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Minor in Environmental Studies

Contact Person:
Dr. Heather Sullivan-Catlin, Environmental Studies Coordinator
316-1 Satterlee Hall, (315) 267-2570, sullivha@potsdam.edu

22-26 semesters hours required.

Closed to Environmental Studies majors.

The Environmental Studies minor provides students, from any major, an interdisciplinary understanding of human interactions with the environment to solve complex problems we face today. The minor includes course offerings from fourteen departments and programs. The curriculum emphasizes the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences to prepare students to address environmental issues as global citizens-in our region and the world beyond. Some of the following courses have cognate requirements, so the student should check the individual course listing under its department for these prerequisites.

Please note:
• A grade of 2.0 or better must be achieved in all courses.
• For the Humanities, Social Science, and Science Electives, students may petition the program to accept other suitable courses.
• Some of the listed courses have prerequisites; students should consult the College Catalog.

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

Required Core Course (Credits 3)
ENVR 110 Introduction to Environmental Studies

Humanities (Credits 3)
One of the following Humanities courses:
  HIST 453 Nature in American History
  HIST 454 Energy in American History
  HIST 464 Technology in History
  HIST 470 African Environmental History
  LITR 351 Nature and Literature
  PHIL 330 Environmental Ethics
  And other courses to be listed.

Social Sciences (Credits 3-4)
One of the following Social Science courses:
  ANTH 366 Historical Ecology
  ECON 320 Economy and Environment
  HLTH 300 Environmental Health
  POLS 324 Natural Resource Policy (4)
  POLS 344 Global Climate Change (4)
  POLS 348 Water Policy (4)
  SOCI 340 Environment and Society
  SOCI 341 Environmental Justice
  SOCI 371 Globalization and the Environment
  SOCI 440 Sociology of Food
  And other courses to be listed.

Natural Sciences (Credits 6-7)
Two of the following, each from a different department:
  ANTH 354 Environmental Archeology
  BIOL 101 Evolution and Ecology
or
  BIOL 111 Adirondack Ecology/Natural History
  BIOL 148 Biodiversity Conservation
  BIOL 209 Winter Ecology
  BIOL 300 Ecology (3-4)
  BIOL 312 Insect Ecology (4)
  BIOL 402 Conservation Biology
  BIOL 409 Fresh Water Ecology (4)
  CHEM 301 Fundamentals of Environmental Science
  CHEM 321 The Sustainable World
  GEOL 101 Environmental Geology
or
  GEOL 103 Physical Geology
  GEOL 306 Geology of Our National Parks
  GEOL 310 Hydrology or Hydrogeology
  GEOL 406 Geomorphology (4)
  PHYS 325 Energy and the Environment
  PHYS 330 Meteorology

Skills (Credits 4)
One of the following:
  COMP 304 Technical Writing, (4; Prereq: COMP 201)
or
  COMP 301 Advanced Research Writing (4)
or
  COMP 321 Writing about the Environment (4)
  ENVR 391 Field Project (4)
  GEOL 340 Geographic Information Systems (4)

Environmental Studies Elective (Credits 3)
One course from the above lists of Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences courses.