Environmental Studies Minor

Degree Type

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 (4 credits)

    1. HI 3001 Introduction to Environmental Studies

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

    • AS 2300 Problems in US Environmental History
    • AS 2750 Food
    • AS4200 Environmental Journalism
    • BS2490 Environmental Science
    • BS3450 Plant Biology
    • BS4470   Ecology
    • BS4472  Microbial Ecology
    • BS4491  Human Ecology
    • BS4651  Toxicology
    • CP2300/2301 Weather Studies with Lab
    • CP2400/2401 Ocean Studies with Lab
    • CP2500/2501 Climate Studies with Lab
    • CP2600 Environmental Analysis of Long Island
    • EL 2233 Environmental Literature
    • HI2810 Geography, Earth, and People
    • HI3001 Intro to Environmental Studies
    • HI3003 Environments in World History I
    • HI3005 Environments in World History II
    • HI3120 Latin America: Environment and Society
    • HI3600 Global Geography: People, Places & Environments
    • HI3700 Historical Geography of Latin America
    • HI4600 World Regional Geography
    • HI4700 Modern Global EnvironmentsPH4800  Epidemiology
    • PE4280 Environmental Politics
    • PE4290 Environmental Economics
    • PH4890  Environmental Justice