Minors in ENVS

The Department of Environmental Sciences (ENVS) offers three options for students who wish to pursue a minor within environmental sciences. Students may elect a general ENVS minor (ENVSMIN), a minor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (AES) or a minor in Sustainability Sciences (SUSTSCI). Detailed information about the minors and specific curriculum requirements are provided in the tabs below.

We encourage interested students to contact Dr. Shaunna Donaher (shaunna.donaher@emory.edu) to discuss the minors in more detail.

Link to curriculum audit sheets for minors.

Link to Emory College Catalog

The Minor in Environmental Sciences (ENVSMIN) is a 7-course sequence.

Foundation Courses (2 courses):

1. ENVS 130 (3hrs): Environmental Sciences or ENVS 120: Living in the Anthropocene (3 credits) or  AP credit designated on transcript
2.**ENVS 131 (2 hrs): Intro to ENVS Field Studies
 
 **ENVS_OX 131 fulfills the requirement of both ENVS 130 and ENVS 131

Three upper level breadth courses (3 courses):

  • Must be 200 level or above and at least 3 credit hours
  • Select ONE course from each of the breadth areas listed below
  • Courses should be selected in consultation with your ENVS faculty advisor

Two additional upper level electives (2 courses):

  • Must be 200 level or above and at least 3 credit hours
  • Courses should be chosen in consultation with the advisor
  • One of these electives may be an approved Study Abroad course

BREADTH AREAS

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
ENVS 222: Evolution of the Earth w/Lab
ENVS 229: Atmospheric Science w/Lab
ENVS 230: Introductory Geoscience w/Lab
ENVS 235: Environmental Geology
ENVS 239: Physical Oceanography
ENVS 241/242: Modern and Ancient Tropical Env
ENVS 250: Fundamentals of Cartography & GIS
ENVS 321: Geology and Human Health
ENVS/CHEM 328: Intro to Atmospheric Chemistry
ENVS 330: Climatology
ENVS 331: Earth Systems Science
ENVS 342: Barrier Islands
ENVS 346: Geological Origins of Landscapes w/Lab
ENVS 347: Landscapes & Geomorphology w/Lab
ENVS 348: Water Resources w/Lab
ENVS 361: Ecosystems Through Time
ENVS 362: Mineralogy and Petrology w/Lab

Ecology and Conservation
ENVS 232: Integrated Methods in Ecology
ENVS 240: Ecosystem Ecology
ENVS 240L: Ecosystem Ecology w/Lab
ENVS/BIOL 247 L WR: Ecology
ENVS 340: Wetland Ecology
ENVS 345: Conservation Biology/Biodiversity
ENVS 349: Ecology of Invasions
ENVS 359: Ecology & Evolution of Disease
ENVS 459: Urban Ecology

Social Science and Policy
ENVS 225:Institutions & The Environment
ENVS/POLS 227 WR: Environmental Policy
ENVS/POLS 228 WR: Environmental Policy w/Lab
ENVS 324: Environmental Economics
ENVS 325: Energy and Climate Change
ENVS/HIST 344: American Environmental History
ENVS 377: International Environmental Policy
ENVS 420: Law and Biodiversity
ENVS 458: Fishers and Fisheries


The Minor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (AESMIN) is a 7-course sequence. Coursework will focus on the challenges and complexities of earth system processes that sustain our growing human population.  Students completing the minor in AES will build a strong foundation in the physical science of Earth systems, the fundamental processes of the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere and the flux of materials and energy through these systems.  The understanding of these physical processes will prepare students to address challenges that human populations face in a changing world, such as sustainable development of energy and natural resources and assessment of adaptation and mitigation strategies for potential natural hazards, such as intense storms and flooding. Climate change and the dispersal and movement of pollutants through systems are also critical areas of study. The minor will integrate classroom and field-based instruction with opportunities to conduct research with faculty.

This minor within Environmental Sciences will provide a foundation for undergraduates who plan to pursue graduate work in earth and atmospheric sciences. This minor will also fulfill a need for students majoring in the natural sciences, such as Chemistry or Physics, with an interest in earth systems dynamics and in the social sciences, for students who are focused on natural resource or energy policy. 

CURRICULUM NOTE: If you are an ENVS major and elect a minor in AESMIN, please note that you may NOT count any courses toward both the ENVS major and the AES minor requirements, with the exception of ENVS 130 or ENVS 120 and ENVS 131.


