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Minor in Environmental Science

Contact Persons:
Glenn Johnson, Department of Biology
229 Timerman, (315) 267-2710, johnsong@potsdam.edu

Michael Rygel, Department of Geology
235 Timerman, (315) 267-3401, rygelmc@potsdam.edu

24 semesters hours required.

Designed primarily for science majors. Some of the following courses have cognate requirements, so the student should check the individual course listing under its department for these prerequisites. A grade of 2.0 or better must be achieved in all courses.

Some of the following courses have cognate requirements, so the student should check the individual course listing under its department for these prerequisites. A grade of 2.0 or better must be achieved in all courses.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses (Credits 6)
ENVR 110 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  And one of the following*:
  CHEM 301 Fundamentals of Environmental Science
  PHYS 325 Energy and the Environment
*PHYS 325 is required for Biology and Geology majors, CHEM 301 is required for all other majors.

Prerequisite Courses* (Credits 3-7)
GEOL 101 Environmental Geology
BIOL 152 General Biology II (4)
*Only GEOL 101 is required for Biology majors; Only BIOL 152 is required for Geology majors; Both courses are required for all other majors.

Advanced Courses* (Credits 11-14)
BIOL 300 Ecology + Lab (4)
BIOL 312 Insect Ecology (4)
BIOL 326 Morphology of Higher Land Plants
BIOL 330 Natural History of Lower Vertebrates (4)
BIOL 331 Natural History of Higher Vertebrates (4)
BIOL 334 Biology of Woody Plants
BIOL 355 Invertebrate Biology (4)
BIOL 402 Conservation Biology
BIOL 409 Fresh Water Ecology (4)
CHEM 311 Quantitative Analysis (4)
GEOL 310 Hydrology and Hydrogeology (4)
GEOL 340 Geographic Information Systems (4)
GEOL 406 Geomorphology (4)
PHYS 330 Meteorology
CONS 216 Soils in Construction (SUNY Canton) (4)
CONS 386 Water Quality (SUNY Canton) (4)
And other courses by advisement.

*14 credits required for Biology and Geology majors; 11 credits required for all other majors. Advanced courses must be taken outside of the student’s major. GEOL 310 is required for all non-Geology majors and BIOL 300 is required for all non-Biology majors.