The Environmental Science minor gives students a comprehensive understanding of the changes in our environment. Minor can be added to any undergraduate major as a secondary area of specialization and study.
Requirements for Environmental Science Minor
Students are required to take 15-20 semester credits from the following:
BI 104 Introduction to Environmental Science (3 Semester Hours)
This course introduces students to the environmental concerns of humans considered from scientific perspective. Topics covered in this course include basic ecological principles, world food, energy problems and threats to ecosystems.
BI 231 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3 Semester Hours)
This course will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and how it is applied in environmental planning, health care, natural resource management and formal ecological research. Students will learn the methods by which geographic information is collected, organized, analyzed and presented. A series of lab exercises will illustrate the typical steps necessary to complete a GIS project and will culminate with the students carrying out an evaluating both individual and group projects.
ES 220 Environmental Management (2 Semester Hours)
The course investigates the theory and techniques used by those who are entrusted with the management of our natural resources, such as the techniques of wildlife management, land reclamation (mined lands, sanitary landfills), soil and water conservation methods and techniques of the forestry and fisheries industries. Must be taken in conjunction with ES 220L.
ES 220L Environmental Management Lab/Field (1 Semester Hour)
Students are exposed to various professionals in the northeast Ohio region who are engaged in Environmental Management careers. Students will travel to various sites and interact with professionals to observe them in action at their jobs. Students might be required to provide transportation to some sites.
ES 240 Ecotoxicology (3 Semester Hours)
The course is the study of toxins or chemicals that adversely affect living organisms. Topics might include determination of toxicity and risk and the differences between carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, teratogenicity. Students will also learn comparisons of federal and state regulations for toxic substances, how toxins affect living organisms, ranges of effects of common toxins, acute and chronic; and factors affecting toxicity: dose and duration, synergistic responses, bioconcentration and biomagnification of toxins.
ES 350 Internship (2-4 Semester Hours)
BI 170-79/270-79/370-79 Special Topics in Environmental Science (1-4 Semester Hours)*
Course covers biological topics of a specialized interdisciplinary nature not otherwise covered in the regular course offerings. Students may take several courses under this number. Previous topics taught include ornithology, evolutionary biology forensic biology, marine ecology and rain forest ecology. * students must receive approval from the Dean of Natural Sciences to fulfill requirement with a Special Topics course.