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Environmental Science Minor

Offered in: CHICAGO

At Roosevelt University, students pursuing degrees in chemistry, biology, sustainability studies or any discipline may take a minor sequence of courses in environmental science in order to prepare for a career or explore an interest in addressing the relationship between humans and the environment. The minor is appropriate for individuals who wish to enhance their career prospects in government agencies, environmental law, non-profit organizations or environmental consulting.

Standards

Students must complete all courses counted towards the environmental science minor with a grade of C- or higher.

Advising

Because requirements are different majors in biology, chemistry and other disciplines, consult with an advisor to determine the best course path.

Requirements

Projected course choices
All students: Begin with introductory PHSC105, which can be taken their first year with no prerequisites. In addition, all students will end with the capstone course ENVS 340, which has prerequisites that can be met by taking the necessary coursework for the minor.

Biology majors: Select PHSC 105 Intro Env Sci their first year. For their CHEM requirement, they may use one of the courses from their supporting sequence. However, if they choose this, they cannot use that course to complete a CHEM minor. If they wish to double-minor, they may apply CHEM 237 or CHEM 337 to this minor. Because BIOL 202 is part of their major coursework, they may take another 300-level BIOL course (in addition to the electives needed for their major) OR they may apply an additional CHEM course OR they may take a SUST course. This provides a flexible minor option to Biology majors. They finish the minor sequence with the capstone course.

Chemistry majors: Select PHSC 105 Intro Env Sci their first year. Take BIOL 202 for their biology requirement. For their CHEM requirement, they will not be able to use any of the available courses if they are getting their BS but may use CHEM 337 if they are getting their BA. Instead, they may take either a 300 level BIOL course or a SUST course. This provides a flexible minor for Chemistry majors. They finish the minor sequence with the capstone course.

Non-science majors: Select PHSC 105 Intro Env Sci their first year. They then take BIOL 202 for their biology requirement and CHEM 201 for their chemistry requirement. Both of these will require MATH 121, which is the only outside prerequisite needed for the minor. They finish the minor sequence with the capstone course, which uses their biology and chemistry courses as prerequisites.

Choose one course from the list below

  BIOL 112 Environmental Biology .....4
  PHSC 105 Introduction to Environmental Science .....3

One biology course from the list below**

** Majors in biology may substitute an additional CHEM course from the list or one of the optional SUST courses.
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  BIOL 202 Ecology, Evolution and Genetics .....5
  BIOL 314 Quantitative Ecology and Conservation .....5
  BIOL 315 Ecology .....5
  BIOL 323 Tropical Biology Field Course .....2
  BIOL 324 Marine Biology .....3
  BIOL 332 Ecology of Tallgrass Prairies .....4
  BIOL 333 National Parks Field Experience .....4
  BIOL 335 Great Lakes .....4

One chemistry course from the list below*

* Majors in chemistry may substitute an additional BIOL course from the list or one of the optional SUST courses.
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† This option is only open to students majoring in disciplines outside of the Department of Biological, Chemical and Physical sciences.
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  CHEM 201 General Chemistry I .....5
  CHEM 202 General Chemistry II .....5
  CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry .....5
  CHEM 237 Quantitative Environmental Analysis with Laboratory .....5
  CHEM 337 Instrumental Analysis .....5
  PHSC 103 Global Climate Change† .....4

Optional sustainability courses***

*** This option is only open to majors in biology or chemistry for credit towards the minor.
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  SUST 220 Water .....3
  SUST 310 Energy and climate change .....3
  SUST 330 Biodiversity .....3

Required Capstone Course

  BIOL 340 Ecotoxicology (or CHEM 340) .....5

Regulations

  • Students who have transferred three or more equivalent courses may earn a minor in environmental science by completing at least two additional required courses at Roosevelt University.
  • Courses used to satisfy a supporting sequence can be applied to a minor, but no course can be applied to simultaneously satisfy requirements of a major and a minor. No course can be used to simultaneously satisfy requirements of two minors.
  • Students must complete the final 30 semester hours of their degree at Roosevelt University. Courses applying to the major must be taken on a letter grade basis.