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Environmental Studies

Minor in Environmental Studies

This is an interdisciplinary minor that integrates the natural and physical sciences with the social sciences and humanities to study current environmental problems resulting from human population growth, global climate change, overuse of natural resources, pollution and biodiversity loss. A minimum 18 credit hours are required, 9 of which must be in the natural and physical sciences, including the listed Honors College courses, and 9 must be from the social sciences and humanities.  Both Biology 1202 (Environmental Biology) and Political Science 3480 (Environmental Politics) must be completed as part of the total 18 hours. A total of 12 credit hours must be taken at or above the 2000 level, and one course at or above the 3000 level. At least 9 credit hours must be take while in residence at UMSL. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required.

Natural and Physical Sciences (9 credit hours):
BIOL 1202, Environmental Biology
BIOL 1821, Introductory Biology: Organisms and the Environment
BIOL 2102, General Ecology
BIOL 3103, General Ecology Laboratory
BIOL 2501, Biology of Plants
BIOL 3122, Tropical Resource Ecology
BIOL 3202, Conservation Biology
BIOL 3203, Conservation Biology Laboratory
BIOL 3302, Introduction to Evolution
BIOL 4102, Behavioral Ecology
BIOL 4192, Applications of Geographic Information Systems
BIOL 4222, Tropical Ecology and Conservation
BIOL 4245, Field Biology
BIOL 4270, Global Climate Change
BIOL 4402, Ornithology
BIOL 4422, Entomology
BIOL 4501, Plant Families
GEOL 1002, Historical Geology
HONORS 2050, Inquires in the Natural Sciences (when topic appropriate)
HONORS 2051, Inquires in the Sciences: Laboratory or Fieldwork (when topic appropriate)

Social Sciences and Humanities (9 credit hours):
ANTHRO 1005, Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTHRO 3270, Human Ecology: Cultural Collapse and Sustainability
ECON 4160, Geospatial Analysis in the Social Sciences
ECON 4170, Cost-Benefit Analysis
ECON 4550, Natural Resources Economics
INTBUS 4281/INTBUS 5198, Entrepreneurship in the Global Environment
PHIL 2255, Environmental Ethics
POL SCI 3480, Environmental Politics
POL SCI 3595, Studies in Comparative Politics (when topic appropriate)
POL SCI 3850, International Organizations & Global Problem Solving (when topic appropriate)
POL SCI 3900, Special Readings (when topic appropriate)
POL SCI 4460, Urban Planning and Politics