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Example Focus Area and coursework for a Social Sciences or Humanities Major, or for a Major in the College of Arts and Architecture

If you're majoring in a discipline in the social sciences or humanities, or in the College of Arts and Architecture, but would like to be knowledgeable about environmental issues, you could choose the Biodiversity and Ecosystems focus area, or the Water Resources focus area.

Step 1. Introductory course

For example, a student from the humanities took Earth 100 Environment Earth and realized she really enjoyed the study of environmental sciences. A student in Landscape Architecture took ENVST 100 and discovered he had a strong interest in water-related issues.

Step 2. Nine credits from focus area courses

The humanities student chose the focus area of Biodiversity and Ecosystems and selected these three courses:

  • BIOL 424 Seeds of Change: The Uses of Plants
  • BIOL 220W Biology: Populations and Communities
  • GEOG 314 Biography and Global Ecology

The Landscape Architecture student was really interested in environmental issues related to water; He chose the Water Resources focus area of the minor by taking these three courses:

  • GEOG 431 Geography of Water Resources
  • BIOL 435 Ecology of Lakes and Streams
  • FOR 471 Watershed Management

Step 3. Additional 400-level credit course

Step three would be to choose an additional 400-level environment-related course outside the college and disciplinary group of your major.

  • Geog 414 Landscape Ecology, or
  • Geog 431 Geography of Water Resources

Step 4. Final capstone course

To wrap up the minor's requirements for your final capstone course, you could choose, for example:

  • SOILS 422 Natural Resources Conservation and Community Sustainability, or
  • FOR/WFS 430 Conservation Biology