Overview

A minor in Environmental Studies helps students understand the interconnections within the natural world and with human society. Information about the environment, sustainability, conservation, energy, and climate change are the types of topics to be discussed. This minor is appropriate to include with a wide variety of majors since the complex and critical relationship we have with our environment is a vital and growing concern of our society and of all students regardless of their major.

Minor

To complete the minor, the student must complete 18-19 credit hours.

Required Courses

9 credit hours required; all courses listed.

BI/EV 261 The Natural History of Indiana
Campus | 3 Credits
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Focuses on Indiana’s diversity of organisms and ecosystems, including the geological and biological history of the state. Field laboratories will introduce students to the major taxonomic groups of organisms and local Indiana habitats. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Course Fee.

Campus 3 Credits
EV/PL 350 Environmental Law
Campus | 3 Credits
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Provides an overview of environmental law that is relevant to the everyday lives of all citizens. As an overview, offers the curious student the resources needed to explore environmental subject areas or issues more fully. Revolves around the primary federal environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and National Environmental Policy Act. Interesting cases, such as does a cetacean have standing to sue, will be incorporated as learning tools.

Campus 3 Credits
EV 490 Internship
Campus | 3 Credits
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Work experience with a firm or agency directly related to the student’s major area of study. The learning experience is structured within the College approved guidelines for the internship program. Through close supervision by the director of interns, faculty advisor and the worksite supervisor, the student works toward achieving goals outlined in the individual learning contract.

Campus 3 Credits

Electives

9-10 credit hours required
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BI/EV 100 Environmental Concerns
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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For the student interested in environmental issues, this course is an introduction to questions related to the environment. Ecosystems and the human impact on ecosystems as population density increases will be included. Different kinds of environmental damage and their problems will be discussed as well as peace and justice issues in the environmental arena.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
BI 340 Conservation
Campus & Online | 3-4 Credits
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Conservation and management of renewable resources such as soil, water, air, minerals, plants and animals in relation to the total environment. The 4-credit hour class consists of three one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week (the 3- credit hour course has no lab). As needed.

Campus & Online 3-4 Credits

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BI 101 Biology: Unity and Diversity
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This is a one semester non-majors course in biology. Students will practice science, science methodologies, critical thinking and problem solving techniques. Students will become informed on the basic biological processes important for maintaining life and diversity. In addition, they will become familiar with the diversity of biological organisms and how they interact with each other as well as understand evolutionary theory as a unifying concept in biology. Students will become practiced in the applications of scientific methodology through laboratory activities. Student comprehension of these concepts will help them make better informed decisions about their bodies and the environment. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Fulfills Woods Core Requirement. Course fee. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on mathematics placement exam or completion of MA 101.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
CH 101 Chemistry for Changing Times
Campus | 3 Credits
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Offers a basic knowledge of the science of chemistry as a tool for understanding the physical world. With this knowledge, we examine the following: how scientists approach and solve problems and how chemistry-related concepts appear in our day-to-day lives. No prior chemistry background is assumed. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Course fee. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on mathematics placement exam or completion of MA 101.

Campus 3 Credits

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PL/EV 437 Environmental Ethics
Campus | 3 Credits
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Social, political, esthetic, scientific and religious perspectives will be used to investigate topics related to issues of health in a variety of countries. Mathematical skills will be reinforced utilizing statistical information and manipulations of data related to health issues. Emerging diseases will be discussed and students will be asked to create a model of a current emerging disease and its probable occurrence in the next ten years.

Campus 3 Credits
BI 460 Sustainable Foods
Campus | 3 Credits
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This course examines what humans eat from multiple disciplines: biology and evolution; agriculture and environmental science; politics, business and economics; history, anthropology and culture; ethics and religion. The course will cover the history of food systems, leading up to a focus on the role of government and business in modern food systems, and the environmental impacts and sustainability of food systems. Finally, the course looks at individual food choices, from several perspectives including: nutrition, ethics, and cultural diversity.

Campus 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements

Career Paths

Combined with majors in liberal arts and science, a minor in environmental studies prepares you for many career fields, including:

  • Ecological studies
  • Agribusiness
  • Conservation
  • Research
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Extension education
  • Farm/ranch manager
  • Teaching