Environmental Science (Minor)

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The environmental science minor program provides students with a fundamental understanding of how the natural world functions as a system, how changes in this system influence organisms and humans, and, in turn, how this system is impacted by humans.

An understanding of human-environment interactions gained through this minor will augment students' major field of study. To accommodate broad interests for students from a variety of majors, the curriculum is designed to allow students to explore their interests by choosing from categories of scientific coursework and skill-based curricula, to provide applied experiences for students from a variety of majors.

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Environmental Science (Minor)

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The minor in environmental science consists of 15 credit hours, of which 12 credit hours must be upper division. A minimum of six upper-division credit hours must be taken through the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the minor must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better.
Core Requirements -- 6 credit hours
Upper-Division Electives -- 9 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

Incompatible Majors: BS and BA environmental science

Other Enrollment Requirements: This first course in this minor (ENV 201) has prerequisites of BIO 181, BIO 182 and CHM 116.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

Students who complete this major have the foundational knowledge they need to apply environmental concepts and awareness to their future careers. Many career fields have environmental applications, including business and entrepreneurship, the health industry, economics and academic research careers. Career opportunities include employment in environmental policy, management or leadership positions in federal and state agencies, local municipality planning offices, private consulting firms, and nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations, and many others.

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