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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES MINOR
Spring 2014 Environmental Course Offerings below
Environmental Studies Cluster: Students not minoring in Environmental Studies are encouraged to take some environmental courses as their electives.
RATIONALE: The need for environmental and sustainability education in many areas is great, as a variety of environmental problems
pose risks, and sustainability opportunities are tremendous. We need for our workers and leaders to increase their ability to critically
assess and address how we contribute to environmental problems and how we can implement measures to resolve or mitigate
Environmental education, while essential for environmental scientists, is for people in all walks of life. We need environmentally literate
professionals, policy-makers, journalists, social workers, health providers, educators, business people, and artists.
MISSION STATEMENT: The Environmental Studies Minor promotes environmental literacy and sustainability and raises awareness
of the effects of daily decisions on how we interact with animals and plants and how we use natural resources such as water, air, and
soil. It takes a holistic ecological perspective, reflecting the recognition that human activities are dependent upon natural processes
and that humans are a part of interconnected systems. It is broadly interdisciplinary, encompassing courses from the humanities, social
sciences, health and human services, sciences, business, engineering, and public policy. It enables students to identify environmental
problems, communicate across disciplines, and promote sustainable solutions. Students can explore relationships between global
ecology and our South Texas environment, and also examine the relationships among social inequalities, negative environmental
impacts, and environmental justice.
MINOR REQUIREMENTS: Students are required to take at least 18 semester hours (9 advanced), a minimum of 6 courses.
A. Environmental Science Courses:
B. Environmental Studies Courses:
C. Additional Courses and Course Sections with an Environmental Focus (these need to be
ENVIRONMENTAL COURSE OFFERINGS - Spring 2014:
· ENG 1302 Rhetoric & Composition II: (Herweck sections only) environmental reading & writing. Meets Core requirement.
· GEOL 1401 Physical Geology: comprehensive introduction to the origin, structure, materials and processes of the earth; plate tectonics, the rock cycle, landscape evolution, volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis; human dependence and effects on the earth, including pollution and global warming. Meets Core.
· BIOL 2406 Environmental Biology (Dirrigl): Intro to ecology, environmental problems, human impact, and possible solutions. The interaction of humans and the environment, ecosystems, biotic and abiotic components of the environment, population dynamics and sustainability, energy flow, toxicology, waste production, waste disposal, and pollution.
· HIST 3303 Geography & Environment (Adair): the effect of the environment and geography on history; how humanity has reacted to the environment and influenced ecosystems, and how different cultures have interacted with similar environments; trade routes, the effects of disease, the connections between resources & the rise of civilizations & empires.
· POLS 3319 Environmental Policy (Gleason): Examination of the public debate over environmental protection and groups engaged in environmental process; development and formation of environmental policy. Specific environmental policies will be examined to include the politics and processes of regulatory decision making and their consequences for the environment.
· SOCW 3333.01/6933.02 The Natural Environment & Human Well-Being (Faver): examines human’s interactions with the environment and major causes and consequences of environmental degradation affecting human well-being. Consideration of inequities in the distribution of environmental risks and participation of Mexican-origin people in the environmental justice movements.
· ENSC 3401 Environmental Regulations and Environmental Impact Assessment (Dirrigl): An overview of state and federal environmental agencies, laws, and regulations. The practical consequences of these law and regulations are demonstrated through case studies. Students gain experience in preparing environmental impact statements. Prereq ENSC 3400
· PUBA 4363/6307 The Politics of Scarcity (Zemrani): examination of major policy issues & theories involved in poverty, declining natural resources, arable land, water and inadequate food supplies; amidst government financial shortfalls, increasing population & threatened environment.
· MGMT 4362 Business & Sustainability (Kaynak): Sustainability and sustainable business models. All three aspects of sustainability -- economic, social and environmental -- are emphasized. The goal is to educate students on how businesses can integrate the three aspects of sustainability and incorporate them into strategy and operations.
· MECE 4360 Solar Energy (Vasquez) prereqs in MECE
Graduate Environmental Studies Courses:
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