Minors in Environmental Science & Environmental Studies2020-07-15T13:17:23-04:00

Overview

The Wake Forest Environmental Program offers an Environmental Science Minor or an Environmental Studies Minor. The Environmental Program provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human-environmental interaction. The program seeks to identify and apply perspectives from biology, chemistry, physics, geography, English, government, economics, history, law, ethics, and anthropology to the human impact on the natural environment. Environmental science or the environmental studies minor, coupled with a liberal arts major, is designed to prepare students for careers in the environmental sciences, law, public health, public policy, and public administration, and to develop attitudes and values consistent with a sustainable environmental future.

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Environmental Science Minor

The Environmental Sciences Minor opens the door to new career opportunities by providing students knowledge of fundamental concepts in the natural sciences. The minor is designed for students who want to integrate their interest in our environment with a core major. This is a great option for supplementing a core major with science-forward environmental coursework relevant to understanding environmental issues. When partnered with a core major, the Environmental Science Minor will develop attitudes, values, and practices consistent with a sustainable environmental future to prepare students for careers in biology, engineering, geospatial analysis, wildlife management, k-12 education, environmental consulting, science policy, and many more.

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Environmental Studies Minor

The Environmental Studies Minor opens the door to new career opportunities by providing students with an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues. The minor is a great option for supplementing a core major with a focus on the humanities and economic aspects of the environment. The Environmental Studies Minor, coupled with a liberal arts major, is designed to prepare students for careers in environmental law, public health, public policy, journalism, environmental advocacy, and public administration.

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ENV 201. Environmental Issues. (3 h)

Topics include environmental literature, environmental history, human populations, resource management, pollution, global change, environmental activism and environmental ethics.

ENV 202. Environmental Solutions. (3 h)

Learn how to improve our environment by identifying and exploring innovative environmental solutions. Counts towards Environmental Minor requirements.

ENV 203. Leadership for Sustainability. (2 h)

Sustainability Ambassadors are student peer educators for sustainability. The mission of the Sustainability Ambassadors program is to support the development of sustainable behaviors among the student population at Wake Forest University. Through outreach activities, campaign development, event planning, sustainability assessments, and presentations, Sustainability Ambassadors are able to reach Wake students in a variety of settings. They help fulfill the Office’s mission of empowering others to assume leadership roles in sustainability.

ENV 220. Introduction to Earth Science. (3 h)

Oceans, weather, climate, earthquakes, volcanoes, soil, and space all play important roles in our dynamic planet. Students will explore the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere, and gain a deeper understanding of how the Earth operates as a whole.

ENV 301. Topics in Environmental Studies. (1-4 h)

Seminar and/or lecture courses in selected topics, some involving laboratory instruction. May be repeated if the course title differs.

ENV 302. Topics in Environmental Studies. (1-4 h)

Seminar and/or lecture courses in selected topics, some involving laboratory instruction. May be repeated if the course title differs.

ENV 303. Topics in Environmental Studies. (1-4 h)

Seminar and/or lecture courses in selected topics, some involving laboratory instruction. May be repeated if the course title differs.

ENV 304. Topics in Environmental Studies. (1-4 h)

Seminar and/or lecture courses in selected topics, some involving laboratory instruction. May be repeated if the course title differs.

ENV 305. Topics in Environmental Studies. (1-4 h)

Seminar and/or lecture courses in selected topics, some involving laboratory instruction. May be repeated if the course title differs.

ENV 306. Topics in Environmental Studies. (1-4 h)

Seminar and/or lecture courses in selected topics, some involving laboratory instruction. May be repeated if the course title differs.

ENV 330. Land and Natural Resource Management. (3 h)

Provides a fundamental understanding of land and resource management. The major focus is on federal oversight and policies but state, local, non-profit and international aspects are included.

ENV 391. Individual Study. (1.5 h)

A field study, internship, project or research investigation carried out under the supervision of a member of the environmental program faculty. Pass/fail or for a grade at the discretion of the instructor. Pass/fail is not an option if used as an elective for the environmental science or environmental studies minor.

ENV 392. Individual Study. (1.5 h)

ENV 394. Environmental Internship. (1-4 h)

Supervised internships with governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses.

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