Minor

Human activities change our planetary environment and resources on a scale that was previously unimaginable. Local, regional, and global organizations and governing bodies are assessing the impact and establishing new practices to preserve resources for the current and future generations. Environmental and sustainability studies is a unique interdisciplinary program that combines environmental studies and sustainability, encouraging students to think deeply and act on the challenges and solutions to the problems of the environment and its limitations, especially relating to human impact. Experiential learning is emphasized, with opportunities for student involvement in the sustainability effort on the Agnes Scott campus and off-campus internships.  

Requirements for the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Minor: 

Minimum of 20 hours in core and elective courses. At least two of the courses in the minor must be at the 200-level or above. Courses taken from the Natural Science or Non-Science focused courses and not counted toward that requirement may be counted toward the Environmentally Related Courses requirement.

 

  • 1. Core (one course):

 ESS 101 (F) Introduction to Environmental and Sustainability Studies

 

  • 2. Natural Science, Environmental Focus Courses (one course)

Biology 108 (alt/odd S) Environmental Biology
Biology 215; (alt Su) Marine Biology
Biology 308 (for Bio majors) Ecology

 

  • 3. Non-Science Environmentally Focused Courses (one course)
ESS 395 (S) (formerly 331) Topics in Global Environmental Challenges (may be taken twice if topic is different)
ESS 202; (S) Environmental and Public Health Communication
ESS 295 (F) Topics in Environmental Leadership
ESS 395 (S) Topics in Global Environmental Challenges
REL/WS 210 Religion and Ecology
HIS 215 (S) African Environmental History
Philosophy 109; (alt/even S) Topics in Applied Ethics (when Environmental Ethics is the topic)
PH 331 (F) Environmental Health

 

  • 4. Environmentally Related Courses (Two courses from the list below. Courses taken from sections (2) or (3) and not counted toward that requirement may be counted towards this requirement).

Biology 270; (alt/even S) Invertebrate Biology
Biology 201; (F) Microbiology
Chemistry 270; (F) Inorganic and Bioinorganic chemistry
Economics 105: (S) Introduction to Microeconomics
History 342 (alt/even F) History of Native Americans
Math 325 (alt/even F) Modeling
Political Science 103; (F/S) Introduction to World Politics
Political Science 207 (S) Modern Political Thought
Appropriate cross-registration, summer, or study abroad courses as approved by ESS Program Co-director

Note: At least two of the courses in the minor must be at the 200-level or above.
           Check current catalog confirm which semester a course is offered.

Internship: An approved 4 credit internship (ESS-450, Internship in ESS) or ESS-related research (ESS-440, Directed Research in ESS) may be substituted for a course in category 3 or 4 above, depending on the subject and content of the internship or directed research. Please consult with the ESS program directors for planning and approval.

ESS Program Directors: Dr. John Pilger (Biology)

*Revised August 2019