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Environmental Biology (Minor)

Why Declare a Minor in Environmental Biology?

An academic minor are of great value professionally. They are designed to complement or augment your academic studies and demonstrate additional unique skills and competencies in an area of study outside of your major. Completing a minor allows you to stand out among applications for jobs, professional school, and graduate school by showing that you not only possess unique skills but that you have broad interests and that you are an ambitious learner. These traits will distinguish you from students who pursued only their major course of study.

Pursuing a minor in environmental biology augments not only knowledge gained in the sciences but adds depth to any degree.  It is particularly powerful when coupled with a major in business as many business organizations are dealing with environmental issues associated with pollution and contamination.  It is also a minor that is well partnered with degrees in the liberal arts for students seeking entry into policy and law as it provides foundational training in a core science demonstrating additional quantitative skills that are attractive to employers, graduate programs, and professional schools in these fields.

Who Is This Program For?

If you are interested in the life sciences and want to leverage new understanding about the biosphere and how this system is impacted by humans this minor is for you. 

What Courses Do I Take?

Students complete 7 courses (23-26 credits) in 5 core areas.

Environmental Science: ENVSTY 101 Nature of Environmental Problems
100-level Biology Core: BIOL 111 (General Biology 1) and BIOL 112 (General Biology 2)
200-level Biology Core: BIOL 252/254 Genetics lecture and lab and BIOL 290 Population Biology
300-lebel Biology Core (choose 1): BIOL 342/343 Ecology lecture and lab, BIOL 352/353 Evolution lecture and lab, BIOL 330 Biology of Fishes, BIOL 332/333 Biology of Marine Invertebrates lecture and lab, BIOL 334 Microbiology (note this course requires completion of general chemistry 2 lecture and lab as well), BIOL 336L Ecosystem Ecology, BIOL 338 Insect Life, BIOL 340 Marine Mammal Biology, BIOL 359 Caribbean Tropical Ecology
Environmental Capstone: ENVSTY 401 Environmental Problem Analysis and Policy Formulation

How Do I Declare a Minor in Environmental Biology?

Students interested in declaring a minor in environmental biology should complete a declaration form and have the form signed by the Chair of the Biology Department.  Biology majors can declare a certificate in environmental biology, which has the same requirements as the minor.The Biology Department office is located in Wheatley Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 21. 

Program Contact

For more information contact the Biology Department located in Wheatley Hall, 3rd Floor, room 21.