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Minor in Chemistry

A minor in chemistry consists of five courses, including two 100-level courses: (111 or 113 and 112 or 114); one or two 200-level courses; and one or two 300-level courses.

Minors can be designed to meet the special interests of a variety of students. An environmental interest would be met by the CHEM 111 or 113, 112, 226, 327, and 550 (WIT) sequence; math students could elect CHEM 112, 113, 226, 332, and 348; biologists could easily obtain a chemistry minor by electing CHEM 111 or 113, 114, 225, 226, and 345.

Students in majors constructed from the offerings of two departments (biochemistry, environmental science) do not obtain a minor in either department. No more than one course in the minor should be taken pass/fail.

Minor in Physics of Materials

This minor is offered jointly by the Departments of Physics and Chemistry. Please see the description under Physics.

Minor in Sustainability

The minor in sustainability explores the emerging recognition that current human activity is putting unsustainable pressure on resources and natural systems on which human existence depends, often with the most negative impact on the most vulnerable members of society. The minor enables students outside Environmental Science itself to explore the connections of their career-directed studies to the interrelated issues of the natural world, finite resources and social justice. The selection of specific courses within the minor is meant to be undertaken in consultation with the student's major advisor or another faculty member with an interest in issues of sustainability. Students take two required courses -- ENVI 201 and PHIL 139 -- as well as elective courses that address both the scientific and economic/political issues surrounding sustainability.

The sustainability minor cultivates a broad, interdisciplinary view that seeks to solve contemporary problems in a way that does not create future problems.

Required Courses (8 credits):

  • ENVI 201 Environmental Forum (2 credits taken two times)
  • PHIL 139 Environmental Ethics

Electives (12 credits)

Students take at least one course from each group in consultation with faculty.

Scientific Issues

  • BIOL 104 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • BIOL 245 Ecology*
  • CHEM 108 Crime Science (M4)
  • CHEM 227 Energy and Global Warming
  • HON 308 Sustainability and Global Warming: Predicting the Future (M3)*
  • PHYS 105 Science and Technology in the Everyday World (M4)

Economic and Political Issues

  • ECON 247 Environmental Economics*
  • ECON 239 Government Regulation of Industry*
  • POLS 217 American Public Policy (M5)*
  • POLS 245M Politics of Newly Industrialized States Social Issues
Social Issues
  • HIST 205 Global Environmental History (M5)
  • MGMT 224 Socially Minded Leadership (M6)*
  • SJ 220 Working for Social Justice (M6)
  • SOCI 241 Health, Illness and Society
  • SOCI 245 International Health
    *Indicates courses with prerequisites