Foundation Courses (3 courses):

1. ENVS 130 (3hrs): Environmental Sciences or ENVS 120: Living in the Anthropocene (3 credits) or AP credit designated on transcript
2. **ENVS 131 (2 hrs): Intro to ENVS Field Studies

 **ENVS_OX 131 fulfills the requirement of both ENVS 130 and ENVS 131

3. ENVS 331: Earth Systems Science

Intermediate (200 Level) Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Course (1 course) chosen from the following options:
ENVS 222:            Evolution of the Earth w/lab (GEOL OX 142 w/lab)
ENVS 229:            Atmospheric Science w/lab (GEOL OX 115 w/lab)
ENVS 230:            Introductory Geoscience w/lab (GEOL OX 141 w/lab)

Upper level elective courses (3 courses):

  • Must be 200 level or above and at least 3 credit hours
  • A current list of AES electives is provided below
  • Courses should be selected in consultation with your ENVS faculty advisor
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Electives (three additional courses)
ENVS 222: Evolution of the Earth with Lab [GEOL OX 142: Evolution of the Earth w/Lab]
ENVS 229: Atmospheric Science with Lab [GEOL OX 115: Meteorology w/Lab]
ENVS 239: Physical Oceanography
ENVS 230: Introductory Geoscience with Lab [GEOL OX 141: Physical Geology w/Lab]
ENVS 235: Environmental Geology
ENVS 239: Physical Oceanography
ENVS 241/242: Modern and Ancient Tropical Environments [GEOL OX 220N]
ENVS 250:  Cartography and GIS
GEOL OX 250:  Mineral Resources, Energy and Power with Lab
ENVS 321:  Geology and Human Health
ENVS 325:  Energy and Climate  Change                                
ENVS/CHEM 328: Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry                                                      
ENVS 330:  Climatology   
ENVS 342:  Barrier Islands                                                                                                    
ENVS 346:  Geological Origins of Landscapes with Lab
ENVS 347: Landscapes & Geomorphology
ENVS 348:  Sustainable Water Resources with Lab                                      
ENVS 361:  Ecosystems Through Time
ENVS 362: Mineralogy & Petrology                                                                                                          
ENVS 410:  Extinctions

Pre-approved Special Topics (ENVS 285, 286, 287, ENVS 385, 386, 387, ENVS 485, 486, 487)

One of the following courses (3-4 credit hours) may also be used to fulfill an elective for the minor (must be pre-approved).
ENVS 399/399W: Intro to Independent Research (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Topics)
ENVS 494/494W:  Individual Research (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Topics)
ENVS 498/498W: Individual Directed Reading (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Topics)
ENVS 499/499W:  Advanced Independent Research (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Topics)

The Minor in Sustainability Sciences (SUSTSCIMIN) is a 7-course sequence. The sequence of seven courses for the minor includes an introductory course, a methods course, three electives from ENVS course offerings of natural and social sciences, and a Service Learning course. A dedicated full-time ENVS faculty member, Dr. John Wegner, who has wide-ranging experience and established relationships with the environmental community in Atlanta and Georgia, will teach the Service Learning course. 

The curriculum is designed for students to understand and explore the challenges of sustainability, bridging theory and practice in understanding what determines sustainability in a strongly coupled world of humans and their environment. The courses will link the theoretical and practical by understanding how human institutions, organizations, cultures, and technologies link and interact with their biophysical environments.

CURRICULUM NOTE: If you are an ENVS major and elect a minor in SUSTSCIMIN, please note that you may NOT count any courses toward both the ENVS major and the SUSTSCI minor requirements, with the exception of ENVS 130 or ENVS 120 and ENVS 131.


Curriculum

Foundation Courses (2 courses):

1. ENVS 130 (3hrs): Environmental Sciences or ENVS 120: Living in the Anthropocene (3 credits) or AP credit designated on transcript
2. **ENVS 131 (2 hrs): Intro to ENVS Field Studies

 **ENVS_OX 131 fulfills the requirement of both ENVS 130 and ENVS 131

Methods in Sustainability Sciences (1 course):

ENVS 250:            Fundamentals of Cartography & GIS
ENVS 260:            Quantitative Methods in ENVS (prerequisite: QTM 100)

QTM                      100 level QTM course

Sciences of Sustainability (3 courses):

A combination of social and natural sciences courses chosen from those listed below and chosen in consultation with your faculty advisor.

Practicum (1 course):

ENVS 491: Service Learning in Environmental Sciences (focus in sustainability)
ENVS/POLS 370B: Planning Community Initiatives (open to students admitted as CBSC Fellows)

 Sciences of Sustainability Course Options

Students will integrate across disciplines by taking courses that include core sciences in sustainability: earth science, ecology, economics and political science. Students will also integrate across scales that range from the global to the local.

  • Must be 200 level or above
  • Students should choose at least one course from each area, social sciences and natural sciences. Courses are listed below in each category.
  • Courses should be selected in consultation with your ENVS faculty advisor.
SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSES:
ENVS 225: Institutions and the Environment
ENVS 227: Environmental Policy
ENVS 234: Biophilic & Green Design
ENVS 324: Environmental Economics
ENVS 350: Environmental Thought
ENVS 352: Green Business
ENVS /POLS 370a: Community Building and Social Change
ENVS 377: International Environmental Policy
ENVS 420: Law and Biodiversity

NATURAL SCIENCE COURSES:
ENVS 232: Fundamentals of Ecology w/lab
ENVS 240: Ecosystem Ecology
ENVS/BIOL 247: Ecology
ENVS 320: Environmental Assessment & Management
ENVS 331: Earth Systems Science
ENVS 345: Conservation Biology & Biodiversity
ENVS 348: Water Resources w/Lab
ENVS 442: Ecology of Emory
ENVS 459: Urban Ecology & Development

*ONE pre-approved study abroad course may count toward the SUSTSCI minor requirements