Minor Requirements

Environmental Science

The environmental science minor: The minor in environmental science is an option for students who do not wish to major in environmental science but wish to enhance their scientific background in conjunction with other interests in the environment. The minor provides the opportunity to apply the interdisciplinary study of environmental science across the curriculum. Specific issues addressed by courses in the minor include the conservation of biodiversity, government environmental policies, economic implications of public or private management of natural resources, ethical implications associated with human impacts on ecosystems, cultural responses to environmental change, and other environmental issues that face society in the new century. In order to declare a minor in environmental science, the student must meet with the environmental science program director.

The minor in environmental science consists of six courses requiring a grade of C- or better: The six courses must be drawn from at least three different fields, with no more than three courses from any one field. No more than three courses may be double counted toward the student's major and this minor. No more than one transfer (outside Trinity) credit may be applied to the minor. The requirements include:

  • Two required environmental science core courses
    • ENVS 149L. Introduction to Environmental Science
    • ENVS 401. Advanced Senior Seminar in Environmental Science*
  • One of the following course sequences:
    • BIOL 182L. Biology II: Evolution of Life plus BIOL 233L. Conservation Biology
    • CHEM 111L. Introductory Chemistry I plus ENVS 375L. Methods in Environmental Science
    • ENVS 112L. Introduction to Earth Science plus ENVS 204L. Earth Systems Science
    • PHYS 141L. Physics I - Mechanics plus PHYS 231L. Electricity and Magnetism
  • Two additional electives in either natural or social sciences or humanities. No more than one additional course can be taken from the natural science electives.
    • Natural science electives:
      • BIOL 215L. Botany
      • BIOL 222L. Invertebrate Zoology
      • BIOL 333L. Ecology
      • BIOL 336L. Marine and Freshwater Botany
      • CHEM 230L. Environmental Chemistry
      • ENVS 286. Theory and Application of GIS*
      • ENVS 305. Soil Science
    • Social science/humanities electives:
      • ANTH 227. Introduction to Political Ecology
      • ECON 209. Urban Economics
      • ECON 247. Introduction to Policy Analysis
      • ECON 301. Microeconomic Theory
      • PBPL 302. Law and Environment Policy

*Although ENVS 286 is classified as a natural science elective for the purpose of this major and minor, the course does not satisfy the natural science distribution requirement of the College. ENVS 401 also does not satisfy the natural science distribution requirement.