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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.


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


Because requirements for the ENVS minor differ based on your major, consult with a science advisor to determine the best course path.


Projected course choices
All students: Begin with introductory PHSC105 or PHSC 106, which can be taken as early as the first semester with no prerequisites. All students end with the capstone course BIOL 340.

Biology majors: May use one of the courses from their supporting CHEM sequence for their CHEM requirement. This cannot be a course used towards a CHEM minor. Must take a 300-level BIOL course from the list below OR they may take a SUST course.

Chemistry majors: Take BIOL 202 for their biology requirement. For their CHEM requirement, they will most likely take either one of the listed 300-level BIOL courses or a SUST course.

Majors outside the sciences: Take BIOL 112 for their BIOL requirement and either PHSC 103 or PHSC 250 for their CHEM requirement. These majors must seek professor's permission to join the capstone course since they will not have taken the requisite CHEM coursework.

Choose one INTRODUCTORY course from the list below

  PHSC 105 Introduction to Environmental Science .....3
  PHSC 106 The Science of Water .....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.
  BIOL 112 Environmental Biology† .....3
  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
† This option is only open to students majoring in disciplines outside of the Department of Biological, Chemical and Physical sciences.

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.
  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
  PHSC 250 Our Toxic World .....3
† This option is only open to students majoring in disciplines outside of the Department of Biological, Chemical and Physical sciences.

Optional SUSTAINABILITY courses***

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

Required CAPSTONE Course

  BIOL 340 Applications in Environmental Science .....5


  • 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 minor must be taken on a letter grade basis.