9.18. Environmental Studies

Programs offered:

  • Minor in Environmental Studies (TU)

Healthy people and societies require healthy environments. Yet, the population growth, economic growth, and urbanization found within many modern societies often leads to environmental degradation, such as reduced water quality and biodiversity. The underlying, causal mechanisms are often complex and require multidisciplinary and scientific training to understand and manage. This program provides that training—including careful consideration of several case studies from locations in the growing Atlanta metropolitan region—so that we might make our societies more sustainable. Students completing the minor will be well prepared for careers in the environmental nonprofit sector, environmental law, natural resource management, public policy, environmental consulting, and the like.

Minor in Environmental Studies:

  1. Completion of all of the following courses:
    • BIO 320 Urban Ecology
    • ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies
    • ENV 401 Seminar in Environmental Studies
    • ENV 495 Internship in Environmental Studies (3-4 hours)
  2. Completion of one of the following courses worth a total of at least 4 hours:
    • BIO 280 Conservation Biology in Hawaii
    • BIO 380 Conservation Biology
    • BIO 423 Ecology
    • ECO 120 Principles of Microeconomics
    • ECO 325 Environmental Economics
    • ENV 290 Special Topics in Environmental Studies
    • ENV 490 Advanced Special Topics in Environmental Studies
    • HIS 315 History of Atlanta
    • NPM 220 The Nonprofit Sector
    • HIS 290 Special Topics in History: Environmental History
    • PBH 201 Public Health Perspectives
    • PBH 301 Public Health Workshop
    • ULP 303 The New American City
  3. Additional requirements and things to note:
    • To declare a minor in Environmental Studies, students must submit an application to the director of the environmental studies program. The application is due by close of business on the last Wednesday before the student is first able to register for his/her second sophomore semester.
    • A grade of “C-“or higher is required in all courses contributing to the minor.A grade of “C-“or higher is required in all courses contributing to the minor.
    • Students may use up to 5 hours to meet requirements of a minor in Environmental Studies and a major that requires at least 65 hours. This is the only case in which hours may fulfil requirements of the minor in Environmental Studies and a major or another minor.