTHRO 3270Human Ecology, Cultural Collapse, and Sustainable Developments3
BIOL 1202Environmental Biology3
BIOL 1821Introductory Biology: Organisms and the Environment (MOTR BIOL 150L)5
BIOL 2102General Ecology3
BIOL 2103General Ecology Laboratory2
BIOL 2501Biology of Plants5
BIOL 3202Conservation Biology3
BIOL 3203Conservation Biology Laboratory2
BIOL 3302Introduction to Evolution3
BIOL 4102Behavioral Ecology3
BIOL 4192Applications of Geographic Information Systems5
BIOL 4222Tropical Ecology and Conservation3
BIOL 4245Field Biology3
BIOL 4270Global Climate Change3
BIOL 4402Ornithology3
BIOL 4403Ornithology Laboratory2
BIOL 4422Entomology3
BIOL 4423Entomology Laboratory2
BIOL 4501Flowering Plant Families: Phylogeny and Diversification5
ECON 3500The Economics of Government Spending and Taxation3
ECON 4160Geospatial Analysis in the Social Sciences3
ECON 4170Fundamentals of Cost-Benefit Analysis3
ECON 4550Natural Resource Economics3
GEOL 1002Historical Geology4
HONORS 2050Inquiries in the Natural Sciences1-3
HONORS 2051Inquiries in the Sciences: Laboratory or Field Work1
INTL BUS 4281Entrepreneurship in the Global Environment3
PHIL 2255Environmental Ethics3
POL SCI 3480Environmental Policy3
POL SCI 3595Studies in Comparative Politics3
POL SCI 3850International Organizations and Global Problem-Solving3
POL SCI 3900Special Readings1-10

Learning Outcomes

Foundational Knowledge  
Students obtaining a minor in environmental studies will be able to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines including natural sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and economics as they pertain to environmental issues and policies.

Practical skills and problem solving  
Students earning a minor in environmental studies will be able to appreciate the biological methods and applications to solving environmental issues while recognizing the cultural and ethical context of environmental issues.  Moreover, the minor will be able to reflect on his or her contribution as a citizen and consumer to global environmental issues.