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Environmental Studies Minor

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

With an emphasis on sustainability and holistic thinking, the environmental studies minor provides students with opportunities for the in-depth analysis of global and regional environmental issues, their causes, and their potential solutions. In particular, a required 500-level seminar serves as a capstone experience, helping students to integrate knowledge from several disciplinary perspectives, including socio-cultural, historical, political, economic, ethical, scientific, and/or technological factors. Having completed the minor, students will possess a high level of environmental literacy, an important component of many professional fields within the sciences, engineering, law, journalism, and public affairs.

Course
Required Course
STSO-510 Seminar in Science, Technology and Society
Electives
Choose four of the following:*
   STSO-120    Introduction to Environmental Studies
   STSO-220    Environment and Society
   STSO-321    Face of the Land 
   STSO-325    History of Environmental Science
   STSO-326    History of Ecology and Environmentalism
   STSO-330    Energy and the Environment
   STSO-421    Environmental Policy
   STSO-489    Special Topics in STS
   STSO-521    Biodiversity
   STSO-522    Great Lakes
   STSO-550    Sustainable Communities
   PUBL-530    Energy Policy
   ECON-420    Environmental Economics
   ECON-421    Natural Resource Economics
   HIST-345    Environmental Disasters
   PHIL-308    Environmental Philosophy
   SOCI-320    Population and Society

* At least one elective must be at the 300 level or higher.

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This minor provides students with opportunities for the in-depth analysis of global and regional environmental issues, their causes, and their potential solutions. The minor features an emphasis on sustainability and holistic thinking. In particular, a required 500-level seminar will serve as a capstone experience, helping students to integrate knowledge from several disciplinary perspectives, including socio-cultural, historical, political, economic, ethical, scientific, and/or technological factors. Having completed the minor, students will possess a high level of environmental literacy, an important component of many professional fields within the sciences, engineering, law, journalism, and public affairs.

Required Course—Choose one of the following:
0508-570 Environmental Studies Seminar
0508-530 Seminar in Science, Technology, and the Environment

Electives—Choose four of the following:
0507-464 Environmental Disasters in American History
0508-443 Face of the Land
0508-460 Environment and Society
0508-463 Great Lakes I
0508-464 Great Lakes II*
0508-482 Energy and the Environment
0508-483 Environmental Values
0508-484 Environmental Policy
0508-487 Special Topics: Environmental Studies
0508-488 History of Ecology and Environmentalism
0508-489 History of the Environmental Sciences
0508-490 Biodiversity and Society
0508-491 Sustainable Communities
0508-500 Science, Technology, and Society Classics
0508-520 Historical Perspectives on Science and Technology**
0508-540 Science and Technology Policy Seminar††
0509-453 Environmental Philosophy
0510-449 Sustainable Development
0511-481 Environmental Economics‡
0511-484 Natural Resource Economics‡
0515-449 Population and Society§
0521-451 Energy Policy

* Great Lakes I (0508-463) is a prerequisite for this course.

† These courses can be taken only if the student has already taken at least two courses from the electives list. Typically these courses would be the last courses taken in the minor sequence.

‡ Principles of Microeconomics (0511-211) is a prerequisite for these courses.

§ Cultural Anthropology (0510-210), Foundations of Sociology (0515-210), or an equivalent is a prerequisite for this course.

** Prerequisite: any two of the History of Science or Technology courses approved by the department.

†† Prerequisite: 0508-441, 0508-484, or 0521-400