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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science Minor

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Dr. Bruce A. Wiggins, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6196
Email: wigginba@jmu.edu
Website: http://www.jmu.edu/environment/science.shtml

This minor is a cross disciplinary program that any student may elect. Students pursuing programs ranging from the physical, natural or social sciences to education, journalism or business could benefit from this broadly-based curriculum. The program draws from courses that focus on the application of scientific concepts and principles to the understanding of environmental problems and their solutions. The minor draws upon the expertise of faculty in the areas of biology, chemistry, geography, physics, and integrated science and technology.

The environmental science minor:

  • Provides a scientific background to those students interested in environmental law, environmental economics and environmental sustainability.
  • Broadens the student’s understanding of how sciences are linked to environmental questions.
  • Complements any major by focusing on courses related to environmental issues.

The minimum requirement for a minor in environmental science is 24 credit hours taken from the four groups outlined below. Students wishing to complete more than one of the environmental minors (environmental management, environmental science and environmental studies) may receive dual credit for the capstone course (ENVT 400 ), but may not receive dual credit for any other courses that might be shared by the minors. Pre-approved study abroad and/or internship experiences may be substituted for one or more of the courses listed below.

No more than two courses from a single subject area can count toward the completion of the environmental science minor. A score of four or greater in AP Environmental Science substitutes for GEOL 115  or ISAT 112 . International studies and special topics courses with appropriate content may be counted (prior approval by the environmental science minor coordinator required).


Group 2. Advanced Environmental Science courses: 15 Credit Hours

Group 3. Environmental Studies courses: 3 Credit Hours


2 All students must complete the capstone course ENVT 400. Students must have completed 15 hours of their environment minor in order to enroll in the capstone.

Total: 24-25 Credit Hours

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