Environmental Science, Minor

Offered in: Chicago

Students pursuing degrees in chemistry, biology, sustainability studies, or any discipline may take a minor sequence of courses in Environmental Science in order to prepare for a career or explore an interest in addressing the relationship between humans and the environment. The minor is appropriate for individuals who wish to enhance their career prospects in government agencies, environmental law, non-profit organizations, or environmental consulting.

Standards

Students must complete all courses counted towards the Environmental Science minor with a grade of C- or higher.

Advising

Because requirements for the Environmental Science minor differ based on major, students should consult with a science advisor to determine the best course path.

Requirements

Projected Course Choices

All students: Begin with introductory PHSC 105 INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE or PHSC 106 THE SCIENCE OF WATER, which can be taken as early as the first semester with no prerequisites. All students end with the capstone courseBIOL 340 APPLICATIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE.

Biology majors: May use one of the courses from their supporting CHEM sequence for their CHEM requirement. This cannot be a course used towards a CHEM minor. Must take a 300-level BIOL course from the list below OR they may take a SUST course.

Chemistry majors: Take BIOL 202 ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, AND GENETICS for their biology requirement. For their CHEM requirement, they will most likely take either one of the listed 300-level BIOL courses or a SUST course.

Majors outside the sciences: Take BIOL 112 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY for their BIOL requirement and either PHSC 103 GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE or PHSC 250 OUR TOXIC WORLD for their CHEM requirement. These majors must seek the professor's permission to join the capstone course since they will not have taken the requisite CHEM coursework.

Introductory Course
PHSC 105INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE3
or PHSC 106 THE SCIENCE OF WATER
Biology
Select one of the following: 12-5
QUANTITATIVE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
ECOLOGY
TROPICAL MARINE BIOLOGY
MARINE BIOLOGY
ECOLOGY OF TALLGRASS PRAIRIE
ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY 2
ECOLOGY, EVOLUTION, AND GENETICS
Chemistry
Select one of the following: 33-5
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
QUANTITATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS
INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS
GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE 2
OUR TOXIC WORLD
Optional Sustainability Courses 4
WATER
ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
BIODIVERSITY
Capstone Course 5
BIOL 340APPLICATIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE5
Total Credit Hours13-18
1

 Majors in biology may substitute an additional CHEM course from the list or one of the optional SUST courses.

2

 The option is only open to students majoring in disciplines outside the Department of Biological, Chemical, and Physical sciences.

3

 Majors in chemistry may substitute an additional BIOL course from the list or one of the optional SUST courses.

4

 This option is only open to majors in biology or chemistry for credit towards the minor.

5

 Consult academic advisor to select substitute capstone course

Regulations

  • Students who have transferred three or more equivalent courses may earn a minor in environmental science by completing at least two additional required courses at Roosevelt University.
  • Courses used to satisfy a supporting sequence can be applied to a minor, but no course can be applied to simultaneously satisfy requirements of a major and a minor.  No course can be used to simultaneously satisfy requirements of two minors.
  • Students must complete the final 30 credit hours of their degree at Roosevelt University.  Courses applying to the minor must be taken on a letter grade basis.