The Environmental Science minor allows students to connect the topics from their major to the compelling, contemporary issues that connect humans to the environment. The minor includes courses in all academic units to provide links between disciplines and to provide a foundation for analysis of environmental issues.
To complete the ES minor, students must complete 15 credit hours by taking three of the ES Core courses earning 9 Cr with a C- or better grade in each course. Students must then complete two additional elective courses with a C- or better from the approved list. A student may not major and minor in Environmental Science.
Required Courses Select three courses (9 Cr) from the Environmental Science Core Course list.
Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
Choose two (2) courses from one or any of the groups listed below. Course substitutions may be made with minor advisor approval.
Group I - Biological Science
MEA (BIO) 220 Marine Biology * This course has a prerequisite.
FW (BIO) 221 Conservation of Natural Resources
PB/BIO 360 Ecology * This course has a prerequisite.
BIO 181 Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity
FOR 252 Introduction to Forest Science
Group II - Physical Science
MEA 101 Geology I: Physical
and MEA 110 Geology I: Laboratory
MEA 130 Introduction to Weather and Climate
and MEA 135 Introduction to Weather and Climate Laboratory
MEA 140 Natural Hazards and Global Change
SSC 200 Soil Science (4 cr) *This course has a prerequisite.
MEA 200 Introduction to Oceanography
CE 373 Fundementals of Environmental Engineering
Group III - Social Science
IDS 201 Environmental Ethics
IDS 220 Coastal and Ocean Frontiers
NR/IDS 303 Humans and the Environment
STS 322 Technological Catastrophes
PHI 422 Philosophical Issues in Environmental ethics
PS 320 U.S. Environmental Politics
PS 336 Global Environmental Politics
LAR 221 Introduction to the Environment and Behavior
Group IV - Advanced Courses
MEA 300 Environmental Geology *This course has a prerequisite.
SSC 361 Role of Soils in Environmental Management
NR 460 Renewable Resources Policy and Management
ET 410 Toxic Substances and Society (formerly MDS 410)
EC 436 Environmental Economics
FW (BIO) 430 Fisheries and Wildlife Administration
BIO 402 Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 403 Invertebrate Zoology Laboratory
HI 440 American Environmental History *This course has a prerequisite.
NR 406 Conservation of Biological Diversity *This course has a prerequisite.
SOC 450 Environmental Sociology *This course has a prerequisite.
Admissions and Certification of Minor
Any student with an interest in Environmental Science minor should see the contact person listed below to discuss their interest in the minor, course requirements and complete the Declaration of Minor form to be submitted to the Office of Registration and Records.. Students must have a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 to be admitted to the minor.
The Environmental Science Committee will review the student’s record and certify that the student has completed the requirements for the minor. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student's final semester at NC State.
Contact PersonDr. William E. Winner