Environmental Studies Minor

Students interested in environmental issues may enhance their knowledge of the interaction of humans with their environment by minoring in Environmental Studies. This interdisciplinary course of studies exposes the student to both environmental sciences as practiced in biology and chemistry, as well as policy issues, which are explored from a social science perspective. Students who are majoring in the natural sciences may wish to pursue this minor in preparation for a career in environmental research. Students in the Social Sciences and Humanities may want to broaden their knowledge of environmental issues in preparation for a career involving environmental policy or law. Direct participation in environmental agencies and organizations on Long Island or independent laboratory research on an environmental problem is an important aspect of this minor.


Students minoring in Environmental Studies are required to complete five courses (20 credits), distributed as follows:

A. Required Courses (8 credits)

  1. BS2490 Environmental Science or BS4470 Ecology
  2. BS4680 Environmental Health

B. An independent study taken under the auspices of one of the following (4 credits)

  • AS4832 Internship in Journalism
  • BS5591 Environmental Research
  • CP5900 Research
  • PH4900 Health and Society Field Placement
  • PE5999 Internship
  • PY5510 Advanced Issues in Social Psychology
  • SY5990 Senior Seminar (requires approval from the Sociology Department)

C. Elective Courses: at least two additional courses chosen from the following list (8 credits)

  • AS4200 Environmental Journalism
  • BS2490 Environmental Science
  • BS3450 Plant Biology
  • BS3530 Comparative Genomics Lecture
  • BS3531 Comparative Genomics Lab
  • BS3710 Environmental Physiology
  • BS4470 Ecology
  • BS4472 Microbial Ecology 
  • BS4491 Human Ecology
  • BS4651 Toxicology 
  • CP2000/2001 Chemistry for Non-Majors with Lab
  • CP2300/2301 Weather Studies with Lab
  • CP2400/2401 Ocean Studies with Lab
  • CP2500/2501 Climate Studies with Lab
  • CP2600 Enviromental Analysis of Long Island
  • HS4800 Epidemiology
  • HS4890 Environmental Policy and Politics
  • PE3720 Long Island Economy, Environment and Society
  • PY3520 Environmental Psychology